Brooks, Billerica too much for WA
By Carmine Frongillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATED: 04/06/2017 08:29:03 AM EDT
Dean Brooks scores a goal for Billerica against Westford
WESTFORD — Few players in high school lacrosse put as much pressure on a defense as Dean Brooks.
Billerica High’s senior standout is as disciplined when it comes to creating scoring chances as he is creative. His quick thinking and quick movement makes the Indians’ potent attack go. And when Brooks has Billerica’s offense running on all cylinders, few teams can keep pace with the Indians.
Brooks scored five goals while leading Billerica to a convincing 11-5 victory over Westford Academy in a non-league game Wednesday night.
The win evened Billerica’s record at 1-1. The Indians dropped their season-opener to Reading, 8-7, on Tuesday. Westford is 0-2.
“It’s good to bounce back like we did after a tough loss to Reading,” said Brooks, who will attend UMass Amherst on a lacrosse scholarship. “We’re just trying to get together and play more as a unit and get as many wins as we can. We have a pretty young team. We’re waiting for the younger guys to get comfortable and we’re working hard every day.”
Brooks scored four goals in the first half, helping Billerica build a 6-3 lead at the break. Several of his scores came on perfectly placed shots that were whipped into the net.
“Dean is a stud,” said Billerica coach Craig Flynn. “He does everything for us. He’s big, fast, physical and he can score at will. He was laser accurate tonight. We’re glad he’s on our team.”
“It was a well-balanced attack,” said Flynn. “The team played disciplined offense tonight. I was happy with the performance.”
Gus Gobiel and Tyler Morris scored two goals apiece for the Indians, who broke the game open with four goals in the third quarter. James Einarson and Ryan Quinn tallied the other Billerica goals. Pat Quinn notched two assists, while Matt Milano, Sam Sartell and Matt Faulconer chipped in with one assist each.
Billerica goalie Justin Guinane made eight saves. Jack Toce, Mickey Ricard, Henri Behaeghel and Derek Laundry had strong games on defense.
“We played great on defense,” said Flynn. “We have a big, physical defense and they really locked it down tonight.”
Westford played Billerica tough from start to finish. The Grey Ghosts were up 2-1 with 3:08 to play in the first quarter. After Billerica surged ahead late in the first half, Westford trimmed the deficit to 6-4 with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. But Westford had a difficult time sustaining any type of offensive flow.
Cam Barisano paced Westford’s offense with two goals and one assist. Nick Antes and Peter Chisholm each checked in with a goal and assist. Ben Harris scored a goal, and Jason Bunyon added two assists.
“We have some young guys running around and getting some reps and it’s an eye-opening experience for them,” said Westford coach Chris Doyle, whose club lost to perennial DCL power Lincoln-Sudbury in its opener. “The good part for us is we’re gaining some experience. We’ll be a little better tomorrow from this game and we’ll keep getting better. It’s early yet. We know we can hang with some really good teams. It’s just a matter of us tweaking some things on our end and continuing to improve.”
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