Judging by the first quarter or so, it would have taken a miracle for the Division II state high school boys lacrosse semifinal to go to overtime. But Longmeadow turned the momentum around and battled back from a 6-1 deficit to take a 7-6 lead Tuesday. However, the experience of winning its last two games in overtime helped Algonquin Regional pull out the victory. Dave McGovern scored just 32 seconds into overtime as Algonquin downed Longmeadow 9-8 at Foley Stadium.
“I was a little worried about overtime,” Longmeadow coach John Rauseo said. “We hadn’t played one in a while and this was their third in a row.” Senior midfielder Kyle Barsalou led the Lancers with three goals – including the tying tally late in the fourth quarter – but could not extend his stellar high school career. Barsalou forced overtime with a tremendous individual effort. He fought off two Algonquin defenders, drew a delayed penalty for holding and was still able to finish the play for the goal with 21.3 seconds left in regulation. Longmeadow (15-7) took a 7-6 lead on a sidearm shot from Barsalou with 17.6 seconds left in the third quarter. The teams then went scoreless until Mike Wood and Tarallo scored inside the final four minutes.
“We battled back and were in control,” Rauseo said. “We let them hang around.” The Lancers rattled off six straight goals between the second and third quarters to claw back into the contest. Garrett Gagne, Keegan Dudeck, Kelleher, Barsalou and Gagne again brought the game to a 6-6 tie.
Goals: K. Barsalou (3), Gagne (2), Kelleher (2), Dudeck
Assists: McGoldrick (2), K. Barsalou, E. Barsalou, Gagne
LONGMEADOW 13 / SOUTH HADLEY 11 (WESTERN MASS FINALS) 6/11/11
It was Saturday afternoon and we were back at A.I.C. for the Western Mass Finals facing the South Hadley Tigers for the third year in a row. The clubs split the two regular season meetings with each team winning on the road. This one had all of the makings for another classic Longmeadow / South Hadley battle. The Lancers got on the board first with a easy goal by Dylan Kelleher on the top of the crease. The rest of the game was a back and forth nailbiter. Senior attackman Garrett Gagne provided the necessary spark to put this one to bed with four 4th quarter goals. The Lancers claim another Western mass crown and advance to the state semi-final match against Algonquin Tuesday night in Worcester.
The underclassmen came up big today. Short stick defenders John Mentor and Frankie Elder did an outstanding job especially on clearing the ball. Junior defenders Colin Whitney and Connor Samuelson were solid like they have been all season. Junior goal keeper Glenn LaFountain stood strong against the most potent offense in Western Mass. The offense moved the ball well and shot hard and often. Eric Barsalou, Dylan Kelleher, Ryan Keator, Keegan Dudeck, and Bennett Leveillee showed that there will be plenty of firepower returning next year.
Today though was all about the seniors who played their hearts out in their fourth and final Western Mass Championship game. Connor McGoldrick was incredible on ground balls and took every faceoff for Longmeadow. Casey Payne and Andre Welch were relentless at LSM. Tom Wheaton and David Woodward always draw the toughest covers and did a great job frustrating Luke Delisio and Chris Menard in the second half. Todays game showcased the chemistry between Garrett Gagne, Kyle Barsalou and Joey Volko who have been working the offense together for ten years. Great ball movement and field vision wound up with these guys, and fellow captains, raising the trophy once again.
LONGMEADOW 9 / WEST SPRINGFIELD 7 (WESTERN MASS PLAYOFFS) 6/7/11
Tuesday night, under the lights, A.I.C., on the turf. Great venue for a great Western Mass Semi final game. The Lancers were looking to avenge a humiliating 3-11 regular season loss to the Terriers. The first three quarters of play were very close in this low scoring game and we were tied at six a piece going into the final period. Three 4th quarter goals were all we needed to end West Springfield's season for the second year in a row.
The defense was outstanding tonight. Long pole David Woodward played exceptionally well holding Westside's leading scorer Brendan Boss to just a single goal. Glenn LaFountain was solid in his second start minding the cage with 11 saves. The offense was lead by Kyle Barsalou (4 goals, 1 assist) and Dylan Kelleher (3 goals).
Goals: K. Barsalou (4), Kelleher (3), Volk, E. Barsalou
Assists: Volk, K. Barsalou, E. Barsalou, Gagne, McGoldrick
LONGMEADOW 17 / AGAWAM 3 (WESTERN MASS PLAYOFFS) 6/3/11
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Longmeadow, the Lancers looked ready for their annual playoff run. The offense got up to speed early and kept it in overdrive for four quaters devouring the Brownies of Agawam 17-3 in the Western Massachusetts quarter final contest. Seniors Garrett Gagne (5 goals) and Joey Volk (4 goals, 4 assists) were top producers on offense, clearly demonstrating the benefits of playing together for ten years. Great ball movement and heads up play resulted in eight Lancers finding the back of the net. Gagne & Volk were joined by fellow senior Connor McGoldrick who scorred twice and did an oustanding job on faceoffs. Also scoring twice were junior Ryan Keator and sophmore Eric Barsalou. Juniors Bennett Leveillee and Cam Wuerthele each scored a goal as did sophomore Keegan Dudeck.
The defense once again did an outstanding job protecting junior goalie Glenn LaFountain who looked great in his first start of the year.
The Western Mass Semi-finals will be Tuesday evening June 7th vs West Springfield at A.I.C.
LANCERS END REGULAR SEASON ON SOUR NOTE WITH 5-6 LOSS TO AMHERST5/27
Senior Day pregame festivities were the only brightspot today as the Lancers never got things going on the field. Hats off to Amherst who came to their final contest with a game plan that we couldn't figure out or counter. Special thanks go to Bob & Mary Neil for their great work on the Senior Day program and to John Mentor for his work behind the microphone. Thank you!
Goals: K. Barsalou (2), Gagne, Volk, E. Barsalou
LANCERS WIN SLOPPY ONE IN WESTFIELD 10 - 75/23
Both the weather and the play were a little sloppy this afternoon, but the Lancers still managed a 10 - 7 road victory over Westfield.
Just 14 hours after the thrilling victory in South Hadley, the Lancers took to the field again. This time vs New Hampshire powerhouse Pinkerton Academy. The Astros didn't appear to be phased by the long bus ride when they took the field and got busy early and often.
LANCERS HIT THEIR STRIDE UNDER THE SOUTH HADLEY LIGHTS 16 - 75/20
Longmeadow finally put all of the pieces together and dominated a lightning delayed game in South Hadley Friday night. Seniors Conor McGoldrick and Jack Polak won over 80% of all faceoff's. The defense was absolutely relentless led by senior close defender David Woodward, juniors Colin Whitney and Conor Samuelson and LSM seniors Casey Payne and Andre Welch.
The offense moved the ball quickly and efficiently finding the open man and taking the high percentage shot. It was a team effort, but necessary to point out the outstanding individual efforts of seniors Garrett Gagne, 5 goals, 2 assists and Kyle Barsalou, 4 goals.
The highlight of the night by far, was the net minding efforts of senior goalie David Walen who made 21 outstanding saves and arguably put on one of the best shows in Longmeadow High School history. Lancers improve to 11-5 on the season.
Goals: Gagne (5), K. Barsalou (4), Kelleher (2), E. Barsalou, Volk, Sterritt,
Assists: Sterritt (3), Gagne (2), Volk, Polak
LANCERS LOSE CLOSE ONE AT ST. JOHN'S 11-135/17
The last meeting between St. John's of Shrewsbury and Longmeadow took a while. In the fourth overtime of last year's Division II state semifinal at the University of Massachusetts, Longmeadow prevailed on a Kyle Barsalou goal. Barsalou scored three times on Tuesday, but the Lancers just didn't have enough to get past the Pioneers this time. Ben Sterritt paced the Longmeadow attack with four goals. John Joseph scored four goals and added an assist for St. John's. Jeff Desko, who will play for his uncle John at Syracuse University, netted a goal and an assist.
Lancer goalie David Walen kept it close by making 16 saves.
Goals: Sterritt (4), K. Barsalou (3), E. Barsalou (2), Volk, Scyocurks
Assists: Volk (2), Gagne (2), K. Barsalou
LONGMEADOW BLOWS 5 GOAL, 4TH QTR LEAD. FALLS TO SOUTH HADLEY 13 - 14 5/12
The Lancers played three solid quarters of lacrosse and entered the 4th qtr with a commanding 11 - 6 lead. The final 15 minutes was filled with sloppy play and ball watching resulting in a miraculous comeback for South Hadley and the 4th loss of the season for the Lancers.
LONGMEADOW SAILS THROUGH AMHERST HURRICANES 15 - 6 5/6/11
The Lancers came out hot and built a quick 7-1 first qtr lead. It was smooth sailing after that and ended in a 15-6 victory at Amherst. Seniors Joey Volk and Kyle Barsalou had four goals each and senior Ben Sterritt was a feeding machine tallying 4 assists on the day.
Assists: Sterritt (4), Volk (3), Gagne (2), K. Barsalou
LANCERS OVERPOWERED BY DEERFIELD ACADEMY 17-5 5/4/11
Deerfield Academy (ranked #6 in the country) came on fast & furious in the first quarter tallying nine unanswered goals. All the Lancers could do was keep their heads up and continue to grind. David Walen faced his toughest challenge of the year and managed to save 16 of Deerfield's 33 shots on goal.
Goals: Scyocurka, Volk, K. Barsalou, Leveillee, McDonough, Samuelson**
Assists: Volk (2), K. Barsalou (2)
** Connor Samuelson took the ball from end to end and scored only to have it taken away due to an off sides violation. Either way, his play deserved recognition.
LANCERS SWEEP SEASON SERIES WITH 13-8 VICTORY OVER MINNECHAUG
This one had potential to be a low-scoring affair or a lacrosse version of a track meet. Instead, the second meeting of the year between Longmeadow and Minnechaug Regional settled somewhere in the middle. There was much more offense than in Longmeadow's 6-5 win earlier this month, as Garrett Gagne tallied four times for visiting Longmeadow in a 13-8 victory on Friday in Wilbraham. Dylan Kelleher added three goals and an assist for the 7-1 Lancers, who outscored the Falcons 5-0 in the fourth quarter to take the victory. Joey Volk tossed in two goals and a pair of helpers. Minnechaug, which has dropped four of its last six outings following a 3-0 start, received two goals apiece from Joe Gorecki, Michael Jones and Cody Livermore. It would be no surprise to see these rivals meet once more come June - this time in the Western Massachusetts tournament.
LANCERS IMPROVE TO 6-1 WITH 8-4 VICTORY OVER ALGONQUIN
April vacation week just got a little better with Thursdays 8-4 victory over Algonquin at 911 Memorial Field. Senior Jack Polak won the opening faceoff and sprinted to the cage, scoring the first goal of the game. Dylan Kelleher and Joey Volk tallied two goals each on the day with additional goals being scored by Ben Sterritt, Eric Barsalou and Danny McDonough. David Walen and the defense played well but the Lancers still struggle to play to their capability. Hopefully they will find it on Saturday when they take on Pinkerton Academy at home.