The bully of the Tri-Valley League is back.
After suffering its first-ever loss to Westwood last May and failing to reach the sectional semifinals of the state tournament for the first time in program history, Medfield boys’ lacrosse appears to be returning to its dynastic form.
Under a cold rain on Tuesday evening, the host Warriors avenged one of those defeats by throttling, Westwood, 18-6, in their second consecutive resounding win to open the season.
“We absolutely played to the standard we expect from our program over the first three quarters,” said Medfield coach John Isaf, who steered the Warriors to three straight state titles from 2014-2016
“I thought it was a complete effort from the guys through three quarters, but we need to do a better job, regardless of what the score is, of finishing strong.”
The Warriors (2-0) used a 5-0 run in the first quarter to jump in front and outscored the Wolverines, 12-0, over the next two quarters to open a 17-2 lead heading into the fourth.
Junior Connor DePiero led a faceoff unit that won 17 of the first 22 draws to ensure possession, while senior captain Mike Hauptman (7 goals), junior Jake Sherman (5 goals, 2 assists), and junior Jack McCordic (goal, 2 assists) led an efficient attack.
“They understand the matchups, they understand how to see the field and to not force things,” Isaf said of his attack. “We’re learning how to execute on offense and certainly we have some guys that can put the ball in the back of the net.”
Medfield’s defense was equally dominant. Along with Lehigh commit John Schofield, senior poles Mike McNeil and Pat Thompson helped hold Westwood scoreless over a 28-minute span from late in the first quarter until Conor Donohue scored with 8:20 remaining.
To Isaf’s chagrin, Westwood (1-1) tacked on three more goals with little defensive resistance, and the coach lamented that his players seemed up to let up with the game well in hand.
“It’s consistency of effort and making sure they play to the standard we expect,” said Isaf.
“We didn’t win anything, we won a game, but we didn’t meet any of our goals yet. We’ve got a long way to go, it’s a long season, and we’ve got to get better.”
Concord-Carlisle 15, Bridgewater-Raynham 7 — Tim Keefe scored two goals and Johnny Lydstone had one goal and four assists for the Patriots (1-3).
Dover-Sherborn 11, Wayland 5 — Junior Matt Gallitano made 13 saves to help the Raiders (2-0) hold off junior Aidan Chitkara (3 goals) and the No. 13 Warriors (2-1).
Hull 9, Rockland 8 — Senior Kyle Cuklanz scored three goals and added an assist and freshman Ryan Healey added three goals for the Pirates (2-0).
Masconomet 12, Triton 3 — Ryan Castle scored eight goals and Randy Castle saved 11 shots for the Chieftains.
Shawsheen 14, Nashoba Valley Tech 1 — Junior midfielder Conor Rooney scored five times and added two assists for the Rams (3-0).
St. John’s Prep 13, BC High 12 — Senior Pat Keefe scored in overtime as St. John’s Prep (3-2) handed BC High (1-2) its second consecutive loss. Senior All-Americann Craig Yannone scored two goals and won 17 of 25 draws and Mike Ott added three goals for Prep.
Chelmsford 14, Lowell 6 — Casey Mitchell picked up a hat trick and an assist, and Kaleigh Dunham added two goals for the Lions.
Cohasset 20, Middleborough 2 — Kate Cunning picked up a hat trick and Lilly Reilly added two goals and an assist for the Skippers.
Peabody 17, Beverly 8 — Olivia Kiricoples scored five goals and added an assist and Colleen Crotty added four goals and an assist for the Tanners.
Pentucket 17, North Reading 11 — Amanda Drislane scored seven goals, and Clara Dore and Greta Maurer each tallied three for the Sachems.
Sandwich 13, Dennis-Yarmouth 2 — Freshman attack Claire Moniv (4 goals, 1 assist) led the way for the Blue Knights (3-0) over the Dolphins (0-4).
Wellesley 14, Framingham 4 — Sophomore Lauren Burke (4 goals), senior Brooke Baker (3 goals, 1 assist), senior Nicole Beckett (2 goals, 2 assists), and sophomore Maja Desmond (2 goals, 1 assist) led the Raiders (3-0).
Attleboro 6, Stoughton 5 — Junior center fielder Alvaro Espinal hit a walkoff single to propel the Bombardiers (1-2) over the Black Knights (2-1).
Case 8, Greater New Bedford 2 — Senior Cole Escobar logged a complete game, allowing three hits while striking out five for the Cardinals.
Georgetown 5, Ipswich 3 — Ethan Block hit a home run as part of a three-hit day and Jacob Adamsky struck out 10 in six innings for the Royals (1-1).
Hanover 10, Plymouth South 2 — Mike Simon allowed one hit over five innings, striking out four, while getting two hits of his own, with two runs and one RBI for the Indians (2-0).
Lincoln-Sudbury 12, Cambridge 8 — Connor Peek went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs for the Warriors (2-1) in the six-inning win. Thomas Rogers was the winning pitcher, throwing three shutout innings of relief with six strikeouts.
Mashpee 5, Carver 0 — Junior Zach Rodgers tossed a three-hit shutout, with no walks and 13 strikeouts for the Falcons (3-0).
Natick 4, Brookline 1 — Junior Kenny Phillips pitched a complete game for the Redhawks (2-0), allowing only three hits and one walk to the Warriors (0-2).
Newton North 8, Framingham 2 — Cole Whitehouse had three hits for the Tigers (1-1).
Dighton-Rehoboth 12, Bourne 1 — Freshman Eliana Raposo went 4 for 5 with two doubles and six RBIs to lead the Falcons (2-1). Senior Sadie Pratt was 2 for 5 with three runs scored and Erin McCarthy was 2 for 4 with two runs.
Essex Tech 13, Greater Lawrence 6 — Starting pitcher Shirley Countie struck out three batters before reliever Emily Graham came in and struck out five for the Hawks (1-0).
Hanover 3, Plymouth South 0 — Senior Maeg Amsler went 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, and Caroline Zielinski threw a three-hit shutout, striking out eight for the Indians (2-0).
Ipswich 11, Georgetown 4 — Senior Katherine Noftall went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases and two RBIs to lead the Tigers (1-0) to their first win of the spring.
Newton North 13, Framingham 0 — Senior Jordan Jassett pitched a one-hitter for the Tigers (3-0), striking out five to down the Flyers (0-2).
Southeastern 18, Upper Cape 3 — Erin Kelly, Jordan Burke, and Maddie Hornung each had three hits for the Hawks.
Stoughton 8, Attleboro 7 — Senior Karly Estremera went 3 for 3, recording three triples, three runs, and an RBI to lead the Black Knights (2-1).
Ursuline 14, Maimonides 3 — Caroline Coyle struck out seven batters without giving up a walk in five innings for the Bears (3-2).
Notre Dame (Hingham) 6, North Quincy 0 — Ellie DeAndrade shot a 36 and Margot Osterman shot a 39 for the Cougars at Presidents Golf Club.
Marblehead 3, Winthrop 2 — Seniors Jack Quigley and Vittorio Mariotti won the deciding match, 6-1, 6-2, for the Magicians.
Lynn Classical 90, Medford 44 — Senior Jonathan Fernandez won the shot put, senior Chauncey Williams, Jr. finished first in the triple jump and javelin, and senior Junior Mejia won the mile for the Rams (1-1).
Lynn Classical 104, Medford 28 — Junior Rachel Brennan won the mile and 800, junior Slanny Portorreal won the long jump, high jump, and 200, and sophomore Cherish Nwoko won the discus and shot put for the Rams (2-0).
Whitman-Hanson 91, Scituate 45 — Senior captain Ally Bartlett won the shot put, 200-meter hurdles, and 200 meters in the win for the Panthers.
Lexington 3, Greater Lowell 0 — Ray Warren had 18 kills, 12 digs, and 3 blocks for the Minutemen (5-0).
Somerville 3, Presentation of Mary 2 — Senior middle hitter Rami Abou-Youssef led the Highlanders (1-1) over the Panthers (0-2).