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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
One of the top boys lacrosse rivalries in the state of Massachusetts, Medfield vs. Dover-Sherborn, wrote its latest chapter on Friday afternoon, as the Warriors and Raiders got together for their lone meeting of the 2019 season.
Despite the return of star sophomore attack-man Pierce Gregory (one goal, three assists), it was not enough for DS, as six goals and a pair of assists from junior attack-man Jack McCordic helped Medfield to a big 12-9 victory over their arch rivals.
Ford Pegram gave DS a 1-0 lead with 9:07 to play in the opening quarter. Brian Abely knotted the game at one just 50 seconds later off of a feed from Jimmy Cosolito. Mike Hauptman then gave Medfield its first lead via a lefty bouncer with 8:07 remaining.
Pierce Gregory tied the game at two with 6:17 remaining before Hauptman’s second on a drive to the crease put the Warriors back ahead at 3-2 with 5:20 to play. Tommy Gill made it a 4-2 game before Matt Paolatto won the ensuing draw and scored off the rush. The game entered the second quarter with Medfield clinging to a one-goal lead at 4-3.
McCordic made it a 5-3 game with 8:20 to play in the half off a feed from Mike Tyer. Abely extended the lead to 6-3 off of a feed from Jake Sherman with 6:40 remaining, but Timmy Polk responded with a lefty rip to make it 6-4 with 5:29 to play. Back-to-back goals from McCordic made it an 8-4 game with a little over two minutes to play, but Polk’s own back-to-back cut the deficit to 8-6 for DS at halftime.
A pair from McCordic to begin the second half made it a 10-6 lead for Medfield. Goals from Polk and Henry Kenney made it a 10-8 game. Medfield took an 11-9 lead into the fourth before Sherman made it a 12-9 game with 6:13 remaining off a drive and finish from X. Medfield’s stifling defense, led by junior All-American John Schofield, shut down DS for the rest of the game and allowed the Warriors to prevail by the three-goal final.
“Its always good playing DS,” said Medfield head coach John Isaf on the win. “They’re a rivalry game, next-door neighbor, the guys always get up to play these guys and they are a good team. We want these types of challenges throughout the course of the season. The TVL is tough and it’s always one game at a time. Good win for us. We showed some toughness in the fourth quarter. They forced some mistakes on our part - that’s what good teams do to you. Fortunately, we were tough enough to kind of make it happen in the fourth quarter.”
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