Boys’ lacrosse: Hopkinton dominate Stevens in 20-0 win and move to 2-0

  • Hopkinton midfielder Lincoln Wilson jukes a defender in the Hawk’s 20-0 win. Brackett Lyons / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/19/2022 8:55:28 AM

The referee’s whistle blasted almost non-stop for the opening quarter of Monday’s DIII boy’s lacrosse matchup. Hopkinton swarmed Stevens High School’s defensive zone and unleashed an unending barrage of shots toward the net. Eleven of those shots found nylon as the Hawks soared out to an insurmountable lead by the end of the first quarter. Hopkinton fired seven more goals in the back of the net by halftime. And with their foot off the gas put home two more to take the 20-0 win and move to 2-0. 

Before being subbed out in favor of younger players, Hopkinton’s first line enjoyed a statistical feast. Midfielders Aidan Burns and Ethan Molnar had three goals apiece, tied for the team lead. Molnar had four assists as well, which was first on the team. 

On defense, there wasn't much to do for the back three who spent most of the game watching their offense weave around Stevens’ goal. But Steven Reddy was still able to force seven ground balls, tying midfielder Connor Tewksbury for most on the team. In goal, senior Eli Standefer got his first shutout of the season after letting in four goals in Hopkinton’s 15-4 win over Pelham. 

“We’re definitely improving every day and the guys are playing great. They’re staying disciplined and doing the things we talked about at practice,” said Hopkinton coach Deacon Blue on the win. 

Hopkinton is coming off a 9-5 season that ended in a semifinal loss to Trinity. A year on from the loss Blue was happy to start the season off with two wins and have the chance to tinker with his lineup. 

“We've got kind of a unique set of guys this year and they're all stepping into their roles really well,” said Blue. “So I’m proud of them for that. We're getting everyone in the mix, which is great to see.”

Hopkinton was able to empty its bench late in Monday’s win. Blue gave every player on the roster the chance to get some game time. 

“There's a few games throughout the season where we get that opportunity to get the younger guys in some varsity games. Get them their first goal and stuff like that,” said Blue. 

There will be harder games to come for Hopkinton no doubt. After opening their season with two home games, the Hawks will hit the road for two straight games and take on 0-2 Inter-Lakes and 2-0 Kearsarge. 

“I always tell them it’s a business trip and to stay focused,” said Blue. “Away games are good preparation for playoffs so we always try and get into a rhythm and get a routine down.”

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