Mass. High School Lax Round-Up: Hopedale Secures First-Ever Postseason Berth

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Thursday was an exciting day for the Hopedale boy’s varsity lacrosse team, which qualified for the upcoming MIAA Tournament for the first-time in program history.

The Blue Raiders, who picked-up their 10th win of the season, defeated Valley Tech by a score of 20-4. The contest was highlighted by Nick Fayad, who netted seven goals, while dishing out three assists.

“This makes me very happy, but I’m happy for the team,” said Hopedale head coach Eric Moxim via the Metro West Daily News.

Hopedale’s lacrosse team began as a club team six years ago, but transformed into a varsity unit in 2014. And since their initial varsity contest against Worcester, the squad has shown great improvement under Moxim.

“We’re just happy for all the current players who have been working towards this goal,” said Tim Pizzarelli, who coaches alongside Moxim. “(Qualifying) for the tournament is huge for us.”

Hopedale’s 10 wins are the most the team has recorded in a single-season. Last year, the Blue Raiders won nine contests.

The Blue Raiders will be in-action three times next week, beginning with a Monday, May 8th match-up against North Central Charter followed by a Tuesday (May 9th) clash with Tantasqua.

Other News and Notes from the Worcester lacrosse scene: 

Game of the Week: Groton-Dunstable and Nipmuc Regional in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Nipmuc enters the contest with an impressive 8-0 ledger this season. Since their opening day victory over Grafton, a 9-8 double-overtime win, the Warriors have been unstoppable, tacking on seven additional wins, including an impressive 16-7 win over Pope Francis on Thursday.

Rick Arena‘s squad enters the contest with an impressive 11-1 ledger. Since falling to Shrewsbury last month in overtime, the Crusaders have bounced back, winning straight, including a 6-4 win over Littleton. Their last outing featured a 9-1 victory over St. Bernard. 

Massachusetts High School Lax Round-Up: Checking-In On The West

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our Massachusetts High School Lacrosse Round-Up has returned – yes, we’re officially back for the remainder of the season, so make sure to circle back each week for various posts on the numerous teams, including our various social media round-ups, too.

For this week’s post, we’re shedding some light on Western Massachusetts teams, including Longmeadow, Mount Greylock and others! 

First, congratulations to Longmeadow’s Kristopher Campbell, who was tabbed last week’s Epoch/USL High School Boys’ Player of the Week following an impressive 11-point effort in his team’s 14-10 win over Amherst-Pelham.

Longmeadow, which is in-action today against Northampton (9-1), will visit Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 6th to face-off against Lincoln-Sudbury.

Last season, the Warriors defeated the Lancers in Amherst by a score of 15-11. The game was followed by a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tilt between Amherst College and Colby College.

Following this season’s meeting, fans are encouraged to stick around and cheer on the Boston Cannons, who will play their home-opener against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Jeff Stripp and the Mount Greylock Mounties (10-0) captured their 10th contest on Monday, defeating Pittsfield by a score of 17-6. Reilly Parker and Pat Storie highlighted their team’s 10th win of the season by combining for 12 goals and four assists, while Owen Politis netted a hat-trick.

The Mounties return to the field on Saturday when they host Lee, which also defeated Pittsfield this week – Wednesday, to be exact – by a score of 20-9.

Hoosac Valley received a big-boots from Casey Meczywor on Wednesday as he netted seven goals, while dishing out a pair of assists in his team’s 13-4 win over Taconic. The win was the Hurricanes’ third of the season.

As noted in yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle, Hoosac Valley led 8-0 after the opening session and 9-0 by halftime.

Extra News and Notes from the West!

Games to Watch this Friday, May 5th & Saturday, May 6th: 

  • Westfield at Pope Francis (Friday, May 5th)
  • Chicopee Comp. at Wahconah (Friday, May 5th)
  • Lonmeadow vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (Saturday, May 6th | Harvard Stadium)
  • Minnechaug at Northampton (Saturday, May 6th)
  • Lee at Mount Greylock (Saturday, May 6th)
  • Hoosac Valley at Granby (Saturday, May 6th)

Connecticut High School Lax Round-Up: Darien Keeps On Rolling

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Noontime Sports is happy to unveil our first-ever Connecticut High School Lacrosse Round-Up, which will be posted once a week.

Our goal for this post is to highlight the state’s high school lacrosse scene with news, links, and scores.

If you are a coach, fan, parent or HUGE supporter of the nutmeg’s high school lacrosse scene, then let us know by dropping us a line at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Enjoy our initial post (below!) and make sure to follow-us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Also, let us know via email (or social media) what we should publicize in next week’s Connecticut High School Lacrosse Round-Up! 

In case you missed it, 3D Rising released its State-By-State Rankings on Tuesday, May 2nd and Darien secured the top spot, while New Canaan (7-4) and Wilton (8-3) checked-in second and third, respectively.

The Blue Wave (10-0) recently scored its 10th win of the season, defeating Staples-Westport by a score of 19-3 on Tuesday.

Today (Thursday, May 4th), they’re visiting St. Anthony’s of New York before returning home this Saturday, May 6th against Ridgefield (7-2).

Darien boasts an impressive 3-0 ledger against New York squads this season. They defeated Yorktown in their season-opener by a score of 15-4 before beating Niskayuna and Manhasset.

The Blue Wave checked-in sixth this week on the USA Today Sports Super 25 Expert Ranking. Last week, they were also ranked sixth in the country.

Ridgefield, which has won four-straight, will also be competing today against a New York squad as they host John Jay-Cross River.

As noted in this past weekend’s News TimeWes Carpenter was the hero for the Tigers in a dramatic one-goal victory over Staples-Westport on Saturday, April 29th.

The victory over the Wreckers was followed-up with a 19-3 win over Westhill on Tuesday of this week.

Following their contest against Darien, the Tigers will visit Trumbull (8-3) and Brien McMahon-Norwalk (4-6) before turning on the May 13th against St. Joseph (4-7).

Avery Foye, Christian Paley and Dom Giachello each recorded a hat trick, while Chris Allen registered 14 stops in Somers’ 10th win of the season over Hall-West Hartford. The quartet has guided the Spartans to an impressive 10-0 record – similar to the teams above, Somers is in action today against Rocky Hill and tomorrow against Ellington.

Last season, Ken McCarthy‘s unit beat Ellington twice en route to a Class S Final victory.

Despite falling to Somers earlier this season, Ellington boasts an 8-3 record – they recently secured their eighth win earlier this week with a 15-4 win over Canton.

Finally, a BIG congrats is due to the New Milford High School (8-5) boy’s lacrosse team, which punched its ticket to the upcoming state tournament.

The Green Wave, guided by second-year head coach Evan Cassells, have scored some impressive wins this season, including a hard-fought 12-11 overtime win over Brookfield last month. Brookfield defeated New Milford twice last season.

Time for some ‘In Case You Missed It’ Stories

Mass. H.S. Lax: CM, Foxboro Set To Tangle In 2017 Chowda Cup Final Saturday

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The 2017 Chowda Cup Final will pit Foxboro against Catholic Memorial. (PHOTO CREDIT: chefshares.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

If you’re free tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd, to be exact, and near Braintree High School, then I highly recommend you stopping by/checking out the 2017 Chowda Cup Final between Foxborough and Catholic Memorial, which is scheduled to commence at 4:00 p.m.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after claiming back-to-back wins earlier this week in the opening and second rounds.

Foxboro scored back-to-back wins over Mansfield and Norwell, while Catholic Memorial beat Hanover and Scituate. CM’s win over the Sailors was a hard-fought 10-9 overtime victory, while the Warriors (Foxborough) won both of their games by one-goal.

Below is tomorrow’s schedule, courtesy of Scituate boys lacrosse coach Mark Puzzangara:

 

Mass. H.S. Lax: Walpole-St. John’s Prep To Meet In Creators Crosse Championship

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By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) 

The 2017 Creators Crosse Championship is set for Saturday, April 22nd between St. John’s Prep and Walpole High School.

Both teams earned spots in this weekend’s championship after impressive semifinal victories today. The Rebels of Walpole edged Franklin, 11-10, while the Eagles of St. John’s Prep defeated Beverly, 8-7.

Thursday’s semifinal contests were hosted by Westford Academy.

In addition to both semifinal match-ups, Lexington defeated host Westford Academy, while Masconoment beat Marblehead, 13-6.

Below is the schedule for the tournament’s final day, which is scheduled to commence at 11 a.m. The championship between the Eagles and Rebels is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

After an impressive one-goal win, Walpole boy’s lacrosse shared the exciting news of their victory with the following tweet (below):

As for the Eagles of St. John’s Prep, Phil Stacey provided an exciting final update on K.J. Sarni, who went ‘Rip City for the game-winner!’

Saturday should be a fun day of lacrosse!

High School Lax Social Media Round-Up: Coach Garnder Earns 200th Win

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By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) 

Saturday’s are always busy days in the high school lacrosse world, and below are a few score updates and tweets – consider this your Saturday dose of an ‘in case you missed it!’

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Rivers Athletics tweeted a cool picture of alum Mark Goodrich, who is the head coach of the boy’s lacrosse team at Milton Academy.

Speaking of Rivers, the boy’s lacrosse team defeated Milton Academy, 9-6, while the girl’s varsity team won their game by a score 16-10.

Yesterday, Xaverian Brother head coach Tim Gardner won his 200th game on the sidelines as the Hawks beat Catholic Memorial.

Earlier today, our friend Mike Loveday of Lax Records tweeted the following graphic to congratulate Coach Gardner:

Make sure to read the recap of the Hawks’ initial win of the season, courtesy of our friends over at Suite Sports!

North Reading scored its third-straight win, defeating Nantucket earlier today, 13-8. Below are a few tweets from the Hornets’ Twitter handle following their team’s win.

Minnechaug boy’s varsity lacrosse scored a hard-fought win, defeating Pope Francis, 16-9.

Despite not being in action today, the Dartmouth High School girl’s varsity lacrosse team enjoyed some local New England Division III lacrosse in Bridgewater. Below are a few tweets from coach Chris Tesca.

High School Lax Social Media Round-Up: Triton Provides Coach Beaulieu with 100th Win

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS)

It’s been an exciting few days of high school lacrosse in Massachusetts, and below are some tweets from the week, highlighting exciting outcomes and achievements thus far.

Following yesterday’s win over Medford, the Triton girl’s varsity lacrosse team celebrated Coach Stacey Beaulieu‘s 100th win on the sidelines.

After the game, Coach Beaulieu tweeted the following about the milestone:

The Walpole boy’s varsity lacrosse team began their season with a hard-earned 7-5 win over Xaverian Brothers.

Next up for the Rebels, a date with the Wellesley Raiders, who captured their initial contest of the season, defeating Burlington, 15-7. Hugh Callahan paced the Raiders with three goals and three assists, while Grant Chryssica added five points on four goals and one helper. 

We got off to a great start with Hugh Callahan scoring his first career goal,” Wellesley coach Rocky Batty said via email following his team’s opening day win. “Our first six goals were scored by five (different) players, and I’m really happy that most every goal was assisted.

“Our defense learned a ton (yesterday). I thought Burlington had some very good dodgers and shooters to go along with Coach Dan O’Brien‘s schemes. “Teddy Darcey played great, (he finished the contest) with 17 saves.” 

Reading scored a hard-fought victory over Billerica, defeating the Indians, 8-7. Jack Geiger netted five goals for the Rockets, while Matt Milano and Gus Gobiel each tallied a pair for the Indians.

Boston Lax correspondent Kevin Stone captured some exciting moments from the contest’s third quarter:

Following the game, Reading tweeted the following:

Extra, Extra: It was an exciting day to be a Westwood Wolverine on Tuesday as the boy’s lacrosse team defeated Bellingham (21-1), while the girl’s also beat Bellingham (19-0) … Boston College High School earned an impressive win yesterday, defeating Needham at home by a score of 12-10 … Catholic Memorial scored an important win, beating Newton North, 12-9 … Mount Greylock boy’s lacrosse opened its season with a 16-10 win over Burr & Burton Academy (Vermont). Patrick Storie led the Red and White with nine points on eight goals and one assist.

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