(VIDEO) Lincoln-Sudbury Rolls Over Duxbury

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By Nate Weitzer @nweitzer7

SUDBURY – The gap between No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury and the next best teams in the MIAA appears to be more of a canyon.

On Saturday afternoon at Myers Field, the two-time defending Division 1 champion Warriors opened an 8-0 lead over a red-hot No. 6 Duxbury team and held on for a 9-1 victory to maintain their dominance within the state.

“On both sides of the field, it was close to the best half we’ve played [this season], but we’ve got better coming, I hope,” said L-S head coach Brian Vona.

Senior Hayden Frey (three goals, three assists) and sophomore Matt Ward (three goals, assist) traded turns facilitating while senior Brett Williams (two goals, assist) also starred in a dominant first half.

Coming off a narrow 7-5 win over Dual County League rival Concord-Carlisle, the Warriors appeared to be extremely motivated coming into this huge nonleague tilt.

Duxbury (11-3) tried to slow the pace of the game and kept it close in similar fashion, but the Warriors (12-1) were ready for that approach, as they quickly capitalized with goals on their first two possessions and controlled play throughout a 4-0 first quarter.

“[Concord-Carlisle] coach [Tom] Dalicandro and his staff always prepare us for these games,” said Vona. “They get us thinking and they slow it down as well, which prepared us really well for [Duxbury]. Those guys make us better every time we play them.”

Defensively, L-S established an impenetrable wall led by long poles Matt Herlihy as well as co-captains Dan Ryan and Ryan Donlan.

L-S Goalie Trevor Van Leer made 11 saves to cover up any mistakes and the intimidating aura surrounding a Warriors team that has now 48 straight games against in-state competition seemed to disrupt Duxbury’s rhythm, as several Dragons attackmen missed the cage entirely and multiple pipes were rung.

“Our mids did a great job of stepping out on guys and dictating things,” Ryan said. “I think we went out further than [The Dragons] might have been accustomed to and that made it uncomfortable for them.”

“They had some good looks, they missed the net a few times. They couldn’t find a rhythm today and our defense did a really good job.”

Riley Bergstrom netted a goal early in the fourth quarter to avoid Duxbury’s first shutout in six years, but this road loss proved to be a rude awakening for a team that had won seven straight over elite competition heading into this showdown.

For L-S, it’s simply evidence that playing fundamental and sharing the ball can prevail.

“We don’t have any studs here, just ask all the pundits, they’ll tell you,” Vona said. “We know we need to share the ball and that’s what we do.”

Standout performer

Hayden Frey and Matt Ward were both excellent as facilitators in the first half and they keystones to the Warriors quick-hitting approach. The first four goals for L-S came off great passing from X to a cutting teammate and both Frey and Ward played a key role in the transition game when things started to open up in the second quarter.

 

Offensive Statistics

Lincoln-Sudbury

Hayden Frey – 3 Goals, 3 assists

Matt Ward – 3 Goals, 1 assist

Brett Williams – 2 Goals, 1 assist

Kyle Smith – 1 Goal

Ben Ohler – 1 Assist

Stephen Brackett – 1 Assist

 

Duxbury

Riley Bergstrom – 1 Goal

 

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