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Lacrosse Finals: Astros dethrone 5-time defending champ BG

EXETER – It's been a long time coming, but the Astros are finally back on top.

The Pinkerton boys lacrosse team beat Bishop Guertin 9-7 in Saturday night's Division 1 state championship game, denying the Cardinals their sixth-straight title while winning the program's 10th title overall, and it's first since 2006.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pelham loses 4-goal lead in finals, falls in OT

EXETER — What appeared so close to glory quickly turned into heartbreak for Pelham. The Pythons led by four goals and were seemingly in control late in the third quarter before Trinity raced back to tie the game, then score the winner in sudden-death overtime to beat the Pythons 7-6 and claim the New Hampshire Division 3 title Saturday afternoon. A victory would have given Pelham its first state title since the program began in 2005. “I thought the kids played a great game,” said Pelham coach Joe Young. “They battled for four quarters. That is a very good Trinity team. It was the kind of game that was going to come down to the last possession, and that’s what happened. It’s tough that moving pick call made such a big difference.” The Pythons had a ball on offense first to start the sudden death extra session, but could not manage a shot on goal as their possession ended when a player was called for a moving pick. Trinity then took possession and never gave the ball back, scoring with 1:45 to go in the four-minute overtime. “That is one terrific Pelham team,” said Pioneers coach Mike Martinez. “We tried to come out and pressure them. In the first half we didn’t do that. Then, in the second half the nerves settled down and we could. We had to make every possession count because this Pelham team doesn’t make many mistakes.” Pelham grabbed the lead just 1:30 into the game as Nick Wolfrom scored his first goal of the day. Trinity tied the game, but Bryce Blanchard scored late in the first period and star Luke Tracy netted a goal in the second as the Pythons took a 3-1 lead into halftime. Another goal by Wolfrom and a Tim Callahan blast from 20 yards out gave Pelham a 5-1 advantage with 4:08 to go in the third. That, combined with a crushing Pythons defense which rarely allowed a shot on goal, gave Pelham seemingly dominant momentum. Trinity, however, rallied to tie the game early in the fourth. Tracy’s second goal of the game, a rocket from 10 yards away, gave the Pythons the lead again with 6:58 left. But the Pioneers tied it up with 5:11 left. “There’s a reason Tracy is the Division 3 MVP,” said Martinez. “He’s a fantastic scorer. In the fourth and overtime we just put our best defender on him and told him to lock up on Tracy and not let him score.” Then, 2:15 into OT, Trinity’s Will Towner scored his sixth goal of the game, setting off a massive celebration. “This is obviously not the note we wanted to end our season on,” said Young. “This is a terrific group and to go 18-2 is a great accomplishment. I am really going to miss the seniors on this team.”

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Tracy sends Pythons to title game

Despite trailing for nearly the entire game, the Pelham boys lacrosse team rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Hopkinton 5-4 after Luke Tracy scored the tying goal with eight seconds to play in regulation and then the winner in overtime. Pelham will go on to face Trinity in the Division 3 state title game this Saturday in Exeter.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/10/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover can’t match red-hot Billerica, falls in North semis

BILLERICA — Five days removed from upsetting the defending Division 1 state champion Acton-Boxboro, Andover boys lacrosse knew it would need an equally spotless effort against No. 2 seed Billerica. “Beating Acton-Boxboro was pretty special,” said Golden Warriors head coach Wayne Puglisi. “We knew we would have to duplicate that effort to have a chance in this one. But we just couldn’t do it.” No. 6 seed Andover fell behind by five goals in the first period and could not recover, falling to Billerica 14-5 in the Division 1 North semifinals on Tuesday night. The Indians move on to face No. 1 seed Lincoln-Sudbury in the North final on Saturday. “There just wasn’t much we could do against them,” said Puglisi. “Billerica played a tremendous game. That was just a heck of a performance by them. We did our best but it wasn’t enough.” Billerica raced out to a 7-1 lead early in the second period before Andover’s Michael Biddle tallied his second goal of the game and Jake Lakos netted a goal to make 7-3 going into halftime. Biddle scored another goal late in the third to make it 8-4, but that was as close as the Golden Warriors would get. The Indians closed out the victory with a six-goal surge in the fourth quarter. “That’s a great Billerica team,” said Puglisi. “One more win would have been nice. This was tough.” Andover applied plenty of pressure to the Billerica defense in the second and third, but Indians goalie Tyler Canto refused to relent. The UMass Lowell-bound junior made 12 huge saves, robbing a few Warriors of chances point-blank. “Tyler played an excellent game,” said Billerica head coach Craig Flynn. “That’s a tough Andover team with a lot of talent. He stood in there and made some huge saves.” Following the contest, Puglisi fought back emotions as he said goodbye to his seniors. “This was an amazing group that sacrificed a lot,” he said. “The big two, Chris Tully and Brian Duffy. Brendan Slattery stepped up to play a huge role on defense. My three attackmen, Jake (Lakos), George (Cardillo) and Johnny (Croston). Guys like Matt Naussbaum and Zach Walker and Steven Herman in goal. They played a lot of lacrosse for us and did a lot of great things.”

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems sink Clippers

WEST NEWBURY — It was a win they will be talking about at Pentucket for a long, long time.

Facing down Cape Ann League rival Newburyport with a trip to the Division 3 North Finals on the line, the Pentucket boys lacrosse team rallied from an early deficit to beat the Clippers 17-16, with senior Ryan Beaton scoring the winner in overtime to cap off the dramatic victory.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/08/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancer comeback falls short

After falling behind 10-2 at halftime, the Londonderry boys lacrosse team came back with six unanswered goals in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Souhegan held on to win 10-8. Shane Holland led the way with 3 goals, and Dave Wiedenfeld had 2 assists.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton advances

The Pinkerton boys lacrosse team moved one step closer to its 10th state championship on Saturday, beating Hanover 19-9 in the Division 1 quarterfinal. Jack Hanaway led the Astros with 5 goals, and Todd Billetter and Brett Dattilo each had 4 goals. The Astros will face Bedford in the Division 1 semifinal this Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Tracy leads romp

Luke Tracy scored six goals, giving him 72 for the season, and added three assists as Pelham rolled over Lebanon 14-1 in the New Hampshire Division 3 quarterfinals.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover stuns champs

No. 6 Andover stunned defending EMass./state champ Acton-Boxboro 9-7 in the D1 North quarterfinals. No. 3 A-B had beaten Andover 10-3 in the season opener and eliminated AHS last spring 11-4 in the North semis. It was 7-1 at the half and A-B never truly got back in it. Of the early-season loss, Golden Warrior coach Wayne Puglisi said, "We had some young players in important roles." Young players like sophomore middies Mike Biddle and Tom Rockwell (12 of 19 on face-offs) came of age. "They really stood out," said Puglisi. Jake Lakos had four goals and two assists and Stephen Herman (11 saves) was brilliant with help from defenders Brian Duffy, Chris Tully and Brendan Slattery. 

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/04/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Tough finish for Owls

Timberlane took an early lead but couldn't hold on in yesterday's 11-10 loss to Hollis-Brookline in the first round of the Division 2 tournament. Blake Rooney had 6 goals for the Owls and Michael Bowman and Frank Redman each had 2.

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Boys Lacrosse, 06/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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