MIAA Boys Division 4 State Final: Dover-Sherborn/Weston Wins First Ever State Title, Downs Hanover For D4 Title

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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Dover-Sherborn/Weston won its first-ever title, downing Hanover 5-1 to take the MIAA Boys Division 4 champiosnhip

For the first time in their program history, Dover-Sherborn/Weston are your MIAA Boys Division 4 State Champions. The Raiders started their season on a mission to get the TD Garden and Sunday they fulfilled that mission in impressive fashion. 

#5 Dover-Sherborn/Weston (21-4-0) scored five unanswered goals after getting down 1-0, downing #6 Hanover(16-10-0) 5-1 Sunday afternoon in the state championship.

They fought all season long defying odds and knocking some big teams out along the way, but it all led them to this moment where for the first time ever they can call themselves state champions.

“This was so awesome,” said DS-Weston coach Alex Marlow. “This team has always meant a lot to me and words can’t describe this feeling. We knew what kind of team we are and the kids have put in the work all season. This is what you dream to do and we talked in the locker room after the first period and we knew we could do it. We knew our forecheck was going to win us this game.”

Senior captain Andrew Goldstein, who was the heart and soul of this team all year, was locked in from the start and finished with 24 saves against a solid Hanover team. He kept them in so many games all season long and helped his team accomplish what they set out to do.

“Andrew (Goldstein) is human though we know he has been acting like God,” said Marlow. “He let one in early, but he has saved us so many times this season. I never question his ability to get his head back in the game and he was locked in and ready to go from the start.”

Check out what Goldstein, Max Niit and Christos Rogaris had to say after the championship win:

Hanover came out strong as they were firing shots on Goldstein from the minute the puck dropped. A few minutes in, sophomore Cam Melone had a breakaway opportunity and was unable to score, which was a big break early for Dover-Sherborn/Weston.

With 5:05 left in the first period, the Hawks got on the board with a top-shelf snipe off of junior Cam Scott’s stick.

The game remained 1-0 Hanover into the second period when DS/Weston tied it up on a tic-tac-toe sequence that went from Brayden McKenna to Cole McEwen to Max Niit who buried the shot from the slot.

Max Niit fired home the first of five Dover-Sherborn/Weston goals to tie it at 1-1 in the second period.

With the clock winding down in the second, the Raiders scored two goals in 15 seconds to go ahead 3-1. Hunter Hourihan scored the go-ahead goal and Christos Rogaris followed that up with a goal to give DS/Weston a two-goal lead heading into the third.

It was a big response for them after getting down 1-0 early and they were not done there. At 2:14 of the third period, Niit scored his second of the game after a perfect pass from McKenna to extend the lead to 4-1. Just 15 seconds later, Max Patenaude buried one to make it five unanswered goals.

It is a full circle moment for head coach Marlow, an alum of Weston High School and a team he played for and that always has meant a lot to him and his family. This was a big moment for the program and he could not be more proud of what they accomplished.

“For both schools to never have won a championship and to do it with this group of kids is so awesome,” said Marlow. They bought into everything we did and they came ready to work every single day. We wanted to take everything in and appreciate everything around and the people that came to support us.”

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