It had a deja vu feeling to it.
North Andover, which was pummelled by Lincoln-Sudbury 16-3 last year in the finals of the Coaches Cup, again seemed to be no match for the defending Division 1 state runner-up Warriors.
L-S cruised to the 4-0 lead yesterday in the first round of the same Coaches Cup boys lacrosse tourney.
But this is a new year and this is a new bunch of Scarlet Knights. Matt Moody scored four goals and North Andover fought back. Drew Guisinger scored with a minute left to tie up L-S, which is ranked fourth in the statewide Laxpower.net poll.
Then, junior Patrick Sweeney scored one of the biggest goals in program history with 13 seconds left to give the Knights a pulsating 9-8 win.
“Matt Moody had the ball and made a good move around the defender,” explained Sweeney, who scored five goals for the hockey team this winter. “He took a hard lefty shot off the defender’s stick. It bounced right to me. I just kind of scooped it up and dumped it in the net. It was nothing really hard.”
But it was really special.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” said Sweeney, a returning letterman. “Especially since they smoked us last year. To come back and beat them was unreal. It was kind of a revenge game. All of our returning players were fired up wanting revenge.”
Despite the big early hole, the Knights never lost confidence.
“Coach (Ryan) Connolly did a great job of keeping us even-keeled,” said Sweeney. “He always tells us, ‘Not too high and not too low.’ We just kept battling. And Matt Moody deserves a huge shout out.”
North Andover improved to 7-3 and L-S dropped to 6-2.