Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ lacrosse has become synonymous with dominance and excellence over the past decade. Yet at the outset of the 2019 season, the Warriors will take a win any way they can get one.
During Monday’s blustery home opener, that meant leaning on a talented but inexperienced defense to hold off a surging St. John’s Prep squad for a 6-5 victory.
“Today was a ‘W’ and we’ll take it,” said L-S coach Brian Vona. “We played tough and that’s what I’m proud of. It’s not always the way you want to do it, especially at the end, but we’ll get there. You have to learn from these things.”
After graduating the entire starting defensive unit and losing two key players to season-ending injuries during Saturday’s scrimmage against New Fairfield Prep (Conn.), L-S had to regroup in a hurry.
The Warriors (1-0) used three goals from senior John Herlihy to open a 5-3 lead through three quarters, then went up 6-3 with nine minutes remaining in the fourth after Matt Ward scored off a turnover.
St. John’s Prep (1-1) responded immediately with a goal from Mike Kelly, and Pat Keefe scored to make it a 6-5 game with 1:16 remaining. Prep’s faceoff standout Craig Yannone won the ensuing draw, but the Eagles game-tying attempt rung the crossbar, allowing L-S to kill the clock.
“We have a lot of situational lacrosse to work on,” said Vona. “We’re young everywhere. We have to win eight games to make the tournament this year and that’s game number one. Honest to God, that’s all it is. Once you get into the tournament, anything can happen.”
Ashland 12, Canton 11 — Junior Dylan Morgan’s four goals and three assists pushed the Clockers (1-0) past the Bulldogs (0-1) in their season opener.
Bishop Fenwick 15, Manchester Essex 9 — Stefano Fabiano and Diego Alvarez-Segee both found the back of the net six times for the Crusaders (1-0) on their way to an opening win over the Hornets (0-1)
Braintree 11, Brookline 5 — Three juniors led the way for the Wamps (1-0) as both Sean O’Riardon and Matt Hemmert tallied 3 goals and 3 assists. John Flemmi also scored 3 times to propel the Wamps to a win over the Warriors (0-1) in this Bay State Conference matchup.
Foxborough 6, Medway 5 — Junior Chris Nicklas scored four goals and tallied an assist to lead the Warriors (1-0), while junior Will Brooks netted the game-winner in overtime.
Old Colony 10, Blue Hills 9 — Senior captain Zach Soucy tallied 4 goals and 1 assist and junior Ethan Harrop added 3 goals and 1 assist to bring the Cougars to 1-1 on the new season.
Oliver Ames 14, Bellingham 8 — Sam Stevens posted five goals to go along with two assists in the Tigers’ win over the Blackhawks while Shane Kilkelly added three goals and two assists of his own.
Braintree 12, Brookline 3 — Junior Ella Tenney (five goals) and senior captain Libby Burchill (four goals) led the Wamps to their season-opening win.
Hanover 7, Marshfield 1 — Senior captain Mike Simon got the opening day start for the Indians (1-0) as he struck out 10 batters over four innings and even knocked in a run from the plate while scoring twice to down the Rams (0-1).
Norwell 8, Quincy 7 — The Clippers (1-0) completed a six-run comeback against the Presidents (0-1) in the bottom of the 7th inning, capped by senior center fielder Sean Coffee, who drove in the winning run with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Senior pitcher Bobby Foley pitched two scoreless innings in relief to make Norwell’s rally possible.
O’Bryant 16, South Boston 6 — Sophomore Luke Maffeo hit a grand-slam in the fifth inning as the Tigers (1-0) rolled to their first victory of the season.
Bridgewater-Raynham 13, Marshfield 5 — Junior pitcher Julia Ferry struck out 13 batters, allowing only 4 hits and 2 earned runs in a season-opening win for the Trojans (1-0) over the Rams (0-1). Senior center fielder Kylee Pische went 4-for-4, scoring 4 runs and adding an RBI, while junior shortstop Summer Sheerin went 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs.
King Philip 10, Sharon 0 — Faith Turinese led the Warriors to a win on their opening day with a 3-hit and 3-RBI performance.
Seekonk 5, Dighton-Rehoboth 2 — Senior Sadie Pratt (3 runs scored, a triple) and sophomore Kyleigh McGreevy (2 RBIs, solo home run) led the Falcons (1-0) to an opening day win over the Warriors.
Stoughton 12, Oliver Ames 1 — Sophomore Nicole Baker starred for the Knights in their season-opening win over the Tigers as she went the distance with eight strikeouts while allowing four hits. She helped her cause at the plate, going 5-for-5 with 6 RBIs with three singles, a double, and a grand slam.
West Bridgewater 18, Bristol-Plymouth 16 — Colleen O’Toole was all over the base paths for the Wildcats in their high-scoring win over the Craftsmen as she went 4-for-6 with two triples, a home run, and four RBIs.
Braintree 11, Archbishop Williams 8 — Sophomore Lily Adams went 3-4 with a double, a triple and a stolen base to lead the Wamps (1-0) in a high-scoring affair.
Attleboro 4, Canton 1 — The Bombardiers (1-0) opened their season with a win over the Bulldogs (0-1) thanks to wins from Jared Cooper and first doubles pair Eli Araujo and Lewis Sandoval. Canton’s Suraj Ramanathan secured the lone point for the Bulldogs with a win in the third set against Evan Caper.
Newton North 3, Natick 0 — Juniors Gavin Emenaker (23 assists) and George Copley (10 kills) led the Tigers (1-2, 1-0 league) to their first win of the season over the Redhawks (0-1) in this Bay State Conference matchup.
Newton South 3, Arlington 1 — Senior Sam Arber recorded six aces for the Lions, and juniors Tyler Russell (30 kills) and Eoneal Jones (20 kills) led the Tigers (1-0) to a season-opening victory over the Spy Ponders.
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