So much for that perfect season.
Cruising along with a 13-0 record and a chance for a perfect season and a Patriot League title, the Dragons got distracted in a tri-meet with Silver Lake and Hanover last week, beating the Lakers 251-257 before falling to the Indians by a stroke, 250-251.
Coach Jack Stoddard said before the season started he had been in this situation before and if it happened again he wasnâ€™t sure how his players would react.
It didnâ€™t take long for him to find out when Hingham came to town on Thursday to take on the Dragons on the DYC course, and they drilled the hosts with a nine-stroke loss, 244-253.
The loss leaves Duxbury just one game ahead of Silver Lake and the Dragons need to make up a match with North Quincy in order to finalize their Keenan Division record in the Patriot League. A win against the Red Raiders would win the title, while a loss to North Quincy would make Duxbury co-champs with Silver Lake.
In the Hanover match that started the downslide, the Dragons had their full attention fixed on the Lakers, who trailed the Dragons by a game in the standings. Little attention was paid to Hanover, who slowly and effectively toured the Halifax CC course for a 250 with Matt Montâ€™s 38 leading the way.
Having beaten the Harbormen by 10 strokes in their first confrontation at the South Shore Country Club, it was surprising that the Dragons had so much trouble with the visitors.
â€Weâ€™ve been averaging 235-240 all year long and the last two matches, we have been up in the 250s,â€ said a concerned Stoddard. â€œI think the reason could be we are thinking about the playoffs. I can only take six players and we go eight deep. I think the kids are gambling too much during the matches trying to be one of the top six players come year end. We just need some consistency in our games right now and Iâ€™m hoping our match with BC High will right the ship and get us back on course. I think they are the top team in Division 1 and they have three Duxbury kids on their squad, so it is a big match for them as well. A good performance against BC should give us plenty of confidence and prove we can compete with the best.â€