WALES — Pass, catch and shoot.
You think it’s a complicated combination in basketball? Try it in the physical environment and open field of boys’ lacrosse.
It requires skill and teamwork that only time can teach. St. Dominic Regional High School’s attackers have spent those valuable two or three seasons together. In the case of brothers Trevar and Troy Haefele, make that their entire lives.
Oak Hill’s athletic but wide-eyed freshmen are still learning the ins and outs and ebb and flow, which easily explains a 17-1 shellacking by the undefeated Saints on Friday afternoon.
“We’ve really been working on passing the ball and moving it around quickly,” said Matt Adams, who led St. Dom’s with five goals.
Adams scored four of those in the first quarter, including a natural hat trick in the final 3:11 that gave St. Dom’s (3-0) a staggering nine-goal advantage.
Troy Haefele added four goals and Trevar Haefele chalked up a pair. Both dished out five assists.
St. Dom’s was relocated from Western to Eastern Class B this spring. This cool breeze was a far cry from the heated competition of the Saints’ first two games in their new conference.
Gardiner took the season-opener to overtime. Morse pulled even in the third quarter of the second contest before the Saints squeaked out a 16-14 triumph.
“We definitely made a statement today,” Trevar Haefele said. “Once we got the two tough games in, we had a lot to work on.”
The Saints’ explosiveness isn’t limited to their primary front line.
Ryan Lucier, Tim Day, Dylan Rodrigue, Anthony Fagone, Chris Finley and Bobby St. Hilaire added single goals to the onslaught.
“My core group, we’ve been working on trying to move the ball over the top and not trying to force it too much,” said St. Dom’s coach Dave Haefele. “It has been a good start. It could easily be different with those close games.”
St. Dom’s inflated the lead to 13-0 before Oak Hill (1-4) made its lone dent on the scoreboard with 1:17 remaining in the half.
With a the Saints down a man in the penalty square, Nick Flaherty scored off a feed from Nate Rolston.
“We have a hard time passing and catching. We work on it every day in practice. Their passing is much better than ours is, and that’s where the game starts,” said Oak Hill coach Adam Dube. “We knew coming into it that it was going to be tough, because they beat Morse, and Morse beat us pretty badly.”
Caleb Provost made 10 saves to help minimize the damage for the Raiders, who feature 12 ninth-graders out of 23 players in their combined varsity and junior varsity program.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that are nervous. Five games into it and they’re nervous,” Dube said. “I’m nervous before every game. I don’t know why I should expect them not to be.”
It’s a different story for St. Dom’s, one of only two remaining unblemished teams in the East along with Yarmouth.
“Since I’ve been on the team this is probably our best season,” Adams said. “We do have a lot of young kids on the team, but they’re really getting a lot of attention in practice. We’re working to keep everyone on a high level.”