Wednesday, April 26, 2017

St. Sebastian's Lax Takes Down Rival Belmont Hill in Premier ISL Clash

Arrows and their fans celebrate first win over Belmont Hill since 2012
By Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7)

BELMONT, Mass. -- Over the last four seasons, Belmont Hill boys’ lacrosse has dominated the Independent School League, winning three titles while compiling a 47-5 overall record during that span.

Yet on a rainy afternoon at Belmont’s Gerald Jordan Field, the St. Sebastian’s Arrows asserted their claim to the ISL throne with a 14-11 victory, taking down their archival for the first time since 2012. 

“It means a lot because Belmont Hill is the standard by which the rest of the [ISL] measures itself,” St. Sebastian’s first-year coach Adam White said after the win. “They do everything the right way and that’s really challenged us as a program to up our game. They’re our rivals and it feels good because we have so much respect for them.”

No. 2 Medfield Catches Fire Against Dover-Sherborn in Bruce Lerch Game of the Month

Medfield celebrates a win over rival Dover-Sherborn
By Mike Abelson (@ABELS0N)

MEDFIELD, Mass. -- The lights shut off in the first quarter of Tuesday's meeting between Medfield and Dover-Sherborn. As they returned to full power, Jack Cahill lit up the night.

The Medfield senior exploded for two goals and four assists in the second half to power the Warriors to a convincing 14-8 win over their Tri Valley League rivals in the first ever Bruce Lerch Game of the Month. The highly-anticipated game benefited the Bruce Lerch Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of the late, great local sports reporter, who covered high school lacrosse for the Boston Herald and BostonLax.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No. 12 Needham Hands No. 4 Walpole First Loss

Needham stood toe-to-toe with undefeated Walpole and came out on top
By Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7)

WALPOLE, Mass. - On a rain-soaked afternoon, the little things can often make the biggest difference in a heated high school lacrosse game. 

Undefeated Walpole and upstart Needham battled for two and a half quarters, trading the lead five times with four ties, but a couple of unsung heroes turned the tide to carry the Rockets in a 9-6 victory over their hosts.

Rockets (6-2) goalie Austin Shaver made 16 saves while Joe Bruno controlled the Faceoff X to provide extra possessions and attack Danny McEvoy lead the scoring charge with three of his four goals in the second half, as Needham outscored Walpole, 5-1, in the third quarter to take control. 

MIAA Top 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll: 4/25/17

Lincoln-Sudbury seniors Jack Sutherland (left) and Hayden Frey have been on a tear to open the season
Our rankings of the best teams in the state during the 2017 lacrosse season, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 4/25)

1. Lincoln-Sudbury (7-0; Last Ranking - 1): This group continued to shine with a win at nationally ranked Ward Melville (N.Y.) and came home to win a fourth consecutive Coaches Challenge Cup the following week.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gavin Reilly Spins a No-Hitter for BC High

Only a few errors in the second inning prevented Eagles senior Gavin Reilly from tossing a Perfect Game on Monday
By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

BOSTON - Typically, when one tosses a no-hitter, a little bit of luck is required, but with the way Gavin Reilly threw for BC High on Monday, no good fortune was needed.

On Monday, the Eagles senior righthander threw a complete-game shutout, no-hitting Malden Catholic as BC High defeated the Lancers, 2-0, on a warm afternoon at Monan Park.

Reilly (CGSO, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K), who will continue his playing career at Wheaton next year, had terrific command all afternoon, throwing 53 of his 77 pitches for strikes.