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Capsule outlook of the area’s high school boys’ lacrosse teams

High school boys’ lacrosse outlook

Bow

Division: II

Coach: Ross Mondello (4th year)

Last year: 11-5, lost in semifinals

Returning starters: Devin Calkins, sr., A; Matt Sanford, sr., A; Dylan LaBranche, sr., A; Devin Barker, sr., A; Luke Laboe, sr., MF; Tyler Herrick, sr., MF; Trevor Garrett, sr., MF; Derrick LaBranche, sr., D; Charley Reagan, sr., D; Alex Reitze, sr., D; Travis Beauchain, sr., G; Tucker Johnson, jr., D

Top newcomers: Mike Angarella, jr., G; Chase Chamberline, fr., G; Ben Podis, so., A; Colin Buch, so., MF; Stephen Panella, jr., MF; Corey Plumb, jr., MF; Jack Knepper, jr., Ethan Fargo, so., Alex Hoeker, so.

Outlook: Bow has a positive outlook on the season as the Falcons return 12 seniors and 20 players from last year’s roster. The entire defense returns, including D-II Defensive Player of the Year Derek LaBranche. Two-thirds of Bow’s starting attack along with its second line midfield also returns. “Our goal is to be one of the top teams in our division and have an opportunity to play for the championship,” Coach Mondello said. “… Our focus on the little things that will help make each person a better individual player will help to contribute to the overall success of our offense, defense and overall team concepts.”

Teams to beat: Bedford, Goffstown

Bishop Brady

Division: III

Coach: Calvin Todd (1st year)

Last year: 9-6, lost in first round

Returning starters: Hunter Migneault, sr., D; Alex Thompson, sr., A

Top newcomers: Brett Michaud, sr., MF; Matt Tetu, sr., MF; Connor Dougherty, so., MF; Byron Wells, so., MF; Reily Woods, so., D; Chris Carmichael, fr., MF; Aidan Plumpton, fr., D

Outlook: An abundance of youth and emerging talent has Brady poised to repeat the successes of last season and compete for a playoff spot. Coach Todd thinks highly of the team’s cast of newcomers, which includes Carmichael and Plumpton, who were named captains as freshmen. The early going could see some growing pains as the Green Giants get those new players acclimated to new roles and the varsity pace, but Todd is hoping that will transition to a team playing its best lacrosse as the tournament arrives.

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Hollis-Brookline, Plymouth, Hopkinton

John Stark

Division: III

Coach: Howard Roever (2nd year)

Last year: 8-7, lost in first round

Returning starters: Matthew Richard, sr., A; Brody Fredericks, jr., A/MF; Colbey Decotis, sr., A; James Smugereski, jr., MF; Jacob Blanchette, so., MF; Curtis Marden, jr., faceoff specialist/LSM; Terry Zervos, jr., LSM; Cooper Bourque, jr., D; Johnathan Brown, jr., D; Gage Huard, jr., D; August Colburn, jr., G

T op newcomers: Ryan Gordon, so., A/MF; Daniel Medvetz, jr., A/MF; Drew McQuarrie, fr., A/MF; Cameron Bourque, fr., LSM

O utlook: The Generals return a majority of their starting lineup from a year ago, led by a strong junior class that gained much experience a year ago. “Last year’s experience, as well as the physical growth of the players, should be a big asset to the squad,” Coach Roever said. “After making the playoffs for the first time in school history last season, the team is hungry to try (to) go deeper in the postseason in 2014.”

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Plymouth, Hollis-Brookline

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Mike Heffernan (4th year)

Last year: 10-7, lost in quarterfinals

Returning starters: Will AuFranc, sr., G; Keatton Hansen, sr., D; Bailey Kane, sr., A; Travis Newman, sr., A/MF; Matt Pickman, jr., MF

Top newcomers: Austin Hogancamp, so., D; Justin Norris, fr., MF; Colton Wilhelm, fr., MF

Outlook: The Cougars don’t have much experience returning from last year’s team, but Heffernan expects this young, coachable and enjoyable group to improve over the course of the season. AuFranc, a talented and experienced goalie, and a defensive group with good size will help cover for some of the young mistakes the Cougars will make early in the season.

Teams to beat: “We expect to be challenged by all of our opponents,” Heffernan said. “Defending champ Derryfield seems to be an early favorite and some D-III teams have new coaches this year, so that will make things interesting, too.”

Merrimack Valley

Division: III

Coach: Sean O’Brien (13th year)

Last year: 3-11, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Cole Martin, sr., MF; Blake Gaboriault, sr., MF; Ben Reed, sr., D; Buddy Hughes, sr., D; Taylor Blanchette, sr., D; Alain Authier, sr., G; Tanner Carter, sr., A; Warren Campbell, so., A

Top newcomers: Tucker Burt, jr., MF; Josh Farmer, fr., D; Chase Mercier, fr., A

Outlook: The Pride’s midfield is loaded with speed and athleticism with Martin, Gaboriault and Burt, who is back at MV after a year at New Hampton. The defense also will be one of the team’s strengths with the experience of Reed, Hughes and Blanchette and the addition of Farmer and the connectivity all four have already shown. “How well the team comes together and works during practices will have a major impact on the success of the team throughout the season,” O’Brien said.

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Hollis-Brookline, Windham, Trinity, Pembroke, Kingswood, Kearsarge, John Stark

Pembroke

Division: III

Coach: Tim Vasconcellos (3rd year)

Last year: 4-10, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Keenan Abbott, sr., MF; Nick Berube, sr., G

Top newcomers: Glenn Dion, fr., A; Kam Anderson, so., A; Max Putnam, fr., A/MF; Sam Simpson, jr., MF; Nick Serafin, jr., MF; Jordan Williams, sr., MF; Cody Letendre, jr., MF; Logan Young, so., MF; Shane Mailhot, jr., MF; Ryan Phelps, so., D; Scott Bachelder, jr., D

Outlook: The Spartans will be a young team this year, but Coach Vasconcellos is excited about the potential on the roster. Several of the players are multi-sport athletes, and Vasconcellos likes the versatility and different strengths that can promise. There is room for growth, as evidenced by the team’s record last season, but if the talent blooms, Pembroke could be a tough team in Division III.

Teams to beat: Plymouth, Hopkinton, Derryfield, Hollis/Brookline, Windham, Pelham

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