After a sobering loss to Needham Monday, Duxbury’s first to an in-state team since 2010, the top-ranked Green Dragons were faced with a bit more adversity Saturday, playing without coach Chris Sweet on the sideline for the first time in 15 years. But it was business as usual. While Sweet attended his son’s college graduation, his first missed game in his Duxbury tenure, the host Green Dragons reeled in a convincing 7-1 win over No. 4 St. John’s Prep.
“I wasn’t there to see it, but it was a big win for us,” said Sweet, who followed game updates on Twitter. “We want to be playing well going into the postseason, especially after a loss. It’s good for our confidence [to rebound after a tough loss].” Assistant coach Tony Fisher led the team in Sweet’s absence. “At this point in the year, there are a lot of distractions, and playing without your head coach could be one of them, but players have to play through them and remain focused and that’s what we did today,” said Fisher. The Dragons have been the kings of consistency, making 11 consecutive state finals and winning nine. Fisher knew a win Saturday would go a long way in letting everyone know Duxbury’s flame wouldn’t be doused by one loss. “It was good to see the guys could show everyone else that they will go into the postseason strong,” he said. Supported by goals from five players, goalie Nick Marrocco racked up 18 saves.
Arlington 6, Woburn 5 — Senior midfielder Wyatt Sullivan (two goals, one assist) netted the winning goal with one second to spare in the seventh overtime, helping the Spy Ponders (9-8) earn a postseason berth.
Haverhill 11, Lowell 10 — Senior cocaptain Kristy Robertson led the Hillies with three goals and two assists, including her 200th career goal.
Watertown 1, Melrose 0 — P.J. Hairston pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits, and junior third baseman Anthony Difonte delivered the winning single for the Red Raiders.
Acton-Boxboro 10, Newton North 2 — The Colonials were led by Kara O’Riley who tossed a four-hitter while striking out seven and walking two. She also went 4 for 4 with two doubles.