Photos From Billerica-Wellesley
Billerica 4, Wellesley 2
BILLERICA, MA – Four goals don’t always secure wins in lacrosse, but that happened to be the magic number for Billerica on Monday afternoon as the Indians defeated Wellesley for the second time in two seasons, 4-2.
“That’s like a low baseball score,” said Billerica coach Craig Flynn, whose team improves to 1-1 overall.
“Anytime we score four goals, I wouldn’t think we’d come out with the (win), but D.J. Smith played awesome in net, the defense just played great, everyone played team defense, they were communicating and they played really well.”
Defense indeed carried the Indians to victory, but so did their composed offense, which was led by Daniel Trainor, who located the back of Wellesley’s cage twice in the first half.
“We have a moving crease,” Trainor said of his team’s offensive attack.
“We had a low crease when the ball’s up high with (the midfield) and that really slowed down their one slide, allowed us to get shots off and same thing with (the) ball at X, we had a high guy and we can dodge from the X.”
Trainor provided the Indians with an early lead in the first before Wellesley’s Peter Hogan evened the score with a strike 30 seconds later as the attack dodged past Billerica’s defense and fired a shot from the right.
The Indians tried to respond with a handful of attempts, but didn’t connect until Trainor rifled a shot past Michael Riskind early in the second, which secured a 2-1 advantage for the host at the break.
“(My) first goal was actually a lucky break, the defensemen dropped his stick and we had a quick transition goal right in the middle and second goal left me open in the crease in an umbrella formation and was just there to stick it in,” Trainor said.
Drew Laundry doubled Billerica’s lead early in the third with a transition strike following a pass from Mike Casey, but Wellesley answered with a Tucker Morgan goal on the right to bring the Raiders within one.
Jeff Trainor dashed Wellesley’s comeback hopes when he deposited his second shot of the afternoon at 9:18 in the fourth, which sailed past Riskind’s feet on the left to seal the Indians first win of the season.
“Our first game was a loss, we had a lead going into half and we kind of used that as motivation for this game,” Trainor said. “We really didn’t want to lose at halftime.”
“We had a tough one against Westford the other day and Wellesley’s a great program and it’s always huge to get a W against these guys,” said Flynn.
Billerica returns to the grass on Wednesday, April 3 for their first conference match of the season against Dracut, while Wellesley heads home for a non-conference tilt on Thursday, April 4 against Foothill-Santa Ana, both games are slated for 4 p.m. starts.
“We played Billerica so we could get better and learn some things,” Wellesley coach Rocky Batty said. “I’m not happy with the result, but I saw some good stuff. We’ve got to really get better all over the place.”