By Tom Layman Boston Herald
Thursday, May 19, 2011 – Updated 6 hours ago
Grant Whiteway didn’t reach his milestone point, but his four goals and four assists were good enough to help Billerica take out host St. John’s Prep, 13-6, yesterday in a nonleague lacrosse matchup in Danvers.
Whiteway, who recorded seven points in the first three quarters, now sits one point away from becoming only the sixth player in the country to ever record 500 career points.
“Everyone was running the plays and everyone was where they were supposed to be,” said Whiteway, who will get a chance to reach the record tomorrow against Andover. “We were just clicking today.”
Clicking might have been an understatement for the Indians’ offense. After the Prep (7-7) tied it at 4 with 7:44 left in the second quarter, the Indians (15-2) scored nine unanswered goals against the defending Division 1 champs.
Cam Slatton and Nick Morello both finished with three goals apiece, which helped Whiteway inch even closer to the hallowed mark.
“The offense was moving really good,” said Whiteway. “We had a lot of transition. Whenever we had it on offense, we felt like we could run pretty much anything.”
Whiteway’s prettiest goal came at the end of the third quarter and gave the Indians a 10-4 lead. Ben Melaugh, who gained possession on a whistle, fired a pass from the 40-yard line in front to Whiteway, who snapped a shot in while falling to the ground.
“He’s a special player,” Indians coach Craig Flynn said. “Guys like him don’t come along too often. Once you get the ball in his hands, it’s exciting to watch.”
Defensively, Ian Abrahamson and goalie DJ Smith did their share to keep the Eagles off the board for nearly 30 minutes of play.
The Prep need to win two of their next three games to get in the tournament and have a shot at repeating as state champions.