Guertin Cancels Hanover

Marauders Fall in D-I Semis, 11-3

  • Bishop Guertin's Jack McNallen, left, accelerates away from Hanover's Jin Kim after winning a faceoff Sunday during the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal at Bedford High. The Cardinals won, 11-3, and were dominant on draws all night.<br/>Valley News — Tris Wykes

    Bishop Guertin's Jack McNallen, left, accelerates away from Hanover's Jin Kim after winning a faceoff Sunday during the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal at Bedford High. The Cardinals won, 11-3, and were dominant on draws all night.
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  • Hanover High attackman Conor Austin, bottom, absorbs a body check from Bishop Guertin's Max McCabe on Sunday. The Cardinals won the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal, 11-3, leaving Hanover at 12-8 this season.<br/>Valley News — Tris Wykes

    Hanover High attackman Conor Austin, bottom, absorbs a body check from Bishop Guertin's Max McCabe on Sunday. The Cardinals won the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal, 11-3, leaving Hanover at 12-8 this season.
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  • Bishop Guertin's Jack McNallen, left, accelerates away from Hanover's Jin Kim after winning a faceoff Sunday during the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal at Bedford High. The Cardinals won, 11-3, and were dominant on draws all night.<br/>Valley News — Tris Wykes
  • Hanover High attackman Conor Austin, bottom, absorbs a body check from Bishop Guertin's Max McCabe on Sunday. The Cardinals won the teams' NHIAA Division I semifinal, 11-3, leaving Hanover at 12-8 this season.<br/>Valley News — Tris Wykes

Bedford, n.h. — If the Hanover High boys lacrosse team had experienced difficulty with faceoffs or turnovers or defensive breakdowns against Bishop Guertin on Sunday night at Bedford High, the Marauders would have stood a chance during the teams’ NHIAA Division I semifinal. Problems with all three? Game, set and match to the Cardinals, 11-3 victors and four-time defending state champions.

Fourth-seeded Hanover showed improvement from the teams’ last meeting, a 20-8 mauling by the Cardinals late last month. But the Marauders never led after taking a 1-0 advantage on a Teddy Geraghty goal in the sixth minute, and top-seeded Bishop Guertin expanded a 2-1 edge after a quarter to a 5-2 lead at halftime and a 10-3 advantage after 36 minutes of play.

“We played well, but every time you have a breakdown, they make you pay,” said ninth-year Hanover coach Jeff Reed, who announced his retirement from the position after the game. “We wanted to hold them to under 10 goals and we almost did that, but we figured we’d score more goals.”

Geraghty, a defenseman, delivered a fiery pregame speech to his teammates and backed up his words with inspired early play. The diminutive senior raced more than half the length of the field cradling the ball atop his long pole before firing in a bounce shot to open the scoring.

“We came out strong, and they weren’t expecting that,” Geraghty said. “Coming into the second half we were still very optimistic, and we didn’t really start breaking down until the third quarter, which has been a problem for us all season.”

Hanover trailed, 4-1, when it earned its second goal, a Brendan Forauer strike off an Andrew Huizenga feed. The Marauders scored again, less than a minute into the second half, to pull within 5-3 on a bounce shot by Conor Austin, who converted a Worthy Gardner pass.

Hanover goaltender Chris Washington, a senior headed to Williams College, was outstanding. The son of a former college netminder, Washington stopped 16 shots, saving his team from a true rout against the Cardinals (18-2).

“He’s been like that since his first start junior year,” Geraghty said. “I’ve never played with a better goalie. He’s the rock that holds us together.”

Said Reed: “He showed why he’s the best goalie in the state.”

Reed said he hadn’t made his retirement widely known before Sunday because he didn’t want to take attention away from his program, which reached the semifinals for the seventh time during his tenure. Hanover also made three trips to the finals under Reed, a 60-year-old former Dartmouth College player, and won state titles in 2007 and 2009.

“I hold myself to a high standard, and I haven’t been hitting the bar as well as I should,” Reed said. “I haven’t done some of the little things that come with this job, like finding coaches for the youth programs and overseeing them. I also have other passions in life I want to pursue.”

Reed cited spending more time with his wife, traveling and rededicating himself to his construction business as future goals. He will also compete at the World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, later this summer. He competed in them in London last year.

“I’m really proud of this team,” Reed said. “We had a great showing tonight, with just a few breakdowns, and we didn’t score enough goals. But that’s such a talented and well-coached team we played, and our kids went right at them.”

Hanover (12-8) won only three of 16 faceoffs and was outshot, 42-25. The Marauders had five penalties to Bishop Guertin’s three.

Wednesday’s title game will pit the Cardinals against No. 2 Pinkerton (17-3). The Cardinals won the teams’ regular season matchup, 14-11.

Notes: Bishop Guertin’s Max McCabe produced an unusual and dubious stretch of play late in the first half when he was whistled for three 30-second penalties, back to back to back, as he worked over Hanover ballcarrier Austin. … The Cardinals had 40 players on their sideline, about 10 more than Hanover. … Cardinals Domenic St. Laurent and Connor Donahue are headed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse next season, St. Laurent at UMass and Donahue at Denver.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.