2018 D1S Semis: Hingham 10, Xaverian 4

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By Jake Levin @jakelevin11

HINGHAM—The top-seeded Harbormen were due for a test in their first year in the Division 1 South tournament.

No. 4 Xaverian proved to be a more than a formidable opponent for Hingham well into the second half, trailing by only a goal early on in the third quarter. The Hawks could get no closer than putting a scare into the Harbormen, however, as Hingham eventually pulled away with a 10-4 victory on Tuesday night.

“I think we just played solid team defense and that’s what we predicate everything we’re doing off of,” Harbormen coach John Todd said. “It doesn’t have to be one guy; if they all do what they’re capable of doing, it’s going to be easier to succeed.”

Hingham had outscored No. 16 Weymouth and No. 8 Natick by a 34-6 margin over the first two rounds of the tournament.

Todd pointed to the efforts of Tommy Welch, Jonathan Bearden, Nate Bosnian, Addison Kitchin, Joey Rochte and Spencer Cassell when it came to shutting down the Hawks, particularly after they took a 3-1 lead in the first quarter.

It was Xaverian’s only burst of the game, a response to the goal by Frankie Higgins, who scored just six seconds into the game with a clean win on the faceoff-X.

“We knew they were going to be physical and we know they’re athletic, so we knew that if we weren’t going to win the ground ball battle, we weren’t going to be able to clear it easily,” Todd said. “If we were going to make passes that weren’t high percentage, that was going to play into their hands. We knew we had to keep it simple in that regard and once we got into our offense, the rest would take care of itself.”

And take care of itself, it did. Higgins scored again 4:08 into the second quarter to snap a scoring drought of more than 16 minutes for the Harbormen, followed by the first of three goals on the night for Sam Ward, 5:26 in.

Cooper Dainton would then score the goal to put Hingham ahead for good, 6:32 into the second quarter and Jake Quilty netted what amounted to be the game-winner at 7:29 of the second.

The Harbormen held a 5-3 lead at the half, and after Jack Whalen scored 2:15 into the third quarter to get the Hawks to within one, the rest of the night belonged to Hingham.

Quilty scored the team’s lone goal in the third quarter before Ward tacked two on to begin the fourth, erasing any doubt that the Harbormen would be affected by the upset bug that’s been going around the state.

“Getting the emotions in check was a big thing we needed to do,” Higgins said after the game.

Awaiting Hingham in Friday is No. 2 BC High, the two-time defending champions of the Division 1 South region. The Eagles are soaring right now, having outscored their three opponents in the tournament (King Philip, Needham and Wellesley) by a 52-14 margin.

What makes Todd nervous about BC High, their opponent on Friday night in the Division 1 South Sectional Final?

“Everything,” he said. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight and get after it a little bit to see what we’re getting at. We’ll cross that bridge tomorrow but they’re an excellent program. They know what they’re doing.”

The Harbormen and Eagles are the nightcap of a tripleheader at Marshfield High School, with their battle set to begin at 8 p.m.

 

Box Score

Xaverian – 3  0  1  0 — 4

Hingham – 1  4  1  4 — 10

 

Hingham

Sam Ward – 3 goals, 2 assists

Frankie Higgins – 2 goals

Jake Quilty – 2 goals

Marshall Terres – 1 goal, 2 assists

Will Kenney – 1 goal, 1 assist

Cooper Dainton – 1 goal

Ryan Hill – 2 assists

George Egan – 7 saves

 

Xaverian

Jack Whalen – 2 goals, 1 assist

Jack Daoust – 1 goal

Dylan Gardner – 1 goal

Sam Jean – 1 assist

Teagan Alexander – 14 saves

 

Faceoff-X: Hingham 14, Xaverian 3

 

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