By Matt Noonan
FOXBOROUGH, MA – Entering Wednesday’s match against Canton, Foxborough’s boy’s lacrosse team had one thing on their mind – erase the five-goal deficit from Tuesday. And luckily, they did, as the Warriors defeated the Bulldogs, 12-4, and earned their first Hockomock League victory.
“They’re a tough team, they’re good, they’re physical, [and] they’ve got a lot of good players,” said Canton head coach Bill Bendell. “We knew it was going to be a battle, but they outplayed us.”
Here are a few thoughts and reactions from this particular conference clash.
The Impact of Drew McGeary: It’s not too often that one player can spark a team’s offense, but against Canton’s defense, Foxborough’s Drew McGeary jumpstarted the Warriors attack with four goals.
“We just focused on getting the offensive possessions, and then we [were] just patient on offense, setting ball screens, away screens, just really mixing it up, staying in motion, [and] opening things up,” said McGeary.
And while the Bulldogs honed in on McGeary, they allowed two other Warriors – Tyler Ames, (two goals, one assist) and Jake Soccorso, (three goals, three assists) – to whip shots past Rich Nee, (four saves) for five combined tallies.
“Those [are] guys that I need to play at that level,” stated Foxborough head coach Matt Noone. “[On Wednesday] they did it, [but] I just hope they’ll do it against Franklin, I hope they’ll do it against Mansfield, [and] I hope they’ll do it against King Phillip.”
“Canton was a big game, they’re in our league and they’re [a] small school in our league and we’re a small school, so it’s nice to see them step up, but I need them to step up [against] the teams that are also a threat to us,” added Noone.
Foxborough entered the current campaign with a variety of new names on their varsity roster, which means Noone will need everyone to step up and contribute for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Avenging the Xaverian Bros. Loss: Against the Hawks on Tuesday, the Warriors Villanova-bound netminder Greg Stamatov allowed eight goals, while his teammates mustered three points, which wasn’t enough to beat Xaverian Bros.
“I told them that the best way to overcome a loss is going out on the field and winning,” added Noone.
The Warriors adhered to their coach’s advice on Wednesday, and rebounded with an impressive victory, which hopefully will propel them to a second consecutive win on Friday against Oliver Ames.
“We wanted to avenge the loss to Xaverian, and I thought we came out flying and we did our job,” said Soccorso.
* Similar to last year, I really enjoyed watching Greg Stamatov defend the Warriors cage. He ended the contest with nine saves, but yielded three goals in the third quarter. And even though he was whistled for taking out his mouth guard in the third quarter, I definitely think he’ll continue to be a major factor for the Warriors this season.
* Canton only has two seniors on their team, so I’m expecting this particular year will be another learning experience for Bendell’s squad. However, against Foxborough, they did manage to record 40 ground balls and 23 shots on net.
* Foxborough has now beaten Canton 10 consecutive times, which is a rather impressive stat, eh? The last time the Bulldogs defeated the Warriors was in April of 2007.
* Finally, if Foxborough is going to be successful, they’ll need their midfield and attack to score numerous goals. Stamatov will do his part, but cannot save shots and score goals for the Warriors, so it’ll be interesting to see if Soccorso, Ames and McGeary can continue carry their offense.
For more on this particular clash – check out the recap on BostonLax.net.