Hanover Lacrosse Rolls, Faces Challenge Next
Hanover High attackman Tucker Cadow prepares to attempt a backhand shot in the closing minutes of Thursday's 14-6 defeat of visiting Nashua North in an NHIAA Division I quarterfinal game. The No. 4 Marauders advanced to face top-seeded Bishop Guertin on Sunday night at Bedford High. Valley News - Tris Wykes Purchase photo reprints »
Hanover — “One More” reads the printed slogan on the back hem of the Hanover High boys lacrosse team’s shooting shirts. The Marauders got what they wanted Thursday, extending their season to another game with a 14-6 defeat of visiting Nashua North during an NHIAA Division I quarterfinal contest.
The prize? A rematch with top-seeded and ridiculously-talented Bishop Guertin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bedford High. The four-time defending state-champion Cardinals beat Hanover, 20-7, last month and the contest wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. So what now for the Marauders?
“If we execute perfectly, with no mistakes, we can compete with BG,” Hanover senior Teddy Geraghty told his teammates shortly after Thursday’s final horn.
His coach, Jeff Reed, agreed.
“We’ll have to play impeccably in our base defense,” said the ninth-year bench boss. “We did that last year, when we lost to them in overtime during the regular season. Great things come from great challenges.”
Nashua North (10-7) didn’t provide much of one for most of Thursday’s clash. The No. 5 Titans were down, 7-1, before they pulled to within 8-6 with the help of three goals scored during a three-minute, non-releasable penalty on Hanover’s Tucker Cadow for playing with an illegal stick. The visitors trailed, 8-5, at intermission and tallied first in the second half, but didn’t find the net ever again.
“We really shut them down at that point,” said Reed, who tweaked his defense to account for Titans’ standouts Jake Gearst and Tom Haller. “Those two were their whole offense.”
Fourth-seeded Hanover (12-7) won’t have the luxury of focusing on only a couple of threats Sunday. Bishop Guertin, coached by former Lehigh University All-American and NCAA scoring leader Chris Cameron, is a private school that’s sucked in lacrosse talent and spit out dominant teams in recent years.
The Cardinals (16-2) boast an array of year-round players and their only losses this season were to out-of-state foes.
“We made a lot of mistakes today and Bishop Guertin will capitalize on those, so we have to concentrate on the fundamentals,” said Hanover’s Brendan Forauer, who scored four goals and added an assist against Nashua North. “It’s a big game, with a lot of emotions, but you can’t let them take over your play.
“I’m sure if we come out hard and they think they have the game in the bag before it starts, we can come out on top. They’re a beatable team from what we’ve seen on film.”
Hanover trailed its regular season meeting with the Cardinals by scores of 11-2 and 17-5 and allowed slippery attackman Tom Hurley to score six times. “That’s a team that’s used to tough games and any situations that come up,” Reed said. Cameron “can make changes at any time and his guys pick it up and implement them right away.
“Beating them requires discipline and patience. We have to get some big saves (from goaltender Chris Washington), we have to be efficient on offense and avoid turnovers and we have to have a good day on faceoffs.”
Hanover received eight saves from Washington against Nashua North. Conor Austin had three goals and an assist, Jude Arbogast had two goals and two assists, Ben Acker, Jin Kim and Worthy Gardner each had a goal and an assist and Jack Boillotat and George Geraghty had single tallies.
Sunday’s other semifinal game matches No. 2 Pinkerton (16-3) against No. 6 Exeter (11-7).
Tris Wykes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3227.