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June 19, 2014

SCORING MACHINES

Matt Kelleher and Larry Cuddy set a new standard of excellence for boys lacrosse

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Cuddy, meanwhile, had five goals and three assists against Manchester Essex on April 22, four goals and four assists against Masconomet on April 29, and five goals and four assists against Lynnfield on May 6.

Cuddy also had arguably his best performance in one of the most exciting games played in the Cape Ann League this season. Toward the end of a back and forth battle with Pentucket on May 15, and moments after the Sachems tied the game at 9-9 with 30 seconds left, Cuddy took a massive hit in front of the Pentucket net and was left on the field in a heap.

Despite being in a lot of pain, Cuddy stayed in the game, and after having a shot ring off the post with two seconds left in regulation, Cuddy scored the game-winner within the first minute of overtime to give his team the dramatic 10-9 win. He finished with three goals and two assists overall.

“It was a big moment for me because I’ve always wanted to hit a big shot like that and it finally happened,” Cuddy said.

At the end of the regular season, both players were named to the CAL’s All-League team. They each came up big for their teams in the postseason too, though each of their tournament runs were cut short prematurely.

Triton lost its opening round tournament matchup with Austin Prep 11-10, but not before scaring the daylights out of every Cougar fan in attendance. Down by five goals midway through the second half, the Vikings stormed back and nearly tied it up in the game’s waning minutes.

Cuddy played a major role in the comeback, scoring three straight goals to cut the deficit to two, including one outrageous goal where he broke free of his defender, juked the goalie hard to the left, lost his balance, and then maintained control of his stick while falling down on his back and flicked the ball past the goalie.

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