HINGHAM — Neither team was going to be handed a prolonged scoring run in Tuesday’s Division 1 South semifinal matchup between No. 1 Hingham and No. 4 Xaverian.
Two of the top defenses and goaltenders in the state were going to make that next to impossible. Which is why the extra goals the Harbormen were able to muster made all the difference in a 10-4 victory over the Hawks, sending them to the Division 1 South final on Friday.
Frankie Higgins scooped and scored off the faceoff-X just into seconds into the game, preceding a scoring drought that lasted more than 16 minutes for Hingham. During that time, Xaverian took advantage of Hingham miscues to open a 3-1 edge.
“We realized our emotions were getting too high,” Higgins said. “They went out and put a few in. Once they made it 3-1, we brought it together and realized we were too hopped up on emotions and just had to play our game.”
After Dylan Gardner’s goal with 2:26 left in the first, it was Xaverian’s offense that got stuck in neutral. Four Hingham players scored in a span of 3:27 early in the second quarter, opening a 5-3 lead that held for a halftime score.
Jack Whalen’s goal 2:15 into the third quarter got the Hawks back within one, but it was the last goal his team scored. Jake Quilty grabbed his second of the game before the third quarter was out to make it 6-4, and the Harbormen poured in four straight — the first two tallies from Sam Ward to complete a hat trick — to pull away in the fourth.
“We’re happy with where we are, we’re happy with the way we’re playing,” Hingham coach John Todd said in reference to his team’s first year in Division 1. “The competition is extremely tough and that’s what we prepare for.”
Teagan Alexander made 14 saves for Xaverian.