Convincing win for BC High over Xaverian

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All year long, BC High lacrosse fans have been longing for respect, at least within the context of the MIAA power rankings, largely due to the fact that the program perennially plays one of the stiffest schedules out there.

On Tuesday, the Eagles capped their impressive regular season with a convincing victory over a Catholic Conference rival, and padded their tournament resume in doing so.

Captains Will Emsing and Tim Rogers each netted four goals to go with a pair of assists on Senior Night, helping BC High knock off Xaverian in a 13-5 romp.

“Xaverian is a talented team, and we always have to prepare,” said Eagles coach Marcus Craigwell. “I think we had a good week of practice, and now that we’re getting closer to the postseason, we have more practice time, which is nice. These guys really want it, especially as seniors. It stinks to play us on Senior Day, but we rose to the occasion.”

After the two programs exchanged goals to open play, BC High (13-5) found a second gear behind Rogers. The attackman scored twice in the opening frame to provide his team a 3-1 edge.

Once the second quarter got underway, the Eagles took flight, and put the Hawks in the rear-view mirror. Emsing got things going, firing a stunning shot over his back shoulder and into the Xaverian cage to make it a 4-1 affair with 9:50 to play in the half. Rogers added two more goals in the stanza as BC High took a commanding 8-1 lead at intermission.

Emsing completed his own hat trick with 5:33 to play in the third. He latered tack on a fourth goal with 10:58 left in regulation, which gave BC High a 12-3 advantage at the time.

“I think this (win) was huge,” said Emsing. “The energy for us going forward is really big right now. I think we’re going to ride this wave as long as we can.”

Ronan Bailey, James Carroll, James Krzywda, Patrick Maroney and Hayes McCarron all added goals in the victory for BC High.

Junior Cole Jette finished with a hat trick to power Xaverian, while senior Ben Ryan recorded a pair of goals himself.

BC High was slotted fourth overall in the latest Div. 1 power rankings as of last Thursday, and scheduled scrimmages with Duxbury and Norwell in the upcoming days in preparation for the tournament. The initial playoff seedings are expected to be released later this week.

Regardless of which squad is standing on the opposite side of the field come the playoffs, Craigwell vows his group will be anticipating a battle.

“We start salivating out of the mouth being ready to go,” chuckled Craigwell. “We’re just going to prepare like we have all season. I don’t care who it is. We’re going to try to play it one way, and just play it fast.”

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