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|Lacrosse stages one for the ages|
|Written by Mike Halloran|
|Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:19|
Duxbury lacrosse has had many dramatic victories in its storied history. But few have come close to duplicating Thursday night’s showdown with undefeated and No. 1 ranked Lincoln-Sudbury HS.
In a battle for early su- premacy in Massachusetts high school lacrosse, the Dragons showed why they now deserve the No. 1 ranking after battling back from a 6-4 deficit late in the third quarter and taking almost four OT periods to pin an 8-7 loss on the Warriors for their first defeat of the year.
There were many heroes in this game for the Dragons, including the defensive trio of George Ward, Jon Hurvitz and Marshall McCarthy, who are nearly rookies in terms of experience but confident veterans when it comes to laying it on the line in key situations.
Aiding the spectacular goaltending of junior Nick Marrocco, the quartet shut- down the Warriors through four excruciating OT periods before junior Tyler Powers ended the slugfest with 17 sec- onds remaining in OT period four.
“That’s about as exciting a high school game as you’ll ever see,” declared Duxbury Coach Chris Sweet, who has coached
hundreds of tournament and regular season games during his Duxbury career. “That was the longest game I’ve ever been involved with in my 15 years at Duxbury.”
Hoping to end Duxbury’s winning streak of 47 games versus in-state competition, Lincoln-Sudbury had all the credentials to make it happen and the desire to be the one who ended it after suffering a pair of crushing victories to
the Dragons last season.
After some sloppy back and forth action by his teammates, Marrocco made the first of many spectacular saves, only to be beaten with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
The lead lasted less than a minute, as Powers scored the first of his three goals to tie the game at 1-1 with 1:38 showing on the clock.
Play got more offensive in the second quarter, as L-S scored just seven second in and Duxbury countered with goals from Trevor O'Brien and Brendan Burke to put the Dragons in front 3-2 with 9:40 left in the half.
The Dragons would squander a man-up situation midway through the period. But the Warriors took advantage of theirs, scoring 29 seconds after a Duxbury penalty and again with 4:02 left in the half for a 4-3 lead.
The hosts woudl score early in the third quarter to take a 5-3 lead, and the Dragons would be a man down with less than seven minutes to go in the quarter. With six minutes remaining, Marroco made the save of the game. As L-S's Greg Roder stood all alone in front of him and ready to fire unmolested, the Duxbury goalie flashed his stick to take away a sure Warrior goal.
The save triggered a Dragon transition that resulted in Burke notching his second goals of the game to put Duxbury within a goal at 5-4.
After Trevor O'Brien was robbed by L-S goaltender Dario Morand with 3:26 remainig, in the quarter, the Warriors coudl get nothing goin in their offensive end and turned the ball over to the Dragons who call a timeout with 1:07 to go.
A costly tunrover happened 20 seconds later and the Dragons found themselves trailing 6-4 as the Warriors scored with the quarter winding down. But Burke bailed out his teammates and scoared his third goal of the night with four seconds left in the period to cut the deficit to 6-5.
Jsut 12 mintues remained before one streak would be broken, and the Dragons were not about to let theirs end.
At the 7:36 mark, Powers would notch his second of the night to tie the score at 6-6 and senior captain Bobby O'Brien would put his team in fron 7-6 with 3:11 left in the game.
Duxbury's euphoria was brief, as it only took Roder 36 seconds to tie the game at 7-7 and send it into overtime. In the first OT the Dragons won the face-off and called a timeout with C.J. LoConte rattling a shot off the post when they came back on the field. It was Duxbury's best scoring bid and could have ended it immediately.
The second OT saw Marrocco make another big save off Roder and the Dragons get in close with their shot going wide as the second OT ended. The third OT had the L-S stands screaming when a shot hit the side of the net. But it only gave the Dragons possession and they killed the clock for at least two minutes before it went into OT four.
The Warriors won the faceoff and called a timeout just 10 seconds in to set up a play. They work the perimeter for close to two minutes before firing on Marrocco from 15 yards out and failing to score.
Duxbury called a timeout of its own with 49 seconds to go so Sweet could discuss strategy for what he hoped would be the last time.
"Tyler got a step on his defender and got his hands free," said Sweet. "He made a great shot by sneaking it just inside the post from a sharp angle. It was great individual play."
After being sky-high for Thursday's game with L-S the weary Dragons travelled to Quincy on Friday where they destroyed the Presidents, 16-0, to run their record to 13-4.