It appears the Xaverian Hawks will have to wait until post-season play begins if they want any chance of getting revenge for last year’s loss in the MA State lacrosse finals.

By MIKE HALLORAN

It appears the Xaverian Hawks will have to wait until post-season play begins if they want any chance of getting revenge for last year’s loss in the MA State lacrosse finals.{sidebar id=4}

Sporting a 13-3 record when they came to Duxbury last Wednesday, the Hawks left with one more game in the loss column after the Dragons scored a 13-7 win that raised their record to 14-2.

As has been the case for many of Duxbury’s games, their opponents took an early 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game — the last time they would see the lead.{sidebar id=1}

The Dragons would eventually tie the game at the 8:40 mark on a Scott Austin goal, but it took some extensive passing around the perimeter and the probing of a solid Xaverian defense before Duxbury could figure out where to attack.

Once they did, it wasn’t any easier, as the visitors held Duxbury’s high-powered offense off the board until 18 seconds remained in the first quarter when Austin scored his second of the game.

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Matt Landry scoops a ground ball.

 

The Dragons wasted little time in making it 3-1 to start the second quarter, thanks to a spectacular effort by senior defenseman Will Ricciardi, who picked up the loose face-off in the Duxbury end and went right up the field to blow one by Xaverian goalie Chris Herbert.

With its offense now in gear, Duxbury made it 4-1 a minute later when senior Gus Quinzani made a pinpoint pass to an uncovered Quinn Cully in the slot, where he redirected the pass past Herbert with 9:51 left in the half.

The Hawks would make it 4-2 two minutes later, but a pair of goals by junior attack Jake Harvey in the final four minutes would send the Dragons to the sidelines with a 6-2 halftime lead.

The second half opened with Xaverian scoring on goaltender Dan Buonagurio, who couldn’t control a rebound that dribbled over the line.

But Cully got it right back, as he bounced one by Herbert 32 seconds later to make it 7-3.

The teams would trade goals the rest of the quarter, as the Hawks cut the deficit to 9-6 with 2:50 to go. With their fans sensing a comeback, Austin put their dreams to rest as he circled the net and took his defender inside, only to pivot back and fire a shot past Herbert to put a dent in Xaverian’s momentum.

Thanks to a big save by Buonagurio with 1:12 to go, the Hawks were cooked, as a 3-1 run in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter put the game away for Duxbury.

Austin was the big gun for Duxbury with four goals, while Sweet, Cully, and Harvey chipped in with two apiece.

On Friday night the Dragons traveled to Dorchester to take on B.C. High in what was thought to be a serious challenge for  Duxbury, but they treated the Catholic Conference hosts rudely by taking home a 13-3 win over the Eagles.

Duxbury’s regular season schedule will conclude this Thursday, when they travel to Harvard for a 7 pm game with Bishop Guertin HS of Nashua, NH, the #1 ranked team in the Granite State.{sidebar id=6}