Lancers dominate Spartans in boys lacrosse border battle

Longmeadow attacker Dan McDonough (33) carries on net while East Longmeadow defenseman Jay Lavoilette pursues during the Lancers' 11-3 win on April 26.

Reminder Publications photo by Chris Maza

April 30, 2012

By Chris Maza

LONGMEADOW — When your team scores 11 goals and you factor in on eight of them, it's clear you're in a groove.

A groove is exactly what attacker Dylan Kelleher found as the Longmeadow boys lacrosse team dominated East Longmeadow 11-3 on April 26 to remain unbeaten heading into the weekend.

Kelleher registered a hat trick and assisted on five other goals in the contest to lead the Lancers and become the team's leading scorer on the season.

"That's a really good day," Longmeadow Head Coach John Rauseo said with a smile. "He had himself a really good game today. He played really well."

Dan McDonough also had a hat trick for Longmeadow, while Eric Barsalou and Tom McCarthy both recorded multi-point games. Barsalou had two assists while McCarthy had a goal and an assist.

Bennett Leveille, Myles Smith, Zach Lukas and Drew Kelleher also potted goals for the victors.

Rob Holden, Mike Wilkins and Hunter Shea all scored for East Longmeadow with Nick Fraboni assisting on two of East Longmeadow's three tallies.

Longmeadow set the tone early in the contest, potting the game's first four goals and holding East Longmeadow's strong attack scoreless throughout the first 18 minutes and nine seconds of the contest.

"We played a really solid game today," Rauseo said. "Everyone did their jobs and played well at all the positions."

Drew Kelleher opened the scoring with a goal at 2:27 into the contest, followed by Dylan Kelleher, who netted his first less than two minutes later. Smith tallied his marker with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter on a feed from Dylan Kelleher to push the advantage to 3-0 after one period.

McDonough kept the balanced early attack going, scoring Longmeadow's fourth-straight goal just under three minutes into the second period.

East Longmeadow finally got on the board at the 5:51 mark in the second stanza, as Holden buried a shot after carrying it in off the left side.

Along with the goal, East Longmeadow appeared to have found a way to shut down the Lancers attack, not allowing a marker for nearly seven minutes, but Dylan Kelleher's second goal of the game at 1:55, assisted by McDonough, extended the lead back to four heading into halftime.

East Longmeadow remained within striking distance early in the second half when Wilkins scored just 32 seconds in, but Longmeadow broke the game open with four consecutive goals in a streak started and ended by McDonough that extended over nearly 13 minutes and 20 seconds to put the game out of reach.

In that time, Longmeadow goalie Glen LaFountain experienced a scary moment when he took a shot off his throat guard.

"The shot shattered the guard and cut his neck. I've never seen that happen in my life," Rauseo said. "He was fine and could have come back in to play, but we played it safe."

LaFountain finished with three saves. Backup goalies Noah Gurzenski, and Matt Graymore stopped two shots apiece.

East Longmeadow's Chris Frappier had nine saves before getting lifted late in the losing effort.

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