It may have been the second game of the season for Duxbury (1-0) and the fifth for Cohasset (4-0), but after watching both squads battle it out last Thursday afternoon in Cohasset they both looked tournament ready.It may have been the second game of the season for Duxbury (1-0) and the fifth for Cohasset (4-0), but after watching both squads battle it out last Thursday afternoon in Cohasset they both looked tournament ready.

It may have been the second game of the season for Duxbury (1-0) and the fifth for Cohasset (4-0), but after watching both squads battle it out last Thursday afternoon in Cohasset they both looked tournament ready.

Playing for bragging rights on the South Shore, the Division I State champs and the Division III State champs came out with guns blazing in the Dragons’ 12-5 victory.{sidebar id=4}

Duxbury made its claim to #1 by scoring three straight goals in a five-minute spurt midway through the first quarter, as Derek Sweet, Gus Quinzani, and Quinn Cully put the Dragons ahead for good.

Cohasset captain Charlie Czerkawski finally got the Skippers on the board when he skipped his shot along the ground and beat Duxbury’s Dan Buonagurio to make it 3-1 near the end of  the first period.

dan-may.jpg Junior Hakeem Lecky opened the second quarter with a beautiful solo effort, as he dodged a defender in close and wheeled on goaltender Nate Porter for the first goal of his Duxbury career.

Senior captain Scott Austin was Johnny-on-the-Spot just minutes later, as he stepped in front of a Cohasset back pass intended for Porter and casually deposited it in the empty net for a 5-1 lead.

Duxbury’s offense continued to control play and move the ball on the perimeter. A worn down Skipper defense was just what the Dragons needed when Quinzani lulled his defender to sleep and came out from behind the net to put one past Porter.

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The third quarter turned into a stalemate, as the Dragons had lengthy possessions with little results, while Cohasset countered with quick and fruitless shots on every possession.

The lack of offense was beginning to frustrate Duxbury, as Sweet took it out on a Cohasset defender who hacked away at him behind the officials, sending him to the sidelines

Playing a man up, the Skippers struck quickly, as Czerkawski hit the top corner and Mike Grimm followed a minute later with a dribbler past Buonagurio to make it 6-4.

The Cohasset crowd was now into the game, but Austin saw to it that they didn’t remain there for long. Taking the ball into the slot, the senior captain pivoted from his left, and fired one past Porter to kill the Skippers’ momentum.

Shortly after Duxbury’s Grant Marston would make it 8-4 with a man-up goal, but Grimm countered with a man-up goal of his own make it 8-5.

At this point in the game Sweet and Austin took over, scoring four more goals in a span of less than two minutes to take the fight out of Cohasset and pin the Skippers with their first loss.

Hanover came to town early last week for Duxbury’s 2008 season opener and showed little respect for the reigning Division I State Champions by having the “audacity” to score the first goal of the game.

Once they had laid claim to being one of the few team to lead a Dragon squad, the Indians paid the price for their indiscretion, as they watched their hosts score 16 straight goals in a 16-1 blasting of Hanover.

Duxbury had its way with the visitors, taking leads of 5-1 after the first quarter and 8-1 at halftime.

Three quick goals to start the second half put the game out of reach and allowed Coach Chris Sweet to use his bench liberally.

Austin was the big gun for the Dragons, scoring six goals and assisting on two others, while Sweet and junior Jake Harvey scored hat-tricks. Matt Hetherington, Bryan Barry, Gus Quinzani, and Jackson Siefert also got on the board.

The week ended on Sunday with a trip to Springfield College where the Dragons took on Brewster (NY), a Class B team with a 2-2 record.

The Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Marston and Austin, and ended the first quarter with a 3-1 advantage after Austin scored his second of the game.

The senior captain had the hat-trick early in the second quarter, but the three-goal deficit didn’t seem to faze Brewster, as they rallied with a three-goal spurt to tie the game at 4-4, and went into the locker room trailing 5-4 at halftime after a Cully goal.

Brewster was providing a welcome challenge for the Dragons, as they prep for their 10-day battle against some of NY’s top high school lacrosse teams.

“They’re a good team with a lot of good players and a couple of guys who will be D1 players next year,” said Coach Chris Sweet.

The New Yorkers tied the score to start the second half, but could never grab the lead, as Austin and Hetherington put the Dragons back in front, 7-5, before Brewster tied the score again.

As is the case and should be for a good part of the season, Duxbury’s depth took over, as the Dragons’ offense wore their opponents down and scored six straight goals from six different players for a 13-9 win.

“We’re a good possession team and could probably score more goals, but we’re working on controlling the ball,” said Sweet. “We’re playing good fundamental lacrosse right now and I think you’ll see us be more patient with the ball than we have been in the past. Controlling the ball can frustrate our opponents and it can also help us out by giving our defense some rest.”

Rest is one thing everyone will need, as the New York invasion gets underway on Friday night in Duxbury at 7 when the Dragons (3-0) take on Christian Brothers Academy of Albany.

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