Sandwich High School Boys' Lax 12-11 Over Old Rochester
By: DAN CROWLEY, April 3, 2014
Zach Gorrasi came from behind the net, beat the defender and scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Tuesday’s 12-11 victory over Old Rochester.
“Zach did it unassisted,” coach Mike McNeill said. “He beat the defender and went top left corner with his shot.”
The Blue Knights (1-1) fought a back-and-forth battle all afternoon with the visiting Bulldogs.
“Old Rochester scored in the first 30 seconds of the game,” coach McNeill said, “but Gorrasi got the next two goals to give us a lead. But it went back and forth. At one point in the third they were up 8-6 and we went on a three-point run. At the end of regulation it was 11-11.”
The victory was highlighted by Nick Buttafuoco’s 100th high school career goal.
“It’s quite an accomplishment,” the coach said. “In my 10 years here no one else has done it. Right now Nick has 144 points, that’s third highest point total in the last 10 years. Nick Gorrasi (2011) leads the list with 206 points and 91 goals and Casey Helms (2009) has 162 points, with 70 goals.”
Zach Gorrasi led the scoring Tuesday with four goals and two assists. Nick and Jameson Buttafuoco each had two goals and two assists. Pat Plummer, Owen Gaffney, Owen Caggiano and Brendan Barrett each had one. For Caggiano, it was his first varsity goal.
“Tucker Herndon had a great game on close defense and at long stick middy,” the coach said. “Gaffney and Plummer worked real hard. It was a physical game. It think as a team we stayed focused and worked hard right to the end. I’m very happy with that. We also had strong leadership from Gaffney and [Nick] Buttafuoco.”
Eric Steele picked up the win in net for the Knights.
The season didn’t open on the best of notes for the Knights Saturday as they dropped a 9-3 decision in non-league play at Barnstable.
Sandwich trailed 2-1 after the opening quarter, with Gorrasi scoring for the Knights to even the score at one goal apiece with 9:15 remaining. Gorrasi took a pass from Jameson Buttafuoco and came around from behind the net and drilled a shot past BHS goalie Trent Cameron.
The Red Raiders picked up a third goal in the final 21 seconds of the second quarter to take a 3-1 lead into the break.
Barnstable held the advantage in ball possession in the second half and took advantage of that to score six times in the third period. Poor passing and turnovers plagued the Blue Knights as the Raiders kept the pressure on in the Sandwich end, testing the defense and challenging goalie Eric Steele. The Knights picked up a goal in the third quarter with 22 seconds left when Gorrasi dished the ball to Nick Buttafuoco, who slammed home a hard overhand shot from the right side. Midway through the final quarter the Knights added their fourth goal of the afternoon on a low shot from the left side by Nick Buttafuoco.
Barnstable held a 12-4 advantage in faceoffs, and outshot the Knights 37-19.