Wildcats stopped by Ward Melville in state lacrosse final

Wildcats unable to contain Patriots in 16-4 defeat

Ted Glesener briefly cut the margin to 5-2 late in the first quarter, but Hegarty answered 16 seconds later, and it was 6-2 going to the second period, where things would get worse for the Wildcats.

Refusing to let up, the Patriots extended the lead to 10-2, winning most of the battles for the ground balls to keep WG from getting possession. And when Hegarty hit on his fourth goal less than a second before halftime, WG had to cope with an 11-2 deficit and the knowledge that Ward Melville was in top form, and that little could be done to stop it.

Glesener did put in his second goal during the third period, but tallies by Heggarty (his fourth) and Kepes made it 15-3, forcing the use of a running clock, something that Messere, in 37 years of coaching, never had to deal with on the receiving end.

Anderson, who had worked so hard to return to the team from a foot injury that sidelined him most of the season, earned his team's last goal of the season in the waning minutes.

A strong senior class now leaves, including Glesener, Anderson, St. Croix, Waldron, Dan Ginestro, Marc Niechcial, Brady Hoose, Tom Pritchard and Jimmy Cunningham. Players like Matt Koziol, David Procopio and Henry Burns will need to lead the way in 2014 if the Wildcats are to make it back to the state finals again.

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