(VIDEO) BC High Breaks Through at Hawk Bowl

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By Jake Levin @JakeLevin477

WESTWOOD—There is getting even, and then there is No. 16  BC High’s flipping of the script on Thursday night at Xaverian.

No. 22  stymied the Eagles on offense in a 6-4 victory in the teams’ first meeting of the season on April 25 in Dorchester. Fast forward to tonight, and BC High blitzed out to an 8-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, scored the first 11 goals of the game in all and held steady for a 13-5 final at the Hawk Bowl.

“I think we’ve been waiting to break out like that,” Eagles head coach Steve Lydon said after the game. “We had a really great fourth quarter against CM the other day. I think guys are starting to see what we’re capable of us a team.”

Pat Bulger and Pat Jennings exploded for five goals apiece, with Maverick Woods adding three more to lead BC High (12-3) to its fifth straight win.

Lydon noted the added spark the offense gained when Woods, a sophomore, was inserted into the starting lineup a few games ago. True to form, it was Woods who opened scoring for the Eagles at 1:46 of the first quarter.

“He makes a ton of plays every game,” Lydon said. “He’s elevated our offense quite a bit.”

But the veteran leadership of Bulger and Jennings is the fuel for BC High’s (12-3) engine, one which seems capable of motoring all the way back to the Division 1 championship game for a second straight year.

“They’re big-time guys,” Lydon said of the duo. “They’re seniors, this is everything to these guys. They’re our leaders on that side of the ball.”

Jennings racked up four goals in the first quarter, including two in an 11-second span to make it 3-0. It was at that point the prolific night ahead for the Eagles offense became clear, as Xaverian (6-9) simply had no answers for the fluidity of BC High’s attack.

“We were playing unselfishly,” Lydon said. “That’s the kind of team that we need to be.”

The Eagles led 10-0 at the half and capped their 11-0 run to begin the game just 26 seconds into the third quarter on a Bulger tally.

That would be the last BC High goal until the 8:38 mark of the fourth quarter, a span lasting more than 20 minutes of game time. Trevor Carroll scored three times for the Hawks during a 5-0 spurt, a run which served as a reminder for Lydon that despite the furious start, a full 48-minute effort eludes the Eagles.

“We want to play a complete game,” he said. “We’re still a long way away from where we need to be. We know we need to play a four-quarter game coming down the stretch here. It is concerning, but we know what our ceiling is. It’s just a struggle to get us there consistently.”

Bulger echoed the sentiment of his coach, knowing BC High has championship aspirations.

“I’d say we have a very high potential,” Bulger said. “We’ve seen spurts of it, like in this game, but we haven’t played all the way through. We haven’t had a consistent effort all the way through four quarters. I think the potential is very high, but we really haven’t showed that through a full game.”

Much, if not all, of the reason the Eagles couldn’t open up an even larger lead was the adjustment of Hawks goaltender Teagan Alexander. The freshman rebounded from a tough first quarter to stop 14 of the remaining 19 shots he’d face in the game.

BC High’s win at Xaverian snapped a five-year run of futility in Westwood dating to May 12, 2012, a streak which also included two postseason losses for a grand total of seven straight defeats at the Hawk Bowl overall.

GAME STATISTICS:

BC High

Pat Jennings – 5 goals, 3 assists

Pat Bulger – 5 goals, 2 assists

Maverick Woods – 3 goals, assist

Christian Price – 2 assists

Aidan Carroll – 1 assist

Pat O’Driscoll – 6 saves

 

Xaverian

Trevor Carroll – 3 goals

Thomas Vaughn – 1 goal

Andrew Perry – 1 goal

Jack Whalen – 1 assist

Teagan Alexander – 14 saves

Faceoff-X: BC High 16, Xaverian 4

 

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