WELLESLEY -- Walpole's defense turned in a relentless 48-minute effort, stalking Wellesley from the time it left the locker room until it returned as the Rebels emerged with a dominating 8-1 triumph in a Bay State Conference battle.
Greg Nash paced the offensive with three goals and scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter as Walpole quickly stretched the four-goal cushion it entered the frame with.
We'll have a complete recap from this one, along with complete video highlights, tomorrow morning. Check out the entries below for more details from this one.
Walpole, 7-1 (5:20, 4th)
Walpole killed off consecutive penalties to start the third quarter -- highlighted by a big save by netminder Cameron Crown -- then watched Greg Nash score consecutive goals as the Rebels lead Wellesley, 7-1, with 5:20 to play.
Walpole, 5-1 (end of 3rd)
Wellesley carried play in the third quarter, but it was Walpole's Davis Butts scoring the lone goal of the frame (with 2:45 remaining) as the Rebels extended their lead to 5-1 moving to the fourth quarter.
Walpole is really making things difficult for Wellesley in the offensive end. The Rebels are using their speed and aggressiveness to really disrupt Wellesley.
Walpole, 4-1 (half)
Walpole scored the first four goals of the game and used an aggressive defense to hold host Wellesley scoreless over the first 23 minutes of the game to lead 4-1 at the intermission.
Brian Orecchio (2), Greg Nash, and Paul Orecchio all ripped the twine for the Rebels, who dominated the first quarter before Wellesley started showing life in the second frame.
The Raiders got a tiny spark before the break when Matt Geisinger broke the shutout with a big rip from the top of the slot with 59.6 seconds to play in the second quarter.
Walpole's defense was otherwise relentless. Wellesley struggled to even clear the ball for much of the first half and often turned the ball over just trying to work it upfield. The Rebels had their own woes, but managed to generate goals off individual efforts, which allowed them to build th early cushion and shrug off the mistakes.
Wellesley needs to generate better chances on offense in the second half to get back in this one and it needs to solve its issues getting the ball upfield. Walpole needs to keep up the defensive intensity and improve its ball movement around the cage on offense.
Walpole, 2-0 (end of 1st)
That might have been the ugliest 12 minutes of lacrosse we've seen this year, but Walpole got two nice individual efforts by Brian Orecchio and Greg Nash for two unassisted goals for a 2-0 advantage over Wellesley after one quarter.
Walpole dominated time of possession over the final 10 minutes of the quarter, thanks largely to Wellesley's inability to generate a clean clear. The Raiders threw an alarming number of passes away (mostly too high) in the first quarter.
Walpole wasn't particularly crisp either and really struggled to throw passes to the front of the goal. Orecchio and Nash made fine runs to put them 1-on-1 with the netminder and scored for the early lead.
Welcome to Wellesley, where the Raiders are set to host Walpole in a Bay State Conference battle.
The Forsberg Cruiser sets the temperature at a friendly 56 degrees. Lot of clouds above, but the sun is shining on the field during pregame warm-ups.
Back with more throughout the afternoon.
Postponed by rain yesterday, we'll make the trek to Wellesley today for the Bay State Conference boys' lacrosse showdown between No. 9 Walpole and the 10th-ranked Raiders at 3:45 p.m.
Walpole (8-0) enters on the heels of a solid win over Dover-Sherborn, while Wellesley (9-1) is riding a seven-game winning streak under first-year coach Rocky Batty.
Back with live updates from Wellesley this afternoon.
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