Medfield 13, Algonquin 9

Medfield pours it on

Warriors erupt in last quarter

By Anthony Gulizia
Globe Correspondent / June 18, 2011

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WORCESTER — When it rains, it pours — just ask the Medfield boys’ lacrosse team.

When the sky opened up in the fourth quarter at Foley Stadium last night, so did the Warriors on offense as they scored four consecutive goals to beat Central champion Algonquin, 13-9, and win the Division 2 state championship for the second year in a row.

“We knew we could be dangerous with the ball, and we proved it,’’ Medfield coach Bob Aronson said. “It’s a game of runs, and no one is going to play a perfect game. We tried to capitalize in the second half, and in the fourth quarter particular we did that a lot.’’

Medfield (17-7) clung to a 9-8 lead going into the fourth quarter. Junior Chris Diana scored just 30 seconds into the final stanza to give the Warriors a more comfortable lead. Diana finished with two goals.

Junior Connor Roddy, who had three goals, scored back-to-back goals 1 minute 22 seconds apart to give Medfield a commanding 12-8 lead.

“We came back with a couple quick goals,’’ Roddy said. “We got one goal going, we got two, then they just kept coming and everything got easier. We had a good amount of confidence and we were good from there. The last two minutes were surreal.’’

Freshman Matt Crowell added the final Medfield goal before Algonquin (20-5) scored with 3:13 to play. The difference-maker for Medfield was junior Clay Richard, who won 12 of 13 faceoffs in the second half.

“I only do as good as my team — it’s a collaborative effort,’’ Richard said. “I got a lot of help from [senior] Ben [Mastrogiovanni] on the sidelines, calling out where their defense was. We’ve been saying all year we need to make a run and we did, we really pulled away and that was the difference. I get very excited after I win a faceoff.’’

The teams battled evenly in the first half, as there were three ties and two lead changes. Medfield held a 6-5 halftime lead.

Senior goaltender Sam Aronson made 10 saves, but his defense stepped up in the second half as he only faced five shots on net in the final two quarters.

“We talk a lot about mental toughness and responding to runs, and [Algonquin] played us as tough as any team in the playoffs, but we stuck with it,’’ Sam Aronson said.