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The final week of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse regular season has arrived, which means its time to unveil our latest Noontime Sports Eastern Massachusetts poll.
Our next poll will be our last – it will be posted at the conclusion of the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin Sunday, June 2nd.
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Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
St. John’s Prep (Danvers)
On The Rise: Boston College High School, Central Catholic, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Foxborough, Hanover, Hopkinton, Marblehead, Marshfield, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton North, Norwell, Reading, Silver Lake, Wayland, Westford Academy, and Westwood.
Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
On The Rise: Braintree, Chelmsford, Dover-Sherborn, Duxbury, Foxborough, Hanover, Ipswich, Lexington, Lincoln-Sudbury, Manchester-Essex, Marblehead, Natick, Newburyport, North Andover, Reading, and Swampscott.
Our goal for these podcasts is to highlight the numerous programs across the state – yes, this includes Berkshire County, along with the Springfield and Worcester areas, too – through interviews with coaches and players, along with an occasional feature or two.
We’re really excited to provide additional coverage this spring for the sport and look forward to working with all the coaches, student-athletes and programs in Massachusetts.
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Thursday was an exciting day for the Hopedale boy’s varsity lacrosse team, which qualified for the upcoming MIAA Tournament for the first-time in program history.
The Blue Raiders, who picked-up their 10th win of the season, defeated Valley Tech by a score of 20-4. The contest was highlighted by Nick Fayad, who netted seven goals, while dishing out three assists.
Hopedale’s lacrosse team began as a club team six years ago, but transformed into a varsity unit in 2014. And since their initial varsity contest against Worcester, the squad has shown great improvement under Moxim.
“We’re just happy for all the current players who have been working towards this goal,” said Tim Pizzarelli, who coaches alongside Moxim. “(Qualifying) for the tournament is huge for us.”
Hopedale’s 10 wins are the most the team has recorded in a single-season. Last year, the Blue Raiders won nine contests.
The Blue Raiders will be in-action three times next week, beginning with a Monday, May 8th match-up against North Central Charter followed by a Tuesday (May 9th) clash with Tantasqua.
Other News and Notes from the Worcester lacrosse scene:
Nipmuc enters the contest with an impressive 8-0 ledger this season. Since their opening day victory over Grafton, a 9-8 double-overtime win, the Warriors have been unstoppable, tacking on seven additional wins, including an impressive 16-7 win over Pope Francis on Thursday.
Rick Arena‘s squad enters the contest with an impressive 11-1 ledger. Since falling to Shrewsbury last month in overtime, the Crusaders have bounced back, winning straight, including a 6-4 win over Littleton. Their last outing featured a 9-1 victory over St. Bernard.
HUGE tilt tomorrow vs undefeated Nipmuc. Game is at 5pm @ the Beaver Pond turf field on Beaver St. in Franklin MA