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Football Friday Notebook: Duxbury’s Roberts Stars In Season-Opener

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Football FridayNoontime Sports Fans and Friends!

Today, we kick-off a brand new season of high school football here in Massachusetts – sure, it may have started last night, but today marks the official start of Friday Night Lights 2018.

In addition to the return of Friday Night Lights, the New England Patriots will officially begin their season on Sunday when they host the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

So, with a jam-packed weekend ahead, let’s get this Football Friday started with some news and links from around the New England football world!

High School Football Links

10 Massachusetts High School Game Predictions

Every week, we will dish out a few games we will be following from the high school football world, as well as our picks, too! 

Milton over Belmont
Somerville over Peabody
Arlington over Cambridge
Lynn Classical over Medford
Bedford over Burlington
Everett over Xaverian Bros.
Melrose over Malden
Lynn English over Beverly
Matignon/St. Joseph’s over Minuteman
Catholic Memorial over St. Joh’s (Shrewsbury)

New England D3 Football: Friday Night Lights Schedule

Mass. Maritime Academy at SUNY Maritime, 7 p.m.
Bridgewater State at Endicott College, 7 p.m.
Anna Maria at Nichols College, 7 p.m.
MIT at Curry College, 7 p.m. 

Stay connected with our New England Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today!

Mass. High School Lax: Medfield Set To Begin Title Defense Against Holliston


Medfield begins its quest for a fourth-straight D2 crown on Tuesday, April 4th when they visit Holliston. (PHOTO CREDIT: @Med_Lax)

By Mass. High School Lax. (@Mass_LaxHS) 

The three-time defending Division 2 state champions are set to begin their title defense next Tuesday, April 4th when they visit Tri-Valley League (TVL) foe Holliston with face-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Medfield High School boy’s varsity lacrosse publicized its team’s 2017 campaign today on Twitter. Not only does their schedule include some must-see local contests, but a quartet of games featuring some non-Massachusetts teams.

In addition to the non-Massachusetts contests, fans should certainly keep an eye on the Warriors two contests with Dover-Sherborn (Apr. 25th and May 17th), as well as their visit to Duxbury on May 6th.

Another game worth noting is Medfield-Beverly, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be played at Medfield High School.

For more local Massachusetts high school lacrosse coverage, make sure to follow @Mass_LaxHS on Twitter! Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will be providing game coverage and features this season on the local lacrosse teams.  

Mass. HS Lax: Opening Week Games To Watch

Opening Week!

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS)

A brand new season of Massachusetts High School Lacrosse is slowly set to begin – there are still a few play-dates and scrimmages scheduled for the next few days. Below are a few games we’re going to be keeping an eye on – of course, there will be others, too – but here are some games to watch, attend or follow on social media!

  • Westford Academy at Lincoln-Sudbury (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4 p.m.) – This will be a good test for the Grey Ghosts as they take on the two-time defending MIAA Division 1 Eastern Champions.
  • Xaverian Bros. at Belmont Hill School (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 10 a.m. | Scrimmage): We will be keeping both eyes on Tim Gardner‘s squad this season, which begins its 2017 campaign officially next Tuesday, April 4th when they host Walpole before entertaining Catholic Memorial three days later on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Duxbury vs. LaSalle Academy (Friday, Mar. 31st | 5:30 p.m. | Scrimmage): This will be the Dragons’ third consecutive scrimmage before hopping into regular season play next Monday (Apr. 3rd) against Whitman-Hanson.
  • Wellesley at Norwell (Monday, Apr. 3rd | 4 p.m.): The Norwell girls lacrosse team will attempt to win their third consecutive MIAA Division 2 crown, but don’t overlook a Wellesley Raiders squad that will certainly be in the mix for the Bay State Conference (BSC) crown this season.
  • Needham vs. Lexington (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 3:45 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets saw their run toward a MIAA Division 1 South Sectional crown fall short to Duxbury last season, but being a new season (and a new tam), one should not overlook Needham, which will begin its season against B.C. High next Tuesday (on the road). As for Lexington, they’ll look to rebound after falling to Lincoln-Sudbury last year in the MIAA Division 1 North Quarterfinals.
  • Needham vs. Franklin (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 6:00 p.m.): Before competing in a play-date with Westwood girl’s lacrosse on Saturday, the Rockets will look to commence their season against a talented Franklin squad, which captured the MIAA East Division 1 crown last season with a 7-6 win over Acton-Boxboro.
  • St. John’s Prep at Reading (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4:00 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets and Eagles will tangle in what will be a quality scrimmage before Reading commences its season on Saturday, April 1st against Acton-Boxboro.
  • Grafton vs. Shrewsbury (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 3:30 p.m.): Expect Grafton to make another run toward the MIAA Boys Central/West Division 3 crown, especially after defeating Mount Greylock – a team one should not over look, too.
  • Mount Greylock at Burr & Burton Academy (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 4:15 p.m.): Mount Greylock should certainly be in the mix for a Central/West Division 3 crown this season – hey, maybe they actually get past Grafton and secure a spot in the state semifinals.
  • Cohasset at Newton North (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 12:00 p.m.): We highlighted this game earlier in an exciting tweet from coach James Beaudoin. The past two years have seen this game head to an extra session, so it is possible we could see a third this weekend.

See a game that wasn’t featured or mentioned? Let us know by sending us an email to MassHSLax2016@gmail.com and make sure to follow us on Twitter at @Mass_LaxHS

Mass HS Lax Recap: Duxbury 10, Needham 8 (Div. I Championship)

By Hayden Bird 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Despite the rain, the weight of unending expectation and implacable opposition from the Needham Rockets, the Duxbury Dragons claimed their ninth boy’s lacrosse state title since 2002 by a 10-8 final score.

Coming into the game, Needham and Duxbury had taken very different paths to reach the state championship. Duxbury (23-2) had cruised in the tournament, never winning a game by less than 10 goals.

Needham (16-6) scrapped every step of the way, including a tight 9-8 win in the quarterfinals over Masconomet.

So the early forecasts for the game skewed heavily in Duxbury’s favor. And at the outset, it seemed that Duxbury would pick up where they had left off against Lincoln-Sudbury, (where they won 18-6).

Charging to a 3-0 lead, the run included two goals from Sam Sweet and one from Jon Gomer.

Gomer, who scored in the semifinals, has found a knack for big-game goals.

“When Jon scores, he does it with style,” said Duxbury coach Chris Sweet.

Needham, bereft of any notion that Duxbury might have an off-night, began to claw their way back in the second quarter.

Goals from Mikey Panepinto and Nico Panepinto brought Needham back into the game by halftime, but Duxbury still led, 6-3.

And though the underdog Rockets trailed, they were spurred on by calming words from their coach Dave Wainwright.

“We just told them to stay calm and relax,” Wainright said of his team’s halftime message.

Yet, the third quarter began badly for Needham, who conceded four goals while only scoring one themselves by Nico Panepinto. Duxbury had tacked on additional goals from Will Siefert, Seamus Connelly, Chris Williams and another from Sweet, who completed his hat trick.

And Henry Narlee, whose face-off dominance has reined supreme in Massachusetts all season, keyed the Duxbury second half run.

“He’s been our unsung hero all season,” Sweet earnestly said of his midfielder following the game.

With the game at 10-4 in favor of Duxbury, it appeared the contest was essentially over.

Yet, Needham had other thoughts. Slowly, but surely, they began finding the net. Four goals in five minutes to begin the fourth quarter made it 10-8 almost out of nowhere.

Duxbury goalie Henry Boungorio could have panicked, having not faced this kind of opposition in the whole playoff run. Still, he kept his nerve.

“I didn’t panic,” said Buongurio. “I know I have a great defense in front of me.”

And Chris Williams, Duxbury’s leader in ground balls, came up with arguably the biggest one of his life when Needham was pressuring late. This all, but iced, yet another state title.

“He’s the scrappiest player we have,” Sweet declared happily afterward. “He’s been that way ever since he was in third grade and he came up big.”

In the end, despite a heroic rally from Needham, the vaunted Duxbury Dragons claimed yet another trophy, causing an eruption of cheers from their fans and players as the final whistle sounded.

Mass HS Lax Recap: Duxbury 18, Lincoln-Sudbury 6

By Hayden Bird 

DUXBURY, MA – In what started as a shootout between two Massachusetts high school lacrosse juggernauts, ended with Duxbury emerging as the definitive victors over Lincoln-Sudbury, 18-6.

After a regular season matchup, which saw traditional powerhouse Duxbury (22-2) struggle to beat the rising Warriors from Lincoln-Sudbury (16-6) by a single goal, the second matchup promised to be a dogfight.

At the outset, Lincoln-Sudbury controlled the face-offs; surprising considering it’s generally the province of Duxbury dominance.

Yet the face-off wins did not initially translate into offense though, and a quick Duxbury counterattack put the home team Dragons into the lead. Duxbury’s Seamus Connelly found Will Siefert to complete a full-field move that took less than 10 seconds, as he deposited the ball into the net for the game’s first goal.

“Today was really a team effort,” said Duxbury coach Chris Sweet.

Still, the early going showed the tenacity that Lincoln-Sudbury has shown all season.

More face-off wins from the away team eventually propelled them toward a first quarter lead. Lincoln-Sudbury attackers Colby Hall and Dan Dalaney silenced the large hometown crowd, seizing a 2-1 lead midway through the opening frame.

And even though Duxbury reclaimed a 4-3 lead by the end of the first, the result was still hanging very much in the balance.

At this point, Duxbury seniors began to take over. Whether or not the difference was senior leadership, (Duxbury has 18 seniors to Lincoln-Sudbury’s three) is impossible to tell.

What is beyond doubt, however, is that Duxbury’s seniors played some of the best lacrosse they may ever play.

“Well, seniors always get it done for Duxbury this time of year,” said Sweet. “Each and every one of them had one of the best games of their career.”

For the entire second quarter, Lincoln-Sudbury did not score and Duxbury began to assert their selves by tallying four unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.

The second half continued Duxbury’s assent in the game, and it started with a turnaround in the face-offs. Henry Narlee scored a third quarter hat trick, and won eight consecutive draws to help Duxbury build a 15-5 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

In the end, Coach Sweet’s assertion proved accurate in noting, “They’re a great team, but we were just a lot better today.”

The final quarter saw a conclusion of what was team domination by Duxbury. Ten different players scored and goalie Henry Buongorio made key saves to keep the lead comfortable.

“Buongorio came up with some huge saves,” said Sweet in tribute to his steady goalie.

When the final whistle sounded, Duxbury emerged with a 12-point victory and a berth in the state finals.

“We’re certainly going to enjoy this for a little bit, but were going to get right back to work to get ready for Wednesday,” declared Sweet after that game.

Duxbury will face Needham next Wednesday at Harvard University at 7:45pm.

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