The Eagles rode their hot hand to the Division 1 North sectional where they lost, 1-0, to one of the most explosive offenses around in Somerville.
On top of it all, Prep (17-2-2) faced one of the toughest roads in any sectional, drawing a very strong Framingham team in the first round.
The Prep took out the Flyers, 2-1, then beat sixth-seeded Acton-Boxborough 1-0 before handing top-ranked Masconomet its only loss of the season, 2-1, in the semifinal game.
Senior defensive captain Carter Ocko, who delivered the winning goal against Masco, served as the commander of the back unit and was solid against Somerville’s quick, skilled attack.
Keeper Ben Alpern , who came up with five key saves in the final, was lauded for his efforts this season, stepping into the starting role after Brian Keough was injured prior to the start of the season.
“He kept us in the game . . . gave us the chance to get the tie and send it to overtime,” said St. John’s Prep coach Dave Crowell of his goalie’s play.
The Eagles last reached the North final in 2008, where they lost to this year’s first-round opponent Framingham, 2-0.
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