Boys’ lacrosse: Capital area represented by four teams in this year’s tournament

  • Concord defenseman Max Leahy (22) tries to keep up with Pinkerton midfielder Riley Spellman during the second half at Memorial field on Friday afternoon, April 29, 2022. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

 Monitor staff
Published: 6/1/2022 5:43:36 PM

Similar to the girls’ lacrosse field, the capital area is lightly represented numbers-wise in the NHIAA boys’ lax tournament field.

But the four teams boast talent up and down the roster with some close calls throughout the season that, had they gone differently, might have netted a different seed.

A brief look at the four teams in the tournament:

DIVISION INo. 8 Concord (8-9)

The Crimson Tide essentially are in a play-game since their contest against No. 9 Souhegan is the only first-rounder in Division I.

Concord’s prize should it win against the Sabers? Another few days together as a team and a road trip to No. 1 Exeter.

DIVISION IINo. 10 Coe-Brown (7-7)

The Bears’ 4-3 mark in the closing moments of the season helped them secure one of the final playoff spots in the Division II bracket. They’ll travel to No. 7 ConVal, whom they beat, 7-6, on April 29 on the road.

If Coe-Brown wins Thursday, it’ll travel to No. 2 Derryfield on Saturday.

DIVISION IIINo. 2 Hopkinton (12-2)

Hopkinton’s two losses came against undefeated Campbell and then-No. 5 Lebanon, but one of its closest games of the season came against its first-round opponent in No. 7 Trinity.

The Hawks escaped with a 3-2 road victory to start a seven-game win streak. Much like in the regular season, all they have to do is win by one.

No. 8 Kearsarge (7-7)

In a similar situation to Concord, the Cougars are in a play-in game and are the only preliminary round contest in Division III.

Kearsarge will host No. 9 Gilford, which it beat twice in the regular season. The first came at home, 12-8, on April 14 before an 8-7 road win on May 27.

If it prevails for the third consecutive time, Kearsarge will travel to No. 1 Campbell on Saturday.


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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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