WELLESLEY – Wellesley senior co-captains Tucker Dietrick, John Caraviello and Matt Dziama combined for 15 goals and three assists as the Raiders defeated Billerica, 18-11, on Monday afternoon in non-conference action.
Drew Laundry paced Billerica with a team-high seven points (five goals, two assists), while Jeff Trainor netted four goals.
The Raiders won 24-of-30 face-offs, highlighted by Dietrick, who finished 11 of 15. Wellesley also outshot Billerica, 36-21.
Tim Rahill, who made his first career start between the pipes for Wellesley, concluded the contest with six stops, while Billerica’s John Bossi turned away nine attempts.
“(I’m) happy to get a win,” said Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty. “Usually (when we play Billerica) we have a baseball game. It’s like 4-2 (or) 5-3 whenever the two teams play each other – today was one of those (days where) if you had the ball, it felt like either team was going to go down and score.”
Wellesley jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Billerica responded with back-to-back tallies from Laundry and Trainor, which brought the visitors within one goal.
The Raiders answered with strikes by Dietrick and Caraviello early in the second session before both units traded goals. The Indians evened the score late in the frame with a man-up strike by Danny Lynch, but Wellesley responded with a 3-0 run sparked by Caraviello, which provided the Raiders with a 10-7 lead at the break.
“That’s just fun,” Caraviello said of the back and fourth second quarter, “that’s just competing. We want to win the game and hats off to Billerica, they played a great game and (their) offense was pretty dynamic, they had great scorers, but I think we were able to just – I don’t know, outlast them, work our offense (a little) better and that’s (why) we came out on top.”
Dziama extended Wellesley’s lead to 11-8 with 9:46 remaining in the third when he completed his hat trick before the Raiders went on a 7-2 run to secure their first win of the season.
“Billerica is a very good, very tough team, (but) I thought we showed great kind of mental strength to stay with it and keep going when they were pushing us and then close (them) out,” said Dietrick.