WESTWOOD — After committing a costly turnover that allowed Duxbury to send Monday’s boys’ lacrosse game into overtime, Xaverian’s Andrew Perry knew he had to make up for his mistake in the extra period.
It didn’t take long for him to do so.
Barely two minutes into OT, Perry got the ball up top, beat his man, and let a shot fly. The result was a glorious game-winner, capping a 9-8 home victory for No. 3 Xaverian (4-1) over No. 4 Duxbury (5-1).
“It was a great feeling,” the sophomore midfielder said. “I was just happy I was able to contribute a little bit to beat one of the best teams in the state.”
Xaverian was 19 seconds away from cementing the win in regulation, but Duxbury senior Joe Gooley made the Hawks wait a little longer. Gooley’s shot in the final seconds tied the game at 8.
The sequence was a microcosm of the entire game. Every time one team surged ahead, the other responded to keep it close.
Duxbury led, 4-3, after tallies by Matty Gill and Charlie Gans. The Hawks trailed, 5-3, late in the second, then Trevor Carroll delivered in the final minute to slice the deficit to 5-4 at the break.
Back and forth they went, with neither side leading by more than a goal the entire second half. Senior Tom Duggan scored for Duxbury to make it 7-7, then junior Jack Whalen responded with 3:59 remaining to give the Hawks the lead once again.
Gooley’s goal gave Duxbury hope, but the Hawks got the last laugh.
“We kind of let things go in the second half against Lincoln-Sudbury [Friday] after going into halftime tied with them,” Xaverian coach Tim Gardner said. “So it’s good for these guys to have the confidence, that if they keep things screwed down, they can hang with anybody.”
Duxbury coach Chris Sweet knew it was a winnable game, but he believes the Dragons might get a crack at redemption.
“I have a funny feeling we’ll see them again down the road,” Sweet said.For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email email@example.com.