By Matt Noonan
DUXBURY, MA – Head coach Chris Sweet made it quite clear on Wednesday that his entire Duxbury team is a unit, not individuals.
Although, against the Franklin Panthers in the MIAA Div. 1 East quarterfinals, Sweet’s notion wasn’t entirely exhibited, as seniors Seamus Connelly and Sam Sweet fueled the Duxbury attack with eight goals and three assists en route to a 15-3 victory.
“All three of our attackman have developed some good chemistry and Sam is more of a set-up guy and understands that’s his role, and Seamus is a great catch-and-shoot guy, [who] understands his role,” explained Coach Sweet. “They’ve developed some good chemistry, and I hope that can continue into the next round of games.”
Both Sam and Seamus, who have spent the entire season together on attack, expressed that the main reason why the Dragons were so successful against the Panthers was due to their ball movement, which opened lanes for various players to dodge and shoot.
“The whole offense [has to] be moving, and if they’re not then we look bad, so really it’s the other three-four guys out on the field that help us out and help us look good,” said the younger Sweet.
“Our whole offense, obviously Sam in particular was moving the whole time, moving the ball quick and luckily I was able to be on the last end of some of those passes,” said Connelly.
Duxbury also exhibited a 2-2-2 offensive formation for a majority of the first half, which allowed Connelly and Sweet to assist the Dragons attack, especially in the first half.
“We were in a 2-2-2 offense for the most part, so when me or [Will Seifert] dodges from behind, we’re looking to the crease and Seamus is on the crease and he’s got the best hands on the team, and he’s the best finisher,” exclaimed the younger Sweet. “So, we just get it to him, and it’s in the back of the net.”
“It definitely all starts with Sammy and Will Seifert behind the goal, they kind of just do their own thing, and I kind of do my own thing up top with the middies, and we got a couple ankle breakers, so it’s easy to put the ball in the net,” Connelly exclaimed.
The Dragons are now two wins away from earning their second consecutive state championship, and will return to their turf on Saturday when they welcome Lincoln-Sudbury to Duxbury, a team that they barely defeated earlier this season.
“It’s certainly going to be tough. We’ve got L-S, and we beat them by a goal [and] by the skin of our teeth a couple weeks ago, so that’s going to be a huge game, and we’re just going to have to ride our seniors like we always do,” stated Connelly.
“We just have to dig deep. It was a close game last time. We’ve just got to come out strong, come out pumped up and they’re a good team, so it’ll be a battle,” exclaimed the younger Sweet.