Video highlights produced by Bruce Lerch for BostonLax.net.
WAYLAND – If Friday afternoon’s performance is any indication, Ethan Stavisky showed signs of being the dangerous crease attackman Wayland needs at the end of its fast-paced transition attack.
Stavisky netted four goals as the Warriors collected a 9-6 triumph over Dual County League rival Concord-Carlisle at Wayland High School.
Teammate Lucas Bastarache had assists on three of those goals and added one of his own, while Jimmy Lampert contributed two scores and an assist for Wayland (4-0).
Bastarache set up Stavisky’s first goal on a crease dump while man up near the end of the first half, which tied the game at 2-2. Stavisky also closed out strong, scoring three times in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
“Ethan is basically our X-factor down there, he finishes all the time,” praised first-year Wayland coach Marcus Craigwell. “We have him and Luke that switch on and off which is good, it keeps it fresh and the defense has to adjust. Ethan he knows how to balance the attackman from behind and play that pendulum which is great. He just gets open and Luke keeps his head up and they finish every time.”
The turning point came late in the game as both teams battled each other nip and tuck through the first three frames. The Patriots (2-2) had just taken a 5-4 lead as Will Blumenberg and Aidan Cyr each scored in the first 1:13 of the fourth quarter, but Wayland made a strong final push as Daniel Keating buried a man-up goal from the right side to tie it, then Stavisky scored back-to-back to goals to push the lead to 7-6.
Concord would get one more as Thomas Standish completed a hat trick, but Bastarache would set up one more Stavisky goal and add another of his own to close it out.
“It was tight and we had the lead late into the fourth quarter…I don’t know, we just can’t hold onto a lead,” lamented Patriots coach Tom Dalicandro. “We just pressed and got some penalties and made some bad decisions with the ball. Right now, this is what it looks like it’s going to be. We’ve got to figure out a way to win some of these games.”
Lampert, a BostonLax Div. 2 All-Star selection as a junior, shook off a slow start and delivered of the bigger goals in the game less than 23 seconds apart late in the third quarter. Stavisky blocked an attempted clearing pass in the crease and Lampert grabbed the ground ball and delivered a man-up goal while taking a big hit in the process.
Off the ensuing faceoff, Lampert found himself with free hands at the top of the box and delivered a rocket that gave the Warriors a 4-3 lead heading into the final frame.
The key figure of the first half was Wayland goalie Cam Dixson. The senior came through several times in the clutch, making a pair of big saves on shots from the doorstep while killing a penalty. Dixson made seven saves in the first half and 11 overall.
“He was behind Tom Hunley for a while and I was like, ‘This is your year to step up, you’re the man this year,'” said Craigwell. “He trained hard in the offseason and he’s making huge plays for us.”
Concord-Carlisle piled up plenty of shots but continue to be plagued in the early going with an abundance of missing the net.
“We’ve got to be a better shooting team,” Dalicandro said. “We’ve got to shoot more in practice. We had a lot of shots that missed the net and a lot of shots that ended up in their goalie’s stick, and their goalie played well. We’ve got to become a much better shooting team. A finishing team.”
He added, “I think our goalie and the defense played great again but at the end, what are you going to do? The dam is breaking and we’re giving up man down goals and scramble situations. They had a couple of unsettled goals there at the end and just pulled away. We’re better when it’s more controlled and a slower pace. We’ve got to find a way to finish better.”