If Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” wasn’t drowning out the exuberance on the bus ride home for the Acton-Boxboro boys’ lacrosse team, it certainly should’ve been.
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Colonials were faced with a mountain to scale seemingly every week. Yet time and time again, the team proved most peaks simply not high enough, posting a 6-2 mark against Top-10 opposition this season.
In easily the biggest hurdle of them all on Saturday night at Boston University, Acton-Boxboro stunned powerhouse Duxbury, 5-4, in double overtime to claim the program’s first Division 1 state title.
Ironically, the Colonials (21-3) owe a bit of their success to the coach of the team they beat to reach the final — Lincoln-Sudbury’s Brian Vona.
“We haven’t had the toughest schedule in years past,” said Acton-Boxboro coach Pat Ammendolia. “So before the season, close friend and mentor Brian Vona called me and said, ‘I’m telling you as a friend. You need to beef up your schedule.’
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