Boys loom large in Somerset Berkley’s OT field hockey win

Debee Tlumacki for the Globe

Somerset-Berkley Lucas Crook, a junior forward who scored the winning goal in a 3-2 overtime triumph in a Division 1 South field hockey semifinal, drew criticism from Canton’s coach for playing against girls.

By Ryan Hathaway Globe Correspondent 

Fourteen athletes took the field for the overtime period on Wednesday night, but all eyes at the Division 1 South field hockey semifinal were trained on Somerset-Berkley’s Lucas Crook and Alex Millar, the only two boys in uniform.

It was Crook, a high-scoring junior forward, that tipped in an errant rebound four minutes into the 7-on-7 extra session that lifted the host Raiders to an emotional, and fiery 3-2 victory over Canton.


His reaction on seeing the ball roll into the net was one of relief.

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Crook relaxed his posture, reassured to have finally slipped a shot past Canton goalie Riley Brown, who stood up top-seeded Somerset-Berkley (21-0) for most of the night on the frigid turf.

There was no relief, however, on the Canton side.

“They shouldn’t have boys on their team, it’s ridiculous” said Canton coach Christine O’Connor after her team’s season ended at 16-4-1.

From start to finish, the Canton sideline had problems with the physicality of the game, with one assistant coach being assessed a green card.


“The officials didn’t keep control of it, I think if they had, the result would’ve been different in regulation,” O’Connor said. “I think the boys were too physical, I think they were altogether too physical.”

Debee Tlumacki for the Globe

The presence of two boys on Somerset-Berkley’s field hockey team, including Alex Millar (above), incensed Canton coach Christine O’Connor, who fumed after her team’s 3-2 overtime loss that the top-seeded Raiders (21-0) “shouldn’t have boys on their team, it’s ridiculous.”

Senior Kara Desjarlais score first for Somerset-Berkley, poking in a goal two minutes into the game. But Canton sophomore Kaitlyn Goyetch immediately countered with a goal of her own. Somerset-Berkley regained the lead on a tally from junior Megan Salsinha, but Goyetch scored again for Canton midway through the second half to force overtime.

At game’s end, the two sides lined up to shake hands, but many refused — an outcome that dismayed Somerset-Berkley 22-year coach Jen Crook, also Lucas’s mother, who complained of poor sportsmanship from Canton.

“I’m starting to get really annoyed with this,” she said, adding that her two male athletes have been playing since seventh grade and want to continue. Her daughter, Cameron, a freshman, is also one of Raiders’ top scorers.

“They could easily go play soccer, or football, they enjoy the sport of field hockey,” she said.

Every Somerset-Berkley player wore shorts on Wednesday night, a departure from the traditional uniform featuring a skirt. The Raiders were told by the MIAA that there had to be uniform consistency.


“I don’t know what else to do,” Crook said. “It’s the adults that are ruining this.”

A frustrated O’Connor argued that her team was the more skilled, and was hurt by the presence of the two boys.

“We were the better team, how do you play against that?”

Division 1 North

Andover 3, Central Catholic 2 — Trailing 2-1 at the half, the top-seeded Golden Warriors (19-0-1) received second-half goals from freshman Hanna Medwar to beat their Merrimack Conference rival in a semifinal at Reading High.

Andover was 2-0-1 against Central this fall, both wins 3-2 finals. Central (17-3-1) built a 2-1 lead at the half on goals by Erin O'Neill and Casey Thompson. Julia Carlo had the first Andover goal.

Winchester 3, Acton-Boxborough 0 — Niki Micciche scored two goals and her sister, Madison, a senior, scored the third goal. With the win, Winchester (20-0-1) advances to the Division 1 North final Saturday against Andover.

Division 1 South

King Philip 2, Duxbury 1 — Senior Abby Campbell made four crucial saves and Claire Lawler converted King Philip’s only corner as the second-seeded Warriors (17-2-1) staved off a relentless Duxbury.

KP advances to Saturday’s final against Somerset-Berkley. King Philip defended each one of Duxbury’s nine corners, with the Dragons scoring off a stroke by Keely Smith seconds before halftime.

Boys’ soccer

St. Sebastian’s 1, Roxbury Latin 0 — Senior Soree Kaba scored on a penalty kick in the first half, while senior goalie Will Kiley saved a penalty kick in the 87th minute to preserve the win for the Arrows.

Division 3 North

Watertown 1, Wayland 0 — Sergio Salas denied Wayland’s final PK bid by Marco Melero and Jose Luiz Mendoza delivered the decisive shootout goal for the fifth-seeded Raiders (14-6-1).

Watertown converted all five of its chances in the shootout.

Division 1 Central

Marlborough 1, Westborough 0 — Andre Faria scored the winner to lift the No. 2 seed Panthers (15-1-3) over the third-seeded Rangers (15-2-3) in double-overtimeat Doyle Field in Leominster.

Division 3 Central

Nipmuc 5, Advanced Math and Science 1 — Alex Ott (3 goals), Jordan Andrade (2 goals) and Jackson Bukunt (4 assists) paced the visiting third-seeded Warriors (17-2-2) past the No. 2 Eagles (17-1-2) in a Central Mass. Division 3 semifinal at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium.

Girls’ volleyball

Division 1 South

Barnstable 3, North Attleborough 0 — Junior Riley James had 20 kills and eight digs for the No. 1 Red Raiders (21-0) in their semifinal win.

Division 2 South

Duxbury 3, Notre Dame (Hingham) 0 — The top-seeded Dragons (22-1) moved a step closer to their first sectional title, ousting defending champion NDA (12-10) with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-11 win.

Milton 3, Norwood 0 — The Wildcats (15-8) were led by their senior trio of Haley O’Brien (14 kills), Francesca Coyne (15 service points) and Gillian Handy (eight kills).

Division 2 North

Melrose 3, Arlington Catholic 1 — Sophomore Emma Randolph led the Red Raiders (22-2) with 16 kills to advance them to the Division 2 North sectional final.

Division 2 Central

Westborough 3, Medway 1 — Emma Smallcomb had 38 assists and 11 kills, while Becky Arena and Alexia Austin both tallied 16 kills to guide the No. 3 seed Rangers (18-2) past the second-seeded Mustangs (19-3).

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