Walpole senior captain Cullen McGlynn (33) fights off a stick check from Wellesley’s Graham Raveret (16) on a rush up the field.
By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Despite a 12-save performance in net by freshman goaltender Standish Carothers, the Raiders (6-5, 4-2) were unable to fight off a strong surge by the Tom Schofield-led Warriors, who clawed their way to an 11-9 victory over their archenemies.DS began the game on a 3-0 run kickstarted by freshman Pierce Gregory, who finished off a strong drive to the crease with a right-handed snipe up high to give the Raiders a 1-0 edge. Junior Timmy Polk doubled DS’s lead to 2-0 with a drive and left-handed finish with 1:46 remaining in the quarter before senior captain and Sacred Heart commit Jack Dillon fired home a goal down low with 30 seconds to play to make it a 3-0 game at the end of one.
The Warriors (9-5, 8-1) responded with a pair of goals to begin the second quarter. Freshman Jack Rideout launched home a goal up high off of a feed from sophomore attack-man Jimmy Cosolito to get Medfield on the board before Schofield fired in a right-handed rip from 12 yards out to cut the deficit to a single goal with 10:29 to play in the half.
Senior captain and midfielder Michael Mastrobuono extended DS’s lead back to a pair of goals at 4-2 with a drive and lefty finish with 8:26 to play in the half. Sophomore attack-man Jake Sherman battled through a nagging leg injury and fired home a goal off of a dodge with 6:34 remaining to make it a one-goal game at 4-3. However, Polk scored his second of the game with 4:37 to play on a steal during a Medfield clear attempt before firing the ball into the open net. The goal gave DS a 5-3 lead at the half.
Schofield’s second of the game just 39 seconds into the second half got Medfield back to within a goal, but Dillon responded a little over a minute later with 10:19 to go in the quarter to push the Raider lead back to a pair at 6-4. Junior midfielder Tommy Gill fired home a right-handed rip to get Medfield back to within a goal at 6-5 with 7:23 to play before Steve O’Leary tied the game at six with a lefty-bouncer with 6:20 to play. Schofield completed the hat trick to give Medfield its first lead of the game at 7-6 with 4:42 to play before Brian Abely fired home a low-to-high crank just 42 seconds later to make it 8-6. Gill launched home his second of the game from about 13 yards out with seven seconds to play to give Medfield a three-goal lead at 9-6 at the end of three.
Erik Niit cut the deficit to a pair of goals for DS with a finish at the crease with 8:59 to go before Henry Kenney made it 9-8 with a rip thanks to a feed from Mastrobuono just moments later. A left-handed shot from 12 yards out by Cosolito with 5:41 to play extended Medfield’s lead back to a pair at 10-8. Jack Dillon cut the deficit back to a single goal for DS at 10-9 with a drive from X and a left-handed finish down low with 3:29 remaining. However, Rideout delivered the dagger with just 47 seconds to play for Medfield after taking a feed from behind the cage by Mike Hauptman (three assists) and firing home a goal off-stick side to give the Warriors the lead at 11-9. Dylan McNally won the ensuing faceoff and the Warriors were able to chew the remaining seconds and emerge with the two-goal victory.
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