Four things: Check out these four area boys’ lacrosse games

  • Hopkinton’s Hayden Lynch cradles the ball and protects it from a Kearsarge defender during a boys’ lacrosse game last season. The Hawks reached the state semifinals in 2021. JEFF SULLIVAN /

Monitor staff
Published: 4/7/2022 5:06:43 PM

With baseball and softball games covered, the four things series leaves the diamond and heads to the fields with a look at area boys’ lacrosse teams.

Of the local schools to field a boys’ program, only two — Pembroke and Hopkinton — had a winning record, three held an even or near even record and four combined for nine wins. But this season hopes to have programs take the next step forward on the field, and some of those programs will have tests in these four games to see:

Bishop Guertin at Concord, April 11: There’s a line of thought that there isn’t much of a better way to start off your season than by hosting the defending state champions. That’s exactly what the Crimson Tide get when they open their 2022 campaign at Memorial Field when Bishop Guertin comes to town. Concord finished last season an even 7-7, including a first-round exit inof the tournament courtesy Souhegan.

Trinity at Hopkinton, May 6: Another team that’s close to breaking through the championship ceiling rests and works in Hopkinton, and the Hawks were one game short of playing for hardware last season. May’s rematch of the 2021 Division III semifinal, where Hopkinton lost, 12-7, to Trinity, is one that’s circled on the schedule for the green and black, especially for coach Deacon Blue’s eight returning starters.

Hanover at Bow, May 23: In the same breath of tournament rematches, Bow will host Hanover in a rematch of last season’s preliminary-round game. The Falcons lost, 7-6, in a tight effort against the Bears, but an offseason’s worth of work and training, alongside nearly the full regular season, should have this game as one to see.

ConVal at Pembroke, May 24: The Spartans fielded perhaps the best team in the Concord area last year, highlighted by double-digit wins and an appearance in Division II quarterfinal round. But before that 15-2 loss at Derryfield that ended Pembroke’s season, it played against ConVal in tightly contested 6-3 final. Both programs look to make that next step toward a championship effort, and PA’s new coach, Sean O’Brien, will have returning starters Caden Mix, Gavin O’Brien and Kriss Lessner, among others, to lead the way.

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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