The Foxboro High boys’ lacrosse team twice took first-half leads and possessed a one-goal advantage with less than eight minutes left, but the No. 4-seeded Warriors could not hang on against No. 5 Westwood, falling 10-8 in a MIAA Division 2 Central/East contest last Thursday.
Sophomore Charlie Baughan netted his second goal of the game, the third unanswered goal by Foxboro, as the Warriors took a 8-7 lead with 7:53 left.
But with the Wolverines holding the clear advantage on the draw and Foxboro making some costly miscues at inopportune times, the Warriors were eliminated from the postseason.
“The things that we did cost us the game, mistakes,” Foxboro coach Matt Noone said.
The Wolverines won a crucial ground ball with 6:05 left, which ultimately led to the tying goal. Foxboro made three costly turnovers in the fourth quarter, the second of which came as the Warriors possessed the ball, trailing 9-8, with just over a minute remaining.
Foxboro fought back from a 7-5 deficit late in the third quarter as senior Brendan Tully scored on a Foxboro man-advantage with 1:15 left in the period.
Bobby Yerardi scored his second of the game on an assist from Tully to tie it, 7-7, 35 seconds into the fourth quarter before Baughan’s go-ahead goal.
The Warriors, however, were hampered by allowing three goals in a 54-second period. Westwood scored two goals in the final 10 seconds of the first half to take a 4-3 lead at the intermission. The Wolverines then scored the first goal of the second half, merely 44 seconds in, to extend their advantage to 5-3.
Along with Baughan, Foxboro was led offensively by Yerardi (two goals), Aidan Stapleton (two goals) and Tully (goal, assist). Senior attackman Pete Conley also scored for Foxboro.
Freshman goaltender Matt Tully kept the Warriors in the game early on and Westwood controlled a clear majority of possession due to their success on the draw. The younger Tully made eight of his 11 saves in the first half.
Foxboro was 1-for-3 on the man-advantage while Westwood scored its first goal of the game on a man-down. Westwood held a 14-8 advantage on the draw with four of Foxboro’s eight coming in the final period. Westwood also held a 21-16 edge in shots on goal.
The Warriors finish their season 12-7.