After leading for much of its game against Winchester High School on Thursday afternoon, the boys’ lacrosse team needed some late-game heroics to pull out the victory.
Tied at 3-all with less than two minutes to play, the Minutemen won a crucial faceoff, then an even more important battle for a groundball to set up Conor Henrie for the game winner. He delivered with 7 seconds remaining to give Lexington the 4-3 win a low-scoring affair.
“We talked a lot after the game about how our offense will need to play with more energy and determination if we are going to win games against good teams,” Lexington coach Dave Walsh said. “We relied too heavily on our defense and goalie in this game, and that won't work in our favor through the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.”
Lexington led 1-0 after the first quarter, 2-1 at halftime and carried a 3-1 advantage into the fourth and final period. But Winchester battled back to tie it with around 2 minutes remaining, setting up the nail-biting finish.
“In the fourth, we kept giving the ball back to Winchester, either on our offensive end with poor decisions, or in clearing situations,” Walsh said. “Eventually, Winchester capitalized because our defense was somewhat fatigued.”
He said the Minutemen performed well six-on-six defensively, and commended the play of goalie Shane Foley.
Colby Kofoed looked to be on the way to a strong game, but was forced to leave with a knee injury in the third quarter, Walsh said. Kofoed had scored two of the Minutemen’s three goals to that point.
Russell Bollag-Miller also scored for Lexington.
“Part of our problem also was that we allowed Winchester to out-number us in ground ball situations throughout most of the game,” Walsh said.
The Minutemen return home to face Reading High School on Saturday. That game is slated for a 2 p.m. start. They close out the regular season against Andover on Monday, also at home.