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|Lax gearing up for playoffs|
|Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:18|
While they sit with a 14-3 record, it makes some wonder how good the 2011 DHS lacrosse team is. Obviously they haven’t had the continuous run of double-digit margins of victory that have punctuated many of their seasons in the past. But a close look at the schedule tells you they have managed to beat every team that has been considered a threat for the title.
Wins over Billerica, BC High, and St. John’s Prep have been impressive, and it does call into question who remains in the hunt to keep the Dragons from another Division I title.
While Duxbury practices on the Hanovers and Whitman-Hansons of the Patriot League, Wednesday night’s game with Bishop Guertin at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood could be just the warm-up the Dragons need as they take their 14-3 record into the playoffs.
Currently the No. 2 ranked team in New Hampshire, BG should be the best competition the Dragons have seen in the last three weeks and a good test to show the pollsters that dropping the Dragons to No. 3 in Mass. is just the motivation they need to bring the championship trophy back to Duxbury.
After Xaverian came to town on Saturday for DHS Senior Day and grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on an Alden Smith goal, Duxbury rattled off 15 straight goals in a convincing 15-1 win over the Hawks.
With some some key injuries on the Xaverian roster, the outcome was never in doubt, as first quarter scores by junior Will Siefert, junior Mitch Barrington, and junior Seamus Connelly gave the Dragons a comfortable lead.
The Dragons exploded for six more goals in the second quarter, as the offense came from a host of Dragon players that included Kane Haffey, Chris Williams, Stephan Krall, Bryan Barry, Sam Sweet and Siefert.
With senior Kris “The Iceman” Andren getting the start in net, along with nine other seniors, Coach Chris Sweet watched his team score at will while racking up their third consecutive 10-plus goal victory.
Third quarter tallies by Haffey (2), Krall, junior Andrew Buron, and junior Jon Gomer made it 14-1 after which Sweet called off the troops in the final 12 minutes until Paul Hellar got his first of the game for the final score.
“I think we’re looking good right now and we’re right where we want to be at this point in the season,” said Sweet. “We just want to build on what we have done so far and get ready for the playoffs. We’re starting to peak at the right time. We’re just playing good lacrosse. Everyone is on the same page, everyone is healthy, and they continue to practice hard. I’m happy with what I see.”
While Duxbury has not played five of the top seven ranked teams in Mass. according to Laxpower.com, Sweet has a good handle on who he thinks could present the most problems.
“Marshfield is putting together a great season and should go deep in the playoffs,” says Sweet. “Billerica and Needham will also be tough, and if St. John’s Prep and Lincoln-Sudbury can sneak into the playoffs you need to watch them too.”