Billerica emerges with a 15-8 triumph over Lowell in a Merrimack Valley Conference battle.
Kind of a perfunctory fourth quarter with Billerica settling its offense and putting in a couple of goals to punctuate this decisive win.
Billerica, 13-7 (end of 3rd)
Billerica's Jeff Scarfo tacks one on before the end of the frame and Billerica leads Lowell, 13-7, heading to the final frame.
After initially letting that six-goal lead slip away, the Indians came right back to push it up to that same level before the break.
Billerica, 12-7 (2:00, 3rd)
Lowell scored three of the first four goals in the second half to twice make this a three-goal game, but Billerica has responded to push its lead back to a more comfortable margin.
Billerica, 9-3 (half)
Billerica scored eight of the game's first nine goals, including a string of seven in a row, to take a commanding first-half lead and the Indians boast a 9-3 advantage over Lowell at the intermission of a Merrimack Valley Conference battle.
The names have changed, but the style remains the same. Billerica is attacking off the faceoff (with midfielder Adam Foss dominated in the circle) and that's leading to quick goals in transition as the Lowell defense can't get set up.
Billerica and Lowell traded early goals, but it was all Indians for the next 16 minutes. Billerica has utilized seven different goal scorers as only Mike Slatton and Grant Whiteway have multiple tallies.
Billerica's Pat O'Loughlin has been strong in net, while Lowell's Tim Finnegan has prevented further damage with some nice stops.
The Raiders seem a bit too reliant on senior midfielder Greg Demetriou to create on offense. His stick skills are phenomenal, but he needs some help against an aggressive Billerica defense that is absolutely attacking as soon as the ball comes out of a stick.
Billerica, 5-1 (end of 1st)
Billerica's Mike Slatton scored twice, while teammates Joe Dangelo, Greg Melaugh, and Grant Whiteway each added a goal as the Indians lead visiting Lowell, 5-1, after the first quarter.
Billerica scored the final four goals of the frame. They seem to have shook off some early rust and really controlled the final eight minutes of the frame.
Welcome to Billerica, where the third-ranked Indians are set to host Merrimack Valley Conference rival Lowell.
The Raiders just arrived on this gorgeous, sun-splashed afternoon. Forsberg Cruiser sets the temp at a get-ready-to-break-out-the-flip-flops 62 degrees.
Back with more throughout the afternoon.
We'll be live from Alumni Field this afternoon, where the third-ranked Billerica boys' lacrosse team hosts Lowell in an early season Merrimack Valley Conference showdown at 4 p.m.
Billerica (1-0) is coming off an ultra-successful 2007 campaign in which the Indians advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals before falling to Xaverian in double overtime. Billerica opened the new season with a 15-3 triumph over Tewksbury.
Lowell (3-0) has started the 2008 season with wins over North Middlesex, Masconomet, and Dracut. The Raiders got off to a similar hot start last season and finished the year with a 16-6 mark, falling to Andover in the Division 1 tournament.
We're interested to see how Billerica looks after graduation hit hard, while we're wondering if Lowell is the real deal this season. We'll know more after today's game.
Our early season lacrosse blitz continues Thursday with a doubleheader of coverage. We'll start the day in Cohasset, where the undefeated Skippers are set to host top-ranked Duxbury at 4 p.m. We're then hoping to catch some of the St. John's Prep vs. BC High tilt on the way back through the city. That game is set to start at 5:30 p.m.
For your girls' lacrosse fans, we're hoping to catch a potential state championship preview on Saturday when top-ranked Westwood hosts Longmeadow (last year's Division 1 runner-up) at Flahive Field at 3 p.m.
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