By Dan Harrison
---- — DANVERS — St. John’s Prep senior attack Andrew Gallahue seems to have a never-ending repertoire of moves on the lacrosse field.
Unfortunately, no amount of shimmies, shakes or dodges by Gallahue or any of the Eagles’ offensive players was enough to best goalie Robert Treiber of visiting Medfield yesterday.
The Warriors defeated St. John’s Prep, 13-9, on Senior Day at Cronin Field behind 21 saves from Treiber.
“Their goalie was excellent; I have to tip my cap to him,” said Prep (8-10) head coach John Roy. “We wanted to bounce it on him. Not everyone is used to playing on grass and it was slick today, but he was swallowing everything up.”
Trailing by three goals at the half, the Eagles started pressing offensively and taking a lot of shots. For the most part the Prep was getting good looks at the cage, but unless the shots came from right outside the crease, Treiber was up to the task.
“Robert was a brick wall,” said Medfield (18-2) coach John Isaf. “I think he’s one of the top two goalies in the state.”
Gallhue finished with three goals, all of which came in the second half as he showed great creativity with the ball in his stick to get close enough to beat Treiber. In the fourth quarter, the Villanova bound senior used a jump-cut, swim move to split two defenders before whipping a shot behind his back and into the net.
Even with Gallahue’s impressive efforts, the Eagles’ offense as a whole didn’t move the ball well enough. Medfield, on the other hand, showed a superior ability to keep the ball moving, rotating it around the perimeter with speed and precision. In transition, the Warriors seem to always make the right pass, and the dexterity with which they did it made them tough to defend.
All that ball movement led to quality shots. John Maclean and Matt Crowell both had hat tricks for the visitors while Nigel Reiff and Jack Keleher had two goals each.
“We had a couple defensive lapses,” admitted Roy. “They move the ball so well and so fast (that) if you make a mistake, they’re going to score.”
The Eagles man-down unit didn’t do them any favors. Both times the Warriors were on the advantage they scored — and did so with ease.
Isaf spoke about Medfield’s success on the man advantage. Part of (our man up) is making sure we get movement: move the ball, move the ‘D’ and move the goalie,” he explained. “We want to get shooters to spots where they like to shoot.”
Senior Joey Cavallaro had a pair of goals for the Eagles while senior Jack Curley had a marker along with junior Owen Rockett, senior Drew O’Connell and junior Derek Yannone.
The Eagles finished the season playing six of the top 10 teams in the state in its last eight games. While they lost all six, five of those contests were very competitive, including a two-goal loss to the top-ranked team in the state, Duxbury.
Now, headed into the Division 1 North postseason (thanks to finishing second in league play and thus automatically qualifying), the Eagles need to find a way to come out on top in those close games.
“We’re getting ready for the playoffs. The last six games, save for Westford Academy (a 14-7 loss), I thought we played hard,” said Roy. “Those were tough games and we were competitive; we just didn’t win them.”