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BC High beats Wellesley to roll into D1 South lacrosse final

Boston, MA: 6-12-18: BC High's Christian Price (12) fires a first quarter shot by Wellesley goalie Teddy Darcey to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Wellesley's Jared Diamond is at far left. Wellesley visited Boston College High School for a Division One South boy's lacrosse semi-final match. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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BC High’s Christian Price (12) fires a first-quarter shot past Wellesley goalie Teddy Darcey to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

After falling to Lincoln-Sudbury in consecutive Division 1 state finals the past two seasons, the BC High boys’ lacrosse team has been focused on a singular goal this spring:

Complete the mission.

That concentration was on full display during a 15-5 throttling of 11th-seeded Wellesley in Tuesday’s South semifinal at James Cotter Field as the second-seeded Eagles rolled into Friday’s sectional final against Hingham at Marshfield High.


The Eagles (18-3) struggled early in the season while integrating several new players on the attacking line, but have now won 11 straight while allowing just 6.7 goals per game.

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“We have a lot of guys who have played in two state championship games and they bring valuable experience,” said BC High coach Steve Lydon.

Along with North Carolina-commit Will Bowen, senior Tommy Joyce, junior Nolan Collins, and junior long-stick midfielder Martin Folan shut down a hot Wellesley team that had won seven straight, including a dramatic overtime win at third-seeded Duxbury Saturday.

“Across the board, our senior class has taken a lot of ownership of this team,” said Bowen. “The most experienced guys know what it’s like to be in these games and we’ve done a good job of making sure we don’t waste these opportunities.”

Freshman Carter Rice (2 goals, 3 assists), sophomore Aidan Carroll (5 goals, 3 assists), and junior Christian Price (3 goals) led the unselfish and balanced unit.


“It’s not a revenge thing,” said Lydon. “We were focused on a very good Wellesley team that just beat Duxbury and we only had one day to prepare. But the guys are locked in mentally and physically right now and when we play at that level I think we’re very, very tough to beat.”

Hingham 10, Xaverian 4 — After falling behind, 3-1, the Harbormen (22-1) scored four straight goals to advance to the final on Friday. Sam Ward netted a hat trick and Jake Quilty scored two goals for Hingham.

‘‘We’re happy with where we are, we’re happy with the way we’re playing’’ Hingham coach John Todd said, remarking on it being his team’s first year’s aligned in Division 1. ‘‘The competition is extremely tough and that’s what we prepare for.’’

Division 2 Central/East

Westwood 9, Walpole 8 — With one swift chop from 17 yards out with 1:34 left in the second overtime, senior midfielder Connor Deehan sent the Wolverines (16-4) to their second sectional final in four seasons.

‘‘I don’t think that I’ve ever coached a kid with more self-confidence, and it is well-deserved,’’ said Westwood coach Todd Zahurak. ‘‘He is a phenomenal player and I think that he is the best midfielder to ever come through this program.’’


Westwood sent the game into overtime when Ryan Healey took a feed from Connor Donohue with 6.2 seconds left and fired it top corner.

Concord-Carlisle 11, Wayland 10 — After scoring the tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation, senior Robert Doherty netted the winner in triple overtime to lift the fifth-seeded Patriots (16-5) to the semifinal win.

Senior keeper Ben Kacher made 18 saves.

‘‘Both teams played so hard and tough, it’s a shame somebody had to lose,’’ said Concord-Carlisle coach Tom Dalicandro. ‘‘I couldn’t be prouder of every single kid on our team. We battled all day long. Things didn’t go our way but we never gave up, it’s a testament to our players and assistant coaches.’’

Division 2 North

Reading 11, Melrose 6 — Junior midfielder Michael Tobin recorded a hat trick as the fourth-seeded Rockets (13-7) derailed the top-seeded Red Raiders (18-2) in the semifinals.

Division 2 South

Scituate 11, Canton 4 — Luke Murphy and Drew Rowe each scored four goals to lead the Sailors (15-6) to the sectional final.

BC High's Nolan Collins (left) gets the attention of Wellesley's Nicholas Marvan in the second quarter of their Division 1 South semifinal.
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BC High's Nolan Collins (left) gets the attention of Wellesley's Nicholas Marvan in the second quarter of their Division 1 South semifinal.

Girls’ lacrosse

Division 1 North

Chelmsford 12, Woburn 10 — Julia D’Agostino scored five goals and Kate Krueger added three goals to pace the Lions (21-2), who advanced to the sectional finals on Friday against Reading.

Division 1 South

Wellesley 14, Old Rochester 3 — Juniors Maddy Balter and Brooke Baker paced second-seeded Raiders (20-3) with four goals apiece in the semifinal victory. Senior Caitlin Chicoski produced one goal, assist, three ground balls, and seven draw controls.

Gates Tenorowicz had 15 saves for Old Rochester (20-2).

Division 2 South

Cohasset 21, Ursuline 2 — Junior Jane Hansen (7 goals), Madie Donovan (5), and Molly Greer (3) propelled the defending state champion (17-2) into the sectional final against top-seeded Norwell.


Division 1 North

Medford 5, Arlington 2 — Senior Sam Melanson tossed a complete game, striking out eight as the Mustangs (19-3) advanced to the semifinals. Junior Brenna Forbes had three singles and stole four bases.

Division 2 South

Middleborough 3, Hanover 2 — Hitless in her first four plate appearances, senior Lianna Bernier smacked a single to center in the bottom of the 10th to lift the third-seeded Sachems (19-3) into the semifinals.

‘‘[Bernier] struggled a little bit in the beginning of the game, no doubt about it, but she’s been a big hitter for us,’’ said Middleborough coach Dan Sylvia. ‘‘She came up huge. There’s no doubt I was confident in her ability to make that adjustment.’’

The Sachems had tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single by Tori Ulrich.

Laura Hatch struck out six in the win.

Division 3 South

Case 7, Coyle & Cassidy 6 — Trailing, 6-4, in the bottom of the seventh, the sixth-seeded Cardinals (18-5) rattled off five straight hits, capped by an RBI single up the middle from freshman Riley Fitzgerald (2 for 4).

‘‘I just took a deep breath and said, ‘You have to make solid contact,’ ’’ said Fitzgerald. ‘‘It was our time to shine. I knew from Day 1 this team was different from any other team.’’

The Warriors (12-11) took the lead in the sixth when the first five runners reached base to score four times.

Abington 6, West Bridgewater 2 — With runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, West Bridgewater (21-2) was threatening to take the lead from the Green Wave (22-2), but Abington pitcher Tori Young dialed in and second baseman Lauren Nelligan made a pair of tough defensive plays to preserve the lead.

The Green Wave went on the break the game open, adding four runs in the following half inning.

‘‘You just got to remain calm,’’ said Young. ‘‘Obviously something is going to happen, you just hope it goes your way. I had full confidence in my team, they back me up no matter what.’’

Abington took the lead in the third on an RBI double by Lauren Keleher, who would score two batters later on a wild pitch.

Boys’ tennis

Division 2 North

Winchester 3, Wayland 2 — Senior Noah Criss won, 6-1, 6-2, at first singles and the first doubles tandem of Grant Andrews and Will Hofheinz rolled, 6-1, 6-0, to pace the second-seeded Sachems (17-2).

Winchester will take on Belmont in the final Friday.

Belmont 4, Medford 1 — Led by its five playing seniors, the Marauders (13-6) advanced to the North final for the second straight year.

Division 2 South

Duxbury 5, Falmouth 0 — Matt Fallon and Jon Berry recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win at first doubles to complete the semifinal sweep for the Dragons (16-5). Ethan Hall (7-5, 6-0), Guy Holbrook (6-0, 6-1), and Jack Bettencourt (6-3, 6-4) registered singles wins.

Division 3 South

Dover-Sherborn 4, Old Rochester 1 — The Raiders (18-0) got straight-set wins at all three singles from freshman Dan Pomahac, senior Max Schuermann, and senior Lucas Minas.

Dover-Sherborn advanced to the sectional finals Thursday.

Girls’ tennis

Division 3 North

Manchester Essex 5, Lynnfield 0 — After being eliminated by Lynnfield three years in a row, the Hornets swept the Pioneers (17-1) for the second time this spring to win the North title.

Manchester Essex received wins at first singles from Olivia Manotti (6-0, 6-0), second singles from Stephanie Pratt (6-2, 6-2), and third singles from Bridget Miller (6-3, 6-4).

In doubles, the Hornets got wins from Chanel and Christian Bullock (6-1, 6-2), and Andrea Rennie and August Kahle (6-2, 6-0).

‘‘It would be special regardless,’’ said Manchester Essex coach Ken Rawson. ‘‘But it’s extra special to beat a longtime rival. I'm very happy about it.’’

Boys’ volleyball

Division 1 South

Taunton 3, Newton South 0 — The top-seeded Tigers (20-0) followed the lead of senior outside hitter Lance Law (11 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks) to the 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 semifinal win over the Lions (16-5).

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Archbishop Williams named 2000 grad Matt Reggiannini its varsity football coach. Reggiannini, the program’s defensive coordinator since 2010, is replacing 22-year coach William Kinsherf, who is retiring to devote his time as assistant principal at Archies.

Reggiannini was a four-year player for Kinsherf before playing football and lacrosse at Nichols.

“I’m pretty excited,” said the 35-year-old Reggiannini. “I’m kind of a mixed bag of emotions because I really enjoyed coaching under Bill. He was a real mentor for me. I would have been happy to coach under him for a lot longer, but when he decided to step down, I was honored to be able to step in to that position. I just want to keep moving the program forward.”

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John McLean, who guided Malden Catholic to four Super 8 hockey titles in five finals appearances, has stepped down after six seasons as head coach.

“These past years have been very special, and I am proud to have coached so many wonderful young men,” McLean said in a statement.

Malden Catholic athletic director Patrick Driscoll said McLean “always gave 100 percent to Malden Catholic and his player, he always has and always will do what is in the best interestes of his players.”

Brandan Blom reported from Middleborough, Ryan Hathaway from Wellesley, Brendan Hall from Westwood, Bob Holmes from North Reading, Jake Levin from Hingham, and Dan McLoone and Dan Shulman from Taunton. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.