Duxbury 10 Billerica 8

In battle of powers, Billerica High edged

By Matt Langone, mlangone@lowellsun.com

UPDATED:   04/17/2015 08:05:44 AM EDT

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Billerica’s Derek Laundry (44) shields the ball from Duxbury’s Hunter Marston during boys lacrosse action Thursday. SUN/JULIA MALAKIE

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BILLERICA — The Billerica High boys lacrosse team faced its sternest challenge of the young season Thursday afternoon, and head coach Craig Flynn felt confident his team was well-prepared.

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After 48 minutes of entertaining and physical lax — thanks to a let-them-play allowance from the game’s referees — it was clear Flynn’s squad was indeed ready. Unfortunately, defending Division 1 state runner-up Duxbury was just a little bit more ready.

The visiting Dragons broke a 6-6 tie with a four-goal run that began late in the third quarter and spilled into the fourth, en route to earning a 10-8 win over Billerica. Duxbury improved to 7-1, with its lone loss coming to Pittsford, N.Y. The Indians lost for the first time, dropping to 5-1.

Billerica High’s John Sands, left, and Dean Brooks sandwich Tim Nolan of Duxbury. SUN/JULIA MALAKIE

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“We know they’re a strong team, they’re a perennial power,” said Flynn. “We felt more than ready for this game, it’s not the outcome we anticipated. We have to keep improving, and hopefully we’ll get a chance to meet them again at the end of the season.”

If the teams do meet again, it will be for the Division 1 state title, a realistic proposition.

“Billerica is a tough team. They won a ton of faceoffs and battled us down on the groundballs,” said Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet. “They got some guys that can shoot, so we had to be on the top of our game to even stay in that game.”

Senior attack Danny Lynch had three goals for Billerica, while senior middie Kevin Casey added two goals.

Junior UMass-bound middie Jeff Trainor picked up two assists, despite drawing considerable attention from the Duxbury defense. Junior goalie Tyler Canto played a strong game with 18 saves.

The Dragons received a hat trick from Matt Sharpe, and two goals and an assist from Harrison Piper.

Billerica grabbed a 1-0 lead when Dean Brooks found the back of the net two minutes into the contest. But that was the only lead of the game for the Indians, who trailed 6-3 at the half.

The hosts came out of the break rejuvenated, dominating the first 10 minutes of the third quarter with the help of a couple man-up situations. Lynch netted a goal in front of the net after a fantastic set-up from Trainor with 8:40 left in the third. Three-and-a-half minutes later, Drew Laundry ripped a goal, and Derek Laundry did the same soon after to tie it at 6-6.

“Dean Brooks was doing great on faceoffs, we fought back and tied things up,” said Flynn. “But then we let two in at the end of third.”

Sharpe and Piper struck in the final two minutes of the frame to regain momentum for Duxbury heading into the fourth.

Bobby Maimaron continued the run with a goal at the 6:36 mark in the fourth, and Niall Dillon (two goals) provided the insurance when he killed an abundance of time with some fancy stickwork, then broke across the middle and beat Canto for a 10-6 lead with 2:12 remaining.

“Sometimes you just have to hang on and not let things get out of hand, until we can get a good possession, settle down and get one of those goals back,” said Sweet. “We’re going to have games like this. We don’t have to go out-of-state to get tough games, there’s plenty of them right here.”

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