Thursday, June 15, 2017

BC High Nips Duxbury in D1 State Semifinal

By Marisa Ingemi (@Maria_Ingemi)

ALLSTON - Led by sophomore Christian Price, who tallied a career-high five goals, Boston College High School edged past Duxbury, 11-9, to advance to the Division 1 state championship at Boston University's Nickerson Field this Saturday.

“That’s probably the best game I’ve been a part of at BC High,” said head coach Steve Lydon. “Hats off to Duxbury. They’re a great team. We thought it’d be a race to ten [goals].”

The Eagles jumped out 1-0, but then the Dragons, led by a three-goal first half from sophomore Jack Wood, took a 4-1 lead.

BC High was able to tie it back 4-4, but the Dragons wouldn’t let up as the squads exchanged three goal runs.

“My team are such great competitors,” Price said. “Duxbury is a great team. We couldn’t have done it without being a team.”

After Duxbury had a 6-5 lead at the half, two straight goals from BC High had the Eagles back on top, and Price scored his fourth to make it 8-6. Two Dragon tallies had the game tied once more late in the fourth quarter.

Then, it was Charlie Gans getting on the board for the first time all night to give the Dragons the lead once more, 9-8.

But the Eagles weren’t done either. Max Djusberg deadlocked the game 9-9 with 3:54 left before Charlie Pyne netted the game winner, then Price would score his fifth of the game to end the scoring.

“It helped with Max [Djusberg] winning a bunch of face-offs,” said Lydon. “Can’t say enough about the game he played.”

For Duxbury, Riley Bergstrom led with two goals and two assists, while Wood had three, all in the opening half. Nick LoConte, Matt Gill, Bobby Maimaron, and Charlie Gans also scored.

Pat Bulger scored three goals with four assists to go along with the five from Price. Pat Jennings, Charlie Pyne, and Djusberg scored single tallies and Jennings added another assist.

“We’re trying to play a six-man offense and that’s what makes teams good,” Lydon said. “That’s something that LS has done at the head of the pack for a while here, and that’s our goal too.”

After Bulger had stepped up to score three late goals against Newton North in the quarterfinals, it was Price tonight showing off the Eagles depth.

“Everybody on our bench is insane,” Price said. “They all can step up on any given night.”

The Eagles, the Division 1 South sectional champions, will have an opportunity to avenge last season’s championship game defeat to Lincoln-Sudbury (18-1) on the campus of Boston University.

“If this game happens earlier in the season, we don’t come back,” said Lydon. “But a lot of guys have really grown up and matured this year and we showed a lot of resiliency tonight.”

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