LUNENBURG -- The defending Division 2 CMass. Champion Crusaders continued their winning ways when they pummeled the top-seeded Millbury Woolies 4-1. Fifth-seeded Groton-Dunstable got on the board first on a penalty kick on a Woolies' foul. Nate Pomeroy beat the diving senior Millbury goalkeeper Zach Richard left side to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage with 15:12 remaining in the first half.
Groton-Dunstable controlled the possession game for the better part of the two halves. Millbury's star player, Alfred Koroma, tried valiantly to get the Woolies back in the match but the Crusaders marked him nicely from the beginning.
"We had a goal from the beginning to defend the Central Mass. crown in Division 2. I was happy to win the Midland-B division," said Groton Dunstable head coach Wisbey. "To have a potential All-American in Nate Pomeroy helps. It puts teams on their heels to start off with, then you build a game plan around that."
Millbury had a solid run with 9:45 left in the first stanza when senior Ryan Fitzpatrick placed a well-timed pass at the feet of Jared Larosse who sent the ball sailing over the top right corner of the net.
Groton-Dunstable took a 1-0 lead into the half. At the start of the second half, the Crusaders came out and picked up right where they left off. The Crusaders bided their time and knocked on the door many times in the half before they broke through again.
Pomeroy dialed up a nice through-ball, finding sophomore Matt Tornaritis right side to put the Crusaders out in front 2-0 with 12:25 left in the game. Groton-Dunstable would cash in no more than a minute later on a chip shot by Doug Rosa from Pomeroy to extend their lead to 3-0.
The Woolies scored a consolation goal with 9:45 left in the match on a nice pass from Larosse to Fitzpatrick, cutting the lead to 3-1. Groton-Dunstable would go into kill-the-clock mode and ended up scoring again as a result of it.
Junior Crusaders midfielder Dan McGuiness cashed in from 35 yards out on a chip into the 18-yard box with 1:35 remaining that beat Richard, who was out of the goal, to cap the scoring at 4-1.
The Crusaders dominated the Woolies in corner kicks 12-2. Groton-Dunstable was the aggressor in the game. Pomeroy chipped in three assists along with a goal in the victory.
"I think if you add that on top of the strength of schedule and the experience of completing this journey last year, and the things these boys have learned going through that journey prepares them for these moments." said Wisbey.