A crown for Dragon slayer
In Division 1 boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, 2010 was the year of the upset.
Since 2003, the top spot in the boys’ division has been occupied by the Green Dragons of Duxbury, who are at their best in the playoffs. But after an overtime goal by defenseman James Fahey in Wednesday’s championship game, St. John’s Prep now owns the top spot in the Globe’s final Top 20.
The 12-11 victory was the closer of the Eagles’ two wins over Duxbury this season, the first being a 12-7 rout in early May.
Billerica and Lincoln-Sudbury, the other semifinalists, finished at No. 3 and 4.
On the girls’ side, Framingham unseated perennial powerhouse Westwood from its throne behind a strong performance from keeper Jamie Schiloski in the state final, which the Flyers won, 8-7, over Longmeadow.
Westwood showed its vulnerability in the South Sectional final, as rival Wellesley managed to work some comeback magic to send that meeting to overtime.
Medfield (No. 6) managed to top the crowded Division 2 boys’ pile, which included defending champ Walpole (No. 14), Reading (No. 8), Concord-Carlisle (No. 10), and Wellesley (No. 12).
Norwell, whose only loss came at the hands of Westwood, separated itself from the rest of the Division 2 girls’ pack by outscoring playoff opponents by a cumulative 45 goals on its way to the title and a No. 6 ranking.
Medfield (No. 14) and Hopkinton (No. 10) also made strong runs at the title.
After starting pitcher Maggie Quealy went down with an injury, sophomore Meg Rico not only filled in, she excelled, fanning 30 batters and scattering 10 hits during her 22 innings. Despite making only one start during the regular season, Rico showed poise during a 10-1 victory over Milford in the championship game.
With that, King Philip finishes at No. 1 in the Globe rankings.
No. 2 Concord-Carlisle had a highly successful season in its first year of playing Division 1, claiming a North Sectional title. The Patriots had a potent offense, led by senior first baseman Georgia Guttadauro (.468, 10 HRs).
No. 3 Dighton-Rehoboth put up a good fight against King Philip in the South Sectional semifinal before falling, 3-2. Senior Jen Lundstrom was superb on the mound for the Falcons, and Jenna Rocha (.537, 9 HRs, 38 RBIs) was an offensive force during the season.
No. 4 Norwood fell short in the postseason, upset by No. 6 Bishop Feehan. However, Norwood posted a perfect regular-season record, thanks largely to the efforts of Division 1 Player of the Year Ali Maloof. Maloof shined on the mound (0.57 ERA, 101 strikeouts) and at the plate (.678).
No. 11 Stoneham took home the Division 2 EMass title, before falling, 8-2, to Hudson in the state championship. Jennie Lacolla battled on the mound (18-4, 0.50 ERA, 160 strikeouts) for the Spartans and also contributed power at the plate (.660, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs).
No. 16 St. Mary’s claimed the Division 3 state title again with a veteran squad featuring seniors Maria Nazarro and Erin McAndrews.
For proof, look no further Division 1 EMass champion Xaverian. The Hawks finished the regular season at a not-so-sterling 10-10, but caught fire in the tournament before yielding to Amherst buzzsaw Kevin Ziomek in the Division 1 finals. For its efforts, Xaverian finishes at No. 2 in the Globe rankings.
At the other end of the spectrum was No. 3 Masconomet. The Chieftains aimed to be the only undefeated team in the area heading into the Division 2 EMass final against Duxbury and ace Jeff Blout. But the constant bull’s-eye proved to be too much, and the Dragons won a 2-1 thriller before getting bounced in the finals by Northbridge. Still, Duxbury finishes No. 1 in the rankings.
No. 10 Norton, entering the tournament with 12 wins, certainly was not favored against No. 19 Whittier in the Division 3 semifinals, but a 21-4 thrashing set up a championship win over Ware.
In Division 4’s inaugural season, No. 11 Cohasset took home the crown, finishing up with a 15-3 victory in the finals over Matignon.
Lawrence was the top team all season, but a heartbreaking playoff finish moved the Lancers down to No. 4.
Globe correspondents Amara Grautski (softball) and Mike Carraggi (baseball) contributed to this report.