WORCESTER — Longmeadow beat Medfield, 10-7, Friday evening at Foley Stadium in Worcester for the Division 2 state championship capping off first-year coach Ryan Liebel’s perfect 25-0 season with a title.
The Lancers beat Medfield last month, 16-1, but Medfield proved to be more than worthy competition this time around.
“It hasn’t hit me yet, to be honest,” said Liebel.
“Every single day we worked our butts off; 24-0, we didn’t think about that,” he said. “We were just coming down to play Medfield, and we were ready to play.”
The Warriors dictated the play early and got on the board first with a goal from Tyler Hagan at 10:17 of the first.
Longmeadow won the ensuing faceoff and came right back to tie it with a goal from Erik Barsalou.
The back-and-forth pace didn’t go away.
Robert Treiber came up big and had to often in goal for Medfield, which ended its season at 22-4. Treiber’s team reclaimed the lead again after a goal from Thomas Sears.
With the Warrior offense pressing, goalie Matt Draymore made timely saves for Longmeadow.
This seemed to swing the momentum in the Lancers’ favor.
Keegan Dudeck scored for the Lancers just before the end of the first to tie it at two.
With Medfield leading, 5-4, heading toward halftime, Dudeck scored his third of the night to tie it for the Lancers. Longmeadow started the third with a furious attack and grabbed a 6-5 lead off Zach Lukas’s goal.
The third quarter featured great defense from both squads with the Lancers getting the better offensive opportunities early.
But Medfield turned its attack on late tying the game, 6-6, with a goal from Matt Crowell.
The score remained tied heading into the fourth. Dudeck scored his fourth and fifth goals to give the Lancers an 8-6 edge.
Draymore came up huge late to help preserve the lead for Longmeadow. Drew Kelleher and Matt Gamash added insurance goals for the Lancers.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Dudeck, whose five goals led the team. “It’s great for Longmeadow.
“We knew in 2008 we won it and some of the players from that team came back to talk to us,” said Dudeck.
“They told us what it means to win this kind of game and what it takes to get there.”