Wellesley shuts out boys' lacrosse, 7-0

The Newtonite

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Junior Ryan Quinn evades a Wellesley defender Wednesday at home.
by Jacob Schwartz

At Dickinson Stadium Wednesday, the comeback everyone was waiting for never came.

Boys’ lacrosse is good at sharing the ball. However, against Wellesley, the team, 11-4, seemed almost too selfless, losing 7-0. Its offense was unable to penetrate the area in front of Wellesley’s goal often, resulting in a lack of shot attempts throughout the game.

Up 2-0 with a minute left in the first half, Wellesley senior Oliver Saffery scored after getting a quick pass right in front of the Tiger goalie, junior John Hogan.

However, according to Tiger senior Josh Wolfe, the team had more trouble on offense than on defense. “We didn’t play badly,” he said. “Holding them to seven goals wasn’t bad on our part. It was more that our offense didn’t execute, and we just couldn’t get the ball into their net.”

Wellesley’s goalie, senior Connor Darcey, had a stellar performance. The Tigers did manage a few substantial shot attempts, which might have gotten past other goalies in the league, but not Darcey, who often stretched to make impressive saves.

“He is talented, and he had a particularly good game,” said senior Nate Menninger, a captain with seniors Jake Shearman and WIll Spiro.

However, the Tigers may have had better shots if Wellesley’s defense hadn’t clogged up the area in front of the goal.

“Once we got shut down early on, we sort of shyed away from the goalie,” Menninger said. “Wellesley’s defense was very strong, and it was tough to get through them.”