HINGHAM — The last time Hingham and Duxbury met, on this same field in late April, the visiting Dragons scored at the end of regulation to tie the game and late in overtime to win the game. When the teams battled in the Division 1 South boys’ lacrosse final Saturday afternoon, the matchup mirrored that previous showdown, but it was top-seeded Hingham which ultimately prevailed by the same final score, 8-7, in yet another epic clash between the two schools.
Senior attacker Will Kenney converted with 24.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, then junior midfielder Cooper Dainton converted with 3 seconds remaining in the first OT period to clinch it.
Hingham (22-2)will play Lincoln-Sudbury (16-4) in the Division 1 East final Thursday night at Boston University.
“We knew we weren’t going to just walk through this,” Hingham coach John Todd said. “This wasn’t going to be a lopsided game. Our kids rose up, and our coaching staff did an unbelievable job.”
Dainton capitalized on a play the coaches created recently for a moment exactly like this one, jabbing right, cutting left, and beating the goalie while tumbling to the ground. He got up quickly, hoisted his hands in the air, and celebrated with his teammates near the 30-yard line.
The goal was his second of the game, and it gave the Harbormen their first South title as a Division 1 school and their fifth in the last six seasons overall.
After trailing, 6-3, at halftime, the sixth-seeded Dragons (16-6) stormed back to take a 7-6 lead on a Mike McCutcheon goal with 1:17 left in the fourth, yet this time, the Harbormen had the final answer.
“We had to play our hearts out to beat BC High. We had to play our hearts out to beat these guys,” Todd said.