The Blue Knights scored eight times in the opening quarter Tuesday in a 14-0 shutout at Plymouth South. Zach Gorrasi scored half of the first-quarter tally as he hit for four goals in a row.
Jameson Buttafuoco opened the scoring and then assisted on Gorrasi’s first goal. Leading by a score of 5-0, the Knights had two goals from Brendan Barrett and one from Brian Wahle as they took command of the game after the first 12 minutes. Sandwich carried its 8-0 lead into the half.
Eric Steele picked up the shutout victory in net for the Knights, his first at the varsity level, making five saves.
“We dominated on ground balls,” coach Mike McNeill said. “Owen Caggiano, Andrew Galanek and Alec Henderson played great getting the majority of the ground balls. Sam Carl, Caggiano and Dom Deluca won 14 of the 18 face-offs and Connor Mangelson, Joey Boudrow and Matt Maciel all did a nice job running long stick and close defense.”
Henderson opened the third-quarter scoring with his second of the day. Barrett then scored assisted by Jameson Buttafuoco, with Chris Rezendes finishing off the third-quarter scoring and leaving the Knights up 11-0.
Caggiano scored to open the final quarter, followed by Barrett with his fourth of the day. Jordan Leary wrapped up the Sandwich scoring.
“We had eight different guys score,” the coach pointed out. “Barrett did a nice job stepping up. He played with confidence and helped run the offense. Peter Davis did a nice job offensively for us and was also good on ground balls. And Jack Branco had some good scoring chances.”
Sandwich dropped a 10-7 decision to Marshfield on Monday that featured the two top teams in the Atlantic Coast League, as both entered the game with 5-0 league records.
“It was a battle,” coach McNeill said. “We went up 4-1 by the end of the first quarter. Our defense was shutting Marshfield down. But they made some adjustments.”
Davis scored the first two SHS goals, followed by Jameson Buttafuoco and Gorrasi. In the second quarter Gorrasi added a second goal, but the score stood tied at 5-5 by the half.
The Rams pulled ahead in the third quarter, taking a 7-6 lead, with Nick Buttafuoco accounting for the Blue Knight goal.
“They went up 8-6 and then Sam Carl scored, but they got another and hit their 10th in the final minute of the game,” the coach explained. “We ran out of gas.”
Jameson Buttafuoco ended the day with four assists.
Marc Petersen did a nice job on ground balls,” the coach said. “Peter Davis, Wahle, Barrett, Carl and Caggiano all played good lacrosse for us in the midfield.”
Sophomore Gavin Guarino got the start in goal, making 14 quality saves.
“Gavin did a great job,” coach McNeill said.
The defense was led by senior captain Ben Maciel and coach Jerome Fay fine-tuned their game, adding a few new twists.
“They put in four or five different defensive packages,” the coach explained. “Our defense really clicked. They minimized their mistakes and played an outstanding game. Max Wojnar, Tucker Herndon, Marc Petersen and Joey Boudrow played their best game of the year.”
In last weekend’s tournament at Bridgewater-Raynham the Knights lost to the hosts 16-5.
“Just over two minutes into the game they were up 4-0,” McNeill explained. “B-R is a disciplined and athletic team. They played outstanding defense and we couldn’t break through.”
Jameson Buttafuoco led the scoring for the Knights with two goals. Alec Henderson, Gorrasi and Nick Buttafuoco each added one. Eric Steele was in goal making nine quality saves.
In the consolation round the Knights faced Martha’s Vineyard and won 15-6.
Guarino was in goal for Sandwich, making his first varsity start and picking up the win with six saves.
Nick Buttafuoco led the scoring for the Knights with five goals and two assists. Jameson Buttafuoco, Wahle and Barrett each had two goals, with Jameson Buttafuoco adding four assists. Gorrasi, Davis, Caggiano and Leary all had a goal.
“We showed up ready to play,” the coach said. “We played quality lacrosse and redeemed ourselves after the loss to B-R.”
Wayland defeated B-R to win the tournament.
Sandwich (8-4, 6-1 ACL) has seven games left and needs to win two more to qualify for the state tournament. They play tonight at Hanover at 6:30. On Tuesday, May 8, the Knights will travel to Marshfield for a rematch with the Rams under the lights at 7:30 PM. A win Tuesday would give Sandwich a share of the ACL championship.
The Blue Knight junior varsity team, under coach Brent Pearsall, has a record of 9-1, while the SHS freshman boys’ lacrosse team, under first-year coach Todd Solari is undefeated at 6-0. Both Pearsall and Solari are assisted by coach Patrick McDonald.