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Mass. HS Lax: Opening Week Games To Watch

Opening Week!

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS)

A brand new season of Massachusetts High School Lacrosse is slowly set to begin – there are still a few play-dates and scrimmages scheduled for the next few days. Below are a few games we’re going to be keeping an eye on – of course, there will be others, too – but here are some games to watch, attend or follow on social media!

  • Westford Academy at Lincoln-Sudbury (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4 p.m.) – This will be a good test for the Grey Ghosts as they take on the two-time defending MIAA Division 1 Eastern Champions.
  • Xaverian Bros. at Belmont Hill School (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 10 a.m. | Scrimmage): We will be keeping both eyes on Tim Gardner‘s squad this season, which begins its 2017 campaign officially next Tuesday, April 4th when they host Walpole before entertaining Catholic Memorial three days later on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Duxbury vs. LaSalle Academy (Friday, Mar. 31st | 5:30 p.m. | Scrimmage): This will be the Dragons’ third consecutive scrimmage before hopping into regular season play next Monday (Apr. 3rd) against Whitman-Hanson.
  • Wellesley at Norwell (Monday, Apr. 3rd | 4 p.m.): The Norwell girls lacrosse team will attempt to win their third consecutive MIAA Division 2 crown, but don’t overlook a Wellesley Raiders squad that will certainly be in the mix for the Bay State Conference (BSC) crown this season.
  • Needham vs. Lexington (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 3:45 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets saw their run toward a MIAA Division 1 South Sectional crown fall short to Duxbury last season, but being a new season (and a new tam), one should not overlook Needham, which will begin its season against B.C. High next Tuesday (on the road). As for Lexington, they’ll look to rebound after falling to Lincoln-Sudbury last year in the MIAA Division 1 North Quarterfinals.
  • Needham vs. Franklin (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 6:00 p.m.): Before competing in a play-date with Westwood girl’s lacrosse on Saturday, the Rockets will look to commence their season against a talented Franklin squad, which captured the MIAA East Division 1 crown last season with a 7-6 win over Acton-Boxboro.
  • St. John’s Prep at Reading (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4:00 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets and Eagles will tangle in what will be a quality scrimmage before Reading commences its season on Saturday, April 1st against Acton-Boxboro.
  • Grafton vs. Shrewsbury (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 3:30 p.m.): Expect Grafton to make another run toward the MIAA Boys Central/West Division 3 crown, especially after defeating Mount Greylock – a team one should not over look, too.
  • Mount Greylock at Burr & Burton Academy (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 4:15 p.m.): Mount Greylock should certainly be in the mix for a Central/West Division 3 crown this season – hey, maybe they actually get past Grafton and secure a spot in the state semifinals.
  • Cohasset at Newton North (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 12:00 p.m.): We highlighted this game earlier in an exciting tweet from coach James Beaudoin. The past two years have seen this game head to an extra session, so it is possible we could see a third this weekend.

See a game that wasn’t featured or mentioned? Let us know by sending us an email to MassHSLax2016@gmail.com and make sure to follow us on Twitter at @Mass_LaxHS

The Countdown For Cohasset-Newton North Is ON!

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The countdown to Cohasset-Newton North boys lacrosse is officially on!

As seen on Twitter this morning, Cohasset coach James Beaudoin tweeted a graphic that publicized his team’s season-opener against the Tigers on Saturday, April 1.

Newton North will be the host with the game is scheduled to commence at 12:00 p.m. at Newton North Dickinson Stadium.

As noted in this morning’s tweet, the past two contests have needed an extra session to determine a winner, so could we make it three-straight overtime meetings? We’ll have to wait and see!

Last season, Cohasset advanced to the MIAA Division 3 South quarterfinals before falling to Norwell by a score of 11-8, while Newton North advanced to the MIAA Division 1 South Finals where they lost to Boston College High School, 10-6.

For more high school lacrosse coverage, make sure to follow @Mass_LaxHS for news, games updates and scores

Mass High School Lax Recap: Wellesley Defeats Newton North

By Hayden Bird 

NEWTON, MA – Behind sharp defense and impressive goalkeeping, Wellesley high school’s boys lacrosse defeated Newton North on Wednesday, 7-0.

Wellesley (14-3) appeared to be the stronger team for a majority of the afternoon, but it was the home team, Newton North (11-4), which got the first effort on goal. Although, after the early nerves settled, it was the visitors from Wellesley, who opened the scoring behind midfielder Brian Pedersen.

Within minutes, the Raiders doubled their lead behind another midfielder by the name of Oliver Saffery, who executed a perfect catch and shoot into the lower third of the goal.

“I was really happy with our offense,” said Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty. “They did a couple of the things we’ve been working on for the last few weeks. They clicked a lot more.”

Yet it was Wellesley’s defense which accounted for much of the early success.

“I thought the defense played really well today,” noted Batty. “Guys were coming off the field tired, but that just meant they left it on the field. I thought the entire unit on the defense played big today.”

And even when Newton North managed to snipe a random shot, Wellesley goalie Connor Darcey was ready.

Darcey exhibited his customary versatility against Tigers throughout the game. Still, it was his work as a goalie, which made the difference.

Shot after Newton shot was turned away, and his distribution was well taken too, igniting counterattacks.

But Batty was quick to credit his defense as a whole.

“He is as valuable as the defense in front of him is, and that’s the reality. We weigh them all equally. Connor Darcy’s fantastic, he’ll tell you himself, but he sees shots he can save,” added Batty.

Right at the end of the half, Wellesley exhibited a great move that involved Pedersen, who found John Caraviello, who in-turn found attacker Peter Crane for the score.

The movement came so quickly and fluidly that Crane was nearly wide-open, and he predictably buried the ball in the net, leaving only nine seconds on the clock.

The second half began with renewed vigor from Newton North, who pelted Darcey with a series of shots.

“Newton North is a very, very good team,” said Batty. “They challenged us.”

Darcey, however, was more than up to the challenge, saving time and again.

Even when he turned the ball over after making a save, he immediately made yet another save.

By the end of the third quarter, Wellesley’s momentum was beginning strangle the game. Three goals came in quick succession from Kerry Lyne, Saffery and Pedersen.

The final quarter of play was quiet, with Crane adding one more to round out the scoring at 7-0 before the game ended.

“Were getting there” said Batty afterward. “We’re not there yet though.”

Mansfield Rallies to Beat Newton North, Win Division I South Final

By Dan Libon

Boston, MA – No matter how hard Newton North tried on Friday, they just could not make Mansfield go away, as the Tigers surrendered two big leads and allowed Mansfield High School to win a nail-biter, 48-46 at the TD Garden.

During the first quarter, both teams displayed great defense, but also, advanced to the free throw line often.

Taking a 13-7 lead during the first half, Mansfield set the tone early with a defensive dominance and excellent drives to the basket. The Tigers however did not let down, as they came back in the second quarter with a drive that stared with a three pointer by junior guard Luke Westman. Newton North took a lead into halftime, while Mansfield retreated to their locker room confused and uncertain if they could make their shots.

Shutting down the Mansfield offense, Newton North turned a six point deficit into a five point lead. Mansfield struggled for most of the second quarter to keep up with Newton North. Resorting to the three-point shot, Mansfield finished [0-9] from behind the arch during the first 16-minutes.

Mansfield began to chip away at the lead during third quarter by getting within two points and began the fourth quarter only trailing the Tigers by four points.

While Newton North tried to pull away at times during the final eight minutes, Mansfield refused to give up, as the Hornets went on a 8-0 run, which sparked an epic comeback. Mansfield fans erupted during the final minutes when senior forward Michael Lofton recorded a quick slam dunk that gave the Hornets the momentum they had been looking for all game.

Moments later, Hornets senior forward Chris Johnson would hit the game winner for Mansfield, which finalized their comeback and secure them the MIAA Division I South champions.

After the game, Mansfield’s head coach, Michael Vaughn commented about the play of his team, but also focused on the offense and senior forward Michael Lofton‘s performance.

“Michel has been our best player all year long…but the staple of our team offensive has been our ability to pass the basketball and share.” said Mansfield coach Michael Vaughn.

Michael Lofton led the Hornets with 16 points, while teammate senior forward Christopher Johnson finished with 11 points, as well as the game winner.

Tigers senior forward Tevin Flazon led Newton North with 14 points and Michae Thorpe contributed 11 points.

Next up for Mansfield is the State Semifinal game on Tuesday at the TD Garden.