Two regular season meetings between Bishop Hendricken and Moses Brown were decided by a total of three goals.
Thursday’s Division I semifinal between the teams at Brown University wasn’t any different. And unfortunately for the Hawks, the outcome wasn’t either.
The second-seeded Quakers – who beat the Hawks by one goal and two goals in the regular season – won another fast-paced, back-and-forth battle 11-10 to clinch a spot in the championship game.
“It was a great game,” said Hendricken head coach Kevin Murray. “Moses Brown is obviously a very good team, very well-coached, and I think both teams played hard today. That’s the way it’s gone, even the last few years with us.”
The Quakers went on to lose in the finals to top-seeded La Salle. The Hawks might have met the same fate had they been there, but they sure would have liked the chance.
Moses Brown just had a little more, breaking a 10-10 tie with the game’s final goal at 3:33. Hendricken had tied it one minute before.
“I’d love to be there Sunday, but it is what it is,” Murray said. “Only two teams can be there. We got beat tonight.”
But it wasn’t for lack of trying. The largest lead for either team was three goals, and that cushion – a 6-3 Moses Brown advantage – lasted all of a minute and a half.
Hendricken trailed 6-5 at the half, but scored the first two goals of the third quarter, with Jon Finelli tallying the first just six seconds in and C.J. Marrinan giving the Hawks the 7-6 lead four minutes later. Moses Brown tied it 7-7 on a goal by Stephen DeLeo with 5:25 to go in the third.
That set the stage for a wild fourth.
The Quakers struck first, getting a transition goal from long stick Christopher Tibbetts to make it 8-7 with 10:45 left. The Hawks won the next draw but couldn’t convert on three opportunities. The Quakers then took advantage of the empty trip, going up two goals on an Alex Igliozzi goal with 8:05 left.
“They move the ball, they get rich off nice passes,” Murray said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They’re a good team.”
But the Hawks weren’t done. After Moses Brown controlled the next draw, Jim Iacoi got possession back for the Hawks. Quickly, they capitalized. Andrew Fera took a pass from Finelli and beat goalie Tyler Wallick low to make it 9-8. Just 36 seconds later, the Hawks hit paydirt again, winning possession after a long scramble and then tying the game on a Darius Jagminas goal.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the lead was short-lived. Right off the draw, the Quakers sprinted down the field and got another goal from Igliozzi. It came just 11 seconds after the Hawks had tied it.
One more time, Hendricken made a run, tying the game again on a Finelli goal with 4:38 left. But the Quakers answered again on William Farnham’s jump shot with 3:33 left.
That made it 11-10 and the Quakers held on for dear life for the final 3:33. Hendricken won the next draw but Wallick saved a big shot by Jagminas. The Quakers took possession and held the ball until the two-minute mark.
The Hawks threatened again, with Tyler Williams taking a shot this time, but Wallick came up with another save, and a crease violation gave the ball to the Quakers with 1:20 left.
Twice in those final 1:20, the Hawks took possession only to quickly lose it. The Quakers scooped a ground ball one final time with six seconds left and celebrated as the clock ticked to zero.
“We played as hard as we could for as long as we could and they made the plays,” Murray said. “We got plain beat tonight. They were a better team.”
Moses Brown’s Jack Stallman led all scorers with four goals, while Igliozzi and Robert Penney had two each for the Quakers.
Finelli led Hendricken with two goals. Marrinan and Jagminas had two each, while Conor Garrahy, Williams and Fera had one apiece.
“I was very proud of my guys,” Murray said. “No one likes to lose, but we played hard today. We came through some adversity this year. We were down a couple of guys and other guys stepped up.”