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MIAA DIVISION 1 BOYS’ LACROSSE FINAL | LINCOLN-SUDBURY 8, BC HIGH 7

Senior trio leads Lincoln-Sudbury to three-peat of Division 1 title

Boston, MA - 6/17/2017 - Lincoln Sudbury players celebrate their state championship win. Lincoln Sudbury vs. BC High in the D1 LAX State Championship final at BU's Nickerson field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Nathaniel Weitzer, Topic: 18hslacrosse, LOID: 8.3.2827582496.
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Lincoln-Sudbury players celebrated with emotion, and glee, in a dog pile after hanging on for a riveting 8-7 victory over BC High for the Division 1 state title Saturday at BU.

All season, Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ lacrosse team has been led by a trio of seniors who were overlooked throughout most of their careers.

In Saturday’s Division 1 state final rematch with BC High at Nickerson Field, Hayden Frey, Brett Williams, and Jack Sutherland starred once again, pacing Lincoln-Sudbury to an 8-7 victory to put an emotional bow on a three-peat.

After surviving a furious late comeback from the Eagles, the Warriors accepted the state championship trophy wearing T-shirts that read “Lost Cause” in reference to what some said about those seniors when they were coming up through L-S youth lacrosse.

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“They were good as lost, and that’s why we got those shirts,” said Lincoln-Sudbury coach Brian Vona.

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“These kids stuck with it since they were 9 years old and I’m proud of them. They’re leaving behind an unbelievable culture of respect and a third championship is icing on the cake for their effort and for kids who believe in the word ‘Team.’ It’s not about L-S, it’s about working together as a team.”

The Warriors (19-1) landed a huge haymaker with a dominant first quarter. Senior captain Junior Almeida won five of six draws and L-S possessed the ball for 11 of 12 minutes to take a 5-0 lead.

BC High (19-4) battled back to make it 6-3 midway through the second, but a late goal from Sutherland (three goals) pushed the Warriors’ lead back to 7-3 heading into halftime.

After Frey (two goals, assist) scored from a tough angle to make it 8-3 early in the third quarter, Eagles goalie Patrick O’Driscoll (11 saves) shut out the Warriors the rest of the way. Meanwhile, BC High senior Pat Bulger (goal, two assists) and freshman Aidan Carroll (two goals) scored before junior Charlie Pyne (two goals, assist) buried two shots to trim the deficit to 8-7 with 75 seconds remaining.

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A huge stop by L-S goalie Trevor Van Leer (eight saves) and critical ground ball won by Dan Ryan sealed the Warriors’ third straight title.

“This team has a special place in my heart and this program is just so strong,” said Sutherland, who, after his mother died when he was 10, found solace by hanging around the team.

“They said that the three of us were nothing special,” Sutherland added “And this year was all about proving all those people who said we could never [win a state title] wrong.”

More photos from the championship

Lincoln-Sudbury's Junior Almeida (1) knocks the ball free from BC High's Kevin Ryan, (5), with this heavy hit.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Lincoln-Sudbury's Junior Almeida (1) knocks the ball free from BC High's Kevin Ryan (5) with this heavy hit.

Peter Rizzotti (14) of Lincoln-Sudbury was penalized for leveling BC High’s Patrick Jennings with this hit.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Peter Rizzotti (14) of Lincoln-Sudbury was penalized for leveling BC High’s Patrick Jennings with this hit.

The thrill of victory was evident on the Linclon-Sudbury end of the field . . .
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
The thrill of victory was evident on the Linclon-Sudbury end of the field . . .
. . . While the agony of defeat was painfully visible among BC High’s players..
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. . . While the agony of defeat was painfully visible among BC High’s players.

Nate Weitzer can be reached at nathaniel.weitzer@globe.com.