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LHS 8 / Medfield 14 (State Championship) 6/16/07                                             FINAL RECORD  19 - 4

A magical ending wasn’t in the cards today as LHS fell at home to Medfield by a 14 to 8 score in the state division II title game. With the defeat the team finished the season with a record of 17 wins, 6 losses and a final state ranking of #4 on laxpower.com (out of 152 teams!). Down 6 to 5 at halftime the team struggled against intense Medfield pressure and after twelve straight wins ran out of gas in the last 24 minutes of the last high school game played in Massachusetts for the 2007 season. Throughout the game goalie Mike Carlson stood out. Seniors Jack Lake, Jack Steele, Andrew Hayes, Jimmy McGoldrick and prep school transfers Ben Liebel and David Thor all played their last games for LHS. Each player gave his all in the championship game. For the season there were a number of outstanding performances that made the record books. Jack Lake, with 46 goals on the season, had the fourth most goals ever by a LHS midfielder while David Thor, who finished the season with 36 goals, had the ninth best goal scoring season ever for a LHS midfielder. With his fantastic season, David, was able to join his uncles Ed and Rob Carey in the LHS record book. James Reardon finished the year with 193 career points and is poised to shatter Ed Carey’s career record of 254 points during his senior season. Kyle Smith, with 107 points on the year (fifth best single season ever) became only the third LHS player to have at least 50 goals and 50 assists in the same season. While it’s not a category in the record book Jimmy McGoldrick took approximately 375 faceoff’s for the season (I forgot to keep track at the Pinkerton and Northampton games). For anyone that has tried facing off, it is exhausting work. Jimmy and line mates Charlie Sullivan and Niko Sierra did an awesome job all season.

After the game the players dealt with the defeat with class and grace and appeared ready to move on to next season. The 2008 season is only 9 months away, and so much depth and talent returns. Coming back LHS returns its’ top 3 scorers, and many fine midfielders and defensemen. 2007 brought back the swagger to LHS lacrosse. I can’t wait for 2008!

 

Goals: Lake (2), Smith (2), Steele (1), Reardon (1), Thor (1), Brown (1)

Assists: Lake (1), Steele (1)

 

 

LHS/Algonquin 6/13/07

LHS methodically took apart central mass champ, Algonquin, by a 15 to 6 score at Westborough high school on an unseasonably cold day. With the win the LHS boys program earned its’ 30th appearance in the state championship game, and will be seeking its 17th title against top ranked Medfield, the eastern mass champion. In what amounts to a real tribute to the lacrosse tradition in Longmeadow, the game will be played Saturday at 4pm on the LHS stadium field immediately after the conclusion of the girls’ championship game, as the girls take on Framingham in their bid for a state title. Play with heart and hustle on Saturday, with the knowledge that you are in a long line of those that have worn the LHS jersey. Good luck to all!

 

Goals: Reardon (4), Thor (4), Brown (3), Lake (3), McGoldrick (1)

Assists: Reardon (1), Smith (5), Steele (2)

 

 

LHS/South Hadley 6/11/07

Big players play big in big games. That phrase was never truer than today. With the team hitting on all cylinders, LHS destroyed South Hadley 16 to 4 at the LHS football stadium to win the Western Mass lacrosse title for the 31st time. The team led 9 to 1 at halftime and finished off their opponent with a 5-0 fourth quarter blanking. South Hadley, a team on a mission, never got it going and its’ star player, Umass bound Ryan Marcus, was held without a point as Ben Liebel (and the entire defense) marked him closely all game. Every player that stepped on the field hustled and played unselfishly. Gavin Parker played meaningful minutes and came up huge. His hustle play on a ground ball with just under three minutes to go in the first half, along the far side line, was typical of the effort put forth all game by LHS players. He would score later and add an assist, as well. Sam McGrath was a rock with many stops and ground balls. Sam was also outstanding clearing the ball. Mike Carlson had many saves and looked sharp throughout the game, particularly with his outlet passing. Jack Steele played like a champion and made numerous plays that will never be seen in a box score. Face off domination early in the game by Jimmy McGoldrick and outstanding wing play from Nikko Sierra and Charlie Sullivan set a tone to the game from the start for which South Hadley had no ability to counter. Derek Brown, with five goals, easily played his best game of the year. This writer has seen a lot of games played over the years and this was among the best team efforts I’ve ever witnessed. My congratulations to all on an exceptional effort, there is no doubt I speak for many friends and family. There is still additional business to take care of. Up next, on Wednesday is Algonquin, for the right to play at home in the state title game this Saturday against either Medfield or Concord Carlisle. Good luck!

 

Goals: Brown (5), Smith (3), Reardon (1), Thor (2), Lake (1), Parker (1), Steele (1), McGoldrick (1), Wagner (1)

Assists: Smith (1), Reardon (3), Thor (1), Lake (1), Parker (1), Sierra (1)

 

 

LHS/Westfield 6/7/07

A misfiring LHS lacrosse team woke up right before halftime, scoring three goals in the last minute to overcome a 4 to 6 deficit and take a most unlikely 7 to 6 lead into the break. The white and black came out in the third quarter ready to play, leaving the tentativeness of the first 23 minutes behind them, the team outscored Westfield by an 8 to 3 margin in the second half on its’ way to a well deserved 15 to 9 victory. The offense was led by James Reardon and Kyle Smith, who combined for 14 points. Charlie Sullivan had his motor in gear and played a gem of a game as he had numerous ground balls, clearing plays and defensive stops. Mike Carlson, who got better as the game went along, had five fourth quarter saves to snuff out any Westfield hopes for a comeback. Up next, on Monday, with the Western Mass title on the line in the winner of the South Hadley/Minnechaug game.

 

Goals: Reardon (6), Smith (5), Steele (1), Thor (2), Brown (1)

Assists: Reardon (1), Smith (2), Steele (3), Brown (1), Sierra (2), Lake (2)

 

 

LHS/West Springfield 6/5/07.

In a first round playoff game #1 Longmeadow defeated #8 West Springfield, 20 to 7, in a game played on the LHS varsity football field. West Springfield, in their first playoff game ever, showed up ready to play and only trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, 3 to 2. As usual, faceoff’s played a large role in the contest and the face off line of McGoldrick, Sierra and Sullivan combined to win more 80% of their draws. Eventually, Longmeadow’s greater talent overwhelmed the Westside defense and the team took an 18 to 6 lead into the fourth quarter. Up next, if Mass Live is to be believed, is dangerous Westfield, a one goal winner over Amherst, 12-11.

 

Goals: Smith (4), Brown (3), Reardon (4), Lake (2), McGoldrick (2), Travers (1), Thor (1), McKenna (1), Wagner (1), Parker (1)

Assists: Smith (5), Brown (3), Reardon (1), Lake (1), Travers (1), Dendieval (1), Baker (1)

 

 

2007 Awards.

Varsity award winners for the 2007 season are as follows:

Most Improved: Niko Sierra
Most Courageous: David Thor
Coaches Award: Jimmy McGoldrick
Defensive Player Award: Ben Liebel
Offensive Player Award: Jack Lake
All American: Jack Lake
Academic All-American: Jack Steele
Booster Club Award: Bill & Cathy Togneri

 

 

 

LHS/Agawam 5/29/07.

LHS wrapped up the regular season with a resounding 15-2 win over an outmanned Agawam squad. During the game, Jimmy McGoldrick, Griffin Wagner and Steve McKenna all scored their first goals of the year! With the victory, the Lancers finished the regular season with a record of 13 wins and 5 losses. The team now awaits the Western Massachusetts playoff bracket announcement later this week and the commencement of the post season.

 

Goals: Smith (1), Travers (3), Thor (3), Reardon (2), McKenna (2), Dendieval (1), Wagner (1), McGoldrick (1), Brown (1)

Assists: Smith (5), Travers (1), Reardon (1), Dendieval (1), Wagner (1), Steele (2), Sierra (1), Parker (1), Baker (1)

 

 

LHS/Minnechaug 5/25/07.

In a tense and exciting game where every possession mattered, LHS defeated Minnechaug for the second time this season, by an 8 to 6 score on the LHS varsity field. The game was in doubt until the final minute of the contest when Jack Lake scored on a man up play to secure the final margin of victory. The extreme heat of the day resulted in Coach Rauseo going very deep into the bench for his substitution pattern and contributions were made by many players.

 

Goals: Lake (4) Reardon (3), Steele (1)

Assists: Thor (3), Brown (1), Steele (1)

 

 

LHS/Westfield 5/23/07.

LHS blasted Westfield by an 8 to 1 first quarter margin and coasted to a 16-7 win on a beautiful sunny day at the LHS varsity field. LHS extended the lead at halftime to 11-2 and led 15-5 entering the fourth quarter. Team offensive and defensive execution throughout the game was solid. Rich Travers scored twice in the victory. With his first goal coming on a fantastic individual effort when he batted the Westfield goalie’s clearing pass out of the air, caught the ball, turned, shot and scored, all in the blink of an eye.

Up next, on Friday, is Minnechaug, win and LHS is the probable top seed going into the Western Mass playoffs!

 

Goals: Reardon (4), Smith (1), Brown (3), Thor (3), Steele (2), Travers (2), Lake (1)

Assists: Reardon (2), Smith (4), Brown (1), Steele (1)

 

 

LHS/Amherst 5/18/07.

What a difference three weeks makes! Avenging a surprising 13-12 loss on April 24th, LHS rolled over Amherst by an 18 to 6 score at a cold and windy LHS varsity field. Amherst attackman, Josh Hawkins, who was the unquestioned star of game one, was held in check the entire afternoon by an inspired LHS defense. LHS played well and unselfishly throughout the contest, with nine players factoring in the point column. Jimmy McGoldrick’s face off domination turned the contest into a “make it/take it” game for the LHS offense. During the game, Gavin Parker, scored his first goal of the season, and Niko Sierra scored a season high two goals and consistently cleared the ball to the offensive zone with his hard charging style of play.

 

Goals: Reardon (4), Smith (2), Thor (4), Lake (3), Steele (1), Brown (1), Sierra (2), Parker (1)

Assists: Reardon (2), Smith (3), Lake (1), Steele (2), Brown (2), Wagner (1)

 

 

LHS/Northampton 5/17/07.

Showing the effects of a nine day layoff, LHS fell behind early, spotting Northampton a 2-0 lead, only to methodically pound out twelve of the next thirteen goals before finally prevailing, 12-6. Richard Al-Husseini went all the way in goal for LHS to get the win. Jack Steele, who scored once and assisted on another goal, played a particularly strong game for LHS.

 

Goals: Smith (4), Reardon (2), Lake (2), Steele (1), Thor (2), Brown (1)

Assists: Smith (1), Reardon (3), Lake (2), Steele (1), Brown (1)

 

 

LHS/Minnechaug 5/8/07.

Derek Brown’s goal, off an assist from Niko Sierra, with 4 minutes to go proved to be the game winner as LHS outlasted Minnechaug in a tense and ragged game by an 8 to 7 score in Wilbraham. Both teams were evenly matched as evidenced by the fact that the score was tied at the end of each of the first three periods of play. Derek scored a season high four points and assists were registered on all eight LHS goals. Charlie Sullivan, at long stick mid, and goalie, Mike Carlson, who had several spectacular saves, stood out. The LHS midfielders and defensemen worked very hard in front of Mike and limited the number of quality shots that Minnechaug was able to get on net over the course of the game.

 

Goals: Brown (2), Reardon (1), Thor (2), Lake (2), Steele (1)

Assists: Brown (2), Reardon (2), Smith (3), Sierra (1)

 

 

LHS/South Hadley 5/1/07.

LHS led 9 to 5 after three quarters of play, only to watch South Hadley score the final five goals of the game to win in overtime, 10 to 9, on the LHS varsity field. The team played hard throughout the game and had numerous chances to put South Hadley away. However, the bounces just didn’t break our way. With their win, South Hadley earned a split of the regular season series. Jack Lake scored four goals to lead the offense, and the defense had another strong outing, particularly clearing the ball. With the loss LHS dropped to 5-5 on the season, with four of those losses coming by a total of six goals.

This Friday, the team will face a 7-2 Westfield squad in a critical Western Mass game and on Sunday will play the State’s second ranked team, Medfield, at home. According to Laxpower.com, LHS has the fifth toughest schedule in the State (out of 152 teams). By comparison, Medfield has the 41st toughest schedule. Included in their 10 wins was a one-goal victory over Glastonbury, CT, a team that we have played well against in scrimmages the past two seasons. This anonymous writer likes our chances on Sunday. Win or lose, come playoff time, this team will have been tested against the very best and be an extremely tough out for any opponent.

 

Goals: Lake (4), Brown (1), Steele (1), Smith (1), Thor (1), Reardon (1)

Assists: Brown (1), Steele (1), Smith (1), Thor (1),