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.

Make sure to follow Mass. High School Lax on Twitter (@Mass_LaxHS), as well as Noontime Sports @NoontimeSports, too. 

Mass. High School Lax: Medfield Set To Begin Title Defense Against Holliston

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Medfield begins its quest for a fourth-straight D2 crown on Tuesday, April 4th when they visit Holliston. (PHOTO CREDIT: @Med_Lax)

By Mass. High School Lax. (@Mass_LaxHS) 

The three-time defending Division 2 state champions are set to begin their title defense next Tuesday, April 4th when they visit Tri-Valley League (TVL) foe Holliston with face-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Medfield High School boy’s varsity lacrosse publicized its team’s 2017 campaign today on Twitter. Not only does their schedule include some must-see local contests, but a quartet of games featuring some non-Massachusetts teams.

In addition to the non-Massachusetts contests, fans should certainly keep an eye on the Warriors two contests with Dover-Sherborn (Apr. 25th and May 17th), as well as their visit to Duxbury on May 6th.

Another game worth noting is Medfield-Beverly, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be played at Medfield High School.

For more local Massachusetts high school lacrosse coverage, make sure to follow @Mass_LaxHS on Twitter! Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will be providing game coverage and features this season on the local lacrosse teams.  

Mass. High School Lax: Westwood Keeps The Focus On Improving Every Day

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After capturing the MIAA Division 1 State Championship last season, the Westwood High School girl’s lacrosse team is focused on improving each day this season! (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Mao)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Months after the Westwood girl’s varsity lacrosse team captured the Division 1 state championship, the Westwood Press and Boston Herald reported that long-time head coach Leslie Frank was stepping-down.

Frank’s departure opened the door for assistant Margot Spatola, who spent the past five seasons with the Wolverines.

“The transition has gone well so far,” said Spatola, who has helped the Wolverines snatch a trio of state titles, dating back to 2012.

“I hope that my coaching staff and I can honor Leslie’s legacy by continuing to push our players to be the best players they can be and to be the best versions of themselves (everyday).”

Westwood, which commences its regular season next week when they visit Bellingham, will enjoy a few more days of practice, along with a pair of play-dates this weekend – weather permitting, of course.

The play-dates will feature some local teams, including Duxbury, Needham and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham), along with a few squads from New York and Rhode Island.

According to Spatola, Westwood’s biggest goal this season is to grow and improve every day. Sure, it sounds cliché, but in order for the Wolverines to enjoy another successful campaign, they’ll need their seniors, including Haley Connaughton, Shea Farrell, Georgia Salvatore and Kelly Doonan to step-up and lead the underclassmen.

“We have nine seniors (on our team) that have exhibited great leadership already,” said Spatola. “We’re fortunate to have such a hard-working, cohesive group of seniors.”

Added Connaughton, “We need to work as hard as we can (everyday). We are each other’s best competition and we need to capitalize on that at practices and in pre-game warm ups.”

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Haley Connaughton (No. 4) will be one of nine seniors counted on to lead the Wolverines this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Mao)

Competing against each other every day should certainly help Westwood achieve their daily (and season-long goal), but also assist the underclassmen and new players that Spatola welcomed to the team earlier this month.

“We have a number of newcomers who have the chance to make an impact,” said Spatola. “We graduated 10 seniors from the 2016 squad and Marc is a time for new things to happen.

“We’re looking forward to watching our underclassmen grow under the guidance of our experienced seniors and juniors.”

Following Westwood’s initial contest against Bellingham, the Wolverines will host Needham on Wednesday (April 5th) before visiting Dover-Sherborn the following day (April 6th).

Westwood and Needham have built quite a rivalry over the past few seasons – most times, the two squads clash in the MIAA Division 1 South semifinals or finals.

“Needham is a great team that we always have a friendly rivalry with,” said Spatola.

In addition to an important non-conference meeting with the Rockets, Westwood’s schedule features some additional tough tests against Norwell (last season’s MIAA Division 2 state champion), Wellesley, Lincoln-Sudbury, Duxbury, Medfield and Notre Dame Academy.

Of course, winning the Tri-Valley League is extremely important, too – don’t expect Spatola and her crew to overlook any league foe as they continue to strive to improve and grow each day.

“What’s great about high school sports is that every year is different from the last, and the beginning of the season is very different from the end,” said Spatola. “I look forward to seeing how our team grows throughout the season.”

Added Doonan, “I think our biggest team goal this season is getting to know each other’s style of play. We have a lot of new underclassmen and juniors on the team, and we really need to work in practice on getting to know each others strengths and weaknesses, both offensively and defensively.”

Make sure to stay up-to date with the Wolverines, along with other Massachusetts High School Lacrosse news by following us on Twitter @NoontimeSports and @Mass_LaxHS. This season, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will provide game stories and features on local high school lacrosse. 

Mass. HS Lax: Opening Week Games To Watch

Opening Week!

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS)

A brand new season of Massachusetts High School Lacrosse is slowly set to begin – there are still a few play-dates and scrimmages scheduled for the next few days. Below are a few games we’re going to be keeping an eye on – of course, there will be others, too – but here are some games to watch, attend or follow on social media!

  • Westford Academy at Lincoln-Sudbury (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4 p.m.) – This will be a good test for the Grey Ghosts as they take on the two-time defending MIAA Division 1 Eastern Champions.
  • Xaverian Bros. at Belmont Hill School (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 10 a.m. | Scrimmage): We will be keeping both eyes on Tim Gardner‘s squad this season, which begins its 2017 campaign officially next Tuesday, April 4th when they host Walpole before entertaining Catholic Memorial three days later on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Duxbury vs. LaSalle Academy (Friday, Mar. 31st | 5:30 p.m. | Scrimmage): This will be the Dragons’ third consecutive scrimmage before hopping into regular season play next Monday (Apr. 3rd) against Whitman-Hanson.
  • Wellesley at Norwell (Monday, Apr. 3rd | 4 p.m.): The Norwell girls lacrosse team will attempt to win their third consecutive MIAA Division 2 crown, but don’t overlook a Wellesley Raiders squad that will certainly be in the mix for the Bay State Conference (BSC) crown this season.
  • Needham vs. Lexington (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 3:45 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets saw their run toward a MIAA Division 1 South Sectional crown fall short to Duxbury last season, but being a new season (and a new tam), one should not overlook Needham, which will begin its season against B.C. High next Tuesday (on the road). As for Lexington, they’ll look to rebound after falling to Lincoln-Sudbury last year in the MIAA Division 1 North Quarterfinals.
  • Needham vs. Franklin (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 6:00 p.m.): Before competing in a play-date with Westwood girl’s lacrosse on Saturday, the Rockets will look to commence their season against a talented Franklin squad, which captured the MIAA East Division 1 crown last season with a 7-6 win over Acton-Boxboro.
  • St. John’s Prep at Reading (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4:00 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets and Eagles will tangle in what will be a quality scrimmage before Reading commences its season on Saturday, April 1st against Acton-Boxboro.
  • Grafton vs. Shrewsbury (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 3:30 p.m.): Expect Grafton to make another run toward the MIAA Boys Central/West Division 3 crown, especially after defeating Mount Greylock – a team one should not over look, too.
  • Mount Greylock at Burr & Burton Academy (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 4:15 p.m.): Mount Greylock should certainly be in the mix for a Central/West Division 3 crown this season – hey, maybe they actually get past Grafton and secure a spot in the state semifinals.
  • Cohasset at Newton North (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 12:00 p.m.): We highlighted this game earlier in an exciting tweet from coach James Beaudoin. The past two years have seen this game head to an extra session, so it is possible we could see a third this weekend.

See a game that wasn’t featured or mentioned? Let us know by sending us an email to MassHSLax2016@gmail.com and make sure to follow us on Twitter at @Mass_LaxHS