WORCESTER – Too little, too late
The Sandwich Excessive males’s lacrosse workforce’s comeback effort, which may extra precisely be labeled a Tim Souza rally, fell quick Wednesday within the Division 4 last towards Wahconah, 8-7.
Down 8-5 with lower than 5 minutes to go, Souza began a comeback together with his third objective of the day with 4:57 remaining. He scored his fourth objective with 2:58 remaining.
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“We dropped like three or 4 objectives and that reveals how exhausting we fought,” stated Souza, a senior captain. “We did not give up. We did not change our recreation, we simply did what we did and we got here again and that is all you possibly can ask for.”
Ultimately the comeback try was not sufficient. The highest-seeded Blue Knights (19-4) had their tying objective disallowed after Caleb Richardson was dominated to be within the field earlier than taking pictures into the online with 1:58 remaining. That objective would have tied the sport at 8-8, however as a substitute left Richardson on the ground questioning what if…
“I am pleased with them,” Sandwich coach Mike McNeil stated after the sport. “They did not surrender on the workforce, they matched the trouble and we have been combating exhausting till the bitter finish.”
The sport featured many momentum adjustments. Sandwich jumped out to a 2-0 lead and by no means trailed within the first half. Sandwich’s Matt DiGiacomo tied the sport 4-4 within the third quarter, however the Warriors responded with 4 straight objectives.
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The sport pitted two high-powered offenses towards one another with the Blue Knights averaging 12.5 objectives per recreation whereas the Warriors scored 19.5. Within the first quarter, nevertheless, protection proved to be the story, because the Blue Knights blocked the Warriors’ highly effective assault, whereas they managed only one objective on their very own.
“Our protection is (some) studs,” Souza stated. “I believe they averaged like 4 objectives towards the entire 12 months, that reveals how good they’re.”
Sandwich’s first objective got here simply over a minute into the sport. After a gentle possession on kickoff, which was received by Connor Stack, midfielder Kevin Jordan discovered Richardson within the slot for the primary objective of the sport.
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The Blue Knights saved the Warriors’ offense scorching all through the primary quarter, blocking a number of photographs and even killing a two-man down penalty late within the quarter. Jesse Woodill, Daniel Bader, Will Dykesman and Cameron O’Malley have been on the sphere for that kill together with goalie Shane Corcoran.
As within the first quarter, the Blue Knights scored shortly after the beginning of the second. Souza created some area and despatched a shot by the visitors in entrance of the objective to search out the again of the online.
The Warriors shortly tied the sport when Devin Lampron scored twice in lower than a minute to degree the rating.
Sandwich shortly re-established the lead after Souza scored his second of the sport off shot from Richardson.
The Warriors responded as soon as once more, sending the sport to halftime tied 3-3. Caden Padelford charged into the Blue Knights protection and scored from a good angle as he was fouled.
Padelford was additionally concerned within the Warriors’ first objective of the second half, organising Billy O’Neil for a one-time airborne end to provide the Warriors their first lead of the sport.
The back-and-forth scoring continued halfway by the third quarter when Matthew DiGiacomo positioned his stick on a unfastened ball in entrance of Wahconah’s internet and pushed it in, tying the sport 4-4.
The identical pair of Padleford and O’Neil for the Warriors mixed to show deadly on offense as they mixed their second help and objective mixture to go up 6-4 within the recreation.
Wahconah continued to stretch the lead late within the third when Lampron secured his hat-trick to make it 7-4 going into the fourth quarter.
After being a person up as a consequence of a penalty late within the third quarter, the Blue Knights shortly used it to their benefit. DiGiacomo gave the Blue Knights a lifeline, scoring lower than a minute into the fourth to drag Sandwich inside two.
Instantly after the timeout, Lampron obtained his fourth of the sport to place the Warriors again up three.
The Blue Knights will graduate 10 seniors: Woodill (captain), Anthony Kent, Jordan, Souza (captain), Bader (captain), Richardson, DiGiacomo, Aiden Molloy, Patrick Richards, Charles Watters and Kevin Griffin.