Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the BC High lacrosse team this year, especially not for Pat Cronin. On Wednesday, in a Division 1 preliminary round matchup, the junior netted four goals to help lift the Eagles to an 11-6 victory over visiting Peabody.
For Cronin, it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But for BC High, it was about being the more physical team. With a pair of goals from freshman A.J. Kucinski, the Eagles propelled themselves to a 4-1 lead at the half.
Coach Tim Kelly acknowledged he was confident with the three-goal advantage, yet knew his team had more scoring to do. Right on cue, an efficient BC High squad poured in seven goals in 12 minutes, going up, 11-2, after three.
Speeding through defenders after the faceoff, Cronin scored his first goal just eight seconds into the third. He found the back of the net again less than a minute later.
Senior Ian Yanulis, who is committed to Duke, buried his second goal of the game with 7:58 left in the quarter. Cronin followed with a snipe from about 10 yards a minute later to put BC High up, 8-1.
“[Ian] was a little bit smarter on his shots today,” said Kelly. “Cronin has just been solid the whole season — he’s our leading goal scorer and continues with that.”
Peabody’s Nick Ouellette stopped the Eagles’ scoring barrage in the third when he netted his first of three. BC High’s Patrick Kearney responded with a pair of goals and Cronin added another to close out the quarter.
Division 1 East
Billerica 19, Revere 2 — Sophomore attackman Dan Lynch had four goals and two assists for the Indians (15-6).
Newton North 12, Salem 4 — Seniors Ryan Quinn and Joe Mariano carried the Tigers (14-5), combining for seven goals.
Andover 22, Cambridge 5 — Junior attacker Will Reardon netted five goals and junior midfielder Jesse Greaves dished out four assists for the Golden Warriors (14-5).
Wellesley 15, Wakefield 3— Junior John Caraviello led the way with five goals and three assists and junior Matt Dziama added four goals for the Raiders.
Division 1 North
Westford 20, Lowell 1 — Senior attacker Bailey Mongillo led the Grey Ghosts (20-1) with seven goals.
Masconomet 11, Concord-Carlisle 10 — Senior attacker Rachel Rogal netted four goals to lead the Chieftains (16-5).
Division 1 South
Needham 18, Mansfield 3 — Sophomore attackers Audrey Walsh and Carly Colman combined for five goals and five assists for the Rockets (19-2).
Shrewsbury’s Julia Ford fired a 1-under-par 74 to claim medalist honors at the MIAA North/Central/West Girls Sectional Wednesday at Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
Led by freshman Erin Bugbee’s 85 and senior Kelly Moore’s 92, Wachusett Regional won the team title with a best four-player total of 373. Notre Dame Academy of Worcester was second at 394. Both teams advance to the state championship Tuesday at Chicopee CC, joining Wellesley, Notre Dame of Hingham, and Hingham.
Concord-Carlisle’s Karolyne Shieh was the individual runner-up in the 45-player field with a 79. Weston’s Lina Kim was next at 81, followed by Lisa Calcasola of Longmeadow at 83.
Abby Hood (84) of Rockport and Maxine Harney (85) of Medford also made the individual cut.
Saugus, the only non-Central Mass. team in the field, finished fourth at 417, led by Nicole Moschella’s 96.
Division 1 Central
Milford 3, Xaverian 0 — Senior opposite hitter Michael Soares recorded 17 kills, 1 block, and 5 service points for the top-seeded Scarlet Hawks (18-1).