By Michael Flanagan @fLAno0
DOVER – The No. 2 Dover-Sherborn Raiders took care of business and advanced to their seventh straight Division 3 Central/East title game on Monday afternoon with a 17-6 victory over No 3 Hopedale.
Senior captains Michael Mastrobuono (five goals, two assists) and Jack Dillon (four goals, two assists) led the way for D-S along with big performances from junior Tim Polk, freshman Pierce Gregory, and freshman net-minder Standish Carothers.
The Raiders jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead thanks to goals by Dillon (2), Mastrobuono, and Eric Niit. Hopedale got on the board with 41 seconds to play thanks to Jacob Wollensak, but DS immediately responded with a 4-0 with back-to-back goals by Mastrobuono, one from Niit, and one from junior FOGO Matt Paolatto to push their lead to 8-1.
A quick 3-0 run by Hopedale with goals coming from Nick Fayad, Wollensak, and Ethan Warren cut the deficit to 8-4 for the Blue Raiders at the half.
DS stormed out of the halftime break with an 8-0 run as Mastrobuono netted a pair along with two from Dillon, three from Polk, and one from Gregory. The scoring barrage was too much for Hopedale to overcome and the Raiders pulled away for the 17-6 victory.
Hopedale concludes just their fifth varsity lacrosse season with an impressive 15-5 record. The Blue Raiders have improved in each of their five varsity seasons under coach Eric Moxim, and the future certainly looks bright in Hopedale.
D-S will play the winner of Tuesday night’s contest between No. 1 Littleton and No. 4 Medway in the sectional final on Friday.
D-S 4 4 5 4 – 17
Hopedale 1 3 0 2 – 6
Michael Mastrobuono – 5 Goals, 2 Assists
Jack Dillon – 4 Goals, 2 Assists
Tim Polk – 4 Goals, 1 Assist
Pierce Gregory – 1 Goal, 4 Assists
Eric Niit – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Matt Paolatto – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Standish Carothers – 11 Saves
Jacob Wollensak – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Blake Moxim – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
Nick Fayad – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Ethan Warren – 1 Goal
Isaac Moore – 1 Assist