BILLERICA – To say the Shawsheen Tech Boys Lacrosse team has been dominant lately would actually be doing a disservice to just how much they have been steamrolling their opponents in recent weeks.
The latest example of their dominance came last Wednesday afternoon on Senior Day at the Charles H. Lyons Athletic Complex when the Rams powered their way past CAC rival Greater Lowell with a 19-5 victory to improve their record to 12-1 overall and 10-0 in the CAC as they close in on a fourth straight CAC title.
With last Wednesday’s win, the Rams have now outscored their opponents 60-10 over their past four games, including wins of 16-1over Northeast and 12-2 over Minuteman two weeks ago.
Shawsheen coach Chuck Baker was asked if he can ever remember a stretch where one of his teams has so thoroughly dominated the opposition for a stretch of games.
“Not off of the top of my head, but we are getting great defense from the net out and taking advantage of that by putting the ball in the net,” Baker said.
In the win over Greater Lowell the Rams certainly did plenty of putting the ball in the back of the net, with nobody doing it better than senior attack Owen Sullivan who had eight goals and three assists to lead the Rams offense.
Sullivan now has 37 goals on the season to lead the Rams. Baker is used to seeing Sullivan lead the way offensively, but he had to acknowledge that there was something special about this performance.
“Owen stepped it up in this one and I commented on it to him.” Baker said. “When he is moving he is a great player. That’s what he did in this game and it showed with his stats. I hope it carries over for the remainder of the season. A lot of our offense is based off of how he plays.”
If Sullivan is the current offensive leader of the team, the Rams also got a glimpse into the future with three Wilmington residents as freshman Dylan Timmons, sophomore Dan Lee and junior Conor Rooney each had three goals with Rooney also adding an assist.
“It is great to have underclassmen contribute and shine,” Baker said. “They are all doing a great job and get better each day. We have a lot of potential with this team and the future is bright as well.”
The future us certainly bright, but the present is also going pretty well, as Rooney is second on the team with 34 goals on the season, while Timmons has 17 and Lee has 13.
Baker was obviously happy with the way his team controlled play in this one, racing out to a 9-1 halftime lead and keeping the pressure on in the second half, but he also knows there is always room for improvement.
“We controlled the game from the opening faceoff. We did a good job,” Baker said. “As a team we still need to do a better job taking care of the ball and have better possessions every time up and down the field, but it was a great win for our Senior Day.”
Prior to the game, the Rams honored their five seniors in recognition of their careers with the Shawsheen Lacrosse program. This year’s Shawsheen seniors are Owen Sullivan, Ryan Quinones, Jake DeLuca, Tommy King of Wilmington and Logan Singleton of Tewksbury.
The Rams traveled to Austin Prep on Wednesday night in a non-league matchup with the results unavailable as of press time. They will be back in action on Friday night when they host CAC rival Whittier Tech before hitting the road again to take on CAC rival Nashoba Tech next Monday afternoon.