High Schools: Concord boys’ lacrosse team breaks into win column
Concord's Sean Lerner (facing) jumps up to celebrate with Austin Erickson (80) following the Crimson Tide's 15-10 victory over Nashua North on April 25, 2013 at Memorial Field.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's Tony Skafidas charges past Nashua North defense in the game between the schools on April 25, 2013 at Memorial Field. Concord defeated Nashua 15-10.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
It hadn’t been an easy start to the season for the Concord boys’ lacrosse team. Heading into yesterday’s home game against Nashua North, the Crimson Tide had yet to put one in the win column after a grueling early schedule that pitted it against the top teams in the state. The Tide (1-6) finally broke through, getting on top early and hanging tough when North (2-5) made a comeback bid in the third quarter, to get that first win, 15-10.
“We matched up well against (North),” Concord Coach Jeff Smith said. “We were able to play loose and right the ship.”
The team would be within its rights to hold the Division I schedule-maker in contempt after its opening first few weeks of games. The Tide had suffered two losses to Pinkerton (7-1, currently first in the division) and single losses to Hanover (7-2, third place), Bishop Guertin (6-2, fourth), Londonderry (5-1, second) and Souhegan, with the Sabers (2-2) the only team outside the top group of teams in the standings.
Concord wasn’t looking for excuses, however, but the Tide just wanted to get that first victory.
“This game was something (the team) wanted,” Smith said. “They were hungry and came to play today.”
Both teams started slowly on the offensive end, with Concord leading 2-1 after the first quarter, but the home team opened up its lead slowly through the second quarter to head into the halftime break with a 6-4 advantage. The Titans managed to fight back during the third period, tying the score at seven goals apiece, but the Tide won the third quarter in terms of scoring, 5-4, to take a three-goal lead (11-8) into the fourth. Concord outscored North 4-2 in the final quarter to keep the Titans out of reach from making another run.
The win was a comprehensive victory for the Tide, with star performers on the offensive and defensive ends. The trio of Adam Resnick (five goals, two assists), Tyler Martel (four goals, two assists) and Tyler Hatch (four goals) accounted for 13 of the 15 goals and showed what Smith hopes will be a consistent scoring presence throughout the season.
“The attack has been together for a while, and it’s starting to click,” Smith said.
Austin Erickson added the other two goals for Concord, while Sean Mamos (three assists), Bradley Wheeler (assist) and Travis Duhammel (assist) added to the scoring.
Defensively, the team played well as a unit in front of goalie Nick Zavorotny, who continued his solid season with 20 saves. Also key to the victory was the play of Tim Weinhold and Tommy Skafidas, who continued their good form on face-offs to help Concord control extra possession.
Concord can now breathe a sigh of relief with that first win out of the way.
“The big thing was getting through that early grind,” Smith said. “It takes a while for a team to click.”
The team doesn’t have much time to pat itself on the back with nine games left to go, including rematches against top teams like Londonderry and Hanover.
“One win is nice,” Smith said, “but it’s time to move on and win more games.
Pembroke 9, Plymouth 0
The Spartans (3-3) swept a road match with Plymouth (1-7), which has lost four straight.
Pembroke won down the ladder in singles, with No. 1 Andrew Goulet (8-2), No. 2 Alex Chea (8-2), No. 3 Andrew Boddie (8-2), No. 4 Kyle Haas (8-0), No. 5 Sam Yeaton (8-4) and No. 6 Ryan Weiss (8-5) all victorious.
The doubles teams of No. 1 Goulet/Chea (8-4), No. 2 Boddie/Haas (8-1) and No. 3 Yeaton/Alex Goff (8-0) all won their matches to complete a flawless day for Pembroke.