Strong postseason runs ended in disappointment late last week for two Needham High teams. For the second year in a row, the boys’ soccer team fell short in the final of the state Division 1 tournament, losing to unbeaten top-seed Concord-Carlisle 2-0. It was the first time in eight games that the Rockets had allowed a goal. Despite several good chances, including two that hit the crossbar, second-seeded Needham was unable to score. The Rockets finished with an 18-3-2 record.
They made it close, but the Rockets fell to Xaverian 20-17 Nov. 17 in the semifinals of the Division 1 football tournament. Trailing 20-10, Needham pulled to within a field goal when Spencer Chapman made a spectacular catch of a Griffin Carr pass for a 13-yard touchdown with 5:26 to play. But the Rockets never got the ball back. Needham had taken a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter on Tate Hoffmeister’s 13-yard touchdown run. Xaverian pulled ahead 13-10 by halftime and stretched the lead to 20-10 entering the fourth quarter.