Andrew Melvin knocked home the winner in overtime of Medfield’s 11-10 win over Hingham Wednesday in the Division 2 EMass boys’ lacrosse final at Harvard Stadium.
The goal completed a hat trick for the senior attacker.
Medfield (17-3) appeared to be in control after taking a 7-4 lead into intermission, but the Harbormen (24-3) rallied, scoring the only three goals of the third quarter to tie the game.
Hingham’s David Freitus got the third-quarter scoring started with one of his three goals.
“[We’ve] shown composure all year,” said Medfield coach John Isaf, whose team will face St. John’s (Shrewsbury) in the state title game Friday in Worcester. “We always talk about if someone’s going to throw a punch at us, we got to throw a punch back. We knew Hingham wasn’t going to quit at halftime.”
Melvin did exactly what his coach asked, scoring the first goal of the fourth quarter, but Hingham hit back with a goal by senior Jackson Ullrich to tie the game, 8-8.
Isaf’s team looked like it threw the final punches with back-to-back goals by Matthew Cahill and John MacLean with under four minutes left.
However, junior Patrick Burke’s goal with 1:50 remaining gave Hingham the hope it needed.
Senior Jake Hanlon charged down the field and had an open lane, but Hingham coach John Todd called a timeout just as Hanlon beat the last Medfield defender.
But the Harbormen weren’t done. Freshman Jacob Brodie notched the tying goal with 24.7 seconds left.
“Just fight back,” Isaf told his team before overtime. “We always talk about punch back, make the first play. You got to go out there and make the first play in the opening whistle.”
Dover-Sherborn 12, Cohasset 10 — For years they only flirted. It was all they could do; the teams from the South Shore were too big and strong, too fast and talented. Not on Wednesday.
Brian McLaughlin and his Raiders edged the Skippers at Harvard Stadium to win their second straight Division 3 title.
It sure wasn’t easy.
“More comfortable this time?” McLaughlin said. “Oh no. I was scared.”
The Raiders (19-4) had been eliminated by Scituate or Cohasset in six straight Division 3 tournaments from 2005 to 2010. They made appearances in four championship games and lost them all. And they almost handed this one away.
With 34 seconds remaining, Cohasset (17-3) dug into McLaughlin’s painful memories. Dover-Sherborn’s five-goal lead had been cut to two. The coach cringed, yelled, and paced.
The Skippers won the faceoff and drove down the field hoping to find some space. There was none.
The Raiders’ defense, which ranked second in EMass this season, allowing just more than four goals per game, clamped down to make one last stop and burst the anxiety-filled bubble.
The Raiders and their robotic defense were on top again.
“Another five minutes, who knows what happens?” McLaughlin said. “Luckily, we answered a couple times.”