2018-06-07 / Front Page

Islanders Repeat as D-II Lacrosse Champions

By Kirby Varacalli


ABOVE: Ben Dickinson, 11, cuts past his Husky defender, before looking to take a shot. The Islanders’ freshman attacker was a difference maker in the 11-9 Middletown win, scoring 3 goals and assisting on another. Middletown senior Aidan Murphy, 23, winds up for a shot on Mt. Hope’s goal in the first half of the boy’s’ D-II lacrosse title game. Murphy tallied twice in the Islanders’ victory. ABOVE: Ben Dickinson, 11, cuts past his Husky defender, before looking to take a shot. The Islanders’ freshman attacker was a difference maker in the 11-9 Middletown win, scoring 3 goals and assisting on another. Middletown senior Aidan Murphy, 23, winds up for a shot on Mt. Hope’s goal in the first half of the boy’s’ D-II lacrosse title game. Murphy tallied twice in the Islanders’ victory. The Middletown High School boys lacrosse team scored five unanswered goals to begin the second half, and then held off a fierce Mt. Hope comeback in the fourth quarter to secure an 11-9 victory and back-to-back Division II championships at Brown University on June 2.

The top-seeded Islanders and the third-seeded Huskies played a tight first half, which saw two lead changes and four ties, but they ended knotted 5-5 at intermission.

“We didn’t have enough motion in the first half,” Middletown head coach Neal Harrell said. “We needed to get open runs in the second half. We did and it paid off.”

The Islanders’ roster includes 13 seniors, but it was freshman at- tacker Ben Dickinson’s unassisted goal (his second of the contest) that broke the halftime tie 7:07 into the third quarter.

Senior Cole Streicher followed with his second goal 40 seconds later, assisted by Dickinson. The freshman found the net again, off a nifty pass from senior Mike Cecchi, with 1:44 to play in the third for the hat trick and an 8-5 Middletown lead.

Senior attacker Peter Dickinson, (Ben’s older brother), charged the net and scored an unassisted goal (his second of the game) less than two minutes into the final quarter. Just 1:56 later, senior Aidan Murphy’s second goal of the contest, assisted by the elder Dickinson, made it five unanswered Middletown scores and a 10-5 lead, to the delight of the frenzied Islander fans in attendance.


Happy players of the Middletown High School boys’ lacrosse team, Division-II champs for the second consecutive year. Happy players of the Middletown High School boys’ lacrosse team, Division-II champs for the second consecutive year. The Huskies could have quit at this point, down by five with less than seven minutes to play, but they didn’t. Goals from Mt. Hope senior John Dolan and the talented freshman, Tristan Tamulaites (his third of the game), made it 10-7 with 3:12 left.

But Cecchi answered Tamulaites only 21 seconds later, after a steal and long charge downfield, with an unassisted goal to restore the lead back to three.

Mt. Hope kept coming, scoring twice more, the second by Dolan, to make it 11-9 with 1:27 left in the contest. But a Harrell timeout allowed the Middletown defense to reset and the Islanders effectively ran out the clock.


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