MEDFIELD — Only after one last defensive stand in the end was Boston College High’s lead truly safe.
The Eagles (3-1) dominated the first half against Medfield, but then held on for dear life in the waning minutes as the Warriors mounted a comeback, turning in some physical play in not allowing a shot in the final 90 seconds to seal a nice 7-6 boys’ lacrosse victory under the lights.
“I thought the defense was outstanding all game long. We had a couple breakdowns, but that’s a good team making good plays against us, too,” BC High coach Steve Lydon said. To not even give up a shot like that in the last minute and a half was huge.”
Medfield (1-2), meanwhile, has a losing record for the first time ever since head coach John Isaf has been involved with the program — and that has him looking for answers.
“I’ve got to do a better job as a coach getting our guys ready to play in the first and second quarter,” Isaf said. “I’m doing something wrong, and I’ve got to figure it out.”
The Eagles turned in some suffocating defense in the first half, led by All-American Will Bowen, which helped them jump out to a 4-0 lead in the opening quarter. Chi Chi Price opened up the scoring with a heavy cross-body snipe from 15 yards out, off a roll dodge, then Bowen quickly made it 2-0 with a steal in transition and a dish to Zack Swanson. A.J. Wilk followed that up with two straight scores, including a bounce shot from close-range, for the 4-0 advantage after one.
Medfield finally came alive in the final few minutes of the first half, scoring twice from Brian Abely and then Jack Rideout in the final 1:22 of the second quarter and winning three straight faceoffs to head into the break with a 5-2 defict.
The Warriors came alive in the fourth quarter as Mike Hauptman scored two straight to cut the BC lead to 7-6, first coming from behind the net on a second-chance goal, then firing from point blank range just 10 yards out just as the Eagles successfully killed off a penalty.
But the Eagles saved their best defensive stand for last to seal it. Coming out of a timeout with 15 seconds left, the Warriors were unable to get a shot off, pushed almost entirely out of the offensive zone.