A .500 record of nine wins and nine losses was enough to lead the Silver Lake boys’ lacrosse team to the playoffs. And despite being a No. 17 seed, they played a competitive game against a tough program in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 1 South playoff bracket.
On Wednesday, May 31, the Lakers made the trip north to Newton South High School to take on Newton South. Despite the Lakers’ surge at the end of the regular season, winning seven of their last ten, they came up just short in their playoff game, taking an 11-10 loss, which ended their season.
The Lakers entered the fourth quarter trailing by two goals and while they actually managed to outscore their foe in the final 12 minutes of the contest. Their tight defense held Newton South to just one goal in the fourth quarter, but even that strong defense could not supplement for the strong play in net from their opponent’s tough goalkeeper, who protected a one-goal lead late in the contest.
In the early going, the Lakers game plan on the attack went particularly well. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to strong execution and by the end of the first quarter, they owned a 4-1 lead. Freshman attacker Gregory Wolff put up a pair of goals in the quarter; senior midfielder Drew Neal and sophomore attacker Brendan Dean put up the other two.
Making it to the playoffs in itself was a major accomplishment for the program, a team who won just one game the year prior–against a Milton High team that went defeated–0-18–on the year.
Now, the Lakers will graduate 10 seniors: midfielder Myles Toole, midfielder Nolan McDonald, midfielder Jared Silveira, defender Jack Walsh, defender Jonathan Lawless, midfielder Cameron Lambert, defender Thomas Bruce, attacker Tyler Heath, midfielder Timothy Feight and midfielder Drew Neal.