Dover-Sherborn picked up their fifth win of the 2012 season on Monday by defeating Cohasset, 10-5! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
By Matt Noonan
Monday’s non-conference clash between Dover-Sherborn and Cohasset was certainly entertaining, as three members of the Raiders offense – Ben Newbert, Jared Spence and Billy Polk – each recorded a hat trick, which helped D-S defeat Cohasset, 10-5.
Here are a few takeaways and thoughts from the Raiders fifth consecutive victory of the 2012 season.
D-S head coach Brian McLaughlin on the play of Newbert and Polk: “This is [Billy’s] fourth year on the varsity, and Ben’s been on for three, so even from the youth on up they’ve played a lot of lacrosse together. They’re two of the best kids you want to know. Both [Ben and Billy] are going to great schools, [and are] smart kids, so they’re both just terrific kids – good lacrosse players, but even better kids.”
Newbert on the win, and field chemistry: Once the contest concluded, Newbert commended his offense, which attempted many shots throughout the four quarters, but also managed to tally 10 strikes.
“We had a few very nice goals [in the first half] with ball movement,” said Newbert. “We [just] wanted to keep moving the ball, and [use] all three of us on attack and our midfielders to kind of get wide open shots and not take hard ones.”
Newbert also discussed the chemistry that he and Billy Polk have built up over the past few seasons, too.
“I’ve been playing with him since youth lacrosse,” explained Newbert. “He makes things happen, and it’s just kind of playing with him constantly that you kind of just know where he’s going to be, and he knows where you’re going to be, so you just figure out things like that.”
Both players entered this particular contest having experienced a great deal of success in their prior match against Hopkinton, which featured four goals from Polk, and a pair from Newbert.
Cohasset’s impressive netminder: It’s been a tough few days for the Skippers, who’re currently sporting a 1-2 record and reside in the South Shore basement.
However, despite enduring their first road loss of the season, one positive takeaway was the play of sophomore netminder Jack Conte, who recorded 21 saves between the pipes.
“[He’s] a sophomore goalie,” stated Cohasset head coach Tom Flanagan. “I have two great goalies, and it’s a fun situation if one guy comes to practice 15 minutes early, the next practice the other guy is 20 minutes early, and the next guy is 25 minutes early. It’s great competition.
Conte certainly got stronger as the game progressed, but various saves in the third and fourth quarters didn’t exactly propel Cohasset to victory.
“Jack’s a sophomore, [and] he’s a great kid,” exclaimed Flanagan. “He played on his head [on Monday]. A lot of feeding right on the crease, right on the doorsteps, stepping in, taking control.”
For more on this particular game – check out the BostonLax.net recap.