Looking to avenge their home field loss two years ago, Duxbury took down visiting Mercer Island, Washington in a physical hard-fought battle 8-4. In true Duxbury fashion it was defense, ground balls and ball movement that paved the way for the victory. Junior Brendan Burke quaterbacked the offense and led all scorers with a goal and three assists while Senior Trevor O'Brian chipped in with two goals.
With national powerhouse Garden City coming to town on Saturday, the Dragons were in need of a solid 48 minutes of lacrosse. “it was a good win for us to get under our belt early on. The two goals early on I think were just small miscommunications and also I think nerves had a bit to do with it because it was an early season game. Once we got a feel for what they were trying to do, we seemed to lock it down and just focused on talking and recovering after we slid. Overall I thought everyone stepped up and Nick bailed us out a few times with some big saves” said Senior captain Jay Walsh.
Mercer Island gave the Dragon offense trouble in the first quarter with their zone defense but once Burke and co settled down they found the holes and were able to bury a number of inside looks and lead 3-2 at intermission. Mercer would tie the game at three but that was shortlived as the Dragons rattled off five unanswered goals to preserve the win.
The new look offense lacks experience and a proven offensive threat so it will be important the Dragons lean on their upperclassmen to establish their identity. What they lack in a dynamic dodger they make up for it with their transition game, crisp passing and ball movement. It will be interesting to watch this team throughout the year and see how teams play them. Duxbury returns to action on Thursday against Thayer.