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|Depleted Dragons escape the week|
|Written by Mike Halloran|
|Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:28|
Coach Chris Sweet could use some prayers if he hopes to complete his 2013 lacrosse season undefeated against Massachusetts high school teams.
Missing six regulars, the Dragons escaped with an 8-7 OT victory over Hingham to start the week, and then traveled to Medfield on Thursday night where they defeated the Warriors, 5-4.
Thanks to senior captain C.J. LoConte’s OT goal, the Dragons extended their in- state record to 44 consecutive wins with a hard-fought victory over John Todd’s Hingham Harbormen.
Having lost to Niskayuna (11-3) over the weekend, the Dragons really needed a game like this to reestablish their confidence.
A hat-trick from senior Bobby O’Brien, a pair of goals from LoConte, and single tallies from Wes Quinzani, Mick- ey Fitzpatrick, and Matt Sharpe accounted for Duxbury’s scoring, while junior goaltender Nick Marrocco made 14 saves to solidify the victory.
On Thursday the Dragons traveled to Medfield to take on one of Division III’s powers.
The Warriors got on the board first just a minute into the game. But Duxbury tied it up at 1-1 with five minutes gone in the period when junior Brendan Burke scored on an assist from junior Tyler Powers.
Medfield would regain the lead less than a minute later. But the quarter ended tied when Quinzani scored with 1:47 remaining.
Marrocco kept the game tied when he made a spectacular save at the 9:60 mark of the second quarter. But the Dragons found themselves on the short end of a 3-2 game when the hosts scored just over two minutes later for a 3-2 halftime lead.
Sloppy ball handling and errant passes had marked the first 24 minutes of play. But just over midway through the third quarter the Drag ons erupted for three straight goals by O’Brien, LoConte, and Sharpe to give Duxbury a 5-3 lead at the end of the third period.
It was a defensive struggle for most of the final 12 minutes and Medfield put one home with a second left in the game.
“Medfield had a great game plan for us,” said Sweet. “They won all the groundballs in the first half and we won them in the second half. But we were a little confused on our slide packages in that first half. But once we settled down we played a lot better in the second half. We’ve also been kind of stale offensively. But once we get back a couple of our middies we should be fine.”
Getting some personnel back soon will be critical for the Dragons, who travel to Lincoln-Sudbury on Thursday at 5:30 to take on the state’s #1 ranked team.