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Boys: No. 3 Judge Narrowly Beats No. 4 Juan Diego

The No. 3 Judge Bulldogs beat the No. 4 Juan Diego Eagles in a tight game at Judge Memorial High School on Thursday. The Bulldogs won by one goal, 5-4.
The game was a battle of the little things as both teams started the game with high energy but failed to convert early on. The Bulldogs found the net first on a goal by attackmen Pat Griffin, midway through the first quarter. Just a minute later, Judge midfielder Dominic Conti scored to give the Bulldogs a two goal lead. Judge goalie Matt Crispo had several big saves in the first quarter which helped maintain a small lead.
The second quarter saw both teams battle for possessions and slowing down the ball. The possessions that each team had were long but neither team would score until Juan Diego scored on a goal by Nate Elorreaga to cut the Bulldog lead in half.
The third quarter was a little more open as both teams wanted to get out and run. Turnovers and poor shots kept the score at 2-1 until Judge capitalized at the 4:23 mark on a goal by midfielder Brian Allen. Juan Diego answered a minute later with a goal by Luke Graney. On the ensuing possession, Griffin scored on an excellent pass from Allen to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead after three quarters of play.
During the quarter break, Judge was penalized for an illegal stick. Juan Diego took advantage and scored two man-up goals to tie the game at 4. Both teams defenses were on high alert but it was Judge who would find the last goal of the game. With 4:27 remaining, Judge attackmen Ethan Gosselin would score the game winner. Judge successfully ran out the clock en route to a key victory.
“Any time you play Juan Diego, you’re going to be in for a tough fight,” said Judge Head Coach Dave Allen. “I thought that our team came out really focused and with a lot of energy. We always knew where there big guns were.”
Crispo had 11 saves for the Bulldogs. 

“I thought Crispo stepped up,” said Allen. “He played really well.”
Judge will face Waterford on Tuesday at Judge and Juan Diego will take on Skyline on Saturday at Juan Diego.

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