There was a point at which the Silver Lake boys’ lacrosse team’s chances of making the postseason this year appeared to be nil. To start this week, however, they just needed to win one of their last four games.
Though the Lakers started the year at 3-6, they have emerged into one of the hottest teams on the South Shore in the second half of the season. Handling their Patriot League schedule well, they pulled off five straight wins following their 12-5 loss to Scituate two weeks ago. Ultimately, the streak came to an end on Tuesday, May 16, with a 16-8 loss to a powerful Abington club, but the Lakers progress is noteworthy. That loss put them at 8-7 and dice they play an 18 game schedule, it means they need nine wins for a playoff spot as opposed to 10.
Against Whitman-Hanson on Friday, May 12, the Lakers showed signs of that progress in their 9-2 win.
The Lakers shut out the Panthers in the first half while the first quarter was scoreless, the Lakers offense erupted in the period that followed. Moving the ball well, they were able to score in bunches and put up five unanswered goals, which gave them a 5-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the Lakers put up two goals apiece in each of the quarters to follow while only allowing one goal per quarter.
Sean Daly, Tyler Heath and freshman Greg Wolff led the way in the win for the Lakers, putting up two goals each. Daly also had four assists. Drew Neal, Justin Lloyd and freshman Matt Dole had the Lakers other goals; freshman Dhruva Nugent had an assist in the win.
The Lakers final two games of the year are against teams of similar records: Sandwich, who began the week at 7-7 and Rockland, who was 7-6.