(VIDEO) No. 1 Seb’s Outduels No. 7 Gov’s

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By Jake Levin @JakeLevin477

ALLSTON — Success couldn’t have come much easier for No. 2 St. Sebastian’s on Saturday afternoon…at least in the first quarter.

The Arrows could do no wrong, scoring the game’s first four goals and holding a 7-1 lead after 12 minutes.

But fleeting success devolved into a heavyweight bout with No. 7 Governor’s Academy, as the teams exchanged lengthy runs of offensive dominance throughout the remainder game. After withstanding every punch Gov’s threw in their direction, Seb’s (14-2, 11-1 ISL) would pull away in the fourth quarter en route to a crafty 15-12 victory at Harvard Stadium.

Cornell-commit John Piatelli scored six goals for the Arrows, including four in the first quarter. Gov’s (10-3, 9-2 in ISL) seemingly put the clamp down on the talented attack for the next two quarters, but Piatelli added timely tallies late in the third and fourth quarters to help Seb’s hang on.

“Coach prepared us so well all week, we knew what we were going to do going in,” Piatelli said after the game. “We knew what their defense was going to do so we took advantage of it. When I had a hole I just tried to take it.”

Arrows head coach Adam White was impressed with Piatelli’s game, not in the least bit concerned that the bulk of his scoring came early on.

“It was less about him losing the heat,” White said of Piatelli. “We were just getting a little scrambled in transition on offense. When you don’t have the ball, it’s very tough to make those plays. He was there to close it out. It was a great performance from him but we’ve seen it all year long.”

Govs’ response to a trying first quarter was a five-goal burst to begin the second quarter, pulling within one at 7-6.

With all eyes on Piatelli, Seb’s finally found other ways to slice through the defense in the final 1:31 of the first half. Goals from Dartmouth-commit Mikey Connolly, Brian Piatelli and Dartmouth-commit Parker Joyce helped the Arrows build a 10-6 lead at the break.

Knocked down again, Gov’s got right back up with a Jackson Curran tally 2:45 into the third. Eight minutes elapsed before Boston University-commit Ben Murtagh scored for Gov’s, but just 30 seconds later his twin brother and fellow BU-commit Will Murtagh struck to get Gov’s within a goal, 10-9.

Momentum couldn’t have been swung any further towards Gov’s, which had once again clawed back from a deep hole. But Piatelli emerged with just 14 seconds left in the third to give Seb’s some breathing room entering the fourth quarter.

“It took everything we had because Gov’s is such a good team,” White said. “I think maybe a part of us felt ‘hey, this is going to be easy’ after we went on that run [in the first quarter], but of course it wasn’t. We just had to keep re-focusing every time they went on one of those runs.”

Piatelli’s sixth and final goal capped scoring for the Arrows with 40 seconds left in the game, ending any chances of a comeback for Gov’s.

“There was no thought we were going to give up,” Gov’s head coach Tim Winslow said after the game, upbeat with his team’s performance over the final 36 minutes. “We’ve embraced the ‘never give up’ mantra from former head coach Peter Bidstrup and his late wife, Molly. We were never going to give up.”

Gov’s goalie Will Schlager, committed to Hamden-Sydney College, came up with 13 saves in defeat. He was a large reason Gov’s was able to make a game of it at all, with his six second quarter saves allowing the team to make its first big run.

“He’s always been a great goalie,” Winslow said. “I don’t think our defense was really helping out. We were just a little bit on edge coming into it. We knew they liked to play fast, and we were trying to play their game. Once we buckled down and realized we could take it to them and kind of control the tempo of the game, we did.”

Ohio State-commit Zach Ludd led Gov’s with three goals.

Connolly, who scored twice in the fourth quarter for the Arrows, had four total on the afternoon to finish as the game’s second most prolific scorer. He left the game as impressed as ever with John Piatelli, praising him as the team’s most valuable player.

“He’s awesome,” Connolly said. “He’s our MVP, our best player by far. He’s very selfless, we love him. He does everything for us, from getting ground to scoring huge goals. He’s an awesome player and a great teammate.”

GAME STATISTICS:

St. Seb’s

John Piatelli -6  goals, 4 assists

Mikey Connolly – 4 goals, 1 assist

Parker Joyce – 3 goals

Brian Piatelli – 2 goals

Will Frisoli – 1 assist

Jack Frisoli – 1 assist

Eric Jeremiah – 1 assist

Alex Gainey – 3 Saves

Mac Fotiades – 3 Saves

 

Gov’s

Zach Ludd – 3 goals, 1 assist

Will Murtagh – 2 goals

Ben Murtagh – 2 goals

Brendan Jordan – 2 goals

Griffin Harris – 1 goal, 3 assists

Jackson Curran – 1 goal, 2 assists

Harrison Gray – 1 goal

Will Schlager – 13 Saves

 

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