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June 20, 2022 — The last whistle

Today and tomorrow, the last state championship games in the 2022 scholastic girls’ lacrosse season will be contested, as the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association hosts two doubleheaders at Babson College in Wellesley.

The four games will have various storylines, great stars, and their own Walter Mitty stories of players who exceed all expectations.

Tonight’s nightcap, however, should be the best of the four as Westwood (Mass.) takes on what should be a home game for Wellesley (Mass.) in the Division 1 final. Westwood is, by most metrics, the best team in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is the No. 4 team in last week’s TopOfTheCircle.com Top 10. It’s a team coached by former Boston College player Margot Spatola, and this Wolverines team has a sizable chunk of that B.C. form. Westwood has 10-goalled every team it has faced in its quarter of the state bracket.

I think another game to watch is the Division 4 championship between Manchester-Essex (Mass.) and Dover-Sherborne (Mass.). There have been some wild games in the newly-formed Division 4 bracket. One such contest came in the octofinal round as Tyngsboro (Mass.) defeated Barnstable Cape Cod Academy (Mass.) by a score of 21-20.

I guess this is what happens when a tournament with two divisions becomes one with four; small villages and small private schools which have been overlooked for state title honors under the old system are striving for a slice of immortality, and can often exhibit great lacrosse if given a chance.