***Special thanks to Arlington Catholic boys lacrosse coach Dan Brothers for providing Boston Lax with a recap of the inaugural Agganis Boys Lacrosse Game***
By Dan Brothers
With the greatness of Harry Agganis evident throughout the Manning Bowl and Fraser Field, the North squad rallied from a one-goal deficit behind Masconomet’s Jake Gillespie to capture the inaugural Agganis Classic in boys lacrosse, knocking off the South, 11-10, Wednesday night.
Gillespie was named Most Valuable Player after scoring three times in the second half as the North rallied from a 8-7 halftime deficit for the win. Goalkeeper Brian Conway (North Reading HS) made all four of his saves in the second half to derail the South, which at one point led 8-4.
Beverly goalie James Chase had ten saves to earn MVP honors for the South squad.
Cody Carbone (North Reading HS) started the scoring early for the North as he took a pass from Jake Theriault (Salem HS) to score the first goal this contest. Just 51 seconds later, William Jennings (Danvers HS) scored unassisted and the North jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The South, not to be outdone, rallied with goals from the Billerica duo of Cam Slatton and Ben Melaugh, along with Jeremy Quinton (Lynn Vocational HS), and Sean Foley (Tewksbury HS) with assists to Michael Dellanno (Wakefield HS), Steve Poliskey (St. Mary’s Lynn HS) and Tom Stanton (Catholic Memorial HS), offsetting a lone North tally by Jack Doyle (Danvers HS).
The early part of the second quarter was all South as they buried four of the next five to take what appeared to be a commanding lead. Stanton, Slatton, Melaugh and Peter Witherbee (Newburyport HS) all scored with Dellanno and Poliskey picking up assists. In between, a goal by the North’s Ben Warren (Georgetown HS) kept South’s lead at 8-4. But the North rallied for the final three goals to close the gap to 8-7, as Carbone, Doyle, and Wesley Shrewsbury (Masconomet Regional HS) sparked the start of the comeback.
With the onslaught of goals in the first half, one would think that a high scoring game would be expected in the second half, but that was not the case. Gillespie and Shrewsbury each scored for the North while Slatton completed his hat trick fort the South and the game was deadlocked at 9-9 heading into the final frame.
Gillespie continued his surge, putting the North out front at the six-minute mark, but Dellano tied it back up after beating his man to the near post from behind on a restart with 4:20 to go.
Gillespie picked up the loose ball off the ensuing faceoff, beat his man and fired home the game-winner on a one-handed shot just 0:16 later. The North was able to chew most of the remaining time off the clock and held on for the win in the inaugural Agganis game.
Cody Carbone 2-0-2 Cam Slatton 3-0-3
Jake Theriault 0-1-1 Ben Melaugh 2-0-2
William Jennings 1-2-3 Michael Dellanno 1-2-3
Jack Doyle 2-0-2 Jeremy Quinton 1-0-1
Ben Warren 1-0-1 Steve Poliskey 0-2-2
Billy Valle 0-2-2 Sean Foley 1-0-1
Nicholas Paine 0-1-1 Thomas Stanton 1-1-2
Wesley Shrewsbury 2-0-1 Peter Witherbee 1-0-1
Jake Gillespie 3-0-3 CJ Hanson 0-1-1
GK Brian Conway 4 saves GK James Chase 10 saves