Walpole Boys Lacrosse clinched a spot in the playoffs after a 8-7 double overtime victory against Wellesley on Tuesday, May 8.
“Regardless of what we were ranked, the two teams matched up pretty equally against each other,” Head Coach Jason Andalo said.
After the first quarter, Wellesley led the game, 3-1.
“We had a slow start which we’ve had a couple times this year,” Andalo said. “We took some great shots but we didn’t capitalize on some of our opportunities early on.”
The two teams had about five shots on net, but Wellesley was more successful in finishing those shots.
“I think we just didn’t finish on a lot of opportunities. We were kinda missing that at the beginning,” senior captain Ryan Birch said. “We can definitely work on that going forward.”
By the end of the first half, the Rebels managed to finish shots and tied the score at 3-3. Defense played a key role in keeping Wellesley from scoring in the rest of the half.
“I thought the defense played really well as a unit,” junior Conor Foley said. “Rob [Colburn] shut down [Wellsley] number 9, which was huge and they did well on slides, not letting them get those open looks.”
For the duration of the game, the two teams were neck-and-neck. Whenever one pulled ahead, the other came back and scored minutes later.
“Wellesley went up and then we came back,” Andalo said. “Then we went up and Wellesley came back, but we still stayed the course, didn’t panic and ultimately got the win.”
Tied at 7-7 after regulation and after one overtime period, they advanced to double overtime with the first team to score earning the win.
With about two minutes left to play, Conor Foley scored for the win. The rest of the team stormed the field, surrounding Foley in cheers.
“[Scoring the game winning goal] felt pretty electric,” Foley said. “[The game] actually helped us clinch playoffs, so that’s huge for us.”
With last night’s win being their ninth, the Rebels qualified for the state tournament, which they have been in every year since 2005.
“[This game] gives us a lot of momentum going forward,” Birch said. “Just to get into overtime and win against a good team like that.”
The Rebels next game is tonight against 6-8 Braintree, who Walpole beat last season.