Boys’ lacrosse: Concord moves on to quarterfinals

 Monitor staff
Published: 6/3/2022 5:05:27 PM

No. 8 Concord won its first-round playoff game, 6-5, against No. 9 Souhegan in the Division I NHIAA boys’ lacrosse tournament on Thursday.

The Crimson Tide and the Sabers were in a 3-3 stalemate at halftime and the back-and-forth play continued into the second half as the two teams traded another pair of goals. Concord junior attack Nate Doherty tied the game at 5 in the third quarter after a savvy, no-look, behind-the-back goal where he wrapped around the net and beat two Sabers defensemen.

Junior middie Joey Tarbell scored the game-winner in the early moments of the fourth quarter. The Tide (9-9) defended well down the stretch, forcing bad shots and turnovers and recovering ground balls.

“This has been one of the most fun teams to coach because they play as a team,” Concord coach Jeff Smith said. “We don’t have a lot of superstars, First Team All-State guys or an All-American. It’s just a team effort.”

Tarbell (three goals), Doherty (two goals) and Colin Nelson (one goal) continue to be offensive catalysts for the Tide. As Thursday’s game wound down, the ball was in the net of one of their sticks at any given time – paired with either a double or triple team by the Souhegan defense.

Smith and the Tide are all too familiar with Souhegan (7-11) in important games the last few seasons. It knocked out Concord in the first round of the playoffs last season, and Concord hosted Souhegan in the final two weeks of this regular season and won, 7-6, as the playoff picture began to take shape.

Concord will travel to No. 1 Exeter for its quarterfinal game on Saturday. The Tide are 0-2 against the Blue Hawks this season, losing by scores of 16-6 on April 11 and 15-7 on May 26.

The last playoff meeting between Concord and Exeter happened in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 tournament. The Blue Hawks won, 16-7. Concord hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinal round since 2009, when it beat Exeter 11-7. Its season ended the following round in a 15-13 loss to Bishop Guertin. 

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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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