Lenox boys’ soccer eliminated by Bromfield

The Lenox Millionaires huddle before their loss to Bromfield in the Massachusetts Division IV boys’ soccer semifinals Wednesday in Chicopee. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

The Lenox Millionaires entered Wednesday with a matter of revenge not on their minds, but ahead of them. Last season, the Bromfield Trojans knocked the Millionaires out of the postseason in the state semifinals. This season, Lenox’s task was the flip the script.

The Millionaires could not, however, and fell 5-0 to the Trojans at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, ending their season in the same spot as last season.

Bromfield jumped out of the gates the way Lenox has for a majority of the postseason, attacking immediately and putting pressure on the opposing defense. While the Trojans weren’t peppering the net with shots, they were able to control the pace and keep the ball in the Lenox half for a lot of the early going.

The Lenox defense was able to hold its own, forcing Bromfield into difficult shooting positions and goaltender Jacob Munch did his part to stop the ball.

In the 18th minute, Bromfield finally broke through.

Nolan Granville stepped in front of a Lenox pass and chipped a shot over the head of Munch, who thought he had the ball lined up, finding the net and giving his team a 1-0 lead, the same margin the Trojans beat the Millionaires by last season.

Bromfield continued to control possession through the half, prompting Lenox coach Matt Cote to call a timeout with about six minutes left. The message was essentially if Lenox continued to play like they were, it would be a long night.

The Millionaires weathered the storm, but there was a feeling like the Trojans were ready to pounce.

Under two minutes into the second half, it happened.

Granville’s second goal of the night doubled the Bromfield lead and sent a feeling of acceptance down the Lenox sideline.

“One goes in, maybe you can counter,” Cote said. “The second one goes in, and they had the momentum, I knew at that point it was pretty unlikely. And they just kept pounding us.”

Granville’s tally was one of four within the first 18 minutes of the second half, allowing the sides to glide in to the finish line for the final quarter of the game as the coaches emptied the benches as the game crawled to the finish line.

While Lenox may have lost, Cote is not focusing on that aspect of the season. He said he’s more concerned with the journey it took to get the Millionaires to the point where they could lose to Bromfield.

“We’re a scrappy bunch and we did our best,” Cote said. “I don’t measure our success by our results in this game. Our success is so much bigger than that.”