Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lincoln-Sudbury Wraps up Third Consecutive D1 Boys Lax Championship

By Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi)

Boston - Despite finishing the game on a 4-0 run, BC High couldn’t come back on Saturday at Nickerson Field, as Lincoln-Sudbury held on to defeat the Eagles, 8-7 and win its third straight Division 1 state championship.

“They’re athletic, they executed on several big plays,” said LS head coach Brian Vona. “When we called timeouts, they came out and scored. Great program.”

The Warriors (19-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, led by three tallies from senior Jack Sutherland, but the Eagles (19-4) began to inch back. The first BC High goal came with 10:25 left in the second quarter when Christian Price, the hero from the semi final win against Duxbury, found the board. Moments later, Aidan Carroll scored his first of the day.

The late comeback made that fast start all the more important.

“The thing that we talked about was getting a quick fast start,” said Sutherland. “We’re not going to beat them one on one so we have to get out of the gate fast. They have the best defense in the state and are going to put up a fight.”

Sutherland was one of those leaders in getting out to that start.

“I didn’t realize he did [score three goals],” said Vona “I’ve known that kid since he was a little boy. I’m so proud of him, he has a huge heart, he’s a big effort kid.”

The Eagles held LS to just one goal in the second half, fueling the potential comeback. With BC High peppering LS senior goalie Trevor van Leer, the three-time state champion stood tall.

“They’re a hard working team and we knew that,” added Van Leer. “We’ve been with each other for so long and fought as brothers, we have a lot of chemistry and love each other and play our hearts out for each other.”

The defense for the Eagles stepped up, led by Tommy Joyce and Will Bowen, to hold the Warriors to single digit goals for just the sixth time all season.

But the Warriors defense also came up big when they needed it against an Eagles offense that had begun to soar in the postseason.

“You know, they have so many scoring options but so many as individuals,” said Van Leer. “A lot of individual players, when you go against a team like that as long as you trust your defenders to shut them off, that’s what we did.”

For the Warriors, three of the key pieces of their roster in Sutherland, Van Leer, and Hayden Frey, who scored once in the contest, all graduate as champions.

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