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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Despite a four-goal night from star BU-bound attack-man Jason Child, No. 12 Needham High boys lacrosse came up just short at home against No. 5 Hingham on Thursday night, falling by a final of 10-8 in an extremely tense and entertaining game.
Needham began the game on a 3-1 run behind a pair from Child and one from senior midfielder Ryan Martin (two goals). Hingham responded with a quick 4-0 run behind goals from Sam Ward (two goals, two assists), Cole Finney, Cole Hartman (two goals), and Dylan Savitscus to take a 5-3 lead.
Sophomore attack-man Roman Tacelli netted a pair for Needham around a Cooper Dainton strike for Hingham as the Harbormen (8-2) carried a 6-5 lead into halftime.
Back-to-back goals by Child and Martin gave Needham a 7-6 lead with three minutes left in the third. Ward drew even for Hingham with 1:52 to play in the quarter before Hartman fired home a goal in transition to reclaim the lead for Hingham at 8-7 at the end of three.
Child knotted the game at eight with his fourth of the night with 9:43 to play. Less than a minute later with 8:58 to play off a restart from a shot out of bounds, Will Kenney took the ball from GLE, split a pair of defenders, and finished at the crease to put Hingham ahead for good. Kenney completed the hat-trick off of transition 1:07 later to add some insurance and put the Harbormen up by a pair. Charlie Egan was able to win the ensuing face-off and Hingham was able to chew the remaining seven minutes and change to pull out the two-goal victory.
Seth Kleiman finished with 11 saves for Needham. The Rockets will look to rebound against Brookline on May 9.
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