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New England High School Notebook: Mass Top 10 & More Lacrosse News

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Marathon Monday, lacrosse fans.

Before we get to some news and notes (and links) from the past few days, allow us to unveil our first Noontime Sports Eastern Massachusetts Top 10 Polls for both boys and girls lacrosse.

Hingham secured the top spot in this week’s poll – the Harbormen enter the new week with a 4-0 record – while Xaverian Brothers checked-in second following a bounce-back win over Cohasett this past weekend. Lincoln-Sudbury secured the third position.

In the fourth position is a talented Acton-Boxborough unit that will face some interesting foes this week, including Algonquin tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.

Needham secured the eight position following a solid week for the Rockets, which included a hard-fought win over New Hampshire’s Bishop Guertin. Christian Bliss sealed the win with a late save.

Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) checked-in first overall in this week’s poll – they recently scored an impressive 11-6 win this afternoon over Radnor (Pennsylvania) – while Norwell and Wellesley checked-in second and third, respectively.

The Raiders recently scored an exciting 11-10 win over Walpole, thanks to a late tally with 14.3 seconds remaining by Arielle Dulamac. Additionally, Wellesley’s Anna Hereu sealed the win with a game-saving stop at the buzzer.

The Rockets checked-in fifth – they scored a 14-12 win earlier today over Duxbury.

Also, keep an eye on Westwood, which recently recorded back-to-back conference wins against Hopkinton (19-7) and Medfield (19-5). Both wins came after a one-goal setback to top-ranked Norwell.


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New England High Schools: Keep Your Eyes On Hingham & Norwell

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

If you’re a fan of the Hingham Harbormen then you couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season.

Hingham enters the new week with a 2-0 mark, thanks to wins over Catholic Memorial and St. John’s Prep (Danvers). Both wins secured them the second position in today’s BostonLax.net week two poll, which found Xaverian Brothers in the top spot, while Boston College High School secured the third position, thanks to a win over Cohasset.

Rounding out the site’s top five positions were Duxbury and Lincoln-Sudbury, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hingham checked-in first in the Wicked Local South boys power ranking, while NorwellMarshfield, and Plymouth South secured the second, third, and fourth positions, respectively.

The Harbormen face a very interesting test on Saturday, April 13th when they host Simsbury (Conn.) at 1 p.m., and will certainly need another solid outing from Cooper Dainton, who netted four goals in his team’s win over the Eagles this past weekend.

In today’s Wicked Local South girls power rankings, Norwell secured the top spot, thanks to a 2-0 start, while Braintree, Cohasset, and Hingham checked-in second, third, and fourth, respectively.

Norwell, which returned 23 players from last year’s MIAA D2 state championship squad, has commenced its season with convincing wins over Foxboro and Westwood. The win over the Wolverines – an 8-7 victory – should provide the Clippers with some momentum heading into a week where they will face Hingham and Medfield. Both games won’t be easy.

Medfield enters the early week tilt with Norwell with a 1-0 record, thanks to a 19-4 win over Norwood last Friday. The win over the Mustangs was also the Warriors’ initial Tri-Valley League (TVL) victory, too.

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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. High School Lax: Westwood Keeps The Focus On Improving Every Day

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After capturing the MIAA Division 1 State Championship last season, the Westwood High School girl’s lacrosse team is focused on improving each day this season! (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Mao)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Months after the Westwood girl’s varsity lacrosse team captured the Division 1 state championship, the Westwood Press and Boston Herald reported that long-time head coach Leslie Frank was stepping-down.

Frank’s departure opened the door for assistant Margot Spatola, who spent the past five seasons with the Wolverines.

“The transition has gone well so far,” said Spatola, who has helped the Wolverines snatch a trio of state titles, dating back to 2012.

“I hope that my coaching staff and I can honor Leslie’s legacy by continuing to push our players to be the best players they can be and to be the best versions of themselves (everyday).”

Westwood, which commences its regular season next week when they visit Bellingham, will enjoy a few more days of practice, along with a pair of play-dates this weekend – weather permitting, of course.

The play-dates will feature some local teams, including Duxbury, Needham and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham), along with a few squads from New York and Rhode Island.

According to Spatola, Westwood’s biggest goal this season is to grow and improve every day. Sure, it sounds cliché, but in order for the Wolverines to enjoy another successful campaign, they’ll need their seniors, including Haley Connaughton, Shea Farrell, Georgia Salvatore and Kelly Doonan to step-up and lead the underclassmen.

“We have nine seniors (on our team) that have exhibited great leadership already,” said Spatola. “We’re fortunate to have such a hard-working, cohesive group of seniors.”

Added Connaughton, “We need to work as hard as we can (everyday). We are each other’s best competition and we need to capitalize on that at practices and in pre-game warm ups.”

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Haley Connaughton (No. 4) will be one of nine seniors counted on to lead the Wolverines this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Mao)

Competing against each other every day should certainly help Westwood achieve their daily (and season-long goal), but also assist the underclassmen and new players that Spatola welcomed to the team earlier this month.

“We have a number of newcomers who have the chance to make an impact,” said Spatola. “We graduated 10 seniors from the 2016 squad and Marc is a time for new things to happen.

“We’re looking forward to watching our underclassmen grow under the guidance of our experienced seniors and juniors.”

Following Westwood’s initial contest against Bellingham, the Wolverines will host Needham on Wednesday (April 5th) before visiting Dover-Sherborn the following day (April 6th).

Westwood and Needham have built quite a rivalry over the past few seasons – most times, the two squads clash in the MIAA Division 1 South semifinals or finals.

“Needham is a great team that we always have a friendly rivalry with,” said Spatola.

In addition to an important non-conference meeting with the Rockets, Westwood’s schedule features some additional tough tests against Norwell (last season’s MIAA Division 2 state champion), Wellesley, Lincoln-Sudbury, Duxbury, Medfield and Notre Dame Academy.

Of course, winning the Tri-Valley League is extremely important, too – don’t expect Spatola and her crew to overlook any league foe as they continue to strive to improve and grow each day.

“What’s great about high school sports is that every year is different from the last, and the beginning of the season is very different from the end,” said Spatola. “I look forward to seeing how our team grows throughout the season.”

Added Doonan, “I think our biggest team goal this season is getting to know each other’s style of play. We have a lot of new underclassmen and juniors on the team, and we really need to work in practice on getting to know each others strengths and weaknesses, both offensively and defensively.”

Make sure to stay up-to date with the Wolverines, along with other Massachusetts High School Lacrosse news by following us on Twitter @NoontimeSports and @Mass_LaxHS. This season, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will provide game stories and features on local high school lacrosse. 

Mass HS Lax Recap: Westwood 12, Needham 9 (Div. 1 South Finals)

By Hayden Bird 

NEEDHAM, MA – In front of a large and raucous crowd at Needham High School, Westwood’s girl’s high school lacrosse team etched out a hard-fought victory against the Rockets in the Div. 1 South state finals, 12-9.

The third seeded Wolverines (22-2) may have not been favored in this particular match, but that didn’t faze head coach Leslie Frank, who was well aware that the opposition would be gunning for her perennial powerhouse squad.

“I still think people want to knock us down,” said Frank. “It’s not even about what seed you are [these days].”

The game began in a manner that favored the hosts, and Needham looked more than comfortable in front of their fans, charting a 4-1 lead after ten minutes.

Yet, Westwood remained steadfast in their resolve, and didn’t panic.

“We were just trying to chip away and not get too flustered if we were down a couple of goals,” said senior Westwood captain Kate Rich.

And patience paid off for the away team. Patience, and some sophomore firepower.

It’s no secret that this year’s incarnation of the usually dominant Westwood team is composed of many sophomores.

Ela Hazar, who typifies this trend, powered her team back into the game late in the first half, notching two crucial goals to close Needham’s lead to one strike, 5-4.

Rich then scored two late first half goals, offsetting Needham strikes from Maddie Stenberg and Catherine Conley to make it 7-6 at the half.

The second half brought a more composed game from both sides.

“I thought the defense was playing really scared in the first half but I thought in the second they just really got it,” said Frank.

And the newfound Westwood defense put the clamps on Needham’s offense, allowing only two more goals in the second half.

The turnaround even made a mark on their coach.

“I was very impressed,” exclaimed Frank.

And, conversely, Needham coach Beth O’Brien recognized what proved ultimately to be the back-breaker for her team.

“It was the draw control, bottom line,” said O’Brien. “That was the whole game. We tried different people, but they were just very tenacious.”

In the end, it was still very close, despite a 15-5 advantage that Westwood compiled over Needham in the draws.

And with less than ten minutes to go in the game, the score was still separated by only a single goal, (10-9, Westwood).

Yet, Westwood seniors Rich and Laura McHoul ended Needham’s chance to advance to the state semi-finals, as they tallied two of the Wolverines final four goals to ensure a three-point victory.

Afterwards, Needham’s O’Brien expressed only admiration for her team despite the defeat.

“I could not be prouder of this team, and I’ve had some pretty special teams,” said O’Brien.

And Rich, an undisputed leader in her team, noted that though there are only a few seniors on Westwood this season, they’re presence is still immense. And to her, it’s the key to their success.

“The other seniors, they all work so hard and they’re great leaders. I trust them completely,” said Rich.

Westwood now moves on to face Lincoln-Sudbury in the semifinals at Babson College this upcoming Monday at 5pm.

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