Super Subs Do the Job
Hanover’s Josh Martin (41) prepares to shoot as Manchester Central’s Geoff Nye (26) prepares for a hit during the Marauders’ 19-4 boys lacrosse win yesterday at Merriman-Branch Field. (Valley News - Greg Fennell) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover defenseman Carl Keating (25) weaves to elude pressure from Manchester Central’s Julio Rincon, right, during the Marauders’ 19-4 boys lacrosse win yesterday at Merriman-Branch Field. (Valley News - Greg Fennell) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover's Tom Peters, left, fires a shot around three Manchester Central defenders for the second of his two goals during the Marauders' 19-4 boys lacrosse win at Merriman-Branch Field yesterday. Peters was one of several Marauders who stepped up in the spring break or injury absence of several regulars. (Valley News - Greg Fennell) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover's Jin Kim (9) looks for a way over Manchester Central's Logan Pacheco (13) on a first-half faceoff during the Marauders' 19-4 boys lacrosse win over the Little Green yesterday in Hanover. Kim was one of several Hanover players who saw significant action because of the spring break absence of several regulars. (Valley News - Greg Fennell) Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — Spring break isn’t a week of experimentation for Hanover High boys lacrosse coach Jeff Reed because he wants it to be. It just turns out that way.
Be it injury or vacation, Reed lacked six regulars for yesterday’s NHIAA Division I boys lacrosse date with Manchester Central. Not that it mattered: The Marauders had more than enough capable fill-ins to dust off the Little Green, 19-4, at Merriman-Branch Field.
Goalie James Washington with a singing group in France? No problem: Understudy Dan DeRoy knocked aside 11 of the 15 shots that reached him. Defenseman Teddy Geraghty unavailable? Never mind: Alex Hoehn’s there and ready. Absent a couple of attackmen? Puh-leez, the likes of junior Tommy Peters are willing and able to assist.
With them and others, Hanover didn’t miss a beat. The Marauders scored the game’s first four goals and nine of the opening 10, even while taking two avoidable penalties and testing Reed’s patience with some early lackluster effort.
“I think we’re OK, depth-wise,” Reed said after the Marauders improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in D-I. “What I’ve been able to see is we do have some quality depth. It’s young, and it’s developing, but at this point the kids are stepping up. Guys are rising to the occasion, so I can’t complain.”
The fact that Hanover was saddled with five games over eight days covering either end of spring recess hasn’t been an issue because Reed has plenty of options even with just 21 players dressed yesterday.
DeRoy has been solid in Washington’s stead, putting forward his best performance from a goals-against standpoint yesterday. There isn’t a lacrosse coach at any level who’ll gripe about a shot-stopper who saves nearly 75 percent of the balls that get to him, as DeRoy did.
Hoehn stepped into Geraghty’s absence and meshed well with fellow longpoles Carl Keating and Noah Huizenga. That freed senior Josh Martin and junior Jin Kim to fill another vacation vacancy — missing faceoff man James Montgomery — on draws, an area both handled well.
“We had an unbelievable faceoff guy last year (Ryan Brigham, now at St. Lawrence), and it’s a work in progress to actually see who is our best guy,” Reed said. “Every win for us is a bonus at this point.”
Hanover didn’t lack for offense, even with starting attackmen Jude Arbogast and Austin Taylor among the injured or absent. The usual sources scored yesterday — Jesse Brown, Brendan Forauer, Worthy Gardner and Conor Austin all notched hat tricks — as did the not-so-usual.
Freshman George Geraghty capped Hanover’s assault with his first varsity goal with 2:29 left in the game. It came on a pass from Peters, who whipped in a pair of goals as well.
“It seems like whenever we put Tommy in, something good happens,” Reed said. “It happened today.”
Reed welcomed the scoring, by far the Marauders’ most impressive showing of the young season. In addition to building a 9-1 lead before the second quarter was four minutes old, Hanover scored three times while down a man and twice on the man advantage.
The Marauders did have two players sit out three-minute penalties for playing with illegal sticks, something that had Reed seething — about as much as the often-smiling Reed can seethe — but nothing that a good all-around performance from a mixture of regulars and skilled backups couldn’t erase.
“When we beat Concord by only a goal (5-4 at home on April 11), I thought we were in trouble,” Reed said. “But we just keep getting better. Fortunately, the schedule has been such that the teams are teams that we’ve been able to play with. It’s going to get harder.”
Most certainly. Hanover hosts defending D-II champion Bedford tomorrow, then play 10 of its final 11 games within its division. Road trips to perennial powerhouse Pinkerton (April 25) and three-time D-I champ Bishop Guertin (May 20) will test Hanover in ways Central couldn’t.
Reed noted that Hanover will get better when its regulars return. Yesterday, the guys behind them on the depth chart showed they weren’t exactly slouches.
“It’s a maturation process with these young kids,” Reed added. “The more they play, the better they will get.”
Stick Checks: Zach Taylor scored twice for Hanover, which also picked up single goals from Gus Lyons and Andrew Huizenga. … Austin added three assists for a six-point afternoon. Brown, Taylor and Andrew Huizenga all had a pair of helpers. Kim and Gardner also set up goals. … The Little Green (1-1) played just its second game of the spring. A date with Nashua South on Wednesday was postponed because of damage done to Nashua’s Stellos Stadium by vandals who allegedly burned the facility’s American flag on its FieldTurf playing surface, melting a 12-square-foot segment in the process. According to the Nashua Telegraph, city workers were able to fix the turf in time to play every game scheduled for Wednesday except the Central-South tilt, which will be made up at a later date.
Greg Fennell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3226.