By Marisa Ingemi @marisa_ingemi
ALLSTON — No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury turned up the heat on Saturday afternoon, as they controlled the game from start to finish, defeating Western Mass. foe No. 17 Longmeadow, 15-3. The Warriors (9-1) were led offensively by seniors Junior Almeida, Jack Sutherland, and Hayden Frey, who accounted for eight goals in the win.
After a slow start to the game, the Warriors led 2-0 to open the first quarter, but it was clear Longmeadow was struggling to move the ball. An eight-goal second quarter, due in part due to a five-goal stretch over 3:45, powered Lincoln-Sudbury forward.
The Lancers (9-3) failed to clear the ball on eight opportunities, as the L-S ride dominated the transition opportunities.
L-S also benefited from a 5-goal start to second quarter that saw them pump in five goals in a span of less than four minutes.
In addition to a big day scoring, Almeida also controlled the game at the faceoff X.
“When he plays that way, he changes the game,” Lincoln-Sudbury coach Brian Vona said. “He’s that good of a player, I thought he changed the tone of the game today.”
The Notre Dame commit wasn’t the only senior with a big day, however, as L-S continues to provide a balanced attack from their senior leaders.
“Last year we settled on 6-on-6 a lot, this year we’re focusing on transition,” Sutherland said. “Run all over the place; we worked a lot this off-season on getting in shape. We just run around, [and] good things happen when you run around.”
LS senior goalie Trevor van Leer made five saves behind a strong defensive effort, where the Warriors defense pushed the Lancers to the perimeter and they weren’t able to get clean looks.
“Starting with Trevor in net, he’s there every game, and Danny Ryan, Ryan Donlan, Peter Rizzoti, we go up against them in practice every day and they make us better,” Sutherland said. “It’s awesome to know you have that blanket behind you to take care of things.”
Clayton Moseman scored two goals for Longmeadow, who get back to action on Monday when they host South Hadley.
L-S hops back into league play, as they face off with rivals Acton-Boxboro and Concord-Carlisle this week. They conclude the week on Saturday, with a match-up against Duxbury (9-2), who is playing some of the best lacrosse in Massachusetts this Spring.
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Jack Sutherland – 3 Goals, 2 Assists
Hayden Frey – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Junior Almeida – 3 Goals
Matthew Ward – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Dan Ryan – 1 Goal
Christopher Kelly – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Chandler Katz – 1 Goal
Jack Garrity – 1 Goal
Brett Williams – 1 Goal
Brendan O’Connell – 1 Assist
Clayton Moseman – 2 Goals
Noah Skole – 1 Goal
Kristopher Campbell – 2 Assists