MEDFIELD – During the 2021 men’s lacrosse season, only one team managed to defeat Medfield: Dover-Sherborn, and the last-second loss left the Warriors stunned on May 20.
Weeks later, they secured the ultimate form of recovery against their longtime rivals. Senior forward Rob Spaeth netted a team-high six goals on Saturday, while Luke Murphy himself added four as Medfield pulled away in the second half for a convincing 17-7 loss to the Raiders in front a full room.
“We know we are a good team,” said Medfield coach John Isaf. “But (in part) the depth. I think (Dover-Sherborn) was a bit more tired in the second half. We were a little smarter taking care of the ball in the second half. I think in the first half we were pushing a little too much, but we settled in, started doing the extra pass and started trying to identify clashes.
For most of the first quarter, both teams tried to get some semblance of attacking rhythm. As a forerunner of how things would play out, Murphy would get the score for Medfield (12-1), before Spaeth fired a shot to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage with 1:44 left in the game. stanza.
However, as the last seconds of the quarter passed, Dover-Sherborn (11-2) became the beneficiary of a miracle game. Senior goaltender Standish Carothers managed a pass from Hail Mary from his own net and somehow connected with Pierce Gregory, who buried a shot in the horn to make it a game of 2-2 before the second quarter.
Spaeth then resumed the game with three goals, the last of which with 25 seconds left before halftime, as Medfield took an 8-5 lead before intermission.
“At halftime we were blown away,” said Spaeth. “We knew what we had to do, the adjustments we had to make, how we had to handle our attack differently. (We had to) figure out what they were doing on defense to really get us going.
Dover-Sherborn had an answer to start the third quarter, as Eli Kaplan found the net to make it an 8-6 game just 1:33 off the stanza.
However, whenever the Raiders started to gain momentum, the Warriors flipped a switch, as Spaeth scored two goals over the next six minutes to put Medfield, 10-6, ahead.
Next, TJ Casey added his name to the scoresheet, as the UMass commitment shot a ball into the cage to give the Warriors an 11-6 advantage going into the final quarter.
William Bowen scored a goal for Dover-Sherborn with 10:04 remaining in regulation, but that was as close as the Raiders would get. Soon after, the levee finally collapsed, as Medfield scored six goals in the 7:07 final to seal the victory.
While the two teams are both in the Tri-Valley League, the game has been called off as a non-conference game for planning purposes.
Casey won 24 of 28 faceoffs for Medfield. Joe Bethoney and Bobby Spence combined to make 11 saves at the net for the Warriors.
“It’s awesome,” Spaeth said. “Just the energy we wanted heading into the playoffs. We knew we really wanted this one and prepared for it all week. We’ve been thinking about (revenge) since that game, just something we wanted to do.