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:

 

Game of the Week Preview: Babson vs. Clark (Saturday, Apr. 22nd at 1 p.m.)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

 

It should be an exciting day of lacrosse in Babson Park tomorrow (Saturday, April 22nd) as Babson College host Clark University in a marque New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tilt, which is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m.

Noontime Sports will be covering the game, live from Babson Park and fans are encouraged to follow along with our in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

GAME OUTLOOK: The Cougars enter the contest riding an impressive five-game winning streak, including a recent 12-6 victory earlier this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brandon King and Will Mandracchia highlighted their team’s most recent outing, finishing the contest with a hat trick, respectively, while Drew Riopelle-Tyrell improved to 6-3 between the pipes.

Prior to Wednesday’s tilt with the Buccaneers, Clark scored some impressive league wins over MIT and Coast Guard Academy, as well as a non-conference victory over Plymouth State.

Clark is the first NEWMAC squad to capture 10 games this season, they’re also the top team in the league, too.

Babson, which has won back-to-back league games, will look to bump its home record to 6-1 tomorrow – Saturday’s contest is the team’s final home game of the 2017 season.

The Beavers have been quite impressive at home this spring, winning five of six contests, including a pair of wins over Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wheaton College.

Samuel Mishkind currently leads the Green and White with 33 points on 27 goals and six assists, while Owen Allen is second on the team with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists.

As a team, the Beavers have deposited 140 goals this spring, while collaborating for 74 assists. Christopher Aranalde has enjoyed an impressive season between the pipes, he turning aside 103 shots, while surrendering 69 goals.

Babson captured the last meeting, defeating Clark in Worcester, 14-13, thanks to a two-goal rally during the final three minutes. Scott Doten scored the game-winner with 40 seconds remaining to lift the Beavers to an exciting one-goal victory.

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!

Boston Cannons Set To Begin 2017 Season Sunday Against Florida Launch

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The Boston Cannons are eager to commence their 2017 campaign, but also get off to a fast start. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reid Smith/Boston Cannons)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing last season in a seven-way tie for first place, the Boston Cannons, who did not qualify for the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) postseason due to tie-breakers, will attempt to earn a spot in this summer’s postseason as they begin their 2017 campaign this Sunday, April 23rd when they visit the Florida Launch.

Fans can watch the game on Lax Sports Network (LSN), the home for every MLL game this season.

Boston, which recently concluded its two-week training camp, will be led by captains Will MannyMax SeibaldJosh Hawkins and Justin Turri. Manny led all players last season in points (50), while Hawkins enjoyed his best season as pro with a career-best 11 goals and 14 points.

All four will certainly be counted on this Sunday when the Cannons take on a squad they defeated last year in their season finale at Harvard Stadium.

Boston and Florida have met three times in the past two seasons with the Cannons claiming all three contests.

Last season, the Cannons overcame a three-goal deficit at the break to defeat the Launch, 11-10. The win bumped Boston’s record to 8-6 overall, however, due to other outcomes that particular day, the Cannons were eliminated from the 2016 MLL playoffs.

In addition to the team’s four captains, Boston will lean heavily on veterans Mitch BelisleKevin Buchanan and Brodie Merrill, along with last season’s NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year Matt Landis. Additionally, look for the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Rob Haus to step-up this season, too.

“We could not be more excited to head into our opening game with a group of men that want to win and be a part of something special this season,” Coach Sean Quirk said in Tuesday’s release about his team’s 25-man roster.

Florida, which finished its 2016 slate 3-8 overall, will look to bounce back this season. They will be led by Kieran McArdle and Connor Buczek.

The Launch should also receive a boost this season from Jason Crane, who was acquired earlier this week, according to the team’s website. Crane, who competed for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, could certainly be an important leader for the team’s backline.

Florida Coach Tom Mariano is optimistic about his team’s upcoming campaign, he expects the Launch to play ‘a tough, hard-nosed style of lacrosse.’

Following Sunday’s contest, Boston will visit Atlanta next Saturday, April 29th for its second contest of the season.

Check-in this Sunday for a complete game one recap, along with news and notes from the Cannons’ initial contest of the season. 

Games to Watch This Week In D3 Lax (Apr. 18th-23rd)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

We’re closing in on the final few weeks of the regular season, which means the race for final conference tournament spots is on … in fact, it is so on!

Below are some games you should follow this week – of course, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter for game updates, scores and news from around the New England Division III men’s lacrosse world.

Lasell College at Trinity College, 5:30 p.m. (TODAY | April 17th) 

Bates College at Tufts University, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, April 18th) 

Roger Williams at Western New England, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th)

Plymouth State at Keene State, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

New England College at Lyndon State, 7 p.m. (Thursday, April 20th) 

Endicott College at Bowdoin College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)

Roger Williams at University of New England, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)  

Clark University at Babson College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Amherst College at Williams College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Friday Feature: Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Primed For Saturday Tilt With Merchant Marine Academy

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First-year Riley McNulty shattered the program’s record for points in a single-season on Wednesday in Coast Guard Academy’s win over Wheaton College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For a third-year program, the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team has certainly exceeded expectations.

The Bears, who transformed from a club program into a varsity team two years ago, have shown great improvement under third-year coach Ray LaForte, who has his squad on pace to match the program’s record for wins in a single-season (10).

Not only have the Bears shown improvement since their initial campaign in 2015, but have scored some important wins this season, most recently a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Wheaton College on Wednesday.

Their 15-5 triumph over the Lyons happened to be the Bears’ first-ever victory against Wheaton – it was also a contest that saw first-year Riley McNulty shatter the program’s single-season record for points (40).

In addition to their lone league win, the squad has also scored some impressive regional victories this season, defeating Lasell College (12-5), Eastern Connecticut State (18-5) and Norwich University (15-5).

This Saturday, the Bears will look to continue their current momentum when they compete against Merchant Marine Academy. Yet, unlike the past two seasons, this particular contest will be played at the United States Naval Academy following Army-Navy, which is scheduled to face-off at 12 p.m.

“It is really exciting,” LaForte said when asked about playing this weekend’s contest at the U.S. Naval Academy. “Our Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick did a great job in putting this game together and it is looking to be a great event for our academy.”

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Senior Blaise Curtis is excited to compete in front of family and friends on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland! (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Duddy)

According to LaForte, Fitzpatrick was looking to create a special event in the spring between the two academies and was able to set-up an opportunity for them to intersect in Annapolis, Maryland.

LaForte, who was quite excited when it was announced last November that the two programs would meet in Maryland, considers it a great opportunity to showcase both teams and their student-athletes

And one of those student-athletes that are eager for Saturday’s face-off is senior captain Blaise Curtis, who hails from Riverside, Maryland.

“There are a lot of guys that are really excited (about this game),” said Curtis. “There is a very big atmosphere change from us playing any other team with a lot more emotion and energy, so I expect Merchant Marine Academy to bring the same type of emotion and energy that we will bring for sure (on Saturday).”

Curtis is optimistic about his team’s chances this weekend despite the fact that the Mariners have captured the past two contests, including last season’s match-up, which saw Merchant Marine Academy push ahead for good with a five-goal spurt in the second quarter.

“I could see (this game) being a grind until the last quarter,” said Curtis.

Similar to Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy enters the contest with seven wins, including five victories in Skyline Conference play.

While the countdown has officially begun for face-off (tomorrow), Curtis, along with his teammates will keep the focus on playing their best lacrosse against a rival he has enjoyed competing against for the past two years.

“I think this will be one of the biggest rivalry games and stages I have been able to play on,” said Curtis. “I am really excited to get out on the field and give our best effort against Merchant Marine.”

Follow tomorrow’s contest between Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy via Live Stats and video! Make sure to stay connected with the Bears on Facebook and Twitter, too. 

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!’

Remember to stay connected with both Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) and Noontime Sports on Twitter (@NoontimeSports). You can also become a fan of Noontime Sports on Facebook, too!

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.