The Dover-Sherborn boys’ varsity lacrosse team took a huge step towards a potential Tri-Valley League title with a 7-5 victory over two-time defending Division 2 State Champion Medfield in Dover Friday night.
Jared Spence scored a hat trick for the Raiders and Ben Newbert added two goals of his own, as D-S won its second in a row over their neighbors.
The D-S defense handled a dominant Warriors attack thanks in part to goalie Ryan Goodall’s 8 saves.
D-S Head Coach Brian McLaughlin was proud of his team’s effort, “Any time that you can come out on top against Medfield it’s a good night. The defense played really well tonight, Ryan played well in net.”
Medfield had strong goaltending of their own from goalie Dougie Nelson who made nine saves, many of them from point-blank range.
Medfield Co-Head Coach Mike Douglas praised his goalie, but could not hide his disappointment at the result, “He kept us in the game, gave us a chance going down the stretch. We just didn’t get it done as a team and definitely didn’t get it done on the offensive end.”
Douglas said the Raiders ability to snag ground balls throughout the game was a pivotal reason why they lost the game.
“In both halves we didn’t execute like we are capable of doing,” said Douglas. “They won the ground ball game and usually in a big game between two good teams, the ground ball battle wins the game. They clearly won that part of the game.”
Coach McLaughlin knew it was important to get a win in the rivalry, “For a few years they were beating us pretty good but the last few games have been nail biters. A couple more penalties tonight than usual, but for the most part it’s good clean lacrosse, which is always fun.”