Derryfield tops Cavs in lax final
EXETER – This was not a storybook ending for the 2016 version of the Hollis Brookline boys lacrosse team.
The second-seeded Cavaliers played with heart and determination on the defensive end, but they could not generate enough offense in a 10-3 loss to top-seeded Derryfield in the NHIAA Division II final Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium.
"We did not have the ball enough," said Cavaliers coach Michael Soucy. "We had a couple possessions that were decent in the first quarter. Second quarter we did not have the ball much. Third quarter we had the ball for 30 seconds. So, if you do not have possession of the ball, it is hard to score goals. I thought my defense was outstanding. I know we gave up 10 goals, but for the amount of defense we played, they were phenomenal today."
The Cougars (19-1) were led by senior Michael Chiasson (four goals, one assist) and freshman Jon Maclean (two goals, two assists), while senior Garrett Klausner (two goals) and junior Derek Davidson (two assists) led the charge for the Cavaliers (15-4).
The Cougars raced out to an early 3-0 lead in the first. Junior Lee Sipes opened the scoring with 4:04 left, and then Maclean and Chiasson also added first-quarter goals.
"Boys came out really strong," said Derryfield coach Chris Hettler. "Hollis played great defense. They were making us work for every goal, but in the end, the guys executed. We found the back of the net, we got that lead early, and then we were able to kind of coast. We got a lot of guys in the game, and it was just really, really cool to see the guys execute the way they did tonight."
Chiasson scored a pair in the second, and Maclean added one as the Cougars took a 6-0 advantage into halftime.
Despite the lopsided score, the Cougars’ Hettler was impressed with the Cavaliers.
"I thought they played really, really hard tonight," he said. "They came out, and they said, ‘We were not going to give you the trophy; you are going to have to earn it.’ It was a great feeling that our guys had to go out there and play as well as they did to get the trophy back."
The Cougars scored the first four goals of the second half before the Cavaliers scored three consecutive goals in the final 4:04 of the game.
Klausner scored back-to-back goals, which were both assisted by Davidson, and then senior Mike Buxbaum scored a man-up goal with 3:26 remaining assisted by junior Will Crosby.
"I wish we played that way the whole game," Soucy said. "I think we were a little tight coming into the game. As much as we talked about we do not really have any pressure on us, I think they felt some pressure anyways, especially the seniors. They wanted to go out with a bang, and that tightness made things a little bit hard for us at the beginning of the game. At the end of the game, they played loose."