Smyth acknowledged that the last game wasn’t one of his team’s best efforts, but coming off a strong performance against Triton he feels confident about their chances.
“They put a pretty good whupping on us, but we’re ready to go,” Smyth said. “We want a rematch, we don’t think we played our best lacrosse that day. We had some injuries, so everybody should be healthy.”
Austin Prep is coming off a dramatic 11-10 win over Triton in which the Cougars took a 5-0 lead early and then barely hung on as the Vikings made a late fourth quarter push. In addition to Carpenter, the Cougars also got strong performances out of standout attackers Matt Morgan and Kevin Kiley, who Smyth said have been the team’s main offensive contributors from the start.
Gaudiano said he expects a much different game against Austin Prep than last time, but regardless of how much better Austin Prep plays, the key for his team will be matching the Cougars’ physicality, maintaining possession and capitalizing on their chances.
“They were physical so we have to be ready for that,” he said. “And they’re a real good ground ball team, so we’re going to have to keep our possessions.”
The game will take place this afternoon at War Memorial Stadium behind the high school starting at 2 p.m.
Division III North Quarterfinals
No. 1 Newburyport vs. No. 9 Austin Prep
Newburyport High School, 2 p.m.