Foxboro High coach Matt Noone and the Warrior boys’ lacrosse team will step on to Sam Berns Community Field and host an MIAA Tournament game for the third straight year.
The No. 4-seeded Warriors will host No. 5 Westwood at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the Division 2 Central/East Sectional, which is also Game One of a Foxboro lacrosse double-header as the girls follow at 6 p.m.
“We hope we can change up the fortune from the last two years,” Noone said regarding FHS losing a heart breaker to Medway in 2017 and to eventual sectional champion Concord-Carlisle in 2018.
“They’ve had tough losses,” Noone said. “For us, they’re thinking about the Medway (loss), Mansfield (loss) from this year. But we grew from every one of those moments.”
Westwood, rooted from the Tri-Valley League, finished 12-6 during the regular season. The defending Sectional finalist Wolverines won five of their last six games during the regular season.
Westwood scored 208 goals (11.55 per game) and allowing 154 tallies (8.55 per game) in 18 contests.
“I think we’re very equally,” Noone said. “We’re very similar in styles, they work hard and we work hard, both are similar in depth. (They) got first-year starter in goal, (they) got pretty good face off guys, where we have been struggling a little as of late against faceoff people. It’s going be interesting to see.
“I think our schedule, just like there’s has prepared them for this moment,” Noone added. “It’s going to come down to who’s fresher and who’s ready to go.”
The lone common opponent between the two teams this season was Mansfield. Westwood defeated the Hornets 17-7 in a non-league game in April while Foxboro lost to Mansfield 9-8 in overtime.
Noone said Foxboro will need to play with the “same old recipe” to be successful.
“Good possessions with high quality shots,” Noone said. “And great one on one defense. I think off-ball defense and off-ball offense, we got to be moving, got to be able to make two passes and exploit that. And as always, stay out of the penalty box and dominate the ground ball war.”
The Warriors will rely on the offensive contributions of those that have done it for them all season long.
Senior Brendan Tully led the team in goals (38) while Pete Conley and Aidan Stapleton tied to lead the team in assists (22). Tully added 14 assists while the attackman Conley was second on the team in goals (29).
Charlie Baughan scored 25 goals, Shayne Kerrigan scored 24 and Bobby Yerardi netted 23. All three contributed nine assists as well. The contributions helped the Foxboro to fourth in the league in goals scored (182). The Warriors were tied for third in the Hockomock in goals allowed (115).
“The Division 2 Central/East in a buzz saw,”Noone said. “There’s no easy game. One through eight it’s solid teams with good coaches.
“(We need to focus) on every practice, every game, one at a time. We’re locked in on Westwood.”