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New England High Schools: Highlighting Darien’s Successful Start


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Months after falling to Ridgefield in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (Class L) championship, the Darien Blue Wave erased their one-goal setback with the Tigers by scoring a commanding 14-6 win last Friday.

Hudson Pokorny and Henri Pfeifle each recorded hat tricks in the win while helping the Blue Wave construct an eight-goal run in the second half to secure an impressive win over a Tigers team that has won two of three games this season.

The win certainly meant a lot to the Blue Wave, who certainly seem poised to make a run at the Class L crown later this spring. The mindset for the Blue Wave, according to Gametime CT, is to take it “one game at a time.”

As Pokorny mentioned to Gametime CT, this was certainly a “big one” for the Blue Wave, who recently beat Fairfield Ludlowe for their fourth win of the season.

Darien heads to Manhasset (New York) this weekend for their second out of state contest – they recently beat Yorktown, 11-7.

Also heading out of state this weekend is Daniel Hand, which will travel to Longmeadow on Friday for a 5 p.m. face-off. This should be a good test for the Tigers, who have won three games this season, including a 9-8 win on Wednesday over Shelton.

Longmeadow captured the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Central/West D2 crown last spring before falling to Concord-Carlisle in the state semifinals. C-C would advance to the championship round but lose to Reading, which won its first state title at Boston University.

One day after Daniel Hand visits Longmeadow, Simsbury will make the trek to Hingham on Saturday, April 13th. The Harbormen will enter the contest with a great deal of momentum, thanks to recent wins over North QuincySt. John’s Prep (Danvers) and Catholic Memorial.

We’ll have another notebook later this week, but make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeLax on Twitter for New England high school lacrosse news and scores! 

Mass HS Lax Recap: Wellesley 9, Hingham 7

By Brian Willwerth 

HINGHAM – The Wellesley High School boy’s lacrosse team is going to Harvard.

Backed by a stellar defensive effort in the second half, the fourth-seeded Raiders defeated top-seeded Hingham on Saturday afternoon, 9-7, in the Division 2 East semifinals.

Wellesley held the Harbormen scoreless for nearly the entire second half, too.

While the Raiders’ defense – led by senior goalie Connor Darcey – dominated the second half of play, the game started out as an offensive explosion.

With a big crowd looking on at Hingham High School, Wellesley opened the scoring. But Hingham struck very quickly four straight times, two of them coming from Noah Ellis, but the Raiders rallied to tie the game at 4 with three straight goals of their own.

After Hingham’s Kevin Blair scored the first goal of the second quarter to give the Harbormen the lead again, the Raiders took control, as Andrew Volkmann gave Wellesley a 6-5 lead at halftime.

“We came out of the timeout, held our own, and fought back to get a lead,” said Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty. “That’s one of those gut checks for a team that hasn’t had to have a gut-check for awhile.”

“They had four early and they could’ve had 30 at that pace,” added Batty.

In the second half, Wellesley scored the next three goals to take a 9-5 advantage deep into the fourth quarter, then survived a frantic final two minutes in which the Harbormen cut the lead to 9-7 with 41 seconds remaining. But Hingham would get no closer.

“Usually I defer to the defense instead of the goalie,” said Batty of his team’s ability to keep Hingham off the scoreboard for a long period of time. “Darcey saved the hard ones today. He was sensational.”

Peter Crane and Oliver Saffery had a pair of goals each for Wellesley, while Ellis scored twice for Hingham.

The win sends Wellesley to the final against Concord-Carlisle on Wednesday at Harvard Stadium.  Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Mass High School Lax Recap: Concord-Carlisle Remains Perfect, Defeats King Phillip, 13-2

By Hayden Bird 

CONCORD, MA – Concord Carlisle’s boy’s lacrosse team breezed through a 13-2 win against King Phillip on Thursday afternoon, furthering their still-perfect record.

CC (14-0) is the only undefeated team left in Massachusetts, but the pressure doesn’t seem to be showing.

“It’s there,” said Concord’s coach Tom Dalicandro about the perfect record. “It’s not like we don’t know, but we don’t talk about.”

The business-as-usual method in dealing with their unique position paid dividends against their regional high school opponents.

The Patriots preserved their perfect record on Thursday, as they defeated the Warriors of King Phillip. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan)

King Phillip (7-9) has been undeniably improved in the second half of their season (7-2 in their last nine before today) as opposed to the first part of the campaign, when the team started the year 0-6.

Yet from the opening faceoff, it was clear that King Phillip were overmatched.

Concord-Carlisle’s faceoff specialist, Will Blumenberg, who practically won all the face-offs, scored the first goal of the game after several minutes of deadlock, which provided the Patriots with all the momentum.

Two more quick goals came in two minutes, with Peter Anastos and Tim Badgley only too happy to oblige opening in King Phillip’s defense.

Finally, after regaining the imitative, the visitors got off the mark through a goal from Brett McElroy, making it momentarily, 3-1.

The second quarter saw a tightening of CC’s man marking scheme, spurred on by some adamant words from coach Dalicandro.

“I think defensively and goaltending, we’re pretty good,” he noted afterward.

And the increasingly suffocating defense allowed Concord to monopolize possession of the ball. So when CC’s offense got back in gear and notched two more goals, it was no surprise.

“Offensively, I think we improved today and we’re getting better,” Dalicandro said of his team.

The halftime score was 6-1, and things did not improve for a backpedaling King Phillip’s squad following the interval.

An endless stream of faceoff wins and a lack of penalties, (Concord committed only one, in the fourth quarter) helped kill off the game for the home team, who remain in pursuit of perfection.

The defense picked up where they had confidently left off in the first half, and by the time of King Phillip’s second goal of the game, Concord-Carlisle had chalked up seven more (bringing the final score to 13-2).

“We’re trying to get to 10 goals a game,” said Dalicandro. “That’s the key. And we did that today.”

Eastern Massachusetts, D3 Super Bowl: Concord-Carlisle Rolls Over Oliver Ames, 42-9


By Ryan Lanigan 

FOXBOROUGH, MA – Concord-Carlisle had hopes of raising the Super Bowl plaque last year, but fell short of their goal. They haven’t lost since.

The Patriots, led by senior running back George Craan’s 122 yards and three touchdowns, routed Oliver Ames, 42-9, to win the Division III Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl and complete their perfect season.

“We’ve always talked about wins and losses being the report card of the homework you do all week long at practice and these guys have aced every test,” Concord-Carlisle coach Mike Robichaud said. “It’s just been unbelievable and it underscores the great work of this senior class.”

Oliver Ames came out strong, forcing the Patriots to go three-and-out and punt. But on the ensuing punt, the Tigers fumbled the kick, allowing Concord-Carlisle to take over at the OA 34.

Four plays later, senior George Craan ran from four yards out to put Concord-Carlisle up 7-0. The Patriots never looked back, nor surrendered their only lead of the game.

“They did a good job of shutting us down on some things early on,” said Robichaud. “Our guys were really determined and we were able to get back to a main menu of things we were doing a little earlier in the season more consistently.[There] was some really good execution from the guys up front.”

After an OA field goal on their first possession from Ryan McGrath, the Patriots came back with a seven play, 76-yard drive, which was capped off by a nine-yard Craan run.

“He’s just a great kid. He made it to his mission when he came to the high school to get here as a senior,” Robichaud continued. “He got here ahead of schedule last year as a junior and weren’t able to close it out. He was one of the most determined kids we’ve got to make it happen. It was huge in the playoff games.”

“We just knew we had to execute,” said Craan. “Obviously we were happy we were here but we had a mission ahead of us. Our guys had to stay to focused to accomplish that mission.”

The Patriot defense forced a total of four turnovers and limited the Tigers to just complete 4-of-11 third downs.

“The defense is well prepared by [assistant] coach Dalicandro,” continued Craan. “Those guys work their butts off at practices. We knew everyone had to help each other out; from defense to offense to special teams, it was a whole group effort.“

Concord-Carlisle senior Henry Bumpus had a “redemption” game according to Robichaud. After dropping a pass last year in the Super Bowl, Bumpus came back to catch two touchdowns and snatch one interception.

“We’ve been waiting to get here. He was sick as a dog [about last year],” Robichaud said. “To come back here and to do what he did was extra special. It was definitely redemption and a wonderful day for a kid who has put so much work into becoming a better football player.”

For Oliver Ames, senior back Sam Langston led the way with 60 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was the final play of an 80-yard drive, capped off by the three-yard Langston run.

“Sam’s a fantastic football player,” said Oliver Ames head coach Jim Artz. “I wanted to get him in the end zone at the end just to try and say thank you for all the hard work he’s given us. He’s just been an outstanding back. Whether he’s catching the ball out of the backfield or running with the ball. He’ll be hard to replace.”

Concord-Carlisle will graduate 19 seniors while Oliver Ames will graduate 20.



Eastern Massachusetts Division I, II,III Super Bowl Predictions

Are you ready for some High School Super Bowls?

By NoontimeSports.com 

Super Saturday is upon us, which means it’s time to make some bold predictions for the upcoming Division I, II and III Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowls, which will be played at Gillette Stadium.

Here’s our staffs predictions for three Saturday championship games, enjoy.

Division III – Concord Carlisle vs. Oliver Ames

Dan Libon – If you are wondering what the Patriots could do on Saturday against the Tigers, then you might want to revisit their shutout victory from earlier this season against Lincoln Sudbury. It would be a great story if Oliver Ames comes out on top, but in all honesty, C-C has too many weapons on both sides of the ball. C-C 28 OA 17

Ryan Lanigan – The Patriots will feel right at home at Gillette Stadium, but not many teams fill the stands like the townies from Easton. There is no doubt CC is an elite team, but I’ve gone on record before saying, Oliver Ames is a team that screams “determination.” This could turn into one of the more entertaining games of the day. OA will make it close, but they’ll fall just short. C-C 24 – Oliver Ames 14.

Matt Noonan – The story of Oliver Ames has been an exciting one this year, but against the Patriots of Concord-Carlisle, I’m expecting the Tigers to lose. CC has a great offensive and defensive unit, and oh, by the way, they also lost at Gillette Stadium last year, so that’s some motivation for the Patriots to win, right? CC 28 – OA 10

Division II – Duxbury vs. Tewksbury

DLWith the longest winning streak in the state, Duxbury is in great position to win their second Division II championship in two-years. They can beat you with quarterback Matt O’Keefe or by shutting down their opponent on defense. Duxbury 14 Tewksbury 0

RL – Duxbury did a wonderful job keeping Charles Ruffin and the King Philip offense out of the end zone to advance to the Super Bowl while Tewksbury has recovered from a rough start to play in the big game. I believe Coach Dave Maimaron will have the Dragons ready to go. Duxbury 28 Tewksbury 7

MN – Hands down, I’m picking Duxbury. They’re fast, quick, aggressive and athletic, and certainly, they’ve got a quality quarterback that’s most likely going to toss two touchdowns before the buzzer sounds. Duxbury 21 – Tewksbury 7

Division – Boston College High School vs. Needham

DL – What am I most excited for in this particular matchup? Hmm… the two top tight ends in the state! Expect BC High quarterback Bartley Regan to have plenty of time in the pocket when looking for teammate Jameson McSheaBC High 28 Needham 14

RL – Both of these teams are beyond deserving to be in the Super Bowl. As a Brockton High graduate, I’ll give a lot of credit to Needham for knocking off New Bedford – our Big 3 rival. BC High has done a marvelous job recovering from the loss of star running back Preston Cooper. The Eagles defense, (four shutouts) will be clashing with a Needham team that has posted 42 points in two straight games. It will be close, but I think BC High will pull it out. BC High 21 Needham 14.

MN – After losing quarterback Drew Burnett to a season ending injury, Needham has rallied around Ryan Charter, who enters Saturday’s tilt with 14 touchdowns in six games. Needham head coach Dave Duffy admitted after Tuesday’s game that their opponent on Saturday is tough, big and physical. However, the Rockets are a team that have always exhibited a lot of heart and passion this season, so I’m expecting the underdogs to somehow find a way to knock-off the Eagles in this one. Needham 28 – BC High 24 

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