8-0 run spanning both halves lifts Easton, ends C-SD’s win spree
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.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Ethan Carmine leads the break against Easton Friday, April 15.