By Hayden Bird
DUXBURY, MA – In yet another display of force, the Duxbury high school boy’s lacrosse team downed Franklin to reach the state semi finals, 15-3.
In what was essentially uncharted territory for Franklin’s senior class, which hasn’t made it this far in the state lacrosse tournament, they came in riding an impressive 16-5 record.
Yet from the opening faceoff, it became eminently clear that Duxbury was not in the mood for upsets.
The Dragons (21-2) stormed into the game with five unanswered first period goals.
No respite came for the away team in the second quarter either, as players like Seamus Connelly, Sam Sweet and Henry Narlee continued to dominate.
As always, the key to Duxbury’s success came from their preparation.
“We had a good week of practice and we had Franklin scouted,” noted Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet. “So we came in very confident and I think that showed right off the bat.”
By halftime, the score stood at a lopsided 9-0 for Duxbury.
Even with key players like Max Randall out, and others still trying to return from injury; Coach Sweet and his team haven’t missed a step.
“That shows our depth. It’s kind of a logjam of good players,” said Sweet. “Max Randall was out today, but he’ll be back on Saturday.”
Duxbury now moves onto the semi finals against Lincoln-Sudbury this Saturday. The game will be played in Duxbury at 2pm.
Franklin coach Lou Verrochi expressed his thoughts on the year ending for his team by saying, “I’m sad to see it go, but Duxbury is just in a class of their own.”
He then gave a nod to departing seniors by saying, “I can’t say enough about them. They’ve been four-year starters, some of them, and you know they’ve had a great career. I’m going to miss them. It’s going to be tough to replace them, but we’re young.”