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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Lacrosse has become a brand in towns such as Medfield, Needham, Sherborn, and Wellesley. On Wednesday afternoon in Syracuse, New York, this brand was put on full display when the No. 14 Union College Dutchmen (7-1, 2-0) squared off against the Middlebury Panthers (3-5, 2-3) in the Carrier Dome, one of the more iconic venues in college lacrosse.
For Middlebury, the offense ran through Medfield native and junior midfielder Frankie Cosolito. The Catholic Memorial product put home a pair of goals and notched an assist. Dylan Jacobs, a junior out of Nobles and a Needham native, also found himself heavily involved in Middlebury’s offense, serving as the crease man for the Panthers’ starting attack line and causing one turnover.
Other local names to suit up for Middlebury on Wednesday in the Dome were Wellesley native and Rivers product Charlie Lawrence, along with Anthony Marinello, a native of Sherborn and graduate of Belmont Hill.
On the other side, the No. 14 Dutchmen were led by a pair of Wellesley High grads. Junior attack-man Kerry Lyne recorded a season and game-high six points with five goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Griffin Morgan helped the cause for Union by scooping three groundballs off the face-off wing.
Middlebury fogo Jake Madnick had himself a day at the face-off X, going 21 of 28 to allow his team critical extra possessions. The Panthers built a 7-4 lead midway through the second quarter following a goal off of transition by Groton School product Tyler Forbes. However, back-to-back goals by Lyne and Keaton McCann cut the deficit to one for Union at the half at 7-6.
Following a lefty finish by Cosolito at the crease to tie the game at eight midway through the third, Union exploded with a 6-1 run to take a 14-9 lead. The Dutchmen’s run was highlighted by a nifty little shake and low-to-high rip by Lyne followed by Sudbury native Hayden Fray crease diving beautifully and finishing up high. The run allowed Union to pull away for a big 14-10 victory.
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