Every time Hingham attempted to climb back into Saturday’s Division 2 state championship game at Boston University, the Harbormen were forced to try and solve Medfield All-America senior goalie Robert Treiber.
And every time the Harbormen desperately needed a defensive stop, they had to contend with Robert’s brother, sophomore attack Matthew Treiber.
The Treiber brothers, however, didn’t let Hingham gain any traction and Medfield eased to a 13-6 victory.
“We just wanted to take it one step at a time, as coach [John Isaf] has been preaching all year, and basically just take one play, one step,” Robert Treiber said. “Not look too far ahead, not look back at the mistakes we made.”
Robert Treiber finished with 15 saves while Matthew Treiber recorded four goals and three assists.
With the game tied, 1-1, halfway through the first quarter, Matthew Treiber ripped a shot past Hingham junior goalie Jack Santilli to give the Warriors a lead they would not relinquish.
Medfield led, 7-3, at halftime before Hingham cut the deficit to two in the third quarter.
But a smothering defense combined with Robert Treiber’s performance kept the Warriors ahead.
“I mean he’s an All-American,” Isaf said of his goalie. “Big stopper, directs the defense, great with the ball in his stick. It’s a real relief as a coach to have someone like that in the goal for you.”
The win was also a family affair for Isaf, whose son, Jack, is a senior attack.
“All of them are my sons, that’s how I feel,” said Isaf, who has coached the senior class since they played youth lacrosse in fourth grade. “They’ve been an important part of my life for the last eight years and I’m going to miss the heck out of them. It hasn’t dawned on me that this is the last game with them. It’s going to be tough.”
In addition to Matthew Treiber’s stellar offensive showing, senior attack Tyler Hagan and sophomore midfielder John MacLean each netted a hat trick for the Warriors.
Matthew Treiber’s performance was made even more impressive given that he missed 11 games this season with a foot injury.
“I just worked as hard as I could to get back, did everything the doctor told me,” he said. “It was a dream come true to play in the playoffs with my brother, let alone the state championship.”
His older brother agreed.
“It’s great to see him come back from being injured,” Robert Treiber said. “It’s very exciting to look down the other end and see him having a good game. Means the world to win a state championship with him, I couldn’t ask for anything else. Best way to end high school.”