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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Following an 18-6 win by Medfield back in April, Westwood and Medfield played for the second and final time this regular season on Friday night at Flahive Field.
Behind a pair of goals each from Brian Abely and Tommy Gill, the No. 3 Warriors (11-1, 8-0) fought off the No. 25 Wolverines (7-5, 5-3) by a 9-5 final, making the TVL-Large title into a two-horse race between Medfield and Hopkinton (7-4, 6-2).Charlie Harrington and Owen Gaffney led the way for the Wolverines, each scoring a pair. Gaffney gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead just 2:08 in before back-to-back goals by Luke Murphy and Jake Sherman put Medfield in front, 2-1. Harrington evened the game at two towards the end of the first quarter and the game remained deadlocked entering the second.
A 3-0 run by the Warriors to begin the second quarter, with goals coming from Gill, Abely, and Mike Hauptman, gave Medfield a 5-2 lead. Harrington responded with a goal off of a face-off win to cut the deficit to 5-3 at halftime.Junior LSM/close-D Derek Germski scored off of a face-off victory by Connor DePiero to begin the second half to push the lead to 6-3. Gaffney cut the deficit to 6-4 before back-to-back by goals by Jimmy Cosolito and Gill made it an 8-4 game headed to the fourth. Abely’s second of the game extended the Medfield lead to 9-4 early in the fourth and the Warriors were able to chew up two minutes of clock late with a pair of man-up opportunities, prevailing by the 9-5 final.
Medfield will look to keep the momentum rolling when the Warriors travel to face reigning Division I champ BC High on May 17. Following an 11-10 win over Acton-Boxboro on Saturday, Westwood will look to ride the momentum when the Wolverines travel to Medway on May 16.
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