Knights Lacrosse Falls To Apponequet In Quarterfinal Action
By: DAN CROWLEY, May 31, 2014
The Blue Knight boys’ lacrosse season came to the end of the road Friday, May 30, with a quarterfinal round 14-11 loss to Apponequet. The seventh-seeded Lakers (12-6) move on to face third-seeded Falmouth (14-5) on Tuesday in Falmouth at 4 PM.
Second-seeded Sandwich (12-8) opened the game with two quick goals Friday afternoon with Sam Carl and Jameson Buttafuoco each scoring in the first 1:25. But, Apponequet scoring machine Corey Westin answered two minutes later with the first of his eight goals of the afternoon and sparked the Lakers, who buckled down and got to work.
Apponequet turned up their typically physical and aggressive game and pushed the ball into the Sandwich end, controlling most of the remainder of the first quarter.
The Lakers scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead, before Peter Davis slammed one in from the right side for the Knights that hit the far post and went into the net.
Zach Gorrasi hit the first of his three goals of the afternoon with a twisting, leaping shot, to open the second quarter, but Weston responded for the Lakers. Brendan Barrett cut the Apponequet lead to 6-5. Then Gorrasi tied it midway through the quarter, after Carl won the face-off and got the ball to Barrett, who found Gorrassi in a series of three quick passes that caught Laker goalie Ryan King out of position.
With 1:51 remaining in the opening half, Apponequet took a 7-6 lead off a low bounce shot by Weston and a one-goal lead into the break. The Laker defense caused the Knight fits in the first half, as they were forcing ground balls and doing a very good job of protecting King, who made six saves in the first half.
Alec Henderson joined the Blue Knight attack in the second half and quickly made his presence felt, scoring off a pass from Owen Caggiano to tie the game. But, Apponequet registered the next three goals. Gorrasi broke up the Laker run with a nice move from behind the net making the score 10-8, but Apponequet scored two more to take a 12-8 lead after three quarters.
The Blue Knight passing game was off, with several Sandwich passes falling to the Lakers. Weston gave Apponequet a 13-8 lead in the fourth quarter. Henderson got one back for the Knights on a quick turnaround move in front and Nick Buttafuoco drilled the Laker net from out front. Carl cut the score to 13-11 as the Knights rallied with four minutes to play, but SHS just couldn’t crack the Apponequet defense. With 1:25 remaining David Quinn delivered the final blow for the Lakers on a goal from out front off a pass from behind the net.
Gorrasi added two assists to his three goals. Carl and Henderson each had two goals for the Knights, while Nick Buttafuoco, Jameson Buttafuoco, Barrett and Davis each added one.
Eric Steele played the first three quarters in goal for the Knights, with Gavin Guarino handling the fourth.