BILLERICA — You almost had to feel bad for Nashoba Tech when they welcomed the Shawsheen Tech Boys Lacrosse team to their field for a Commonwealth Athletic Conference clash on Monday afternoon.
After all, the Rams were heading into the contest coming off two consecutive losses, including a loss last Monday to CAC rival Essex Tech for their first league loss of the season. The Rams were not happy and somebody had to pay.
As it turned out, that somebody was the Vikings, as the Rams rolled to a 21-7 victory, snapping their mini losing streak and improving to 14-3 overall, and 9-1 in the CAC, keeping their hopes very much alive for at least a share of their fourth consecutive CAC title.
The Rams, who raced out to a 15-3 halftime led were led on offense by junior midfielder Conor Rooney of Wilmington, who had four goals and one assist, while senior attack Owen Sullivan and sophomore midfielder Dan Lee had four goals each.
Other goal scorers for the Rams included senior attack Logan Singleton with three goals and an assist, junior midfielder Dale Sweeney and junior attack Tom Harmon with two goals and an assist apiece, freshman midfielder Jacob Martins of Wilmington with a goal and an assist and Brandon DeLuca and Jake DeLuca with a goal and an assist apiece.
Shawsheen coach Chuck Baker was glad to see his team bounce back with a win, but he also wants to see them play better as they head toward the post season.
“We played OK,” Baker said. “We had a lot of different kids seeing time. Between injuries and some other issues we needed to have young kids starting for us. So overall we played pretty well. I just wish the ball movement was better throughout the game.”
Prior to their win over Nashoba, the Rams had suffered a 17-9 loss to a talented Austin Prep team last Wednesday in a road contest. Shawsheen once again got four goals from Rooney and three from Sullivan, along with two assists from Quinones.
Despite the loss, Baker felt like his team played well against what will likely be the best opponent they will face all season.
“I thought we played very well, Baker said. “They have a couple of Division One commits and a couple of other very good offensive players. They went on an eight goal run from the end of the first into the second. We had chances offensively and did not cash. I feel that the game was a little closer than the score shows but Austin is a very good team and well coached.
“I was happy with the way that the team played, and we now know a few things that need to be worked on in order to gear up for the state tourney.”
Baker was especially please to see his team play well in the Austin Prep game as it come on the heels of a 15-5 loss to CAC rival Essex Tech on Monday in a game where Baker felt his team did not play well at all.
Rooney had four more goals and freshman attack Dylan Timmons added the other goal for the Rams, but overall Baker felt like the effort was lacking from his team.
“Essex wanted the game way more than we did,” Baker said. “They played with intensity from start to finish. They got every ground ball and when they had chances they made us pay. We did not play well at all. From faceoffs, to defense, to the offense, we could not get out of our own way.”
The good news for the Rams is that despite that one little hiccup, they have been otherwise dominant in the league, including a win over Essex the first time the teams met earlier in the season.
Both teams now have just one league loss (to each other), meaning the Rams can clinch a fourth straight league title if they defeat Northeast on Wednesday and Whittier on Thursday to close out their regular season.
“We will tie Essex for the league as long as we do not blow a league game this week,” Baker said.