With the match tied at 10 with seven seconds remaining in regulation, Hingham junior midfielder Karl Weller set up in front of Lincoln-Sudbury junior goalie Dan Shaughnessy and bounced a shot off the grass and over Shaughnessy’s head to provide the 11-10 Harbormen win.
It was an impressive comeback for Hingham (6-1) considering L-S led by four goals midway through the second quarter.
“I think it comes down to, just like anything else – we didn’t play well together as a team the other day and we got beat up pretty badly,” said Hingham coach John Todd, referring to an 11-6 loss to Concord-Carlisle in the Coaches' Challenge Cup earlier this week. “We’ve got kids that can play. They’re young and they have to believe in what they’re doing.
“Sometimes they don’t and they try to do what they think they’ve been doing on their own and then it doesn’t work. Today we did a ton right as a team, clearing, dividing, offense, and defense. That’s the difference. We needed all that to beat a team like [L-S].
Hingham trailed 6-5 at halftime but kept chipping away and managed to tie the game at 7-7 early in the third quarter with junior midfielder Thomas O’Neill’s only goal of the morning. Sophomore attack David Freitas and junior captain Kevin Blair gave the Harbormen a 9-7 lead, their first of the morning, early in the fourth.
But Warriors’ senior midfielder Dylan Pike and junior midfielder Nate Gyory knotted it back up at 9-9 with 7:22 left to play.
With 1:08 remaining, Hingham’s Blair crossed Shaughnessy’s face and fired a jump shot to put the Harbormen up 10-9. And again, the Warriors had an answer – this time a goal from sophomore attack Matt Hall at 46 seconds left to tie it at 10-10.
Todd it was Hingham’s best team performance of the season.
“It is right there with the Needham game [a 12-11 win],” Todd said. “I think it being a little later in the season it is because all teams are getting better each and every day. Lincoln-Sudbury is a quality program that brings it every year.”
Blair finished the game with four goals for Hingham while fellow captain Tim Driscoll, a senior, had two scores.
Lincoln-Sudbury fell to 3-4 with its fourth straight loss.
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