WESTFORD, Mass. -- Despite trailing for the majority of the game No. 10 seed BC High controlled the second half on both ends of the field and defeated No. 7 seed Westford Academy 11-9.
BC High used strong 6-on-6 defense and patient possession offense to hold the high powered Grey Ghosts offense to just two goals in the second half.
“We just settled down,” BC High head coach Ted Bibeau said. “I do not think we were ready for their speed and their shooting. That first half they kind of just jumped on us and buried some shots in the top corner. After that I think we just settled down and worked our match-ups.”
Westford Academy (15-5) got on the board first in the opening quarter as junior midfielder Ben Katz scored the first of his three goals on the day. Katz was amazing all afternoon for Westford Academy as he dominated the face-off circle and was also big in the midfield defense for the Grey Ghosts.
Westford Academy would lead 4-1 in the first quarter and controlled the early tempo of the game as they got up and down the field and moved the ball with pace. BC High, however, fought back and used timely offense to draw to within one goal at 7-6 at halftime.
BC High (12-8) came out in the second half and scored the first goal in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. The goal was scored with 9:05 on the clock as junior attack Alex O’Brien found senior attack Brendan Hogan for the first of their two hook-ups in the quarter.
Both teams would exchange goals until the 3:04 mark of the third quarter when junior middie Brendan Coholan would give BC High their first lead of the game at 9-8 on an unassisted tally.
“We started playing team defense and focused on not sliding from certain kids and helping on other kids,” Bibeau added.
The fourth quarter would begin with a quick game tying, transition goal by Westford Academy All-American sophomore attack Jay Drapeau (3 goals). The transition strike came only seven seconds into the quarter off of a Katz face-off win and an assist from junior attack Ian Speliotis.
BC High would take control of the game for the remainder of the quarter as their defense played as their defense stepped up to the task and senior middie Corey Davidson (3G) and senior attack Joe Buckley (3G) each added scores to seal the win.
Junior All-American defenseman Ian Yanulis (Duke Commit), senior defenseman Keegan Hayes (UMass), and senior long stick midfielder Jimmy Moynihan all stood out in front of senior goalie Jonathan Barton (Merrimack) in the second half.
Two Seasons: BC High struggled out of the gate this season as they began the year with a record of 1-7. Since their 9-3 loss to Xaverian on April 24 BC High has won 11 out of their last 12 games and is playing some of the best lacrosse in the state.
“We have just been coming back and coming back the entire year,” said Barton. “This has been what our entire season has been all about. We do not panic as we have been in games like that before this season.”
Rematch: BC High will face No. 2 Acton-Boxborough on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at A-B. Both teams are no strangers to each other as A-B knocked BC High out of the tournament last year, denied them a tournament appearance two years ago, and defeated them earlier this year by a score of 11-6 on April 21.
“In the first game with A-B we did not play our game, we played theirs,” Barton said. “We are excited to get a second shot at them this year and we will do what we can to get a W.”