2018 D1 South Sectionals: Natick 11, Silver Lake 8

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By Jason Siegel @jasiegel1821

NATICK — The eighth-seeded Natick Redhawks (14-4) led from start to finish on Wednesday, en route to an 11-8 victory over ninth-seeded Silver Lake Lakers (14-5) in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 South sectionals.

Four different players scored multiple goals for Natick, led by senior Joey Soma, who added a hat trick to pace the Redhawks’ offensive attack. Sophomore Josh Atwood also played a key role for Natick, assisting on four goals while scoring two himself.

Natick coach Nate Kittler cited the importance of getting contributions from multiple players, as a key to his team’s success.

“We have a bunch of kids offensively that contribute to every single game,” Kittler said after the win. “We like to spread it out and get contributions from everybody, and I think that’s something we were able to do tonight.”

 

The Redhawks would jump out to an early 3-0 lead on a trio of unassisted goals. Soma started the scoring with his first tally, followed by goals from senior Spencer Dorfneilsen and sophomore standout Isaac Tallino.

Following a timeout, Silver Lake would battle back and score three of their own, in a 1-minute, 22-second span, to tie the game at 3-3 with 3:39 left in the opening quarter.

Atwood would answer back for Natick by scoring a goal and assisting on another one in the waning seconds of the first quarter to put Natick back in front, 5-3.

Atwood assisted on Soma’s second score of the game to give Natick a 3-goal cushion, but Silver Lake’s Owen Thompson found the back of the cage with 1:57 left in the second quarter to cut Natick’s halftime lead to 6-4.

Much of the third quarter was dominated by the Redhawks, as they held Silver Lake scoreless for the first 8:58 of the frame while adding two more goals to extend their lead to 8-4.

Silver Lake would not give in, however, as they regained momentum when Thompson stripped Natick goalie John Carr before he reached midfield on a clear. Thompson would take the ball back the other way and score easily on the open net. Brendan Dean would strike next for the Lakers on the ensuing faceoff, cutting the Natick lead to 8-6.

Natick captain Sean Dye scored a pivotal, unassisted goal with 1:26 left in the third period, and Soma completed his hat trick, off a pass from Atwood, to give the Redhawks a four-goal cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

Silver Lake cut the deficit to three goals on two more occasions, in the final period, but they would never get any closer, thanks in part to the play of Carr in goal.

Coach Kittler stressed how resilient his team has been all year, which was key on Wednesday, as they fought off a healthy Silver Lake attack.

“We’ve got a group of kids that keep fighting, and we don’t give up,” Coach Kittler siad.

The Redhawks will advance to the sectional quarterfinals, where they will take on top-seeded Hingham on Saturday.

Coach Kittler knows Natick’s next game against No. 1 Hingham will be a challenge, but says his team is looking forward to it.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity,” Coach Kittler said.

He added that his team’s goal at the beginning of the season was to play the top team in the state, and Hingham is certainly one of the best representatives in the Commonwealth.

Sean Daly (4 Assists) and goalie Michael Masterpolo had big games for Silver Lake in the loss.

Silver Lake concludes their fantastic season, with a lot to look forward to in the future, as they return key contributors, including Thompson, Gregory WolffJake LaFerrara, among others.

 

Box Score

Silver Lake – 3  1  2  2 – 8

Natick – 5  1  3  2 – 11

 

Natick

Josh Atwood – 2 goals, 4 assists

Isaac Tallino – 2 goals, 3 assists

Joey Soma – 3 goals

Chris Burnes – 2 goals

Sean Dye – 1 goal, 1 assist

Spencer Dorfneilsen – 1 goal

Hunter Adams – 1 assist

John Carr – 11 saves

 

Silver Lake

Sean Daly – 4 assists

Owen Thompson – 2 goals

Jake LaFerrara – 2 goals

Owen Nally – 1 goal, 1 assist

Matthew Dole – 1 goal

Brendan Dean – 1 goal

Gregory Wolff – 1 goal

Mike Masterpolo – 8 Saves

 

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by Matt Siegel @SportVideoMA

 

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