Duxbury tops Longmeadow, 14-10. Back with a recap and highlights in a bit.
Duxbury, 14-10 (1:06, 4th)
Longmeadow scored the only four goals of the four quarter (thus far) to make things a little more interesting, but it looks like too little too late as Duxbury leads by four goals with just over a minute to go.
Duxbury, 14-6 (end of 3rd)
Duxbury's Scott Austin and Derek Sweet scored two goals apiece in the third quarter and the Green Dragons lead visiting Longmeadow, 14-6, moving to the final frame.
For the day, Austin has a game-high six goals.
Duxbury, 12-5 (6:40, 3rd)
Duxbury's Scott Austin and Derek Sweet scored back-to-back third-quarter goals and the Green Dragons have increased their advantage to 12-5 with 6:40 to play in the frame.
Duxbury, 10-5 (half)
So much hype. So little drama.
Longmeadow scored the game's first goal and it seemed everyone at Taylor Field was holding their collective breaths with the possibility that this Western Mass. juggernaut might swoop in and dethrone Eastern Mass.'s behemoth.
It didn't take long for everyone to exhale.
Duxbury scored nine consecutive goals spanning into the second quarter and led, 9-1, with 7:07 to play in the half before Longmeadow breathed a little life back into this game with four consecutive scores.
Duxbury's Scott Austin scored in the final minute of the half -- his fourth of the game -- to put the Dragons out front, 10-5, at the intermission.
A few quick thoughts:
- Longmeadow came out with some serious intensity and they were bouncing off the walls after David Thor scored just 1:48 in. The Dragons responded with three goals over the next three minutes before an absolute blizzard that span into the second frame.
- Not sure if Duxbury saw something on film, but they've generated a number of goals by bouncing the ball in.
- Longmeadow shouldn't be down nearly as much. Granted, Duxbury made some quality runs to the cage -- particularly an unbelievable effort by Steven Ripley in the second quarter in which he evaded about five defenders and endured two big hits on an unassisted tally -- but Duxbury hasn't exactly put on a passing clinic here. Much of its shots are being generated on individual efforts and the Lancers probably should have made a few more stops to this point on long-range blasts (see: long-stick middie Dan May's goal in the first quarter).
- Duxbury opens the third quarter with a man advantage and the ball after holding to close out the first half. Longmeadow desperately needs a stop and some early scores to pull back some momentum if it has any chance to make this interesting.
Duxbury, 9-5 (1:54, 2nd)
Duxbury rattled off nine consecutive goals after Longmeadow scored first as this one appeared to be a rout, but the visitors have responded with four consecutive scores to at least add a bit of intrigue as the half nears.
Duxbury, 5-1 (end of 1st)
An intense Longmeadow struck first, but Duxbury responded with five unanswered goals and leads the visiting Lancers, 5-1, t the end of the first quarter.
Gus Quinzani paced the Dragons with two goals in the first 12, while long-stick middie Daniel May got in on the offensive fireworks with a side-armed flick from the top of the slot.
Welcome to Duxbury. It's a little cool out here, but seems like ideal lacrosse weather.
We're just getting underway. Back with more throughout the afternoon.
We're headed back down to Duxbury this afternoon, where the top-ranked Green Dragons are expected to receive another stiff test when Western Mass. power Longmeadow visits for a boys' lacrosse showdown at Taylor Field at 4 p.m.
Duxbury now boasts an 82-game, in-state winning streak, but Longmeadow enters with an impressive 11-1 mark having beaten Eastern Mass. talents like second-ranked Medfield and 14th-ranked Scituate this spring.
Earlier in the day, the Duxbury girls' lacrosse team -- ranked sixth in Eastern Mass. -- hosts 19th-ranked Weston at noon. We'll have a correspondent there for that one and will have a complete recap of the action in Saturday's school roundup.
Back with more from Duxbury this afternoon.
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