The Silver Lake High boys’ lacrosse team played well, but they could not keep that regular season magic alive in the postseason.
The No. 9 Lakers took on the No. 8 Natick Redhawks on the road on Tuesday, June 6 and played a strong game against a tough opponent. However, Natick just happened to have a little more offensive firepower in this bout as the Lakers fell 11-8 in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 South sectional playoff bracket.
The issue for the Lakers was that Natick was able to come out and grab the momentum early. They put up three goals unanswered in the first quarter but after that, the Lakers were sharp and played an even game with their opponent.
Before halftime, Owen Thompson helped the Lakers chip away at the deficit; he found the back of the net with 1:57 remaining in the second quarter to cut Natick’s advantage to two goals, 6-4.
At the start of the second half, Natick came out hot again, putting up a pair of goals to go up 8-4. From there, the Lakers continued fighting though and actually outscored their opponent. Ultimately though, they could not close the gap entirely.
In the loss, Owen Thompson and Jake LaFerrara each put up a team-high two goals for the Lakers. Sean Daly had four assists), Owen Nally put up two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Matt Dole, Brendan Dean and Gregory Wolff each added a goal for the Lakers. In net, Mike Masterpolo recorded eight saves.
Although they fell in the playoffs, it was still the Lakers’ best season yet and one for them to look back on fondly. After all, they enjoyed an 11-game win streak during the regular season and helped the program continue moving in the right direction that should help it out in years to come.