The Medfield High School boys' lacrosse team (11-3) had no trouble with Tri-Valley League rival Westwood (9-5) Tuesday evening, as the league leading Warriors remained a perfect 9-0 in the TVL, winning 18-4.
Cal Given and Davis Parsons led the Medfield attack with four goals apiece and Derek Etzkorn added a hat trick. The highly efficient Warrior offense put in 18 of 27 shots on goal – moving the ball quickly and seamlessly around the Westwood defense.
“We do a lot of work on that,” said Medfield head coach Bob Aronson. “We had been a little sloppy at the beginning of the year, whether it was younger or inexperienced players, but they are coming into their own now and we spend a lot of time on it in practice so they are starting to click now.”
Westwood fell behind early, trailing 4-1 after the first, and they went on to give up nine more first-half goals, finding themselves down 13-2 at the break.
Sean Condrick and Shane Troy put in the only first-half goals for the Wolverines. Head coach Todd Zahurak explained the offensive struggle from his team.
“It was transition,” Zahurak said. “I’m pretty confident that our attack can play with just about anybody but the transition is tough. We need to do a better job intergrading our midfield into the offense so the attack can do what they do.”
Medfield goalkeeper Sam Aronson was tremendous in net, stopping the few shots that snuck past the tight Warrior defense. He saved five of seven that came his way, the majority of which were from point-blank range. Aronson was replaced by Dougie Nelson in the second half, who also allowed just two goals, one to Casey McQuillan and the other to Jake Drew.
Medfield featured eight goal scorers on the evening; Parsons, Given and Etzkorn had a combined 11, Conor Roddy and Andrew Melvin each scored twice, and Tommy Graham, Chris Diana and Thomas Elcock had one goal apiece.
Medfield had countless opportunities in front of the net all night, something Aronson said wasn’t necessarily there for his team a few weeks ago.
“We connected on some opportunities we probably wouldn’t have in some games early in the season. We might not have even made the right cut then,” Aronson said. “Now, we seem to be making good cuts off ball and the looks are there so it’s a nice time to peak toward the end of the season and hopefully we’re playing our best lacrosse and into the tournament.”
As for Westwood, who had won four straight coming in, Zahurak just feels it’s a small bump in the road and is confident his team will get back on track.
“We just have to score goals,” Zahurak said. “At the end of the day it’s just one game and we’ll line it up tomorrow and have at it. Our next win puts us in the states so we’re looking forward to the next one and if things round out into shape, I can see us making a nice run.”
Medfield Girls' Tennis Makes it a Perfect 10
The Medfield High School girls' tennis team won its 10th match of the season Tuesday, dispatching Medway High School, 5-0.
The victory has the Warriors a perfect 10-0 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the Tri-Valley League.
"Strong effort from the entire team," said Medfield head coach Chris DuBose. "The confident rises each match as the Medfield girls work on more pace, more consistency and an effective strategy."
Match-by-Match Results: No. 1 singles: Alex Freeman (Medfield) defeated Brittany Keller (Medway), 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 singles: Lexi Nasraway (Medfield) defeated Ashley Keller (Medway), 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Hannah Oliphant (Medfield) defeated Emily Leader (Medway), 6-1, 6-2; No. 1 Doubles: Kate Goldense and Hunter Stahl (Medfield) defeated Rachel Stenihauer and Jen Stanley (Medway), 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Doubles: Julia Basiliere and Lauren Buscone (Medfield) defeated Katie Irwin and Hannah Page (Medway), 6-0, 6-0.
Medfield Baseball Continues to Roll
The Warriors improve to 10-1 overall and 10-0 in the TVL with a decisive, 15-5 victory over Medway Tuesday. Medfield will host the Mustangs at Curt Schilling Field Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. (weather permitting).
Medfield won a pair of highly contested TVL games over the last week – defeating Dover-Sherborn, 7-6 on Monday and outslugging Hopkinton, 10-7 last Thursday – sweeping both TVL foes in the season series.
On Monday against D-S, Medfield sophomore Stephen Russell pitched six strong innings to pick up the victory and sophomore Matt Casieri ended a D-S threat in the seventh inning to notch the save. Mike Keleher and Will Cousins each had two hits and senior Jim Magrath reached base three times enroute to scoring three runs on the day.
Last Thursday, Medfield defeated Hopkinton 10-7 behind Mike Keleher on the mound and at the plate. On the mound, Keleher improved to 4-0, tossing his fourth complete game of the season and at the plate, he hit a 3-run home run. Senior Pat Lenihan also went yard, connecting for a solo shot over the center field fence. Junior Thomas J. Valente went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. Medfield led 10-0 heading into the sixth inning when the Hillers erupted for seven runs in the frame but Keleher battled through and pitched a perfect seventh to end the threat.
Other scores: Medfield softball lost to Medway, 3-1; Medfield girls' lacrosse lost to Westwood, 13-6; Medfield boys' tennis defeated Medway, 5-0.