Before Wednesday’s showdown with Hingham, Duxbury boys’ lacrosse coach Chris Sweet reminded his players to soak in the moment.
It’s a unique opportunity to play a rival, in front of a huge crowd at home, with a Patriot League championship and a No. 1 ranking on the line.
“That was the message to the boys, that it’s rare to have an in-season game with this kind of importance and intensity,” Sweet said. “Enjoy the moment and enjoy it for what it is.”
The advice hit home as the No. 2 Dragons (13-2) outlasted top-ranked Hingham (14-1), 9-7, earning their second statement win of the week.
Between its decisive 7-2 triumph over Lincoln-Sudbury on Saturday and this latest performance, Duxbury cemented its status as one of the favorites to capture a state title.
“That’s all you want as a senior,” said defenseman Malcolm Eddy. “You want this, and then you want the next step, to go to a state championship. That’s what we’re looking for now.”
The Harbormen burst out to an early 3-0 lead just five minutes in, prompting a quick Duxbury timeout.
“We came out a little too hyped up,” Sweet said. “Just relax and let’s get back to playing our game. It seemed to work.”
Duxbury ripped off five unanswered goals, highlighted by Matt Peters’ score off a feed from Charlie Gans. Brad Backlund and Joe Gooley added tallies late in the half, and Duxbury rolled into the intermission with a 7-5 lead.
Nobles 12, Governor’s Academy 5 — Nick Loring scored a game-high four goals and fellow Harvard commit Hayden Cheek added three goals and three assists to help Nobles (14-4, 11-1 ISL) grab a share of first-place with Governor’s (12-3, 11-1), which suffered its first league loss.
Foxboro 7, Franklin 6 — After Eric Civetti (3 goals) tied it with 3:30 left, Lou Piccolo completed his hat trick with 46 seconds left in overtime to lift the host Warriors (14-1) over the Panthers (12-3) in a showdown of Hockomock League division leaders.
Marblehead 17, North Andover 15 — Grace Arthur (3 goals, 6 assists), Hadley Carlton (3 goals), Caroline Driscoll (3 goals) propelled the Magicians (10-3) in a game that was tied, 7-7, at the half.
Medway 6, Norton 0 — Junior Justin Pratt tossed a no-hitter for the Mustangs with four strikeouts and one walk.
Newton North 10, Norwood 0 — Mia Patriacca delivered a no-hitter for the Tigers (10-4). The senior fanned eight batters in five innings.
Walpole 3, Braintree 2 — Senior Kate Wilmot pitched all 12 innings, scattering eight hits, and singled home the winning run for the Rebels.
Norwood 3, Brookline 1 — Jake Fleming tallied a career-high 40 kills to go with 18 service points and five aces for the Mustangs.Nate Weitzer reported from Dedham, Jake Levin from Foxborough.