Merely 20 hours after a spirited overtime win over Catholic Conference leader St. John’s Prep, the BC High lacrosse team had a chance to write a similar script.
Trailing by five goals early in the fourth quarter Saturday, it appeared the sixth-ranked Eagles had run out of gas against top-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury. Instead, host BC High had possession in its attacking end in the final minute of regulation with a chance to pull off the improbable, but ultimately fell one goal short in a 14-13 loss against the unbeaten Warriors at James Cotter Field.
“Hats off to BC High for playing two games in a row,” L-S coach Brian Vona said. “Both teams got better today and it’s a credit to [BC High coach] Marcus [Craigwell].”
After withstanding five ties and three lead changes in the first half, the Warriors (9-0) began pulling away in the third quarter, scoring the final four goals of the frame and completing a 5-0 run 8 seconds into the fourth on a man-up strike from Collin Murphy to take a 13-8 lead.
The Eagles (8-2) responded 17 seconds later on a Brody Rice tally, only to surrender a Hayden Donley goal 52 seconds after.
L-S didn’t score another goal, however, as BC High locked down on defense and dug deep for one last run in its first meeting with the Warriors since the 2017 Division 1 state title game — a narrow loss for the Eagles.
Mikey Ryan, Will Emsing and Kevin Sheahan helped BC High continue to chip away with three straight goals before Syracuse recruit Carter Rice got the Eagles back within one with just 1:19 left.
Fresh off another win on the faceoff X from Luke Tranter — who won 90% of his draws Saturday — L-S committed an uncharacteristic turnover in the offensive end, giving BC High a chance to draw even.
But the Eagles had an unforced turnover of their own, enabling the Warriors to run out the clock and survive their toughest test of the season.
“It’s the little things of this game that make a difference,” Craigwell said. “It’s trust with each other. We have a lot of trust. I said to rely on each other. Keep executing at a high level, keep trust in our process and it will result in goals and stops on defense.”
Austin Prep 17, Bishop Stang 7 — Lee Poulin and Corbin Martin each had five goals and two assists in the Catholic Central Large win for the host Cougars (8-1).
Methuen 9, Lowell 2 — Will McKinnon (5 goals, 2 assists) and Michael Soucy (2 goals, 2 assists) helped the visiting Rangers (4-6) grind out the Merrimack Valley Conference win.
St. Mary’s 7, Arlington Catholic 6 — The Spartans (10-3) won their closely-contested Catholic Central showdown against the Cougars behind a four-goal outing from Zach Barden and an impressive display from Jackson Field, who added two goals.
Brighton 6, Boston English 5 — Eighth-grader Drew Schlehuber pitched two innings in relief and picked up his first varsity win for the Bengals (11-0) in the Boston City League South.
Danvers 8, Swampscott 1 — Caleb White drove in three runs, and Joe Zamejtis (2 hits allowed) struck out 10 for the Falcons (8-5) in the Northeastern Conference matchup.
Dighton-Rehoboth 8, Greater New Bedford 3 — Junior Jayden LaFleur hit a home run and a double, and earned the save with 2 innings of relief for the host Falcons (5-2) in South Coast Conference action.
Lowell 5, Central Catholic 1 — Senior O’Neil Jimenez powered the Red Raiders (6-5) over 10th-ranked Central Catholic, throwing a complete game and striking out five without allowing an earned run. Jimenez also tallied two hits and two RBIs in the Merrimack Valley Conference battle.
Lynnfield 8, Manchester Essex 0 — Senior Trent Balain tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just five hits and striking out 11 in the Cape Ann League win for the visiting Pioneers (6-7).
Malden 11, Greater Lawrence 3 — Junior Shawn Bartholomew tossed a complete game, allowing four hits, and struck out nine as the Golden Tornadoes (3-4) registered the nonleague win.
Marblehead 9, Beverly 7 — Shane Keough’s go-ahead double pushed the Magicians (6-1) past their Northeastern Conference opponents. AJ Andrino preserved the host’s lead in the final frame and picked up the save.
Reading 6, Lexington 0 — Bill Beneke went 4 for 4, and four Rockets (6-4) combined for a shutout in the Middlesex League matchup.
St. Mary’s 1, Arlington Catholic 0 — Zach Fisher had an RBI single in the first inning and it was all the host Spartans (10-5) needed as John Nowicki (5 IP, 8 Ks), Terence Moynihan (1⅓ IP, 2 Ks), and Aiven Cabral (⅔ IP, 2 Ks, save) dominated on the mound in the Catholic Central League.
Stoneham 8, Wilmington 3 — Senior captain Ritchie Pignone pitched five innings for the Spartans (8-2) with no walks and five strikeouts, and had three RBIs in the Middlesex Freedom win.
Austin Prep 20, Bishop Stang 5 — Junior Brianna Meroli piled up four hits and five RBIs as the host Cougars (7-4) ran away with the Catholic Central Large win.
Latin Academy 9, Fontbonne 5 — Sophomore Alanis Toledano belted a three-run home run in the nonleague win for the Dragons (12-3).
St. Mary’s 9, Arlington Catholic 7 — Alyssa Grossi hit a two-run home run to help the No. 6 Spartans (14-2) rally from a six-run deficit in the Catholic Central League road matchup.
St. John’s Prep 58, Greater Lawrence 11 — Alex Schaeublin (106 pounds), Tyler Knox (120), Elias Hajali (132), Adam Schaeublin (138), Jordan Young (160), Dylan Greenstein (195), and Charlie Smith (heavyweight) all pinned their opponents in the win for the Eagles.
St. John’s Prep 50, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 9 — The Eagles (9-0) won their second match of the day, beating the Pioneers in the Catholic Conference thanks to pins from Elias Hajali (132 pounds), Ethan Barnes Felix (145), Cam Cummings (170), and Charlie Smith (285).