By Jake Levin @JakeLevin477
HANOVER—Physical play swayed in Duxbury’s favor, as the Dragons muscled their way to a 16-7 victory over the Hanover Indians on Monday afternoon.
The battle in the trenches opened things up for Riley Bergstrom and Jack Wood on the attack for Duxbury (2-0), with the duo combining for 11 of the Dragons’ goals in the game.
“It’s something we’ve lacked in the last couple of years, a potent attack,” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said after the game. “They [Bergstrom and Wood] are goal scorers. So it’s a good sign that we’re getting some production out of our attack.”
The pair bookended production for the Dragons, helping to build up a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and igniting a 6-0 run to begin the fourth quarter to extinguish Hanover after the Indians inched back to a 10-6 deficit through three.
Bergstrom, a senior committed to Colby College, opened the game’s scoring 1:28 in and put Duxbury on top for good, 2-1, at 3:48 of the first quarter.
“We’re all comfortable with each other, we all know what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are, so it’s really easy to just play and have fun and not really stress out,” Bergstrom said after the game. “I know where Jack’s going to be, he knows where I’m going to cut. It’s just really simple.”
Jack Wood making it look easy for Duxbury, his fourth goal of the game. Dragons up 10-5, 2:21 to go in 3rd pic.twitter.com/iFDzrz5LDH
— Jake Levin (@JakeLevin477) April 10, 2017
Senior Bobby Maimaron also scored in the first for the Dragons, one of his two goals on the afternoon. Wood, a sophomore committed to Brown University, created even more breathing room with Duxbury’s fourth and fifth goals of the quarter.
“We wanted to come out with an intense mindset,” Wood said. “We haven’t had a game in a little while; they’ve been getting cancelled for rain and stuff.”
Sweet didn’t forget about his midfielders, heaping plenty of praise in their direction after the game.
He lauded the efforts of Joe Gooley, Quinn Schomp and Charlie Gans on ground , breakout passes and of course, that physical edge which helped the Dragons to pull away for good in the fourth.
“We had to, because Hanover is a big, strong physical team as well,” Sweet said of the added level of physicality. “I think we matched that intensity. That was two teams that really went at it today.”
Hanover head coach Paul Zaylor didn’t mind the added level of contact, but wishes his team could have played a little more under control.
“I don’t mind the physical play, but you’ve got to be smart,” Zaylor said. “Taking penalties is not the physical play you want. You want clean physical play, like Duxbury did today.”
Abdullah Nassif struck for the Indians with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter to make it a 10-6 game, but Wood scored his fifth and final goal 43 seconds into the fourth to grab firm control of the game. Bergstrom added the next two, and the rout was officially on.
Zaylor said he was happy with how Hanover played in the middle of the game after the sluggish start. Mike McGlame and Ryan Mahoney scored the first two goals of the second quarter to trim Duxbury’s lead to 5-3.
Hanging tough in the early stages wasn’t enough for the Indians, now 0-2 after a brutal schedule to begin the season (Hanover lost to the two-time defending Division 3 champion Dover-Sherborn Raiders on Saturday.)
“We played them even in the second and third quarters,” Zaylor said, noting that the Indians were man down for nearly all of the final period. “They’re a mentally tougher team than we are and they took it to us in the fourth quarter. You’re not going to beat Duxbury playing like that, not in a million years.”
Michael Nassif had a strong game in goal for the Indians despite the loss, recording 10 saves.