D1 boys' lax: BC High 12, A-B 8

ACTON, Mass. -- The magical ride continued on Wednesday for No. 10 seed BC High as it defeated second-seeded Acton-Boxborough, 12-8, in an MIAA Division 1 quarterfinal game Wednesday.

BC High has now won 12 of their last 13 games after starting the season 1-7 and have neutralized two of the state’s top offenses in the post-season in Westford Academy and Acton-Boxborough.

“We have played 21 games and 19 have been against tournament teams,” BC High head coach Ted Bibeau said. “Every team we have played has been tough competition. It would have been really easy for our kids to quit after starting 1-7 but they came to work every week and got better and better. I am just thrilled to be in the final four right now.”

BC High received one of the best individual performances of the 2012 season from midfielder Corey Davidson. The senior scored eight goals and added one assist for BC High in the win.

“Corey was an absolute beast,” Bibeau said. “I am just thrilled for him. For him to make plays like he did today on a big stage like this was just huge.”

Davidson converted on 8 of 13 shots on the day and was all over the field on offense, defense and on ground balls.

“I just went where I saw the openings and it worked well today,” said the humble Davidson.

A-B (16-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as All-American attack Tyler McKelvie found the back of the net at the 10:34 mark in the opening quarter. BC High (13-8) would follow McKelvie’s goal by scoring seven of the games next eight goals to take a 7-2 lead into the halftime break.

The combination of Davidson’s dodging and converting and BC High’s strong 6-on-6 defense were the key factors in the first half. Davidson scored six of BC High’s seven first half goals with the other coming from a dodge and rip from senior midfielder Barrett Coholan.

“Corey [Davidson] is a great player,” BC goalie Jonathan Barton said. “He has those days like today when he plays lights out and today was one of those.”

Barton (10 saves) and the defense also played disciplined, sound defense and did not allow many early opportunities for A-B.

“Keegan (Hayes), Ian (Yanulis), Aidan (Keohane) and Jimmy (Moynahan) all have my back all the way,” Barton said.” If we stop teams in transition and they get them into a 6-on-6 I think we can run with anyone.”

A-B came out of the half with renewed energy as they got quick goals from Thomas Cotter and Casey Frank to cut the lead to three goals with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. BC High would then answer those goals with two of their own as Coholan added his second score on a man-up strike and Yanulis would go coast to coast with the long pole to add the other.

BC High would lead 10-4 at the end of three quarters and hold on for the 12-8 victory despite A-B never giving in and playing all the way to the final horn.

McKelvie (4 G), Kyle Soroka (2G) and Andrew Loblundo (1G) all played well offensively for A-B who end their season with a 16-4 overall record.

Final Four Bound: BC High advances to the D1 semifinal (Final Four) and will travel to take on Needham on Friday at 4 p.m.

Needham defeated Masconomet 9-8 on Wednesday. This is the second consecutive year that Needham has defeated Masconomet to advance to the semifinals.

“We have just been on a roll and it feels awesome,” Davidson said. “To be honest when we started our season (1-7) I did not know if we would be here today. Our coaches just do a great job and they will have us ready for Needham on Saturday.”