LYNN — Revenge exacted.
The Bishop Fenwick boys lacrosse team didn’t forget the loss St. Mary’s handed the Crusaders back in April. Fenwick returned the favor Monday night with a 15-14 win over the Spartans at a rainy Manning Field.
The Crusaders (13-2) are now tied with St. Mary’s for second place in the Catholic Central League Large. Both teams have two CCL Large losses. Austin Prep, with one CCL Large loss to Fenwick, is in first place.
“That was important to us,” Fenwick coach Steve Driscoll said. “We really care about the CCL. That puts us back in contention. St. Mary’s got us in the last one. They did the small things that game. They got the ground balls in-between the 30’s. That was our goal this game, to make sure we got those tough-guy ground balls. With the weather it was almost like a skating rink out there.”
Diego Alvarez-Segee tied the game at 14-14 with 6:53 remaining in the fourth quarter and netted the game-winner with 12.6 on the clock.
“Diego absolutely stepped up,” Driscoll said. “He knows when it’s time to play, when it’s time to go. He likes when the lights are on him and we’re happy that they are.”
St. Mary’s dropped to 12-2 with the loss.
“Fenwick played a great game,” St. Mary’s coach Josh Field said. “They came out ready to go, ready to play. They were crisp with their passes. That was a big difference. They moved the ball well. They made our defense move and they were able to capitalize with some goals in transition early.”
Nico Pasciuto got Fenwick started on the right foot with the game’s first goal just 23 seconds in. Brendan Laundry got the Spartans on the board a minute later and Nick Napolitano followed suit, giving the Spartans a 2-1 edge. It took Fenwick nearly 19 minutes to regain the lead. Spartans goals from Laundry, Zach Barden and Joe O’Keefe gave St. Mary’s a 5-3 lead after one quarter.
The Crusaders stepped up defensively, holding St. Mary’s to just one goal (Davis Kinne with 8:10 until halftime) through the next 12 minutes. Nick Muzi scored the first goal of the second quarter, slimming Fenwick’s deficit to 5-4. After Kinne scored for St. Mary’s, the Crusaders ended the half on a 4-0 run. Pasciuto, Alvarez-Segee, Robbie Favuzza and Derek DelVecchio scored a goal apiece to put the Crusaders up 8-6 at halftime.
Fenwick bumped its lead to 9-6 in the opening minute of the second half but the Spartans punched back. Jaiden Moriello’s goal with 10.4 seconds left in the third quarter ended the period in an 11-11 tie. Back-to-back goals from Barden put St. Mary’s up 13-11 with 11:06 remaining and Kinne’s tally with 7:07 to go gave the Spartans a 14-13 lead.
Alvarez-Segee knotted the score at 14-14 midway through the quarter. Then things came to a halt with both attacks slowing down and chasing the go-ahead goal.
“Both teams came out scoring quick,” Field said. “It took its toll on both teams. I think guys needed to catch their breath, which both teams did. The defenses tightened up. I have to give credit to both defenses. It was a great game.”
With a man advantage in the closing seconds, Fenwick turned to Alvarez-Segee for the game-winner. St. Mary’s won the ensuing faceoff but couldn’t get a shot on net.
The Spartans travel to Newburyport Wednesday (4).
“The good thing for us is a lot of the things that happened are things we can fix,” Field said. “We’ll watch it on film, we’ll regroup and we’ll get back out there. I think we’ll be a better team the next time we step out on the field.”
Fenwick hosts Peabody in the annual Danish Cup Friday night (7).
“That’s a meaningful one, especially for our seniors,” Driscoll said. “The new guys are understanding what the Danish Cup means and how important it is to us. We had to get over St. Mary’s first and we did that. Now we turn our attention to 3.5 miles west.”