WAR­RIORS

8-0 run span­ning both halves lifts Eas­ton, ends C-SD’s win spree

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

Eas­ton 12 Cam­bridge-SD 6 EAS­TON — It was only a twogoal, first-pe­riod deficit, but Eas­ton High’s boys’ lacrosse team didn’t take the path of the pro­longed turn­around.

The War­riors scored four goals in less than 90 sec­onds dur­ing a first-half about-face Fri­day, then net­ted the first three scores of the sec­ond half en route to a 12-6 tri­umph over Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester that ex­tended the War­riors’ win streak to three and ended the Vik­ings’ at four.

“There’s three real good guys on at­tack,” Eas­ton head coach Den­nis Keenan said of Sam Phillips, Clay Sch­midt and Chris Gibbs, who com­bined for 10 goals and three as­sists. “Their goalie made a cou­ple of good saves early and their de­fense was play­ing well early. They got some good tran­si­tion goals and then once we got the ball back, (we) took bet­ter shots and they were able to go in.”

Eas­ton (5-1) took a 1-0 lead just a lit­tle over 2 min­utes in on Corey Hall’s straight-on crank from the top of the box. The War­riors un­loaded four other shots in the open­ing 5 min­utes, but Cam­bridge-SD ju­nior goalie Ian Pow­ley (16 saves) stopped ever y one.

“Ian had a great game,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Steve Hur­ley said. “He had some awe­some saves. He’s on right now and we’re hop­ing he stays with that.”

Micah Brooks’ goal pulled Cam­bridge-SD (4-2) even at 6:58, be­fore Emory Wongus ripped a sidewinder past War­rior goalie Nick Rob­bins (three saves) 55 sec­onds later. Wongus then drove in from the right side, stut­ter-stepped, and from a tight an­gle, squeezed an over­hand shot in with 1:14 left in the first pe­riod for a 3-1 Vik­ing lead.

“Emory’s a beast,” Keenan said of the se­nior mid­fielder headed for Sal­is­bury Univer­sity.

But the War­riors outscored Cam­bridge-SD, 113, the rest of the way.

Phillips (three goals, as­sist) started a string of eight con­sec­u­tive Eas­ton goals with a left-handed rip past Pow­ley with 34 sec­onds left in the open­ing quar­ter. Fif­teen sec­onds later, Gibbs (four goals, as­sist) dished to Sch­midt (three goals, as­sist) for the equal­izer.

Gibbs scored his first goal 38 sec­onds into the sec­ond quar­ter, then net­ted his sec­ond goal off a Sch­midt feed just 16 sec­onds later for Eas­ton’s fourth goal in a 1:28 span. The War­riors thought they had a sixth goal just be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, but of­fi­cials ruled the shot didn’t get off in time to beat the half­time buzzer.

It wouldn’t mat­ter, as Eas­ton pieced to­gether a three-goal flurry that cov­ered 1:34 in the third quar­ter to take con­trol. De­fense­man Ryan Hall scooped a loose ball, car­ried up­field and passed to Sch­midt for a 6-3 lead with 7:49 left in the third. A lit­tle more than a minute later, Mitchell Ree­ley set up Phillips, who whipped one past Pow­ley. Gibbs’ unas­sisted score 27 sec­onds later widened the lead to 8-3.

“We’ve got to make sure they’re pa­tient,” Keenan said of his of­fense. “They were look­ing for the best shot. That’s what we’re look­ing for. In the past, some of them are young, so they would just take any shot. So we’re try­ing to get them to think best shot, not that first shot.”

Eas­ton’s de­fen­sive unit of Hall, JoJo Marasco, David Con­nelly, Jake Mor­gan and com­pany made life dif­fi­cult for Cam­bridgeSD, which fi­nally ended a drought of al­most 25 min­utes, when Jar­rett Bromwell (two goals) con­verted a Wongus pass for a score with 36 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter. But Hur­ley said his team also hurt it­self.

“Of­fen­sively, one of the things we strug­gle with, we just lose fo­cus of what are sets are and what we do,” said Hur­ley after his team was held to a sea­son-low six goals. “We have peo­ple that do cer­tain things well, and when they get out of those places, then we don’t have it. We kind of took our of­fense away from our­selves a few times.”

After the teams traded goals in the open­ing six min­utes of the fourth quar­ter — Con­nor But­ler set­ting up Michael Kamin­skas for the War­riors, and Bromwell scor­ing unas­sisted for Cam­bridge-SD — Sch­midt, Gibbs and Phillips scored within a 2-minute span for a seven-goal bulge. Wongus capped his hat trick with 43 sec­onds re­main­ing.

“We’re still young,” Hur­ley said. “Our start­ing de­fense is two thirds kids who only started in the ninth grade. And they’re only ju­niors. So we’re young. We’ve got to learn the game a lit­tle bit more and Eas­ton’s a good team. We just fell be­hind and kind of sat there.”

Notes: After six games last year, the War­riors were 3-3 . ... The de­fend­ing Class 2A-1A state cham­pion, Eas­ton, faces de­fend­ing 3A-2A state champ Kent Is­land on Thurs­day.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Ethan Carmine leads the break against Eas­ton Fri­day, April 15.

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