Division 2 boys lacrosse: Northampton can’t catch Westfield in opening round

  • Henry Attias, right, of Northampton, moves the ball against Zach Cree, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Henry Attias, right, of Northampton, moves the ball against Zach Cree, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Henry Attias, left, of Northampton, shoots against Kohl Lunardini, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Allcroft, left, of Northampton, moves the ball against Kris Meneses, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Henry Attias, second from left, moves the ball through a group of Westfield defenders, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Delisle, left, of Northampton, moves the ball against Kris Meneses, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Allcroft, left, of Northampton, moves the ball against Kris Meneses, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jameson Miller, left, of Northampton, shoots against Westfield defenders Danny Buckelew, center, and Kris Meneses, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Evan Moulton, left, of Northampton, evades a group of Westfield defenders just before scoring with an outside shot, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton goalie Ryan Heng eyes a shot from Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Tyler Allcroft, center, of Northampton, shoots against Westfield goalie Alex Beauchemin, right, while defended by Kris Meneses, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Keanan Bradley, right, of Northampton, moves the ball against Aidan Boyle, of Westfield, Monday, June 4, 2018 at Westfield High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 6/4/2018 8:36:50 PM

WESTFIELD — The Northampton boys lacrosse team was eliminated from the Central/West Division 2 Tournament by Westfield, losing 9-4 on Monday.

The 11th-seeded Blue Devils faced No. 6 Westfield for the third time this season. The Bombers won both regular season matchups. They’ll face No. 3 Algonquin in the quarterfinals.

It was the third year in a row Northampton lost in the playoffs’ opening round.

The Blue Devils (9-10) fell in a steep hole early, trailing 4-0 at the end of the first quarter.

“I thought early on we were a little lax on the crease defensively,” Northampton coach Matt Striebel said.

The Blue Devils scored their first goal of the game early in the second quarter thanks to Evan Moulton (two goals), but the Bombers responded with two of their own and took a 6-1 lead into halftime.

“We were aware of what we were doing, and what they were doing, they just did it better,” Striebel said. “At the end of the day, that’s what you see when you have good teams.”

In the second half, the Blue Devils matched every Westfield goal but couldn’t close the gap. Tyler Allcroft had both of his goals in the second half for Hamp. Henry Attias added an assist.

“They’re an awesome team, Mark (Cavallon) does a terrific job coaching them, and we have a lot of respect for them,” coach Striebel said.

Max Maggipinto and Matt Bonsall each had three goals and an assist for the Bombers and controlled the pace against the Blue Devil defense all game.

“They played us tough defensively, as we knew they would,” Westfield coach Mark Cavallon said. “Coach Striebel and his staff, they’re a great crew to have.”

Ryan Heng made 14 saves for Northampton.

“Their goalie was outstanding,” Cavallon said.

It was the last game for Northampton’s eight seniors: Allcroft, Attias, Keanan Bradley, Heng, Henry Higgins, Jameson Miller, Moulton and Eamonn Powers.

“I was just proud of the way our team stuck with it and fought all the way till the end. That’s about the only thing you can do,” Striebel said. “We’re never going to have all the players that a team like Westfield does, but hopefully we can scrape and claw and continue to fight the way we did today.”




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