By Nate Weitzer @nweitzer7 

SUDBURY – Despite key pre-season injuries to goalie Andrew Vona and faceoff midfielder Angelo Venuto, and an already youthful roster, No. 5 ranked Lincoln-Sudbury entered 2019 looking to make strides and build on last season’s 11-7 record.

It would turn out to be a defensive battle on Monday, as the Warriors used their next-man-up approach and found a way to pull out a 6-5 win over a surging No. 14 St. John’s Prep team. 

L-S Faceoff man Matt Kreidburg played Prep All-American Craig Yannone nearly even at the faceoff X and goalie Ben Smart made several huge stops in net, as the Warriors (1-0) held Prep scoreless over a 20-minute span from midway through the second quarter until Prep’s Mike Kelly scored to make it a 6-4 game with eight minutes remaining.


Offensively, L-S middie John Herlihy led the charge with three goals (two unassisted) and attackman Matt Ward added a tally to make it a 6-3 game early in the fourth quarter after combining with Nick Mitchell to force a Prep turnover.

The Eagles (1-1) were also stellar defensively with Alex Kreher logging 10 saves in net. Former Reading coach Tom Eighmey, who helped lead the Rockets to a Division 2 state title last year, had his poles playing at a high level.

Pat Keefe was able to score on a wraparound to cut the L-S to 6-5 with 1:16 remaining and Yannone won the ensuing faceoff, but Kelly’s game-tying bid clanged off the crossbar and L-S recovered to run out the clock.

“We’re young everywhere,” said L-S coach Brian Vona. “We have a lot of situational lacrosse to work on. That’s not always the way you want to do it, especially at the end, but we’ll get there. Today was a ‘W’ and we’ll have to learn from these things.”

Game Statistics


John Herlihy – 3 goals, 1 assist
Matt Ward – 1 Goal, 1 assist
Nick Mitchell – 1 Goal
Brendan Toland – 1 Goal
Ben Ohler – 1 Assist
Ben Smart – 7 saves


St. John’s Prep

Mike Ott – 2 goals
Pat Keefe – Goal
Mike Kelly – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Daniel DeLaus – 1 Goal
Alex Kreher – 10 saves

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