Middlesex Clicks on All Cylinders in Win

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By Kevin J. Stone @kstone06

CONCORD – It was quite a day for the Middlesex lacrosse team.

Hosting Roxbury Latin in an ISL matchup, the Zebraz led by just four at halftime, but ultimately cruised to a 13-3 win over the Foxes.

No. 25 Middlesex (7-5, 7-3 in ISL) has now won two straight while a tough year for Roxbury Latin continues, as they dropped to 2-8 both overall and in league play.

“We’re excited to see how much better we can get over the next couple weeks,” said Middlesex coach Doug Worthen. “It feels like we’re really starting to click and play well together. Kids seem willing to want to keep improving every day and I’m excited to see how much better we can get heading down the stretch here.”

The Zebras led just 5-1 at halftime but ended up earning an 8-2 lead after the third quarter.

With 8:14 to go on the third Zach Goorno faked a pass across the crease and let a low bounce shot go to put Middlesex up 6-1. Just five seconds later, Harry Friedman (14 faceoff wins) won a draw, immediately starting a fast break. Friedman dished it to Nick Buonanno who found Burnham Lewis for an easy goal to make it 8-1.

Zander Keough had a pretty dodge to leave a defender on his rear end and let a shot go that beat Middlesex keeper Mike Allieri (8 saves) to cut it to 7-2 with 3:24 left in the third, but Tyler Hughey picked off a clearing pass by Roxbury goalie Austin O’Brien (7 saves) at midfield and took it to the house himself for the 8-2 lead.

“We just made too many mistakes today against a team that can take advantage of them,” said Roxbury Latin coach Tim Kelly.

Back-to-back goals by Buonnano and Lewis in the first two minutes of the fourth pushed the Zebra lead to 10-2. The Foxes’ final goal of the day came from Bobby O’Grady with 6:41remaining to cut it to 10-3, but Buonnano, Will McCarthy, and Kamron Landry scored the final three goals of the game to cap off the rout.

Early on both O’Brien and Allieri were stellar, as both teams struggled to find the back of the net. Middlesex would end up with a 2-0 lead after one quarter of play.

With 4:24 left in the first Stew Hickey (3 Goals) scored his first to make it 1-0. With under a minute left in the quarter, Hickey found James Lousaraian cutting for an easy goal and the 2-0 lead.

Hickey scored his second with 7:50 remaining in the half before Keough got the Foxes on the board, cutting it to 3-1. Hickey scored again with 55 seconds left to make it 4– and then with just a second left in the half Lousaraian snuck one short side for the 5-1 halftime lead.

“We’ve told ourselves after a few wins that we don’t want to let it be our peak,” said Hickey. “Guys have continued to push each other every and I think you saw the benefits of it today. Right now we just want to keep getting better each game and keep things rolling. We know we’ve got a ways to go before the seasons over and we don’t want this to be our best lacrosse, we want to be playing our best heading into the end of the season.”

Box Score

Middlesex        2   3   3   5 – 13

Roxbury Latin 0   1   1   1  – 3

 

Middlesex

Nick Buonanno – 2 goals, 4 assists

Stew Hickey – 3 goals

Burnham Lewis – 2 goals, 1 assist

James Lousaraian – 2 goals, 1 assist

Zack Goorno – 1 goal

Tyler Hughey – 1 goal

Will McCarthy – 1 goal

Kam Landry – 1 goal

Mike Allieri – 8 saves

 

Roxbury Latin

Zander Keough – 2 goals

Bobby O’ Grady – 1 goal

Austin O’Brien – 7 saves

 

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