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Colonials Dream Season Continues

CENTRAL/WESTERN DIVISION 2 BOYS’ LACROSSE FINAL: SHREWSBURY 9, WESTFIELD 8 (2 OT)
By Carl Setterlund CORRESPONDENT

WORCESTER — Shrewsbury High boys’ lacrosse has traveled into uncharted territory all season, and after the best regular season in program history, the Colonials followed up on Saturday with the school’s first boys’ lacrosse title.

Third-seeded Shrewsbury took a dramatic 9-8 win in double overtime over Westfield High. Joey Buduo beat his defender 12 seconds out of a timeout for the winner to make the Colonials the Central/Western Division 2 champions.

“I just started going to the net and beat my guy, so I was like, I might as well just shoot it,” said Buduo, who notched his second straight hat trick, also coming up big for the Colonials (20-4) in their 7-6 semifinal win over town rival St. John’s.

Shrewsbury plays Central/Eastern champion Medfield in a Division 2 state semifinal at Foley Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“We just believed, the whole time we believed,” said longtime Shrewsbury coach Nate Skermont, who got his 100th win earlier in the season. “Before the game today, we went where we practiced the first day, and we talked about this is where it all starts. We looked at our finalist trophies from the two finals we made (in 2007 and 2008). We looked at the banners hanging in the gym and said this is a season of firsts … let’s make this the first time we win a district championship.”

All-America goalie Chris Gorman said the team isn’t ready to stop there. He and Buduo were members of Shrewsbury’s Division 3 state title hockey team.

“We’re on our way to get another state (title),” Gorman said. “That’s our goal.”

Gorman, the motor of the Colonials’ defense, played stellar in the net and also even ventured forward frequently to assist on three goals.

Shrewsbury trailed, 4-2, to the No. 4 seed Bombers (17-4) at halftime, with Alex Chin providing both goals in the final six minutes of the second quarter.

“We said, ‘Hey, we were down two with 12 minutes left at St. John’s, so we’ve got twice as much time to come back,'” Skermont said. “They drove all this way, they deserved to see our best, and we showed them that in the second half.”

Buduo and Jack Campanale scored in the first 2:30 of the second half, then Gorman got the ball up to Tom Aulenback in transition for a rare goal for him five minutes into the third quarter to tie the game at 5-5.

Midfielder Derric Dell’Olio gave Shrewsbury its first lead, 6-5, a minute after Aulenback’s tally, and the game ended up tied at 8-8 going into the fourth quarter, after the Colonials’ six-goal third period.

“Coach Skermont said we’re not going down without a fight,” Buduo said. “We’re a second-half team so we just came out there, and the ball was going our way.”

Skermont called timeout on Shrewsbury’s first possession of the second OT.

“Going into double OT, putting that goal in the net, and getting our school’s first district championship, it was just great,” Buduo said.

Gorman said the team was happy that Kim Hally, the mother of junior defenseman Tim Hally who suffered a massive brain stem stroke last year, was able to attend the game, only her second of the season.

“She’s the person behind this team that keeps us fighting,” Gorman said.

Hally and the team were quick to run over to share their new trophy with his mother.

“Oh my God, best moment of my life,” Hally said. “Running over with that trophy and seeing her smile and giving her a nice big hug, there’s nothing else like it. Sports, you know, it’s just a game, but it’s so much more sometimes.”

Contact Carl Setterlund at sports@telegram.com. Follow him on Twitter @tgsports

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Colonials Upset St. Johns

Congrats to Coach Skermont and the Shrewsbury Colonials in their upset win over St. Johns yesterday in the semifinals of the Central West Bracket…they move on to play Westfield, upset winners over defending State Champs, Longmeadow. That game will be played on Saturday afternoon at Foley Stadium (3pm).

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NEW Youth Development Program

Due to the success of the Seven Hills Lacrosse High School Program, we have decided to add a Developmental Program for the Class of 2019 in the Summer of 2014.  The purpose of this developmental team is to provide Central Mass youth players who are passionate about the game of lacrosse the opportunity to enhance their skill set and game sense by working with local area college and high school coaches at the highest level possible.   The only exception to this will be the tryouts.  In order to be prepared for the summer tournaments and register for the best tournaments our tryouts will be held during the first couple of weeks of June. Dates to be determined but will be scheduled to give everyone who applies the ability to attend at least one tryout.

Register to receive additional information about the program and to be notified when tryouts are scheduled  [click here]

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Seven Hills Players Get Silver Medal at Bay State Games

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Seven Hills players Dan Logan, Mike Castellani and Stu Bleck with their Silver Medal at the Bay State Games

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July 15, 2013 · 7:06 am

Clark University Opens Season at Home, Feb 28th, 4pm

LaxAwards-000Clark University has been the home for Seven Hills since it began a couple of years ago and Coach Cohen continues to provide support for the program.

Click here  for the Cougar’s 2013 schedule.  It’s an opportunity to watch a quality college lacrosse program in action only a short drive away

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PRACTICE CANCELLED TODAY!

Due to the mid week storm, the Clark Field has not been cleared for play.  Practice will be cancelled.

Next practice is March 11th from 9:00am to 11:00am.  There will be an important parent meeting following practice at 11:00am to discuss the summer tournaments.

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Sports Safety

Excellent video and  great article on safety and how a high school athlete is advocating for safety and the respect of all certified athletic trainers.  His athletic trainer saved this players life.

Sports Safety Video 

-The Seven Hills Coaching Staff

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