No. 5 BC High 11, No. 3 Billerica 8
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On the heels of an upset of previously undefeated Billerica, BC High boys' lacrosse coach Kevin Bibeau was asked to assess his team's recent progress.
"Ask me tomorrow," Bibeau said with a smile.
"We beat Xaverian (last week), but we turned around and lost to Malden Catholic. We beat a Billerica squad that took a state finalist to overtime in last year's state semifinals, but we struggle against Newton South. Right now we're searching for a little bit of consistency."
The Eagles (6-2) didn't exactly produce an even effort Wednesday afternoon, but a fast start allowed the hosts to open a four-goal lead in the first quarter, which blossomed to a six-goal halftime advantage and carried BC High to the finish line in an 11-8 triumph.
What was consistent was the defensive play. BC High's athletic defense hounded Billerica attackers, who endured some physical play from the Eagles' long-stick middies while trying to find a lane to the net.
BC High effectively shut down all lanes for cutters, forcing Billerica (7-1) to often rely on individual efforts in rushing to the cage or firing from the perimeter. The Indians were able to squeeze some shots past BC High's David Barton in the second half, but the senior netminder made plenty of saves to atone and assured the visitors would claw no closer than the final spread.
"There are shots we ask and expect David to stop," said Bibeau. "Today he gave us a couple extra."
On one of the first hot days of the lacrosse season, BC High wasted little time building a comfortable cushion. The Eagles scored five consecutive times to close out the first quarter with a 5-1 advantage and kept up the intensity to take a 9-3 advantage into the intermission.
"That first quarter was the difference," said Billerica coach Chris Burns. "All the credit to BC High. They outworked us that quarter. They wanted it more. They must have gotten 10 to 12 more ground balls. Next thing you know we're down 5-1 and we couldn't climb out of that hole."
BC High will see if it can maintain its intensity Thursday against Hopkinton, while Billerica's grueling stretch continues. The Indians toppled league rival Andover by a goal Friday (the eighth meeting between the two teams decided by a single goal in the last 11 games) and have North Andover, Duxbury, and Lincoln-Sudbury on tap.
"It's a great challenge to have at this time of the season," said Burns. "I think us coaches are excited to see how are team responds to this game. It's a bit of a character check."
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