Medfield avenges sole loss against Dover-Sherborn
MEDFIELD — During the course of the 2021 boys lacrosse season, only one team had managed to defeat Medfield: Dover-Sherborn, and the last-second loss left the Warriors stunned back on May 20.
MEDFIELD 17 DOVER-SHERBORN 7
Just a few weeks later, they earned the ultimate form of payback against their longtime rivals. Senior attackman Rob Spaeth sniped a team-high six goals Saturday, while Luke Murphy added four goals himself as Medfield pulled away in the second half for a convincing 17-7 rout of the Raiders in front of a packed house.
“We know that we’re a good team,” Medfield coach John Isaf said. “But (part of it is) depth. I think (DoverSherborn) got a little bit more tired in the second half. We were a little smarter taking care of the ball in the second half. I think in the first half, we were pressing a little too much, but we settled down, started making the extra pass, and started trying to identify the matchups.”
Throughout most of the first quarter, the two teams tried to gain some semblance of an offensive tempo. As a precursor to how things would pan out, Murphy would get the scoring going for Medfield (12-1), before Spaeth sniped a shot to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage with 1:44 to go in the stanza.
However, as the final seconds of the quarter ticked away, Dover-Sherborn (11-2) became the beneficiary of a miracle play. Senior goaltender Standish Carothers uncorked a Hail Mary pass from his own net, and somehow connected with Pierce Gregory, who proceeded to bury a shot at the horn to make it a 2-2 game heading into the second quarter.
Then, Spaeth took over the game, as he registered three goals, the last of which came with 25 seconds remaining before the half, as Medfield took an 8-5 lead into intermission.
“At halftime, we got pumped up in the huddle,” said Spaeth. “We knew what we had to do, the adjustments we had to make, how we had to run our offense differently. (We had to) figure out what they were doing on defense to really get us going.”
Dover-Sherborn had an answer to start the third quarter, as Eli Kaplan found the net to make it an 8-6 game just 1:33 into the stanza.
However, every single time the Raiders started to gain some momentum, the Warriors flipped a switch, as Spaeth potted two goals over the next six minutes to put Medfield ahead, 10-6.
Then, T.J. Casey added his name to the scoresheet, as the UMass commit fired a bullet into the cage to give the Warriors an 11-6 advantage going into the final quarter.
William Bowen notched a goal for Dover-Sherborn with 10:04 remaining in regulation, but that was as close as the Raiders would get. Shortly thereafter, the levee finally collapsed, as Medfield erupted for six goals over the final 7:07 to seal the win.
While the two teams are both in the Tri-Valley League, the game went down as a non-conference game for scheduling purposes.
Casey went on to win 24 of 28 faceoffs for Medfield. Joe Bethoney and Bobby Spence combined to make 11 saves in net for the Warriors.
“It feels great,” Spaeth said. “Just the energy we wanted going into the playoffs. We knew we wanted this one really bad, and have been preparing for it all week. We’ve been thinking about (revenge) since that game, just something we wanted to do.”
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Anne Feininger went the distance for the second straight day and Brigid Anderson hit three home runs as Matignon/St. Joseph stunned previously unbeaten Bishop Feehan, 8-7, in a CCL quarterfinal contest. The Phoenix will face Arlington Catholic in a semifinal contest.
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Anderson completed her hat trick of sorts when she belted a two-run home run to extend the lead to 8-5.
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