The Medfield High School boys’ lacrosse team finds itself in familiar territory in what otherwise has been anything but a familiar season.
Medfield (14-7) and Foxborough (19-3) square off Friday at Foxborough High with a trip to the MIAA Division 2 East Sectional State Tournament final on the line. That should come as little surprise to those familiar with the success of the Medfield boys’ lacrosse program.
The Warriors entered this year’s tournament as defending state champions and have won four state titles since 2004.
While no stranger to success in the state tournament, there were questions about how these Warriors’ would play and how long they would last after a regular season that had its share of ups and downs.
Medfield failed to capture the Tri-Valley League championship for the first time in the league’s 10-year history and lost its first TVL game since 2002. Hopkinton was the team to make history against Medfield, snapping the Warriors’ 119-game TVL win streak with an 11-10 victory over MHS in double overtime on May 17. Two days later, . The Raiders ended Medfield’s reign over the TVL with the victory, capturing the league title for the first time in program history.
Medfield struggled down the final stretch of the regular season, and entered the state tournament with little momentum.
But once the calendar turned to June, the Warriors’ play improved and Medfield quickly rediscovered the championship-style play it has been known for around New England over the past decade.
The Warriors, seeded ninth in this year’s Division 2 East Sectional tournament, opened tourney play with a . From there, Medfield hit the road to play higher seeds and displayed the focus and resiliency of a state champion, defeating eighth seeded Walpole, 11-10 in the first round and .
Foxborough entered the tournament as the fourth seed and shut out New England Metro Tech, 14-0, in the preliminary round, defeated the Hopkinton team that ended Medfield’s TVL run, 13-9, in the first round and knocked off Reading, 8-1 in the quarterfinal round.
Friday’s semi-final, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., will undoubtedly present its challenges to Medfield but the Warriors have given little reason to doubt their play in the tournament, once again showing they play their best lacrosse in June.
Check back Friday night for a recap of the Medfield-Foxborough semi-final game.