Darcey Backstops Wellesley to Victory

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By Jake Levin @JakeLevin09

WELLESLEY— Wellesley Raiders’ goaltender Teddy Darcey admitted after the game that he was seeing the ball well against the Melrose Red Raiders on Monday afternoon. Going head-to-head against an undefeated Melrose team, who was looking for yet another big nonleague victory, Darcey would help deny the Red Raiders all afternoon, dealing Melrose their first loss of the season, 9-5.

Darcey finished the game with 14 saves, including one with just 15 seconds left on the clock, taking a shot off his groin to keep his shutout fourth quarter intact.

There was a brief stoppage in play for Darcey to regain his bearings, but after the game, all he cared about was the fact that Wellesley (7-2) was back in the win column.

“That was a tough save, but whatever,” Darcey said, laughing. “Whatever’s good for the Raiders.”

For as great as Darcey was on the back end for Wellesley, Hugh Callahan matched him at the other end of the field. The junior attackman finished with five goals, including a pair in the first quarter to ensure his team would never trail. He had a hat trick by the half and scored once more in both the third and fourth quarters to stay busy throughout the contest.

Wellesley head coach Jim Connolly, in his first year as head coach at Wellesley, noted that Callahan is a captain as a junior. There’s a reason for that, he said.

“That’s typical Cal,” Connolly said of Callahan’s outburst. “He’s a junior captain, which is something I haven’t done a lot of in my coaching career. Obviously, he’s a playmaker and a leader for us and someone that we rely on game in and game out.”

Michael Bomes and Jack Hughes scored two goals each for Wellesley in a supporting role with Callahan. Bomes broke a 2-2 tie at 3:33 of the second quarter, after which Wellesley would never be tied or trail again; the tally was in response to Brendan Fennell’s goal just 39 seconds earlier.

Hughes also managed to find his way onto the scoresheet in a timely fashion, as he bounced a ball by Melrose goalkeeper Matt Rocha with just 3 seconds left in the first half to stake Wellesley to a 5-2 halftime lead.

“You can never really get too high or too low with the emotions, in between games or during the games,” Connolly said. “You’ve got to manage the runs and look for opportunities to go on runs yourself.”

While Melrose (9-1) was blanked by Darcey and Wellesley after Fennell completed a hat trick with 55 ticks left in the third quarter, head coach Matt James isn’t fretting too much over his team adjusting to its newfound role as a favorite rather than an underdog.

“Up until today, great,” he said of Melrose’s new identity. “We had a great practice the other day, I thought we’d have a better effort today. We didn’t execute as well as I would have liked and I think that’s good. I think it’s good to face adversity and experience what failure feels like rather than just having everything go great all the time.”

James couldn’t have been more complimentary of Darcey, a player he’s seen in action various times since he was in the seventh grade and playing at the youth level.

“I’ve seen Darcey play since he was in seventh grade and that was the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” James said. “That was the most complete game I have ever seen him play. I thought he was outstanding. His positioning was great;  He was fired up, he was commanding the defense, he did a great job today. He should be super proud of himself.”

 

Box Score

Melrose 1 1 3 0 — 5

Wellesley 2 3 2 2 — 9

 

Wellesley

Hugh Callahan – 5 goals

Jack Hughes – 2 goals

Michael Bomes – 2 goals

Teddy Darcey – 14 saves

 

Melrose

Brendan Fennell – 3 goals

Christian Nyland – 1 goal

Mike Calvert – 1 goal

Chris Cusolito – 2 assists

Matt Rocha – 8 saves

 

Faceoff-X: Wellesley 10, Melrose 8

 

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