Scituate lacrosse player scores game-winner after father’s sudden passing

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“He’s smiling right now. He knew it was going to happen.”

Scituate lacrosse player scores game-winner after father’s sudden passing
Scituate High’s William Robinson (14) and teammates celebrate Robinson’s overtime goal on Tuesday, June 11. MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Less than a week after his father died unexpectedly, a Scituate teen scored the game-winning goal that ensured his lacrosse team a spot in the state championship on Friday.

Will Robinson, 50, died suddenly in a medical event at his home in Scituate on June 6, according to his obituary. He left behind his wife, Erika, and two children, 17-year-old Willy and 13-year-old Mylah. 

A “devoted lacrosse enthusiast,” Robinson helped pave the way for the start of the high school lacrosse program in his hometown of Marshfield when he was just a teenager himself. And when he moved back to Scituate with his own family as an adult, he began coaching his children’s youth lacrosse teams.

“Will was the person anyone would choose to be shipwrecked with; he was the first person most people would call for help; he was so much to so many people,” his loved ones wrote in his obituary. “He was devoted to his family and a strong believer in the importance of extended family connections and traditions.”

His son, Willy Robinson, is currently a junior captain of the Scituate High School Varsity lacrosse team, according to Boston 25 News. The night after his father passed, he scored five goals against Nashoba to help Scituate win a trip to the state’s Final Four. 

According to Boston 25 News, Mylah Robinson won a lacrosse championship with her team the next day.

And on Tuesday night, Willy scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Falmouth that ensured his team a spot in the state championship game on Friday, according to The Boston Globe.

“He’s given me everything I had,” Willy Robinson said on Tuesday, according to the Globe. “He’s here with me. I couldn’t do it without him. He’s smiling right now. He knew it was going to happen.”

The community has rallied around the Robinson family since Will Robinson’s passing. More than $70,000 have poured into a GoFundMe page to support the family in just four days.

“We all know he’s hurting,” Scituate coach Mark Puzzangara told the Globe of Willy Robinson. “There’s no question about it, but he has his family at home and he has his family on the field. His energy, we’re feeding off it. We’re doing everything we can to try to win it for him and win it for his dad.”

The team will play Medfield for the Division 3 championship title on Friday.

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