BC High earns a shot at the Div. 1 state lacrosse title

BURLINGTON — Moments after his BC High team took down Lincoln-Sudbury, 8-6, in a Div. 1 state semifinal, Eagles lacrosse coach Marcus Craigwell was asked about the next one.

That, of course, would be the state final against Catholic Conference rival St. John’s Prep, which beat No. 3 BC High twice in the regular season.

“Honestly, Prep’s a handful,” Craigwell said. “We’re in the same conference. It’s like Jets vs. Patriots. So, we just have to buckle down, right, and have errorless ball, and know our matchups.”

Against second-seeded L-S (15-4) Saturday, the game was nip and tuck throughout, and it was 6-6 in the fourth quarter following a Ryan Berkel (two goals) strike.

But BC High scored the last two of the game — from Patrick Maroney and Ronan Bailey — to close it out. Will Emsing scored four goals and had three assists, and Tim Rogers added two goals and an assist.

Perhaps the MVP for the Eagles (17-5) was goalie Andrew Toland, who made 15 saves. L-S goalie Nolan O’Brien was also outstanding with 11 saves.

Craigwell was asked if his Eagles were hoping for another shot at the Prep.

“Ask these guys,” Craigwell motioned to his players. “They’ll say 110 percent. So, it’s one of those things where the best two teams are getting after it. Either team wins it represents the state of Mass., and it’s just a great game. So it’s going to be a grudge match, for sure.”