If you see a kid from BC High’s boys lacrosse team and ask him how he played Friday night, his response is going to be: OK. Well, at least that’s what coach Tim Kelly wants his kids to say.
After the Eagles beat Peabody, 11-6, in the preliminary round on Wednesday, they automatically flipped the page to their next opponent – the Duxbury Green Dragons.
Duxbury has won nine of the last 11 championships. Duxbury was the. No 3 seed, only losing a single in-state game this season. But on Friday, the Eagles flew high and stunned the Green Dragons, 10-9, in an overtime thriller.
Although it was down 6-3 at the half, BC High cut into the deficit and only trailed by 1 at the end of the third quarter. Midway through the fourth it was tied at 8.
Duxbury’s Brendan Burke gave his team the lead again with a little over two minutes remaining. But the relentless Eagles continued to attack as time wound down and freshman AJ Kucinski was able to net the equalizer with 16 ticks on the clock, sending the game to overtime.
“Composure,” Kelly said to his team at the end of regulation. “Win face-off, gain possession, and we call a timeout. We’re going to walk out of this with a win.”
Said and done.
BC High controlled the overtime in two possessions, and within a little over a minute Sam Friedman, who finished with a hat trick, found the back of the net to send the Eagles into a frenzy of celebration.
“They were excited as could be, but they are also aware,” said Kelly. “We’re starting to climb the mountain but we’re not anywhere near the top yet.”
BC High will play the winner of St. John’s Prep – who beat the Eagles twice this season – or Andover in a quarterfinal match on Wednesday.
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