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New England High School Notebook: Breaking Down Our Mass. Top 10 Polls

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome to the second to last week of April where we find both Lincoln-Sudbury and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in the top spot of their respective eastern Massachusetts polls, which were posted today on Twitter.


This week’s Noontime Lax Eastern Massachusetts Top 10 Polls (as seen on Twitter): 

Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, Apr. 22nd)

Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, Apr. 22nd) 


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse News & NotesL-S secured the top spot this week in our boy’s Top 10 following an impressive 12-9 win last Saturday over second-ranked Hingham in the 2019 Coaches Cup championship, which was held at Winchester High School.

Matt Ward helped the Warriors erase the memories of last year’s semifinal loss to the Harbormen by netting six goals and dishing out one assist, while Johnny Herlihy added five points on three goals and two assists.

Prior to their win over Hingham, Lincoln-Sudbury topped Concord-Carlisle (14-5) and Winchester (15-10).

As noted in Tommy Cassell‘s game story, the win over Hingham was a tribute to the seniors from last year, who saw their 58-game winning streak against Massachusetts teams snapped, along with members of this year’s team that wasn’t on the field last Saturday.

Moving up to the third position this week on the boy’s poll was Medfield, which scored two impressive wins last week over Xaverian Brothers (9-6) and Pinkerton (New Hampshire) (17-5). Both wins are solid and should continue to provide coach John Isaf‘s unit with some momentum heading into their upcoming three-game road trip with visits to Bellingham, Norton, and Duxbury.


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse News & NotesOne can make the case for Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)and Wellesley for being in the top spot, but for the second-straight week, the Cougars secured the top spot, while the Raiders moved into second. Norwell checked-in third overall, while Walpole and Westwood secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Notre Dame boasts just one loss this season against a non-Massachusetts team – the Cougars lost to Radnor (Pennsylvania) last week but rebounded with a 15-10 win over Franklin, which checked-in ninth this week.

In addition to a recent win over the Panthers, the Cougars have also scored wins against Cohasset (19-9) and Duxbury (18-5) but face some challenges ahead against Norwell (next Monday), along with Needham and Westwood next month.

Speaking of Westwood, the Wolverines recently edged the Rockets last week, 13-12, thanks to four goals from Kayla Conway and eight points (two goals and six assists) from Alex Finn.

Needham, however, managed to rebound a few days later with a convincing 22-8 win over Wayland.

Both Needham and Westwood will remain teams to watch this week, as well as next month, too, but so are squads like Reading, Lincoln-Sudbury and Wayland.


We’ll have more on local Massachusetts high school lacrosse later this week, but as always make sure to stay connected with us on Twitter at @NoontimeLax

 

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.


News and Links from the New England High School Lacrosse World 


Stay connected with our New England lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax. 

Daily Noontime: February 6, 2019

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Happy National Signing Day, Everyone! (PHOTO COURTESY: Sports Illustrated)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Wednesday – a.k.a. hump day – as well as National Signing Day, too!

We’ll be keeping our eyes on social media today to find out where our high school student-athletes will be taking their talents to next fall.

But in the meantime, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime for February 6, 2019 – have a great day, everyone!


In The News


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI):

  • We started our D3 State Lacrosse Teams for 2019 last night, highlighting student-athletes from California and Colorado. More to come later today!
  • We had some new student-athletes honored yesterday by the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA). (Men’s Report | Women’s Report).

Video of the Day: Jimmy Kimmel shares his thoughts on the State of the Union!

Connelly, Sweet Powered Duxbury’s Attack Against Franklin

By Matt Noonan 

DUXBURY, MA – Head coach Chris Sweet made it quite clear on Wednesday that his entire Duxbury team is a unit, not individuals.

Although, against the Franklin Panthers in the MIAA Div. 1 East quarterfinals, Sweet’s notion wasn’t entirely exhibited, as seniors Seamus Connelly and Sam Sweet fueled the Duxbury attack with eight goals and three assists en route to a 15-3 victory.

“All three of our attackman have developed some good chemistry and Sam is more of a set-up guy and understands that’s his role, and Seamus is a great catch-and-shoot guy, [who] understands his role,” explained Coach Sweet. “They’ve developed some good chemistry, and I hope that can continue into the next round of games.”

Both Sam and Seamus, who have spent the entire season together on attack, expressed that the main reason why the Dragons were so successful against the Panthers was due to their ball movement, which opened lanes for various players to dodge and shoot.

“The whole offense [has to] be moving, and if they’re not then we look bad, so really it’s the other three-four guys out on the field that help us out and help us look good,” said the younger Sweet.

“Our whole offense, obviously Sam in particular was moving the whole time, moving the ball quick and luckily I was able to be on the last end of some of those passes,” said Connelly.

Duxbury also exhibited a 2-2-2 offensive formation for a majority of the first half, which allowed Connelly and Sweet to assist the Dragons attack, especially in the first half.

“We were in a 2-2-2 offense for the most part, so when me or [Will Seifert] dodges from behind, we’re looking to the crease and Seamus is on the crease and he’s got the best hands on the team, and he’s the best finisher,” exclaimed the younger Sweet. “So, we just get it to him, and it’s in the back of the net.”

“It definitely all starts with Sammy and Will Seifert behind the goal, they kind of just do their own thing, and I kind of do my own thing up top with the middies, and we got a couple ankle breakers, so it’s easy to put the ball in the net,” Connelly exclaimed.

The Dragons are now two wins away from earning their second consecutive state championship, and will return to their turf on Saturday when they welcome Lincoln-Sudbury to Duxbury, a team that they barely defeated earlier this season.

“It’s certainly going to be tough. We’ve got L-S, and we beat them by a goal [and] by the skin of our teeth a couple weeks ago, so that’s going to be a huge game, and we’re just going to have to ride our seniors like we always do,” stated Connelly.

“We just have to dig deep. It was a close game last time. We’ve just got to come out strong, come out pumped up and they’re a good team, so it’ll be a battle,” exclaimed the younger Sweet.

VIDEO: Ross Tanner (Franklin) Reflects On His Final High School Lax Game

By Matt Noonan 

DUXBURY, MA – Playing in his final game as a member of the Franklin boy’s varsity lacrosse team, senior attack Ross Tanner concluded his career with two strikes against Duxbury’s sophomore netminder Nick Marrocco in the second half of Wednesday’s MIAA Div. 1 East quarterfinals match.

“I got two open netters, so I’ll take that,” exclaimed Tanner.

After Tanner’s strikes had been recorded, Duxbury responded with two more tallies to secure their lead for good, as the Dragons defeated the Panthers, 15-3.

Yet, despite the loss, Tanner exclaimed that his team was focused on earning a spot in the quarterfinals, especially since the senior class hadn’t made it that far in past tournaments.

“We set our goals to get [to the quarterfinals], and that’s what we did,” Tanner said. “We took down Mansfield, [which] was a tough game, blew them out a little more than we thought we were going to, but we got the win, [and advanced to Duxbury].”

Franklin, which ended its 2012 campaign 16-5, will graduate eight seniors, but return 22 underclassmen next season. And even though Tanner ended his senior year without a trophy, he explained that it was still a fun final season with the Panthers.

“It was a great senior year. I’ve never gotten this far [because] the last two years, we’ve been knocked out in the first round, so to get to the third round [was] kind of enlightening”

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