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Mass. High School Lax Round-Up: Hopedale Secures First-Ever Postseason Berth

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

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.

“This makes me very happy, but I’m happy for the team,” said Hopedale head coach Eric Moxim via the Metro West Daily News.

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: 

Game of the Week: Groton-Dunstable and Nipmuc Regional in Franklin, Massachusetts.

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. 

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