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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
John Carroll had always wanted to coach lacrosse, even as a student-athlete at the University at Albany. And that was exactly what he did after graduating in 2012.
Carroll honed his coaching skills as an assistant with three collegiate lacrosse programs, including Trinity College where he helped the Bantams reach the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament this past spring.
“I always wanted to pursue college coaching even while I was attending school and playing at Albany,” said Carrol, who concluded his time with the Great Danes by recording 378 saves between the pipes.
“I remember interviewing coach Bill Ralph, who was one of our assistant coaches for my first-year seminar class to (learn more about) the college coaching profession. I certainly got a lot of crazy looks and confused faces when I said, ‘I wanted to coach full time for a living,’ but I think it’s worked out pretty well.”
Indeed, Carroll has enjoyed a great deal of success on the sidelines and will look to continue applying what he has learned as the new men’s lacrosse coach at Nichols College.
Carroll, who becomes the 14th coach in program history, inherits a unit that has won 10 games or more since 2017 and has also competed twice in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, including this past spring.
Carroll is excited about his first head coaching role and has visions of leading the Bison to their first-ever league title in program history.
“As a first-time head coach, (I am excited to have) the opportunity to take over a program that has had a lot of success recently,” said Carroll when discussing his excitement for coaching the Bison.
“I believe Nichols men’s lacrosse can be a top team in the CCC and that is my ultimate goal for the long term vision of the program.”
Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Carroll to discuss his outlook for the upcoming season, but also how his previous roles have shaped him into the coach he has become today.
You have gained a great deal of experience as a coach, both in Division I and III. How will that experience help you with the Bison this upcoming school year?
I have always tried to approach things the same way regardless of being in Division I or Division III. Working for so many different people at different institutions have really helped me absorb and learn new concepts and drills that I can use to run our practices at Nichols. I think all of those experiences will also help me to set a new bar for the guys on the team, and it will set a precedent of what we are expecting as Nichols men’s lacrosse players, both this year and moving forward on and off the field. Coach (Eric) Gobiel has done an outstanding job of (laying the foundation for success) with this program, so my job now is to come in and take the program to the next level, (so we can) compete for and ultimately win the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.
What excites you about coaching in the Commonwealth Coast Conference?
The league is very competitive with teams like Western New England, and Endicott College at the forefront. I had the chance to coach against Roger Williams and Curry 0- both are very talented teams – and they gave us some trouble while I was at Trinity. I think the CCC can become one of the more competitive leagues in Division III.
The opportunity to play for a conference championship and an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament is the ultimate factor, but I see a lot of really good teams in the league and I look forward to learning about all of them, while competing against them, as well. Coach John Klepacki (Western New England) and coach Eric Hagarty (Endicott) have reached out to me and have been very welcoming. I also know Coach Charlie Burch at the University of New England from working with him in the past at Blue Chip 225 camp.
I think it’s a top-notch league and I’m excited to compete in it.
What are some goals and objectives you hope to accomplish before the team’s initial game next spring?
The number one goal this semester is to (be successful in the classroom). If we can do well in the classroom then that is one less stress for our team when we convene on the practice.
I also would like to have our base offense, defense, rides, clears, extra-man opportunity, and man-down packages all installed before our first scrimmage in October.
An individual goal for myself is to learn one thing about each player on the team that doesn’t relate to lacrosse. It will be important for me to get to know the guys and build relationships and trust with them (before our first game next spring).
After speaking with most of the team over the phone they have all expressed to me that they are a close-knit group, and I want to gain their trust while getting to know them so we can continue to build upon the culture that has been established (already) by coach Gobeil.
Finally, you were a goalie, both in college and high school. Did you always play goalie growing up?
I started by playing midfield in second grade and I thought I was pretty good at it. My Dad actually began playing goalie in a local men’s league during that time and bought all of the equipment, including a goalie stick. This led to my older brother (Jimmy) playing goalie first and borrowing my Dad’s gear. After seeing them both playing goalie I said to myself, ‘Hey, I can do that too!’
Once I jumped in net there was no looking back. I would split halves between goalie and midfield for most of my time with Smithtown Youth Lacrosse. I started playing goalie full-time in seventh grade for my middle school team and was told at some point during my high school career to switch to close defense or long-stick middie. I used that as motivation to improve my goalie game, even though a lot of people were trying to compliment me by saying I could play both long pole and goalie.
Playing goalie for a Division I lacrosse program was always my dream and I was lucky enough to live it out at the University of Albany.
Now, coaching is my dream and I couldn’t be happier to get started at Nichols.
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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax
Due to Mother Nature, all five Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state lacrosse championship games will occur tomorrow, Friday, June 21st.
Babson College will be the site for three games, including the MIAA D3 boy’s lacrosse state final between Dover-Sherborn and Grafton at 3 p.m.
Following D-S and Grafton, Longmeadow and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) will square-off in the D1 girl’s lacrosse state finals at 5 p.m. followed by the D2 state championship between Cohasset and Manchester-Essex at 7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Stadium, the new home of the Boston Cannons, will host a pair of boy’s state championship games, beginning with the D2 state finals between Medfield and Winchester at 1 p.m. The D1 final between Lincoln-Sudbury and Hingham will take place at 4 p.m.
Here are our predictions for all five contests – remember to stay connected tomorrow for updates from all five games on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.
MIAA D1 Boy’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury over Hingham. The Warrior scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks, including a 10-6 victory in the MIAA D1 North finals against St. John’s Prep. Earlier this season, the Warriors beat the Harbormen in the Coaches Cup Finals and should once again find a way past Hingham in the state championship.
MIAA D2 Boy’s Lacrosse: Winchester over Medfield. The Sachems averaged 15.33 goals per game in a trio of MIAA D2 North postseason contests – they netted 17 in their quarterfinal win over Wakefield – and recently scored a very impressive 10-3 win over St. John’s (Shrewsbury) in the D2 state semifinals. Medfield was also a team to watch in the D2 East/Central bracket, scoring wins over Concord-Carlisle, Walpole, and Westwood before flexing their muscles against Sandwich with a 21-5 win in the state semifinals. This has the making of an exciting contest that could come down to the final possession.
MIAA D3 Boy’s Lacrosse: Dover-Sherborn over Grafton. The Raiders and Indians will square-off in the title game for the second time since 2016 and third since 2015. D-S has won both match-ups against the Indians and will certainly rely on Pierce Gregory to lead the Raiders to hopefully their final victory of the 2019 season. Henry Kenney will also be a player to watch on D-S, as well, but the Raiders must find a way to slow down Grafton’s Matt Gilliatt, who located the back of the net six times in his team’s state semifinal victory against Dracut.
MIAA D1 Girl’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Academy over Longmeadow. Postseason wins over Needham and Westwood, along with a recent state semifinal victory against Walpole has provided the Cougars with the momentum they will need to slow down the Lancers, who are seeking their first state title since 2015 (beat Westwood, 10-9, in double-overtime). NDA last captured the D1 state championship in 2013 when they beat Longmeadow, 13-10, and will need a solid effort from their senior class, including Madison Ahern and Kelsey Kenney.
MIAA D2 Girl’s Lacrosse: Cohasset over Manchester-Essex. Cohasset’s Jane Hansen will attempt to cap her high school career with a state championship before she attempts to lead Northwestern University to a national championship next spring. Hansen and the Skippers have gained some valuable experience this spring by competing against some of the state’s top teams, including Longmeadow, Notre Dame Academy, and Wellesley. That experience should help the Skippers against a talented Hornets squad, which has scored some exciting postseason wins, including a 7-6 win over Newburyport in the D2 North finals and an 11-10 win earlier this week over Bromfield in the state semifinals.
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
The final few days of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse season are upon us with sectional finals set to begin tomorrow for some teams, while others will compete on Friday and Saturday.
Below are the sectional final schedules, including dates, times and locations. As always, make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeLax on Twitter for in-game updates, scores, and news from the 2019 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.
Boy’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule
MIAA D1 North: No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury at No. 1 St. John’s Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D2 North: No. 6 Billerica at No. 1 Winchester | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D3 North: No. 4 Dracut at No. 2 Austin Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D1 South: No. 6 Duxbury at No. 1 Hingham | Saturday, June 15th at 4 p.m.
MIAA D2 South: No. 2 Sandwich vs. No. 1 Hanover | Thursday, June 13th at 5 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).
MIAA D3 South: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 1 Norwell | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).
MIAA D2 Central/East: No. 1 Medfield vs. No. 2 Concord-Carlisle | Thursday, June 13th at 4:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)
MIAA D3 Central/East: No. 1 Dover-Sherborn vs. No. Littleton | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)
MIAA D2 Central/West: No. 2 St. John’s vs. No. 5 Longmeadow | Friday, June 14th at 5:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)
MIAA D3 Central/West: No. 1 Grafton vs. No. 3 St. Bernard’s | Friday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)
Girl’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule
East Division 1: No. 3 Concord-Carlisle at No. 1 Walpole | Friday, June 14th at 4:30 p.m.
East Division 2: No. 3 Medway vs. No. 4 Foxborough | Friday, June 14th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Walpole High School)
North Division 1: No. 2 Chelmsford vs. No. 4 Marblehead | Friday, June 14th
North Division 2: No. 4 Manchester-Essex at No. 3 Newburyport| Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
South Division 1: No. 1 Westwood vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Academy | Friday, June 14th at 6:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)
South Division 2: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 4 Hanover | Friday, June 14th at 4 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)
Central/West D1: No. 1 Longmeadow vs. No. 2 Minnechaug | Thursday, June 13th
Central/West D2: No. 1 Bromfield vs. No. 10 Mount Greylock | Thursday, June 13th
It was an exciting weekend for a few New England high school lacrosse teams that captured their respective division or class championships.
Here is a recap with some links of what you missed from this past weekend’s finales in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as what occurred earlier this month when Rhode Island crowned six state champions.
Connecticut Boy’s Lacrosse
- In Class L, the Darien Blue Wave cruised past 19th seed Wilton, 13-3, to erase memories of last year’s one-goal setback to Ridgefield. The win provided the Blue Wave with its fourth Class L title since 2015. Darien led Wilton, 9-2, at the break, thanks to an impressive half field goal that kept momentum on the Blue Waves’ side.
- In Class M, New Fairfield cruised by Weston, 18-2, on Saturday after handling East Lyme (19-4), Daniel Hand (18-5) and Guilford (17-7) in the first three rounds of the postseason. The victory provided New Fairfield with its second-straight Class M championship as they beat Hand last June, 13-11.
- In Class S, St Joseph used a six-goal run in the second half to defeat Bacon Academy, 9-3, to claim its second-straight state title, as well as its third since the 2015 season.
Connecticut Girl’s Lacrosse
- In Class L, the Darien girl’s lacrosse team capped its 2019 campaign with a 12-6 win over New Canaan. The win provided the Blue Wave with its sixth title since 2013. Additionally, the victory erased memories of last year’s tournament run, which saw New Canaan edge Darien, 12-11, in the semifinals before beating Ridgefield, 19-7.
- In Class M, East Lyme defeated St. Joseph, 10-6, to claim their first title since beating Amity in the 2006 Division II championship. Saturday’s win capped an impressive postseason run, which saw the Vikings score wins over Mercy (11-9), Fitch (13-9) and Masuk (9-4).
- In Class S, New Fairfield, the top seed in this year’s tournament, rolled past Stonington, 18-5, to provide the Rebels with their third-straight championship. New Fairfield completed the three-peat with victories over Morgan (20-6), Sheehan (10-5), and Weston (9-6).
New Hampshire Boy’s Lacrosse
- In Division I, Pinkerton Academy scored its second-straight two-goal championship win over Bishop Guertin this past Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium. The Cardinals of Bishop Guertin defeated the Astros earlier this season when the two teams met in mid-April. After losing to Hingham in mid-May, the Astros returned to the win column to finish their 2019 campaign on a 10-game winning streak.
- In Division II, Derryfield finished its 2019 campaign with some hardware by defeating Winnacunnet, 9-1. The two teams met earlier this season with the Cougars claiming a hard-fought 9-8 win. Derryfield lost just once this season but finished its season on a seven-game winning streak.
- In Division III, Hopkinton capped its season with a 15-5 championship over top-seed Pelham. The Hawks fell to Pelham earlier this season by a score of 9-5. Hopkinton would rebound, though, finishing their regular season slate on a five-game winning streak.
New Hampshire Girl’s Lacrosse
- In Division I, the third-seed Bishop Guertin outlasted Pinkerton, 12-11, to claim their second-straight championship (BG needed overtime to beat Bedford last June). Prior to edging the Astros, the Cardinals beat both Bedford (10-9) and Merrimack (19-6).
- In Division II, Portsmouth, the top seed in this year’s tournament, defeated Winnacunnet, 10-5, to claim its third-straight championship. The win was also Portsmouth’s second victory against Winnacunnet in the title round in three seasons.
- In Division III, Hopkinton celebrated its first-ever championship in program history with a 12-11 win over Derryfield. The win erased memories of last season, which saw Hopkinton fall to Laconia, 10-6.
Rhode Island Boy’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month)
- In Division I, top-seed La Salle finished its season with a 7-6 championship win over Moses Brown, which entered the postseason as the second seed. Prior to beating Moses Brown, La Salle knocked-off Bishop Hendricken, 17-7, in the semifinals.
- In Division II, second-seed South Kingstown needed to score a trio of wins, including a title round victory over top-seed Portsmouth to secure a 12-10 championship win. Curtis Rasmussen highlighted his team’s win with 17 saves, while Max Willette added seven points on five goals and two assists. The championship victory was the first for SK.
- In Division III, fourth-seed Westerly outlasted second-seed Narragansett, 8-7, to cap its season with a 16-3 record. Prior to beating Narragansett, the Bulldogs scored wins over PCD/SRA Co-op (15-3) and Burrillville (11-10).
Rhode Island Girl’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month)
- In Division I, the Moses Browngirl’s lacrosse team cruised to a pair of victories in the seven-team tournament, including a convincing 24-8 win over second-seed Barrington. Prior to beating Barrington earlier this month at Cranston Stadium, Moses Brown cruised past fourth-seed Wheeler by a score of 21-8. The win over Barrington provided Moses Brown with fifth-straight Division I championship.
- In Division II, third-seed Middletown defeated top-seed Westerly, 15-11. Isabella Cecchi and Regan McEnroe were one of five Islanders to locate the back of their opponents’ net. Prior to beating Westerly, Middletown scored wins over Portsmouth(9-8) and Chariho (19-9).
- In Division III, Rocky Hill, which was competing for the first time in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL), captured its first title with a 13-9 win over Toll Gate. Rocky Hill also scored tournament wins over Pilgrim (12-10) and Ponaganset (9-5).
Vermont Boy’s Lacrosse
- The Champlain Valley Union (CVU) boy’s lacrosse team captured its seventh-straight Division I crown with a 15-13 win over Burr and Burton.
- Fourth-seed Stowe secured its second Division II crown in three seasons with a 9-7 win over third-seed Harwood.
Vermont Girl’s Lacrosse
- Top-seed South Burlington capped a perfect season last Saturday with a hard-fought 8-7 win over Burr and Burton.
- In Division II, the Vergennes/Mount Abraham girl’s lacrosse team claimed its first-ever state championship with an exciting – well, more dramatic 10-9 win over St. Johnsbury. The championship win caps an exciting third season for the program.
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