Martha’s Vineyard falls to Littleton 6-5 in 2 OT

Tyler Paulson spins away from a Littleton defender and heads up field. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard boys varsity lacrosse team played their finest game to date but suffered an agonizing 6-5 double overtime defeat to the Littleton Tigers Tuesday afternoon at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

The Vineyarders (0-8) lost after Littleton’s Kyle Leonard fired in a deft backhanded shot 50 seconds into the second overtime. Tiger goalie Ryder Whitcomb kept the visitors in the game with several outstanding saves. Vineyard netminder Eli Laikin also had a strong game.

Sam Burke had given the Vineyarders a 5-4 lead with 4:19 remaining in the game but Littleton tied it 17 seconds later to force the extra periods.

The Vineyarders dominated possession in the first overtime but couldn’t break through for the game winner.

“We had a lot of opportunities and just couldn’t convert,” Vineyard coach Chris Greene said. “That was probably the best offensive possession day as far as taking the air out of the ball and looking for the things we wanted. You never like to lose, but we learned a lot in the loss.”

Scoring was at a premium all afternoon, especially in the first half. The teams traded two goals each in the first quarter, with Sam Burke and Thomas Wilkins scoring for the Vineyarders. Neither team found the net in the second period.

Littleton scored first in the third quarter but Nick Costello whistled in a shot from 15 yards out to tie the score at 3-3 with 43 seconds left in the period.

Littleton regained the lead 64 seconds into the final period. The Vineyarders quickly equalized when Thomas Wilkins scooped the ball up off the ground and scored from close range 63 seconds later.

Vineyarders left blue by Swampscott

Sunday, the Vineyarders headed to the North Shore to take on Swampscott. The teams were tied 3-3 in the first half but the Big Blue pulled away for a 10-4 win.

“Defensively, we had a really good day; no complaints.” Coach Greene said. “They had four or five man-down opportunities and only scored once. We just couldn’t seem to get the ball in the net in the second half.”

The Vineyarders will play in a four-team tournament starting Thursday at Bridgewater-Raynham High School.