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May 23, 2014

St. John's Prep lacrosse falls to Medfield on Senior Day

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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.”

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