Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Shrewsbury Continues Tournament Push against rival Westboro

Photo by Sydney LaQue. Click here for a full gallery of the game.
By Ryan Morgera (@RyanMor_ASSCO)

Shrewsbury, Mass.
- With just seven games left on their schedule and 4 wins needed to get into the district playoffs, the Shrewsbury Colonials knew a win Tuesday was very important.

Colonial junior attackman Cole Russo knew that especially, and his team delivered with a 12-4 victory over Mid-Wach A rival Westboro.

"We (Shrewsbury) knew it was going to be a big game coming in," Russo said. "(We were) 5-7, and we need to bring in the energy to get into the playoffs”.

Shrewsbury’s Jackson Lane got on the board early to start off the scoring. Shrewsbury took a 5-0 lead before Westboro’s Declan Gardner scored to make it 5-1, off a full field pass from his goalie Drew Arnold to end the first quarter.

Shrewsbury’s goals came from Cole Russo (2), Alec Buduo, and Alex Cashman.

Score: 5-1 Shrewsbury

Scoring in the second quarter was started by Shrewsbury senior attackman Alec Buduo. Westboro’s Jack Taylor then netted his first, followed by a Shrewsbury Mason Kohn goal. Jon Rodenbush then scored for Westboro to make the score 7-3, but Russo netted his third for the hat trick to end the first half.

Score: 8-3 Shrewsbury.

Just two goals were scored in the third quarter, one from Shrewsbury’s Mason Kohn (second of the game), and one from Westboro’s Jack Taylor (his second of the game). The third quarter did get a bit chippy, however, but the Colonials kept their cool and stayed out of the box.

"We just told everyone to calm down and play like it’s a playoff game," Shrewsbury senior Jack Tepper said. "We (Shrewsbury) can’t get any penalties and we gotta play even.”

Score: 9-4 Shrewsbury

The fourth quarter was all Shrewsbury, as Russo netted his fourth, Cashman scored his second, and Kohn completed his hat trick.

Final Score: 12-4 Shrewsbury

The win was number six for the Colonials, who need nine wins to qualify for the district playoffs.

Offensively, the Colonials held possession for most of the game due to the outstanding performance from faceoff specialist Mason Kohn. Russo added that the Colonials, “played with urgency on offense, rode hard, and found ways to get it past the defense and the goalie.”

Defensively, the Colonials held Westboro to just four goals, playing fundamental defense and getting help from senior goalie Mike Fornal when they needed it. Senior Jack Tepper added that the Colonial defense, “played positionally well, stayed in front of our guy, and didn’t let them get by.”

Shrewsbury Head Coach Nate Skermont said that his team is already playing with a postseason mentality.

“We are in playoffs right now" Skermont said. "We gotta win games to get in. We gotta get to nine somehow. We’re at six (wins) now. We gotta win three before we lose three”. 

Look for the Colonials to come back into action Friday Night at historic Doyle Field in Leominster, then again on Monday next week when they play their annual camo game against Wachusett to benefit Project New Hope!

Westboro plays Saint John’s in Shrewsbury at 4 o’clock on Thursday, then Littleton on Saturday in Westboro.

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