Billerica 10 St. Johns Prep 9

Billerica holds off St. John’s Prep

05/17/2012, 6:00am (EDT)
By BostonLax Staff

 Billerica, MA – It was a tale of multiple different games at Billerica’s Marshall Middle School Wednesday night.  The first quarter ended tied at 1 as both teams struggled to find their footing on the wet grass and both starting goaltenders made multiple saves.  The second quarter scoring started off with Billerica running a successful hidden-ball trick on man up capped off by a Russ Tedford goal.  They would add another Slatton strike from Peter Walters before St. John’s Prep got one of their own back when Andrew Belli found Dan Mini.

Prep started the second half with yet another man-up, and quickly tied the score as Andrew O’Connell off a feed from X, and this led to an offensive explosion as both teams traded goals for the next 10 minutes, but Billerica again retained a 1-goal lead at the end of the period after Cam Slatton cleared the ball, drew a flag, and finished a 25-yard bounce shot late in the quarter.

Partially due to several SJP penalties, Billerica was able to control possession and slowly build a lead on goals from Walters, Daniel Trainor and Ben Melaugh to go ahead 10-6 with a little over 2 minutes left.  With the game seemingly over, Prep was able to stage a furious comeback on goals from Joey Cavallaro, Jack Sharrio and an Indian own goal.  Coming out of a timeout with 16 seconds left and the chance to tie, Prep got two great looks, with the first shot going wide with 6 seconds left and Billerica goalie DJ Smith stuffing another one on the doorstep at the final whistle to preserve the victory.

Billerica (13-4) hosts league rival Andover Friday night before closing out the regular season against Lincoln-Sudbury and Xaverian.  St. John’s Prep (8-8) has also already clinched a playoff berth due to a 2nd place finish in the Catholic Conference, and will use games against Duxbury and Medfield to ready themselves for another deep tournament run.

SCORERS

 Billerica

Cam Slatton 3g
Ben Melaugh 3g2a
Daniel Trainor 1g
Russ Tedford 1g
Andy Cunningham 1g
Peter Walters 1g1a
M#28 1a

St. John’s Prep

Joey Cavallaro 3g
Dan Mini 1g1a
Drew O’Connell 1g
Andrew Gallahue 1g1a
Jack Sharrio 1g
Andrew Belli 1a

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