By Joe Mitchell
After starting vacation week with wins over Revere (9-4) and Northeast (12-4), the Lynnfield High School boys’ lacrosse team (4-2) dropped a close 7-6 decision to host Tyngsboro.
The Pioneers offense exploded on Tuesday against Revere, with captains Peter Look (4 goals) and Jack Razzaboni (3 goals) leading the way. Senior captain Anthony Murphy shadowed the Patriots No. 1 offensive threat with tenacious defense to also help secure the victory. Jackson Hammersley accounted for the other two tallies against the Patriots. Peter Razzaboni, Gianluca Alfe and freshman Dario Leach (first varsity point) collected assists. Goalie Zack Huynh made 11 saves in net to do his part to produce another victory.
The Pioneers once again lit up the scoreboard with a 12-4 win over Northeast. Razzaboni (4 goals), Alfe (3 goals), Hammersley (3 goals) and Look (2 goals) accounted for the offense. Look (3 assists) and Alfe, Hammersley and Razzaboni each set up two scores. Huynh came up with saves.
Things unfortunately went downhill fast for the Pioneers, who travelled to Tyngsboro, where they lost a competitive match, 7-6. “We quickly fell behind, 2-0, to the Tigers, who looked more determined than us,” said coach Joe Papagni. “They scored two quick, easy goals on us, and right away we ended up playing catch up.”
A few minutes into the second quarter, Hammersley took a feed from Razzaboni, and he was then able to beat the Tiger goalie to give some life to the Pioneer attack. Unfortunately, the Tigers stormed back with two additional goals to go up 4-1 at halftime. “We didn’t play well in the first half, whether it was the long bus ride or vacation week or feeling pretty good about ourselves, I don’t know, but halftime wasn’t enjoyable,” said Papagni. “We knew we were the better team that just laid an egg throughout the half. We weren’t going to panic, but just start playing the lacrosse we were accustomed to playing. We did play a more enthusiastic second half, and worked like heck to tie the score at four at the end of three quarters.”
The early Lynnfield offense consisted of Alfe from Look, Nick Moreschi from Nicholas Metrano and Razzaboni from Look that tied the score at four.
“Moreschi’s goal was the spark that got us going,” said Papagni. “He is a workhorse that just keeps on going. I’m so proud of his efforts. He is just a team player.”
With six minutes remaining in regulation, Alfe gave the Pioneers hope with a determined drive and score. It was the team’s first lead of the game. “[Alfe] came through big for us. He worked hard to get open before beating the Tigers’ goalie,” said Papagni.
Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived, as the Tigers mounted an offensive attack. “We just couldn’t pick up a groundball, and that was the difference,” said a disappointed Papagni. The Tigers scored the tying goal with 1:09 remaining on the clock, and won the game with 16 seconds left.
“We will now see what we are made of,” said Papagni. “The beauty of competitive athletics is that we will see what our character is, and respond in a positive way. I’m looking forward to see who is willing to step up and lead us to accomplish our goals.”
(Advocate photos by Ross Scabin)