By Hayden Bird
DUXBURY, MA — Duxbury high school varsity lacrosse made short work of Framingham on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Div. I state tournament, 16-3.
Coming off a bye during the preliminary round, Duxbury (20-2) showed no signs of what coach Chris Sweet worried about.
“I knew we’d have to shake off some rust, and we came out and just really delivered to start,” said Sweet.
The away team barely had time to get oriented in the game when they found themselves down 4-0.
With players like Sam Sweet, Seamus Connelly and Will Siefert pacing the offense, (all had multiple goals), there was little Framingham could do, overwhelmed by customary Duxbury precision.
“We looked sharp from the start, which is a good sign,” noted Sweet. “I was pleased.”
By halftime, the score had skyrocketed to 12-2.
Much of Duxbury’s advantage in the game could be tied to their dominance of face-offs. Henry Narlee helped the Dragons beat the Flyers to 12 out of 17 face-offs, igniting incessant attacks, which wore down the opposition.
After a frenetic opening two quarters, things settled down for a more languid second half.
Duxbury continued to play their regular players for a time, before giving way to the bench, though they still won the second half, 4-2.
The final score ended 16-3when it was over.
Sweet noted that part of the difficulty at this point for his star-laden team is not looking past early round opposition.
“I think part of the tradition here at Duxbury is that the seniors here know this time of year. You have to make some sacrifices and make smart choices,” explained Sweet.
And he also acknowledged the impressive crowd that turned up to watch.
“It’s playoff time here in Duxbury, and everyone gets excited,” said Sweet.
Yet he refuses, along with his team, to get carried away.
When asked how he thinks this current crop of skilled seniors will be remembered, he said quickly, “Ask me after the playoffs.”
“Hopefully,” he added breaking into a smile, “we make it to the state championship.”