|Concord-Carlisle’s Peter George loses control of the ball after being hit by Medfield junior attackman Connor Roddy. (Adam Hunger/For The Globe)|
Roddy leads Medfield
Junior attackman gets support, too
Junior attackman Connor Roddy had two goals and four assists to lead Medfield to an 11-5 victory over Concord-Carlisle yesterday in the Division 2 East boys’ lacrosse final at Harvard Stadium.
Medfield is one victory away from defending its Division 2 state championship.
Medfield took a 2-1 advantage at 1:56 in the first quarter when Roddy battled for the ball behind the net, won the scrum, and sprinted in front of the net. He passed to Peter Gill, who was all alone for an easy goal.
Roddy then scored himself, using a spin move to shed the defenseman and create room to shoot.
“Connor is one of our top attackmen but he can’t do it alone,’’ said Medfield coach Bob Aronson. “The other guys are threats, too, and as long as those other guys are occupying their men it makes Connor’s job easier.’’
Roddy stayed hot in the second quarter as he found the left side of the net at 9:20. He also found Matthew Crowell, who bounced the ball in for a score.
“[Connor] opens up some other options for us, where we have weapons on other places on the field,’’ said Aronson. “It was a great job by Connor and the rest of the offense.’’
Just when it seemed Medfield had all the momentum after five unanswered goals, Concord-Carlisle scored three goals in the second quarter.
Aronson said the comeback was expected.
“It’s a game of runs,’’ he said. “In 30 seconds you can score five goals. We tell them that’s going to happen, and every time we get punched we have to punch back twice.’’
Medfield did punch back in the second half. At 8:38 in the third Roddy found Cal Given for a score. Later in the quarter, Given passed to Chris Diana 10 yards out on the right side for a goal.
With five seconds left, Crowell passed to Diana, who was wide open in front of the net for the third goal for the Warriors in the third quarter.
“That was a nice backbreaker,’’ said Aronson. “We had a couple of chances and finally put it away.’’
The Warriors added three more goals in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Aronson credited the defense for stepping up in the second half and allowing the Patriots only one goal.
“We just try to play our game,’’ he said. “We try to take away their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.’’
Roddy said it felt great to post the win.
“At the beginning of the season nobody thought we would get here, we lost so many great players,’’ he said.