DEFENSE shut down Lynnfield in the second half and through two overtimes, allowed just one goal in that time period. Pictured from left to right is Jonathan Guida (18), goalie Kaiden Johnson (1) and Liam McNeill (6). (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

 


Dubiel’s 2OT game-winner sends Wakefield past Lynnfield, 7-6

 

By DAN PAWLOWSKI

LYNNFIELD — For those interested in keeping up with current high school sports vernacular, a “Dub,” is what it’s all about.

Of course, that’s slang for “W” which signifies a win.

Senior captain Jake Dubiel got the “Dub” for his team yesterday morning at Pioneer Stadium in Lynnfield with a game-winning goal, his 5th of the day, in double overtime to end a wildly entertaining, highly competitive, evenly-matched tilt.

“Jake, being our go-to guy, got himself open, had a great move, a great look and he’s known to finish,” said head coach Tim Johnson. “He put the offense on his shoulders today.”

 

THE WARRIORS pile on Jake Dubiel after his 5th and game-winning goal in double OT at Lynnfield High yesterday. (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

 

Joe Colliton ran off a pick set by Joey O’Brien in the middle of the attack area and found Dubiel in a shooting position left-center of the net. The captain pump-faked a low-to-high look, dodged into a spin and walked into a shot with two more defenders converging. It snapped into the top of the net and the Warriors got a chance to celebrate their fifth “Dub” in a row, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Of course, they never would have gotten that chance if the defense hadn’t held strong throughout, especially in the fourth quarter and in the first overtime.

Goalie Kaiden Johnson had four saves going into the final quarter. He finished with 12, coming up huge with five saves in the 4th, including two, unbeleivable, back-to-back stops with a minute remaining on a chaotic sequence in front of the Warrior cage with the game tied at 6-6.

The Warrior defense gave up five goals in the first half. They allowed just one in about 30 minutes of game action through the 3rd, 4th and two overtimes.

“Kaiden had two incredible saves to even get us to the overtime so kudos to him,” said a proud father/head coach. “The defense as a whole really stood together, cleaned up some mistakes and gave us the opportunities to get it done on the offensive end.

“I was proud of the way everyone played. We know we have heart and this is another game that proves that, but stamina too. Guys are sticking with it.”

At no point was the defense more impressive then when they killed Lynnfield’s two-man up, one minute advantage in the first overtime. Jonathan Guida, Brian Casey, Caden Munro and Liam McNeill did the heavy lifting, rotating well to keep the Pioneers away from any good looks.

“To kill a two-man down in overtime, that was huge for us,” said Johnson. “Tough time to get that but (Lynnfield) actually had to sub a guy out for a stick issue so that benefitted us and slowed their play and they couldn’t attack the net.”

Guida was a force all game for Wakefield. The Springfield lacrosse commit relentlessly hounded the Pioneer attack for 54 minutes, no play bigger than in the second overtime when he hustled to scoop up a 50/50 ground ball and cleared it himself into the Warrior attacking zone. That allowed Wakefield to call timeout and set up their game-winning goal.

Dubiel’s first tally came just seconds after Johnson’s first save to tie it up at 1-1.

Bobby DeFeo, who had a great game on faceoffs, later tied it again after two spinning dodges freed himself up for nice shot. That ended the first quarter with the score at 2-2.

Lynnfield seized momentum in the second frame, outscoring Wakefield 3-1 to take a 5-3 lead into the break. Colliton scored Wakefield only goal of the quarter with a lefty cannon from long range.

With the Pioneers threatening to double up the visitors, Wakefield’s defense went to work, killing a Pioneer man-up thanks to more great work from Casey, McNeill, senior captain Leo Yardumian, Ethan Margolis and Guida, who blocked a quality look, allowing Wakefield to clear.

Dubiel’s first of multiple highlight-reel goals came later in the third, following a heavy dodge through contact with a no-look, behind-the-back shot into the goal to make it 5-4 late in the quarter.

Dubiel kept his swagger going into the fourth, scoring on a no-angle laser, top-shelf to tie it up at 5-5.

He later bullied his way to the cage and scored his fifth in close to give Wakefield a 6-5 lead but the Pioneers quickly responded to tie it up before Johnson’s quality saves forced extra time.

The win will certainly provide plenty of good energy for the Warriors to prepare for one of their biggest games of the season coming up on Tuesday, 4 p.m. at Landrigan Field where they will host rival Melrose (3-3).

“This is a good win to build from,” said Johnson. “The Melrose-Wakefield rivalry is great. We always look forward to that game. It’s always a great test for us as a team — our composure and our discipline – against a rival that really stirs up a lot of emotion.

“They’ll be prepared for us and we’ll do the same.”