Duxbury won the Division 1 championship on Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium, defeating Needham, 10-8, to extend its in-state winning streak to 37 games and give Chris Sweet his ninth trophy in 11 years.
But at least Needham made it interesting.
The Rockets (16-5) were right there with the Dragons in the first half, but couldnt make enough stops to put together a run. Each time Needham scored a goal, Duxbury responded within three minutes. It wasnt until the fourth quarter that the Rockets were able to score back-to-back goals, rallying for four straight to cut the lead to two.
After Nico Panepinto scored his fourth of the game with less than eight minutes remaining, cutting the lead to 10-6, the Dragons picked up three penalties and were stuck playing with three defenseman. Needham scored twice in the next two minutes, but couldnt keep the momentum once Duxbury was again at full strength.
Needham goalie Lucas Davis made some huge stops, but seven of 10 Duxbury goals were assisted. The Dragons are trained to make that extra pass, find the open man and bury the easy ones.
Sweets son, Sam, scored three times as a perfect send-off in his final game playing under his dad.