Billerica High boys lacrosse, Whiteway make history
Billerica’s Grant Whiteway celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal vs. Andover at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium, which brought him to 500 points for his career.
It seemed only fitting on a day labeled “MVC Lacrosse Night”, that the league’s most prolific scorer reached an amazing milestone.
Last Friday, the Billerica High boys lacrosse team took the Merrimack Valley Conference title with a 12-2 thrashing of Andover at Cawley Stadium in Lowell.
In the first quarter, senior Grant Whiteway notched his 500th career point, only the third Massachusetts laxster to attain such a feat. He finished the game with four goals and two assists.
“Grant reaching 500 points in his career is really an amazing accomplishment and makes him one of the most prolific players in the country of all time,” said Billerica coach Craig Flynn. “There have only been six people in the country and two others in Massachusetts that have reached the 500-point milestone. And now Grant is up on that pedestal with guys like Casey Powell, Max Quinzani and Jimmy Connelly. All his hard work and dedication to his game is really paying off. Grant is never satisfied with how good he is and is always working hard to better himself.”
Flynn went on to rave about Whiteway’s commitment to team before self.
“The guys on the team feed off of his emotion and intensity out on the field and I believe he brings everybody’s play up to another level,” said Flynn. “We all have such high expectations on what we can accomplish as a team. Our starting attack as a whole work together so well. Grant would be the first to tell you that he couldn’t reach that milestone without guys like Cam Slatton and Ben Melaugh. They have started together for two years now and have become the highest scoring attack unit in Billerica history. The only thing Grant hasn’t done yet is win a state championship. I am sure he would trade his personal accolades in to bring a state championship back to Billerica.”
The aforementioned Melaugh had a strong night in the Andover win with three goals and two assists as did Slatton with two goals and three helpers. Other goal scorers for Billerica included Peter Walters, Ian Abrahamson and Nick Morello.
D.J. Smith was solid in net with 12 saves before giving way to Dylan Svenson, who finished out the game.
Prior to clinching the league, BMHS knocked off St. John’s Prep.
While a win over the defending Division I state champs is an accomplishment in itself, the Indians did it in style.
In last Wednesday’s 13-6 win, the Indians broke a 4-4 second quarter tie scoring nine straight goals to secure the victory.
Whiteway finished with four goals and four assists on the day. Slatton and Nick Morello each scored three times in the victory for Billerica.
This past Monday, the Indians faced their first test in a while, against Lincoln-Sudbury. Billerica trailed 6-2 at one point and 8-7 at halftime before overcoming the deficit and winning by a score of 14-10.
Whiteway led all Billerica scorers with four goals and three assists. Right behind Whiteway were Slatton (3G, 2A), Melaugh and Morello with three goals and an assist each.
Mitch Kurker, Sean Farmer, Ian Abrahamson and Smith (12 saves) held up the defensive end.
Billerica (17-2) finishes the season out this week against Xaverian.
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