By Matt Jenkins
---- — The St. John’s Prep lacrosse team used its trademark defense, aggressive pursuit of ground balls and timely scoring to capture the inaugural Creator’s Crosse with a tough 7-2 victory over Masconomet on Saturday afternoon in Lexington.
St. John’s will be the first school to have its name attached to the trophy — a wooden stick made by Rick Ortolani, whose son John played lacrosse at Endicott College and strictly used wooden sticks. The four-team tournament was the brainchild of Lexington head coach Dave Walsh and featured Thursday games between St. John’s and Walpole, as well as Masco and Lexington.
The Eagles were meeting Masco for the first time in regular or postseason play. The two local schools had scrimmaged before, but never met with anything on the line. Now, thanks to the Creator’s Crosse, the two teams could be meeting every spring.
“It was fun, a good day,” Prep coach John Roy said. “Overall, it was a really good inaugural tournament and it was fun to play Masco. Tom Cobb (Masco’s coach) is such a nice guy and our schools are so close together.”
The game turned into a battle of defenses.
Lucas Bavaro, Tucker Mathers, Eamon O’Leary, Colin Fahey, Bryan Uva, Chris Casey, and Skylar Mickunas each stood out on defense for St. John’s (6-1), while Derek Osbahr controlled faceoffs with Anthony Merullo scooping several ground balls with his short stick as a wing.
On the other side of the field, Masconomet (4-3) goalie Tighe Van Lenten was outstanding for the Chieftains, stopping 17 shots.
“He was insane. He made what felt like a million saves,” Roy said about Van Lenten. “He really did a great job. He’s probably the best goalie we’ve seen so far.”
Jack Sharrio and Drew O’Connell each scored two goals for St. John’s and Andrew Gallahue added one goal and two assists. Ben Anthony and Sam Frick scored one goal apiece, and Lucas DeAngelo made six saves in net.
“Pointing to the strength of our team seven games in, we might go defense and faceoff 1 and 1A,” Roy said. “Offensively, we’re starting to come around. Other than the first game (against Xaverian) and Saturday, those were are only two games that we didn’t score in double digits.”