2018 D1 (VIDEO): The BC High Eagles are State Champs

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Contributing – Mike Flanagan, Nate Weitzer, and Ryan Kilian

BOSTON – The third time was certainly the charm for BC High.

After coming up short in consecutive state finals, the Eagles left nothing to chance in Saturday’s Division 1 state title game, dominating Acton-Boxboro from start to finish to earn a 16-3 victory at Nickerson Field.

BC High (20-3) finishes the season on a 13-game winning streak after blazing through a loaded D1 South bracket while averaging 16.7 goals per game in postseason play.

Senior Maverick Woods and sophomore Aidan Carroll netted four goals apiece to lead a balanced BC High attack. Freshman Carter Rice added a hat trick, junior Christian “Chi Chi” Price scored two goals with two assists, and senior Charlie Pyne handed out two assists and added a goal of his own.

But once again, the star of the show was All-American long pole Will Bowen and the BC High defense. Teaming with his close defensive partners Nolan Collins and Tommy Joyce, they kept the A-B attack at bay all afternoon.

A four-year starter, who has twice tasted disappointment as a state finalist, Bowen’s growth is directly connected to BC High fourth-year head coach Steve Lydon.

“Of all the coaches I’ve had in my life, there’s something about Coach Lydon,” Bowen said. “He’s just a players coach. He builds relationships with his players and gets guys totally engaged. The way he’s able to get guys to buy in, is just incredible and I think that’s why he’s so successful as a coach. Everyone is behind him and it’s great to see him get that first state title as a coach.”

For Lydon, Bowen and this senior class will always be special.

“Will’s always been a great player, and he’s come into his own as a leader,” said Lydon. “Aside from what he does on the field, which is obviously special. He’s been helping to elevate everyone else’s game. He’s a humble kid who goes about his business every day. This was a huge goal of his and I think he’s on to bigger and better things.”

If you think BC High is done, due to the graduation of a generational player like Bowen, think again.

“I think, we have the best attackman in the state in (Aidan) Carroll,” Lydon said. “This program is still young and I think this is just the start for us. The senior class has put this program in a great position and I expect more success in the future.”

The future is also bright in Acton, as the coach Pat Ammenolia‘s Colonials will return a group of talented and experienced student-athletes next season, led by offensive leaders Jake Erickson and Eric Raguin and goalie Ryan Skripps.  Skripps stood out all tournament long and Erickson and Raguin provide A-B with a dangerous 1-2 offensive punch.

 

Box Score

BC High – 3   3   4   6   – 16

A-B – 0   1   1   1  – 3

 

BC High

Aidan Carroll – 4 goals, 1 assist

Maverick Woods – 4 goals, 1 assist

Chi Chi Price – 2 goals, 2 assists

Carter Rice – 3 goals

Charlie Pyne – 1 goal, 2 assists

Martin Folan – 1 goal

Max Djusberg – 1 goal

Zach Swanson – 1 assist

Pat O’Driscoll – 4 saves

 

Acton-Boxboro

Ryan Grady – 1 goal, 1 assist

Graham Grady – 1 goal

Finn Murray – 1 goal

Jake Erickson – 1 assist

Ryan Skripps – 7 saves

 

Photo Gallery and In-Game Clips

 

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