FOXBOROUGH — Lou Piccolo scored his second goal of the game early in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Hockomock boys’ lacrosse showdown against visiting Franklin, handing Foxborough a 6-1 lead.
His third tally came 28 minutes, 27 seconds later — a backhander with 46 seconds left in double overtime to lift the 14th-ranked Warriors to a dramatic 7-6 victory, the program’s first in the series since 2012.
“We weren’t getting frustrated, they’ve got a great defense, great team every year,” said Piccolo, a senior attack. “They’ve got a great run defense. We were just playing our game, we were playing our offense and doing what we had to do. We came out on top.”
Piccolo scored 2:47 into the third quarter to give Foxborough (14-1) a five-goal cushion, building on a promising first half in which the Warriors racked up four goals before No. 6 Franklin (12-3) could find its bearing.
But until his winner in the second OT, Franklin had flipped the game completely on its head. Led by Eric Civetti (three goals, two assists), the Panthers turned a five-goal deficit into a tie game with 3:30 left in regulation.
Civetti capped the comeback, going one-on-one with Foxborough goalie Jake Addeche just outside the crease. Civetti faked high and went low to tie the game, 6-6.
After alternating chances throughout the first two overtime periods, Piccolo finally snapped Foxborough’s scoring drought, moving the Warriors one step closer to a Hockomock League title.
“That’s magical,” Foxborough coach Matt Noone said of Piccolo’s game-winner. “Special players step up in special moments, and Louis did tonight.”