The Catholic Central League title was on the line.
But the chatter was about hockey before last week’s lacrosse howdown between the Austin Prep boys and host Archbishop Williams in Braintree?
Forget his 57 points this spring, in his first season on the varsity squad. His speed. Or his prowess on the field.
No, all the talk was about Prep sophomore Bob ‘Bobo’ Carpenter recently making a verbal committment to attend Boston University on a hockey scholarship.
Despite the whirlwind, his focus was on the task at hand. Despite all the chatter.
So after a two-plus-hour drive to Braintree, and listening to more than a few taunts from the opposition about his hockey commitment, and questioning his ability on the lacrosse field, Carpenter went to work. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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