“Faceoffs have been a problem this year, but not tonight. Mike Vidala, Reed Foster, Jeremiah Manfra, and Ryan Wolff all did a nice job winning them.”
The Tanners reeled off four unanswered goals to start the second quarter stretching the lead to 8-1. Ouellette was set up by Wolff, and then Heckman assisted on Vadala’s man-up goal. Ouellette picked up assists on the next two scores by Heckman before Chris Napolitano (two goals) answered for the Crusaders.
“We didn’t get a good start, and that’s been a problem all year, but we never give up,” said Shidler after his team dropped to 3-5. “I love playing this game against Peabody. It means a lot to me and my assistants because we all played for Houlden and Tony.
“Heckman and Ouellette are fantastic attackmen. I coached them at the youth level so I’ve known how good they are for a long time. We tried to shut Keifer off by making an adjustment on defense, but unfortunately we gave away the middle, and they made us pay.”
Peabody had a 10-3 lead at halftime and increased it to 14-4 after three quarters. Heckman opened the fourth quarter scoring by finding the back of the net after taking a pass from Fiore, who was named MVP of the game for his performance.
Fenwick answered with the next three goals. Troy Reinold, who led his team with five points, set up Kyle Russell (goal, two assists) then scored the next two before Foster (two goals) answered with a man-down goal for the Tanners. O’Donnell cleared his bench, and Brandon Rapoza replaced Evan Connolly in goal. The win may have been costly for Peabody as Ouellette injured his shoulder and had to sit out the second half.
“I am very honored to be chosen MVP,” said Fiore, a sophomore midfielder, who was presented with a large cup. “Mr. Danish is a highly respected guy in Peabody lacrosse, and it’s always fun to play Bishop Fenwick. We’re both Peabody teams and have a great rivalry.”