What looked like a relatively easy victory for Medfield boys’ lacrosse turned into a gut check when defending sectional champion Concord-Carlisle rallied in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Division 2 Central/East final.
Trailing 7-3 in the fourth quarter, the never-say-die Patriots scored four goals in a 2:35 span, but the top-seeded Warriors responded with two goals in a six-second span to pull out a narrow 9-7 victory on the rain-soaked turf at Natick High.
Medfield (19-2) will face D2 South champion Sandwich(18-5) in a state semifinal Monday at Hanover High.
“[The Patriots] have been here before, so we knew they were going to punch back,” said Medfield coach John Isaf. “We just showed some mental toughness there. It’s tough to withstand a four-goal run in the fourth quarter and have the presence and poise, but we stepped up when we needed to.”
Playing without senior captain and leading scorer Mike Hauptman (knee), Medfield received key offensive contributions from senior Brian Abely (two goals), junior captain Tommy Gill (two goals) and junior Jimmy Cosolito (two goals, assist), who snapped the Patriots 4-0 run with 1:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Medfield was able to control possession over the first three quarters thanks to the play of faceoff specialist Connor DePiero. The junior won 13 of his first 14 draws, then effectively sealed the contest with a huge faceoff win and assist to Jack McCordic to give Medfield a 9-7 lead with 1:48 to play.
Concord-Carlisle (18-3) hung around thanks to an incredible effort from junior goalie Ben Anastos (15 saves), and came all the way back to the game, 7-7, on a goal from senior captain Derek Stout.
But after failing to make the sectional semifinals last year for the first time in program history, these Warriors would not be denied in their quest to add to Medfield’s legacy by winning a sixth state championship this decade.
“They know the tradition and legacy of Medfield lacrosse,” said Isaf. “Last year was a bitter disappointment for them, and we’ve got a lot of guys back from
last year that didn’t want to feel that feeling again.
“So, they knew they were going to have to put in a complete effort, and to do that without our All-American attackman [Hauptman] and our offensive leader, is just incredible.”
Division 2 South
Sandwich 10, Hanover 8 — After playing such an integral role in the first sectional title in program history, it’s no wonder senior Cameron Lopes got emotional in describing the Blue Knights’ victory over top-seeded Hanover at Hingham High.
“It means the world to me,” Lopes said after scoring three goals and assisting on three more for the Blue Knights. “I can’t thank my family or my teammates enough.”
Lopes didn’t find the back of the net until the 8:51 mark of the third quarter, at which point Sandwich (18-5) found itself trailing 6-3 against Hanover (16-6). His tally ignited a 6-0 run for the Blue Knights, including the strike which put Sandwich ahead for good 2:32 into the fourth quarter. The win for the Blue Knights avenged a 13-11 loss to the Indians in the regular season.
“I think we have a lot of confidence in our keeper [Cameron Schemenaur] and our defense,” Sandwich coach Mike McNeill said. “It’s just about keeping calm and doing what we’ve been practicing. All week long, we practiced like it was tryouts.”
Schemenauer made seven saves for the Blue Knights, five in the second half. Charles Chapman also had three goals in the win for Sandwich.
Ben Fein had four goals in a losing effort to lead the Indians.
Division 3 South
Cohasset 13, Norwell 11 — Reeling after giving up four straight goals in the second quarter, the season was on the brink for the Cohasset boys’ lacrosse team.
Still smarting over a loss in triple overtime to top-seeded Norwell on May 7, the third-seeded Skippers came out gangbusters in the third quarter. While Albie DiBella scored 24 seconds in to give the Clippers a four-goal advantage, the next eight goals belonged to Cohasset, helping the Skippers pull away for their second straight D3 South sectional title.
With our schedule, I think people can see our flaws a little bit more. With Norwell’s, it’s a little bit harder to see their scars,” Cohasset coach James Beaudoin said. “Playing them and having film on them, they’ve got players. Once you get to see them the first time, you can try to adjust to how they play.”
Jake Sullivan, Patrick Dionisio and Gray Thomas notched hat tricks for Cohasset, which was down two starters in goalie Mason Fitzgerald and LSM Chris Longo due to injury.
Thomas keyed the second half rally for the Skippers with a response to DiBella’s fourth goal of the game just 18 seconds later and adding a second strike after another minute had passed. Colin McFetridge had the next two goals to tie the game at 9-9, while Dionisio delivered the goal that put Cohasset ahead for good at the 6:48 mark of the third.
“Every day at practice, they bring the energy,” Thomas said of playing sans Fitzgerald and Longo. “We try to follow them, so we’re just trying to bring that together and work as a team.”
The Skippers will face Dover-Sherborn in a rematch of last year’s Division 3 state title game on Monday in the state semifinals at Hanover High School. Cohasset won that matchup, 11-3.
Division 3 Central/East
Dover-Sherborn 12, Littleton 7 — Sophomore Bradley Peterson netted a hat trick to lead the offense and Cam Raycroft led a stellar defensive effort as the top-seeded Raiders (16-5) held the second-seeded Tigers (16-5) scoreless over the first 30:17 of play and coasted to their sixth straight sectional crown.
“It’s a nice feeling,” said D-S coach Brian McLaughlin. “It’s a credit to the kids that have been working hard and seniors that have been good leaders over the years and shown the younger kids what it takes to succeed each year.”
Cambridge R&L 10, Catholic Memorial 7 — The third-seeded Falcons (6-3) were led by their sophomores in a comeback victory over the second-seeded Knights (6-2) in West Roxbury.
Nicholas Oliveria-Chase converted a try to spark the comeback followed by sophomore Calvin Gulliermo, who found the goal line for the Falcon’s second try to put them ahead late in the match.
The Falcons advance to the Division 2 State Final against the winner of Milton-Hanover at Curry College in Milton on Saturday, June 22.
Thomas Herron reported from West Roxbury and Jake Levin from Hingham.