It wasn’t the performance that championship-minded Grafton High was hoping for Tuesday night at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, but the Indians are headed in the Central Mass. final for a second straight year. Grafton’s high-powered offense was held scoreless by Shrewsbury High for more than 16 minutes to start, but last year’s CMass finalists recovered and outscored the Colonials, 4-0, in the third quarter en route to a 7-3 district semifinal victory. The second-seeded Indians trailed, 2-1, at halftime to a confident Shrewsbury. “We were trying to go through just three guys,” Grafton’s fifth-year coach Alan Rotatori said. “We’re a lot deeper than that. We need to share the ball, we needed to spread out the offense, and our comment was, in the game of lacrosse, if you keep your opponent to two goals in at halftime, that’s a really good showing. And then we look at the scoreboard, and we’ve got one goal up there, and I think at that point everyone knew it’s the offense that’s got to pick it up.” Seniors Sawyer Coleman (2 goals, 5 ground balls, assist) and Mike Schena (2 goals, 2 assists), and freshman Chase Kapuscienski (2 goals, assist) stepped up as the Colonials zeroed in on Grafton’s Tyler Reilly and Bryan Rotatori. Reilly was held scoreless on just one shot, while Rotatori had one goal on eight shots to go with a game-high six ground balls.
Grafton 7, Shrewsbury 3
Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013, at Grafton
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11:23 p.m.