Boys’ lacrosse: Area update as playoffs near

  • Concord defenseman Max Leahy (22) tries to keep up with Pinkerton midfielder Riley Spellman during the second half of an April 29 game at Memorial Field. The visiting Astros left with a 14-8 victory. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/11/2022 6:00:27 PM

Less than a month separates the end of a season for some and the beginning of a new one for others.

As area boys’ lacrosse teams continue try and find ways to win before the postseason tournament starts on June 2, the Monitor takes a brief look into how programs have performed so far.

It’ll start off with Concord and work down alphabetically by divisions.

Records are up to date entering Wednesday.

DIVISION I Concord (6-5)

After an up-and-down start, Concord has rattled off three consecutive wins as the season enters the second half. While their losses have been respectable since they were against the division’s top teams in Exeter, Bishop Guertin and Pinkerton, the Crimson Tide turned their losing record into a winning one with win over Souhegan on Tuesday.

Concord is one of four teams that are around a .500 record or better and eye a playoff spot with six games to go.

Division IIBow (0-10)

In a tough Division II, the Falcons come close a few times to earning that first win. Three of Bow’s games have been decided by five goals or fewer, including one-score differentials against Alvirne and Kennett. The Falcons have four more games on the schedule, including a cross-town game against Pembroke on May 17.

Coe-Brown (4-4)

The Bears, with an even record, sit in a good spot to close out the season and bolster their resume ahead of the postseason. Even though Coe-Brown is on a two-game skid with losses to Derryfield and Oyster River – two of the division’s top teams – its win against ConVal and two dominant performances over Spaulding are good confidence-builders.

Coe-Brown closes out its season with games against Merrimack Valley, Alvirne and Kennett.

Merrimack Valley (2-6)

The Pride found a response after opening the season with four consecutive losses by winning back-to-back games. In those wins, 10-6 over Pembroke and 18-2 over Spaulding, the Pride dominated the stat sheet while building winning habits along the way.

MV will close out the season with games against Kennett and Bow.

Pembroke (1-6)

One of last season’s darlings after going 11-2 and winning the program’s first-ever playoff game, the Spartans have had a bit of a stumble this year. They achieved their first win on May 5 in an assertive 14-3 victor over Spaulding, and look for more wins with games against Merrimack Valley, Bow and Kennett left.

Division IIIBishop Brady (2-5)

The Giants started off the season 2-2 with wins over Stevens and Inter-Lakes, but since then they’ve dipped into a three-game skid. Brady faces a few more tests with games against Hopkinton, Lebanon and Laconia. But it also sees Hillsboro-Deering and Milford.

Hillsboro-Deering (0-6)

The Hillcats are only in their second season as a program, and they’ve seen growth between years one and two.

Even though HD is still looking for its first win, it’ll have good opportunities down the stretch against Inter-Lakes and Milford.

Hopkinton (6-1)

Hopkinton boasts an impressive resume, with more room for it to improve. The Hawks’ only loss of the season, a 15-12 final against Campbell, is the only blemish thus far. With just six games left in the regular season, they soon enough will turn the focus toward the postseason.

Kearsarge (4-5)

Kearsarge suffered three consecutive losses in the early portion of the season and has since rallied back to one game shy of an even record. The Cougars have surpassed last season’s win total and have four more games to go to improve their resume ahead of the tournament.

Matt Parker bio photo

Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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