By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Sports Reporter
Spring is here… well at least spring season is! Although it might have been a cooler, rainy evening on Friday, March 31st, the weather didn’t put a damper on the boys’ lacrosse team for their first game of the season. The boys hosted the Westwood Wolverines in their season home-opener where they went head-to-head in a league matchup, and both teams came into the competition hungry for a win.
As both teams consistently went into a back-and-forth battle in taking the lead, Walpole fell to Westwood due to the Wolverines’ late winning goal with under three minutes left in the competition. Walpole fell to Westwood in a final score of 11-10, wrapping up their first game of the season.
Head coach Greg Shea, in his first year of coaching the Timberwolves, knew that this team put in a good fight against Westwood.
“The beginning of the season you’re getting ready for the season, you haven’t seen any of the competition yet, so we were just focusing on us as a team, we have a lot of age groups on this team, so we needed to focus on ourselves,” said Shea.
As the heat fired up on the field, the Timberwolves took every chance they could while on offense and were a force on defense.
“Offensively, I think they did a very good job handling the ball they attacked points, and we had our eyes on the field making those one more pass. There was a lot of unselfish work, and I was very happy with the effort they brought. Defensively, they played really hard, their communication was good, and I saw a lot of great gameplay from our goalie,” said Shea.
Walpole travels to take on Needham High Tuesday, April 11th at 4 P.M. for their second match-up of the season.
“We spoke in practice about going out and attacking everything we could, which I think they did a very good job of today. With only a week of practice we executed very well today, you know of course, there are things to work on, but we will handle that in practice, I’m proud of the boys they did a good job today,” said Shea.