D-II Boys’ Lacrosse: Lacy scores 10 goals to help Merrimack Valley reach quarterfinals

  • Merrimack Valley's Max Lacy makes a move on the defense on the way to a goal on Thursday during a Division II boys' lacrosse playoff game in Penacook. Jason Orfao—Monitor staff

  • Merrimack Valley’s Max Lacy works his way around a defender on Thursday during the Pride’s victory in the Division II boys’ lacrosse playoffs in Penacook. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Merrmiack Valley's Coby Mercier sprints past the Manchester Central defense on Thursday during a Division II boys' lacrosse playoff game in Penacook. Jason Orfao—Monitor staff

  • Merrimack Valley's Garrett Hunt passes the ball on Thursday during a Division II boys' lacrosse playoff game in Penacook. Jason Orfao—Monitor staff

  • Merrimack Valley’s Joe Jackman (4) and Coby Mercier celebrate a goal on Thursday during a Division II boys’ lacrosse playoff game in Penacook. The Pride rolled to an 18-8 win in the first-round clash. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

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Published: 5/30/2019 10:43:57 PM

Merrimack Valley coach Bob Berwick knows lacrosse is a game of ups and downs, and a team has to play through those.

His No. 6 Pride (11-5) squad was down by one to No. 11 Manchester Central (7-7) in the second quarter, but the Little Green had a key goal disallowed and the Pride rattled off six straight, securing an 18-8 victory for Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tournament.

“Everybody played really sound,” Berwick said. “Fundamentally we put it all together.”

The Pride had solid performances up and down the lineup, but Max Lacy stole the show with 10 goals, including several during a key stretch in the second quarter.

Central led 4-3 and scored a fifth goal, but an offsides call behind the play took the goal off the board and gave MV possession.

The Pride scored 10 seconds later.

“After that we kind of ran away with it,” Berwick said. “That’s a tough mental blow in a tight game like that.”

In addition to strong offensive production from Lacy, MV had a strong game from its entire defense, with long-stick midfielder Davian Haith helping control the run of play in front of goaltender Jessy Hirwa (13 saves).

“He makes saves at the most opportune times,” said Berwick, highlighting a Central flurry of four shots with a two-man advantage in quick succession that Hirwa turned aside (including two off the post) to help MV maintain control.

The Pride’s next opponent is at No. 3 Portsmouth (15-4). The Clippers made quick work of Oyster River in the first round, leading 9-0 at halftime before securing a 16-2 victory.

“We’ve got to play fundamentally sound and emotionally stay in check,” Berwick said. “Teams can score a lot of goals quickly no matter what you do. That’s the game of lacrosse. To stay emotionally in check during those downs will be key ... but (MV) knows what to do.”

D-II BOYS’ LACROSSE TOURNAMENT

No. 7 Merrimack 8, No. 10 John Stark 3

Key players: John Stark – Kayden Easter (G), Peyton Marden (G), Owen Jones (G), Cam Fortin (A), Ethan Konrad (14 saves), Jack Labounty (defense), George Lord (defense)

Highlights: Marden’s goal midway through the second quarter put the Generals up 1-0 and Easter’s man-up goal increased Stark’s lead to 2-0, but the Tomahawks goalie made some excellent saves and Merrimack went up 4-2 after the third quarter.

Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of our effort. We had opportunities to take back the momentum but we either missed the cage or their goalie made some stellar saves. It’s always tough to lose, but especially in the playoffs. I’ll miss the seniors.” – John Stark’s Howard Roever

Records: Merrimack 11-6; John Stark 8-7

No. 4 Hollis Brookline 18, No. 13 Bow 5

Highlights: The Falcons bowed out of the D-II postseason tournament with a loss on the road to the Cavaliers. Bow ended the season with six wins in its final nine games.

Records: Hollis Brookline 12-3; Bow 7-9


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