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New England High School Notebook: Mass Top 10 & More Lacrosse News

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Marathon Monday, lacrosse fans.

Before we get to some news and notes (and links) from the past few days, allow us to unveil our first Noontime Sports Eastern Massachusetts Top 10 Polls for both boys and girls lacrosse.

Hingham secured the top spot in this week’s poll – the Harbormen enter the new week with a 4-0 record – while Xaverian Brothers checked-in second following a bounce-back win over Cohasett this past weekend. Lincoln-Sudbury secured the third position.

In the fourth position is a talented Acton-Boxborough unit that will face some interesting foes this week, including Algonquin tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.

Needham secured the eight position following a solid week for the Rockets, which included a hard-fought win over New Hampshire’s Bishop Guertin. Christian Bliss sealed the win with a late save.

Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) checked-in first overall in this week’s poll – they recently scored an impressive 11-6 win this afternoon over Radnor (Pennsylvania) – while Norwell and Wellesley checked-in second and third, respectively.

The Raiders recently scored an exciting 11-10 win over Walpole, thanks to a late tally with 14.3 seconds remaining by Arielle Dulamac. Additionally, Wellesley’s Anna Hereu sealed the win with a game-saving stop at the buzzer.

The Rockets checked-in fifth – they scored a 14-12 win earlier today over Duxbury.

Also, keep an eye on Westwood, which recently recorded back-to-back conference wins against Hopkinton (19-7) and Medfield (19-5). Both wins came after a one-goal setback to top-ranked Norwell.


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New England High Schools: Keep Your Eyes On Hingham & Norwell

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

If you’re a fan of the Hingham Harbormen then you couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season.

Hingham enters the new week with a 2-0 mark, thanks to wins over Catholic Memorial and St. John’s Prep (Danvers). Both wins secured them the second position in today’s BostonLax.net week two poll, which found Xaverian Brothers in the top spot, while Boston College High School secured the third position, thanks to a win over Cohasset.

Rounding out the site’s top five positions were Duxbury and Lincoln-Sudbury, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hingham checked-in first in the Wicked Local South boys power ranking, while NorwellMarshfield, and Plymouth South secured the second, third, and fourth positions, respectively.

The Harbormen face a very interesting test on Saturday, April 13th when they host Simsbury (Conn.) at 1 p.m., and will certainly need another solid outing from Cooper Dainton, who netted four goals in his team’s win over the Eagles this past weekend.

In today’s Wicked Local South girls power rankings, Norwell secured the top spot, thanks to a 2-0 start, while Braintree, Cohasset, and Hingham checked-in second, third, and fourth, respectively.

Norwell, which returned 23 players from last year’s MIAA D2 state championship squad, has commenced its season with convincing wins over Foxboro and Westwood. The win over the Wolverines – an 8-7 victory – should provide the Clippers with some momentum heading into a week where they will face Hingham and Medfield. Both games won’t be easy.

Medfield enters the early week tilt with Norwell with a 1-0 record, thanks to a 19-4 win over Norwood last Friday. The win over the Mustangs was also the Warriors’ initial Tri-Valley League (TVL) victory, too.

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High School Sports: MIAA Basketball State Finals Predictions

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Saturday will be a busy day in Massachusetts with 16 high school basketball teams vying for eight state championships.

Holy Cross and WPI will be the sites of this year’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state championships with games tipping off at 12 p.m.

Before all eight games commence, let’s dish out our thoughts on each contest, as well as our predictions, too.

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MIAA State Basketball Championship Predictions 

MIAA D1 Boys Final: Lynn English vs. Putnam (6:45 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Bulldogs were just the better team on Tuesday when they beat Newton North in the state semifinals. Alonzo Linton was one of many players that powered the Maroon and White to the team’s 22nd victory of the season. Linton should be a factor on Saturday against Putnam, which must find a way to slow down him and others on this Lynn English team. PREDICTION: Lynn English

MIAA D1 Girls Final: Braintree vs. Springfield Central (2:15 p.m. @ Holy Cross): For the third-straight March, the Wamps and Golden Eagles will meet in the finals. Jaliena Sanchez highlighted Springfield Central’s win over Franklin on Tuesday with 32 points and should be a factor against Braintree on Saturday, which needed a second-half surge to beat Central Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield Central 

MIAA D2 Boys Final: Tech Boston vs. Taconic (2:15 p.m. @ WPI): Tech Boston’s Shamar Browder was very impressive against Belmont on Wednesday, netting 19 of his 30 points in the second half, while Lyron Bennet was extremely clutch from the charity stripe, especially in the fourth quarter. Both players will need to mimic their performance on Saturday against Taconic, which pushed ahead for good against Westboro in the second half of its semifinal contest. Tech Boston won their meeting with the Braves last year, but Taconic should be motivated to erase last year’s setback with a win over the Bears this weekend. PREDICTION: Taconic 

MIAA D2 Girls Final: Pentucket vs. Northampton (4:30 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Sachems’ full-court press and transition offense seemed to be one of many reasons the Green and White was able to secure the lead for good against Pembroke on Wednesday. Look for a big game from Pentucket’s Angelica Hurley, who finished Wednesday’s semifinal with 19 points and nine rebounds. PREDICTION: Pentucket 

MIAA D3 Boys Final: Bishop Stang vs. Dover-Sherborn (12 p.m. @ Holy Cross): Everything seems to be clicking for Dover-Sherborn these days. The Raiders have scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks to secure a spot in the championship game, including recent victories over Sabis in the state semifinals and Hudson, which was the top seed in the D3 Central Tournament. Their luck should continue against the Spartans in their first championship appearance since 1981. PREDICTION: Dover-Sherborn. 

MIAA D3 Girls Final: St. Mary’s of Lynn vs. Hoosac Valley (12 p.m. @ WPI): Alexandria Mercier has been the go-to this season for the Hurricanes, especially earlier this week when she canned a game-high 22 points against Millis in the state semifinals. Mercier, along with Alison Mendel will be a tough duo to stop on Saturday and should find a way to lead Hoosac Vallet past a Spartans squad that overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat Archbishop Williams at the Garden on Wednesday. PREDICTION: Hoosac Valley 

MIAA D4 Boys Final: Abington vs. Worcester Tech (6:45 p.m. @ WPI): The Green Wave was rather impressive Tuesday – they rallied to beat Pope John at the Garden, thanks to a late three-pointer from William Klein, which secured Abington a spot in this year’s championship game. The Green Wave will need to play the way they did down the stretch against Pope John to beat a talented Worcester Tech squad. PREDICTION: Abington 

MIAA D4 Girls Final: Cathedral vs. Hopkins Academy (4:30 p.m. @ WPI): Dejah Jenkins will attempt to cap her senior year with the Panthers by delivering Cathedral its second state title in three seasons. Cathedral beat Fenway en route to its D4 crown in 2017, so expect the same to happen this time, as well. PREDICTION: Cathedral


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Boston Cannons Announce High School Rivalry Series

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Boston Cannons Helmet. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Boston Cannons announced this morning their High School Rivalry Series, which will take place before select home games later this season.

The High School Rivalry series is presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Catholic Memorial and Malden Catholic will be the first two teams to compete in the series – the two squads will face-off at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 p.m. before Boston entertains the Dallas Rattlers at 6 p.m.

Governor’s Academy will square-off against St. Sebastian’s one week later on Saturday, May 12th at Harvard Stadium with the game scheduled to commence at 3 p.m.

The final two matchups with take place in Hingham on Saturday, May 19th with the girls team hosting Braintree at 12 p.m. followed by the boy’s team entertaining Needham at 2 p.m. Boston and the Chesapeake Bayhawks will also compete in Hingham that same day with face-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

For more information on the upcoming High School Rivalry Series – HOP HERE!

Catching Up With Babson College Guard Taylor Russell

Babson College senior Ashley Russell and the Bears kick-off their 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 19th when they tip-off against Farmingdale State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

Babson College senior Ashley Russell and the Bears kick-off their 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 19th when they tip-off against Farmingdale State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

By Bob Whitney (@WhitneyBob

Taylor Russell is a senior at Babson College and a captain on this year’s women’s basketball squad. Russell, along with fellow captain Giovanna Pickering and seven others return from a team that went 21-6 last year and captured its fifth New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season title since 2010.

Russell started nine times and appeared in 26 of 27 for legendary Coach Judy Blinstrub’s Green and White, averaging career highs of 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor. Russell was a three-sport (basketball, lacrosse and volleyball) All-Star at Braintree High School in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Russell’s younger sister, Ashley, is a sophomore on the Penn Quakers basketball team.

Noontime Sports correspondent Bob Whitney recently spoke with Russell just prior to the Beavers’ first game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 19 against Farmingdale State (Amherst College Tip-Off Classic 8 p.m.).

How prepared were you to play at the college level?

My high school coach, Kristen McDonnell, was a real stickler for defensive fundamentals – it was all about defense first. That skill set really helped me in my first year at Babson. I felt like I was a step ahead of the other freshman because we had spent considerable time on defensive skills (individual and team) at Braintree HS.

What have you noticed are the biggest differences in transitioning from playing in high school to college?

There are a couple of things that quickly come to mind. First of all, the pace of the game is so much quicker. Then the competition is much more intense and finally managing the time commitment between basketball and maintaining your studies. At Babson one of our guiding principles is students first and athletes second!

What challenges have you faced on the offensive end?

I have had to become a much more versatile player in college. I have had to learn the No. 2, 3 or 4 spots on the floor. I spent a lot of time learning and refining my post moves over the last three seasons.

What are the challenges of being a student-athlete?

No question maintaining a balance between basketball and the classroom. Time management is critical to your success. It was a real challenge, but I am glad that I made the sacrifice to do both.

What are the intangibles of playing a sport in college?

I have learned a lot, but I truly believe that hard work will pay off for you in the long run – whatever it takes to get the job done on the court or in the classroom. You also get the opportunity to make some incredible friendships along the way, which will hopefully become life-long. In addition playing a sport teaches you a lot about teamwork, decision-making, leadership, adapting to change and how to handle pressure.

Finally, what kind of senior season do you expect to have?

Well, we lost a number of very experienced players from last year so experience will be a factor in the early games. But we have some very good freshman this year and a transfer so I expect us to be right in the mix for the NEWMAC title. Last year we just missed the NCAA tournament but this year I expect us to earn the automatic bid.

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