MIAA Boys Division 2 State Final: Boston Latin Stuns Top-Seed Tewksbury, 4-2; Nabs First Title Since 2005

Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis is a 2017 graduate from UMass Lowell who currently works covering hockey for Hockey Night in Boston as well as the Worcester Railers JHC & is a sports reporter for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn.

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The third time’s the charm for Boston Latin, as they got their redemption, taking home the MIAA Division 2 state title beating top-seeded Tewksbury 4-2 Sunday night at TD Garden.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, the Wolfpack scored three unanswered goals in two minutes and 55 seconds from William Cunniffe, Aidan Fitzpatrick and Matt Carrara to stun the Redmen and walk away with their first title since 2005.

The teams played twice during the regular season, with Tewksbury winning both games.

The Wolfpack were able to down the #1 seed and slow down their potent offense after falling behind 2-0.  These two teams hail from the same league meaning they play twice during the regular season. Tewksbury had their number, but it is never easy to beat a team three times and Boston Latin showed that.

William Cunniffe, far right, watches his game-tying goal slide into the far side. Boston Latin added two more goals to win the 2024 MIAA Boys Division 2 state title, 4-2

Once they tied the game at two at 10:05 of the third period, the Wolfpack had all the momentum and never once took it for granted. This was a special Boston Latin team that played the underdog role all postseason knocking off all higher seeds including Billerica, Concord-Carlisle, and Duxbury and they knew Tewksbury was the last team standing in their way.

“It is all kind of a blur right now to be honest,” said head coach Frank Woods. “All year we have been a third period team and we have played in a lot of close games. We needed to be tight with these guys as they could have knocked us out in the first period. They (Tewksbury) are a powerful team and towards the end of the second period we were able to shift momentum our way. It was just an incredible stretch of hockey for us. Huge goals for Aidan (Fitzpatrick) and Matt (Carrara). They have carried us all season long and it was fitting for those two guys to help us get in front and take the lead.”

This was Boston Latin’s first state title since 2005 and Woods explained how this one felt different and how they take a lot of pride representing the city of Boston.

“Last time we won in 2005. I didn’t have the perspective of how hard it is to get here and how hard it is to actually win,” said Woods. “To beat a team like Tewksbury was very special. There are only a couple of schools that play competitively in the city of Boston and we feel we represent at the high school level. We take a lot of pride in what goes along with that.”

** A quartet of Boston Latin keys joined us post-game. Check it out here:

Tewksbury came out in the first flying and were carrying the play putting a lot of pressure on Wolfpack goaltender Oliver Murphy. At 3:01 of the first period, senior captain Matt Cooke fired one home after a pass from Jeremy Insogna to quickly put the Redmen on top.

Boston Latin had two power play chances in the first period, but were unable to get much going and needed to come out fresh in the next period.

This game was originally supposed to start at 7:30, but due to the first game of the day going to triple overtime, puck drop didn’t happen until 9:38 pm and Woods said his players had a bit of a time adjusting to that.

“The guys had expended a lot of energy and there was a lot of anticipation all day leading up to puck drop,” said Woods. “We had to work through that and I know they did too. It was certainly a factor for us and we were totally out of our normal routine.”

Tewksbury doubled their lead early in the second on Cooke’s second of the game right off a face-off.

The Wolfpack continued to fight and at 9:36 of the second period Ryan McHugh found an open net and buried a shot past Tewksbury goalie David Karlberg to cut the lead to 2-1.

Late into the third period, both teams had their chances but at 10:05, Cunniffe scored the game-tying goal leaving the Redmen scrambling.

Boston Latin had all the momentum from there as with just 3:39 left on the clock, Fitzpatrick scored the go-ahead goal after a beauty of a pass from Carrara to stun the Redmen and put the Wolfpack on top 3-2.

Boston Latin wasn’t done, as a little more than a minute later, Carrara sealed the win with a final dagger to make it a 4-2 game with two minutes on the clock.

The Wolfpack finally figured Tewksbury out and coach Woods attributes that to a number of things.

“We had 11 or 12 new faces to start the year and Tewksbury doesn’t skip a beat as they are playing in mid-season form in December,” said Woods. “We had no chance in the first game we played them. But, we have progressed, had some players develop and even got a few back from injuries. This is the hardest working group of kids and I am so proud of them.”

For Boston Latin, the redemption was well worth the wait as they finished with a record of 17-8-0. Tewksbury has much to be proud of after an incredible season and they finish 21-4-0. 

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