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D3 Lacrosse: Batty Tabbed Babson College Men’s Lacrosse Coach

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Rocky Batty, a former volunteer coach at Boston University and high school coach at Wellesley, was recently named the new Babson College men’s lacrosse coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

Rocky Batty is returning to the Wellesley area.

The former Wellesley High School boy’s lacrosse coach was recently named the new men’s lacrosse coach at Babson College, taking over for Brendan Gorman, who spent nine seasons at Babson Park before resigning this past May.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Batty said in Wednesday’s release via the Babson athletics website.

“Babson is a special place and I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, my friends, former players and coaches, and all of the great lacrosse people I’ve been lucky to be around through the years. I’m also very thankful to coach Al Brown for giving me my first stick, introducing me to lacrosse, and instilling in me passion and respect for this great game.”

Batty spent this past season as a volunteer coach with the Boston University men’s lacrosse team, assisting head coach Ryan Polley and the Terriers to an appearance in the Patriot League semifinals. He was involved in all facets of the program, including the squad’s face-off unit where he helped rising sophomore Sean Christman go 34-of-49 in his final two contests against Duke University and Loyola Maryland.

Prior to joining the Terriers, Batty oversaw the Wellesley boy’s lacrosse program, coaching the Raiders for 10 seasons (2008-2017). The Raiders concluded their 2011 regular season undefeated, while the 2012 squad advanced to the MIAA East Division 2 finals. Batty concluded his time in Wellesley with a record of 148-63.

Prior to coaching the Raiders, he oversaw the Brookline High School boy’s lacrosse team from 1999-2006.

According to Wednesday’s release from Boston University, Batty becomes the program’s second coach to accept a head coaching role with another program. Drew Kelleher, a former assistant for the Terriers, will begin his fourth season this upcoming school year with Manhattan.


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High School Lax Social Media Round-Up: Triton Provides Coach Beaulieu with 100th Win

By Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS)

It’s been an exciting few days of high school lacrosse in Massachusetts, and below are some tweets from the week, highlighting exciting outcomes and achievements thus far.

Following yesterday’s win over Medford, the Triton girl’s varsity lacrosse team celebrated Coach Stacey Beaulieu‘s 100th win on the sidelines.

After the game, Coach Beaulieu tweeted the following about the milestone:

The Walpole boy’s varsity lacrosse team began their season with a hard-earned 7-5 win over Xaverian Brothers.

Next up for the Rebels, a date with the Wellesley Raiders, who captured their initial contest of the season, defeating Burlington, 15-7. Hugh Callahan paced the Raiders with three goals and three assists, while Grant Chryssica added five points on four goals and one helper. 

We got off to a great start with Hugh Callahan scoring his first career goal,” Wellesley coach Rocky Batty said via email following his team’s opening day win. “Our first six goals were scored by five (different) players, and I’m really happy that most every goal was assisted.

“Our defense learned a ton (yesterday). I thought Burlington had some very good dodgers and shooters to go along with Coach Dan O’Brien‘s schemes. “Teddy Darcey played great, (he finished the contest) with 17 saves.” 

Reading scored a hard-fought victory over Billerica, defeating the Indians, 8-7. Jack Geiger netted five goals for the Rockets, while Matt Milano and Gus Gobiel each tallied a pair for the Indians.

Boston Lax correspondent Kevin Stone captured some exciting moments from the contest’s third quarter:

Following the game, Reading tweeted the following:

Extra, Extra: It was an exciting day to be a Westwood Wolverine on Tuesday as the boy’s lacrosse team defeated Bellingham (21-1), while the girl’s also beat Bellingham (19-0) … Boston College High School earned an impressive win yesterday, defeating Needham at home by a score of 12-10 … Catholic Memorial scored an important win, beating Newton North, 12-9 … Mount Greylock boy’s lacrosse opened its season with a 16-10 win over Burr & Burton Academy (Vermont). Patrick Storie led the Red and White with nine points on eight goals and one assist.

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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

Mass HS Lax Recap: Wellesley 9, Hingham 7

By Brian Willwerth 

HINGHAM – The Wellesley High School boy’s lacrosse team is going to Harvard.

Backed by a stellar defensive effort in the second half, the fourth-seeded Raiders defeated top-seeded Hingham on Saturday afternoon, 9-7, in the Division 2 East semifinals.

Wellesley held the Harbormen scoreless for nearly the entire second half, too.

While the Raiders’ defense – led by senior goalie Connor Darcey – dominated the second half of play, the game started out as an offensive explosion.

With a big crowd looking on at Hingham High School, Wellesley opened the scoring. But Hingham struck very quickly four straight times, two of them coming from Noah Ellis, but the Raiders rallied to tie the game at 4 with three straight goals of their own.

After Hingham’s Kevin Blair scored the first goal of the second quarter to give the Harbormen the lead again, the Raiders took control, as Andrew Volkmann gave Wellesley a 6-5 lead at halftime.

“We came out of the timeout, held our own, and fought back to get a lead,” said Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty. “That’s one of those gut checks for a team that hasn’t had to have a gut-check for awhile.”

“They had four early and they could’ve had 30 at that pace,” added Batty.

In the second half, Wellesley scored the next three goals to take a 9-5 advantage deep into the fourth quarter, then survived a frantic final two minutes in which the Harbormen cut the lead to 9-7 with 41 seconds remaining. But Hingham would get no closer.

“Usually I defer to the defense instead of the goalie,” said Batty of his team’s ability to keep Hingham off the scoreboard for a long period of time. “Darcey saved the hard ones today. He was sensational.”

Peter Crane and Oliver Saffery had a pair of goals each for Wellesley, while Ellis scored twice for Hingham.

The win sends Wellesley to the final against Concord-Carlisle on Wednesday at Harvard Stadium.  Game time is 5:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Wellesley Defeats Scituate, 7-4

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are three video interviews from Tuesday’s MIAA Div. 2 East quarterfinals match between Wellesley and Scituate.

The Raiders, who never trailed, went on a 4-0 run in the first half to secure a lead they never relinquished, as Wellesley defeated Scituate, 7-4, and punched their ticket to the semi-finals on Friday against Hingham.

Wellesley senior co-captain Adam Horelick finished the game with two goals, sophomore John Caraviello added one goal and two assists, while senior netminder Connor Darcey recorded 21 saves between the pipes.

For more on this particular game — hop over to BostonLax.net for a complete game recap.