COHASSET, Mass. -- The Chowda Cup tournament will always be held close in the heart of Marshfield head coach Rick Bagby.
Four years ago, when Bagby was the head coach at Scituate, he teamed with Scituate native Bill Gray to put the two-day lacrosse tourney together to celebrate the memories of five players from Scituate and Cohasset who tragically passed away well before their time.
Former Cohasset players Bourke Corcoran and Justin Langham were both lost to car accidents in their youth, as was Scituate's Tim Mahoney. Former BC High players from the area P.J. Trendowicz and Ryan Flannery are also commemorated and played for both Bagby and former Cohasset coach Stew Curran when both coached the Eagles.
Fittingly, one of the tournament's founders was able to raise the championship trophy for the third time as a coach. Will Contento stopped 14 shots and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, John Powers and Matt Entwistle each scored two goals as No. 14 Marshfield defeated No. 12 Cohasset, 9-4, in the Chowda Cup final at Cohasset's Alumni Field.
"They were such great kids," said Coach Bagby of the five players in whose honor the tournament is held. "We had a speech before the first games and I told all four teams to play with a lot of pride and a lot of passion. Respect the game, respect your opponents, the referees, the coaches. That's how those kids played the game. I would do anything to have them back here with us. I get choked up talking about it. I miss those guys so much."
Marshfield (5-0) set the tone on defense, and with two starters out had to rely on reserves Brennan Quackenbush and Luke Cavallaro to fill those minutes alongside Ryan Connors, Jake Norris and Colin Clark.
Long stick midfielder Josh White played brilliantly within the confines of the Rams' "Tiger Zone" defense, shadowing Cohasset star and returning All-American Thomas Flibotte while his teammates stepped up to help with double and triple teams. A lot of the extra attention paid to Flibotte was because the Skippers were without do-it-all midfielder Kyle Livingstone, who suffered a broken thumb a week ago against Barnstable.
Behind them was Contento, a first-year starter playing in his biggest game thus far. The senior proved more than up to the task, joining his defensive mates in holding the Skippers scoreless in the first half.
"It was incredible. It's my first experience as a goalie in the Chowda Cup and I can't explain how good a feeling this is," Contento said. "My defense was incredible today. We were missing a couple of starters but I wasn't even worried going into the game because I knew those guys could step in and do what they did and they played incredible."
John McGoldrick scored twice for Cohasset, with Flibotte and Alex Evans getting the others.
"It's bittersweet because I coached with these guys last year," added Cohasset coach Thomas Flanagan, who was a Rams assistant after three years as the head coach at Norwell. "They came in and played hard. We had a couple of good looks in the beginning and we didn't score, and when they had their looks, they did score. That was the big difference."
In the consolation game, Sharp Jones scored four goals and freshman Jake Reynolds made 11 saves as Scituate (4-1) topped Catholic Memorial, 10-3. John Brown and Harold Gerbis each added a pair for the Sailors.
All-Tournament Team: Will Contento (MVP), Ty Martina, Connor Bagby, Josh White and Ryan Foohey (Marshfield); Sam Leahy, T.J. Bicknell, Thomas Flibotte and John McGoldrick (Cohasset); Tucker Ciessau, Lucas Barisano and Jake Reynolds (Scituate); Chris Ryan and Miles McCarthy (Catholic Memorial).