There arent many familiar faces on St. Johns Prep's lacrosse team after advancing to the Division 1 Eastern Massachusetts finals for the third straight season last year, but the Eagles survived a big early season test on Thursday night, beating BC High, 9-7.
Without All-American Jimmy OConnell (playing at Trinity College) and the speedy Colin Blackwell (playing hockey at Harvard), among others, the Prep used three goals from sophomore midfielder Drew OConnell and two from junior attack Dan Mini to improve to 2-0.
Confidence is a big part of this game, and getting confidence early in the season is huge, said coach John Roy.
St. Johns Prep took a 5-4 lead into halftime before scoring the first two goals in the second half. BC High eventually narrowed the lead to one, but couldnt finish the comeback.
BC High won both regular season matchups between the two teams last year.
It was a tough, physical game, Roy said. Its not what we want to do, but if its called for, we can play like that.
Though young, the Prep is considered one of the few area teams capable of stopping Duxbury who has 12 Division 1 college bound players on its roster in the state tournament this season. The Dragons have won eight of the last 10 state titles.