2017 MIAA Division 3 boys’ lacrosse state tournament seedings and schedule

All games at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

North

Seedings

1. Hamilton-Wenham (15-1)
2. Ipswich (14-2)
3. Austin Prep. (15-5)
4. Triton (12-6)
5. North Reading (14-6)
6. Pentucket (11-5)
7. Newburyport (9-9)
8. Swampscott (13-7)
9. St. Mary’s-Lynn (11-9)
10. Bishop Fenwick (10-10)
11. Manchester Essex (10-10)
12. Essex Tech (12-8)
13. Winthrop (10-8)
14. Saugus 10-10)
15. Lowell Catholic (8-11)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 30

Essex Tech @ North Reading
Lowell Catholic @ Ipswich, 6 p.m.
Bishop Fenwick @ Newburyport
Saugus @ Austin Prep
Manchester Essex @ Pentucket

Wednesday, May 31

St. Mary’s-Lynn @ Swampscott
Winthrop @ Trition, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 2

St. Mary’s/Swampscott winner @ Hamilton-Wenham

South

Seedings

1. Hanover (12-4)
2. Cardinal Spellman (16-4)
3. Cohasset (14-6)
4. Nantucket (17-3)
5. Sacred Heart (17-0)
6. Abington (13-4)
7. Old Rochester (13-4)
8. Norwell (9-9)
9. Bourne (15-5)
10. Bishop Stang (14-3)
11. Upper Cape (13-5)
12. Hull (8-8)
13. St. John Paul II (13-7)
14. Tri-County (12-6)
15. Fairhaven (12-5)
16. Sturgis East (8-4)
17. Rockland (9-9)
18. South Shore (9-7)
19. Cape Cod Tech (9-7)
20. Bristol-Plymouth (10-10)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 30

Rockland @ Sturgis East
Bristol-Plymouth @ St. John Paul II

Wednesday, May 31

South Shore @ Fairhaven
Cape Cod Tech @ Tri-County, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 1

Rockland/Sturgis East winner @ Hanover
Bourne @ Norwell
Bishop Stang @ Old Rochester, 4 p.m.
Upper Cape @ Abington

Friday, June 2

Bristol-Plymouth/St. John Paul II winner @ Nantucket
South Shore/Fairhaven winner @ Cardinal Spellman
Cape Cod Tech/Tri-County winner @ Cohasset

TBA

Hull @ Sacred Heart



Central/East

Seedings

1. Dover-Sherborn (14-4)
2. Littleton (16-2)
3. Groton-Dunstable (14-5)
4. Tyngsboro (12-6)
5. Hopedale (13-7)
6. Arlington Catholic (8-8)
7. Bromfield (11-7)
8. Ashland (8-10)
9. Oakmont (9-7)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 30

Oakmont @ Ashland

Thursday, June 1

Hopedale @ Tyngsboro, 2:30 p.m.
Bromfield @ Littleton, 4 p.m. (game at Littleton Middle School)
Arlington Catholic @ Groton-Dunstable

Tuesday, June 2

Oakmont/Ashland winner @ Dover-Sherborn

Central/West

Seedings

1. Grafton (18-2)
2. Nimpuc (17-2)
3. Mount Greylock (17-1)
4. Wahconah (13-5)
5. Nashoba Tech (16-4)
6. St. Bernard’s (12-8)
7. Pope Francis (10-10)
8. Blackstone Valley (12-5)
9. Monty Tech (13-7)
10. Hoosac Valley (10-5)
11. Assabet Valley (10-7)
12. Lee (9-9)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 30

Monty Tech @ Blackstone Valley, 3 p.m.
Lee @ Nashoba Tech, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31

Hoosac Valley @ Pope Francis (game at Spec Pond Field, Wilbraham)
Assabet Valley @ St. Bernard’s

Old Rochester’s Strawn is last straw for Lowell

BOSTON – The Old Rochester Bulldogs are a team that features two 40-goal scorers, a 20-goal scorer and two more with double-digit goals.

So for the Lowell Red Raiders to keep them within striking distance for two and a half periods of Wednesday’s MIAA Division 3 boys’ hockey state semifinal is an accomplishment in and of itself.

In the end, however, Noah Strawn’s hat trick was too much to overcome as the Red Raiders’ magical season came to an end in a 5-1 loss at Harvard’s Bright Arena.

“I think we did a really good job of limiting their opportunities,” Lowell head coach Brian Akashian said. “Patrick Cote played great in net… our kids played very, very hard.”

The Bulldogs’ offense started the first period with a purpose, outshooting the Red Raiders 8-0 to begin the game before Landon Goguen notched his 20th goal of the season of a feed from Strawn from behind the Lowell net.

After two empty first period power plays for Lowell, Strawn notched his first goal of the game, the eventual game winner, just 45 seconds into the second period as he steered in from the left side and deked Cote (37 saves) to slide the puck into the net glove side.

“We’ve played against good players all year, and he’s obviously an excellent player,” Akashian said. “We know he’s going to get his goals… tonight, we were a little snakebit.”

Lowell (15-10) cut the lead in half at 4:48 of the second period. Connor Barter fired a one-timer on one knee from the top of the left circle off a feed from Brendan DeMarco to beat Bulldogs goalie Chase Cunningham (21 saves) over his right shoulder.

The next 15 minutes of game action would prove to be a stalemate, but the pivotal moment may have been Lowell’s Ben Asselin leaving the game with what was reported to be a broken collarbone.

“When Asselin went down with a broken collarbone, we lose our second-leading scorer and a guy who plays a lot on the PK and the power play, and does everything well for us,” Akashian said. “We were scrambling a little bit, but these kids were great. They hung in there the whole time.”

But in the final five minutes, the Bulldogs showed they had more left in the tank, as two more goals from Strawn, pushing him to 47 on the year, and one by Sam Henrie, giving him 40, sent the considerably large Old Rochester student section into a frenzy.

Despite the loss, this season has been a success by every measure for Akashian’s squad. From two wins two years ago to three wins last year to a sectional title and a state semifinal berth this year, the young Red Raiders have a come a long way. And with their top line of Asselin, DeMarco and Thomas Hassett coming back next year, even bigger things could be on the way.

“I hope everything continues to progress,” Akashian said. “It’s going to be a big offseason for a lot of these younger kids to get in great shape… we’re going to have a target on our back next year, and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready, willing and able to do it.”

Old Rochester (24-3) will face Shrewsbury in the Division 3 state championship Sunday at TD Garden.



Lowell boys’ hockey continues Cinderella run with sectional title

NORTH BILLERICA – Not many teams can say they’ve made the kind of turnaround the Lowell Red Raiders boys’ hockey team has, especially in such a short amount of time.

But after winning five games the previous two years with as many as 10 middle schoolers on the roster, the Red Raiders are now MIAA Division 3 North sectional champions after a 4-1 victory over the Latin Academy Dragons Sunday night at the Chelmsford Forum.

The game got off to a fast start, to say the least, as Brendan DeMarco took the opening faceoff, bounced the puck off the linesman and a couple of Dragon players, and roofed it past goalie Brendan Mannion to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead just nine seconds into the game.

“It’s huge, especially in games like this, to score that first goal,” Lowell head coach Brian Akashian said. “You don’t want to be chasing the score, and to be up one, that gives you a little breathing room.”

The teams continued to play at a high tempo the rest of the first period, but neither Mannion (26 saves) nor Lowell goalie Patrick Cote (38 saves) let anything through until 13:07, when the top line of DeMarco, Thomas Hassett and Ben Asselin, executed a beautiful set play off a faceoff in the left circle to give Asselin the eventual game-winning goal from along the left wall.

The Red Raiders opened the second period at 2:26 by scoring in a much scrappier way than the first two goals. With bodies colliding everywhere in the Latin Academy zone and lots of traffic clogging the passing lanes, DeMarco reached out with his stick to prevent the puck from going over the blue line, then fed Hassett, who earlier in the game was face down on the ice for a couple of minutes after taking a big hit, for a snipe from the top of the left circle to make it 3-0.

“That first line was immense for us,” Akashian said. “They scored all four goals… they’re really good players and they played well tonight.”

The Dragons (15-3-5) finally got on the scoreboard at 13:20 of the second period as Ryan Lonergan, who had previously left the ice after a big hit himself, played tic-tac-toe with linemates John Connolly and Nolan Rooney to beat Cote to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Red Raiders (15-9) entered the third period with a two-goal lead, often described as “the most dangerous lead in hockey.” And it certainly looked like the Dragons would cut into that lead further, as they outshot the Red Raiders 10-1 to begin the period and fired five shots on goal in the first 45 seconds of an early-period power play.

But Cote, who received chants of “Brick wall!” from the Lowell student section, stood his ground, and two crucial clears by the Red Raiders snuffed out what ended up being the last real Dragon threat.

With 1:20 left, Asselin flipped the puck into an empty net to begin the hard-earned celebration.

“[Latin Academy] won the Boston City League championship two weeks ago, they were down three goals with three minutes left and they came back and won the game,” Akashian said. “We knew they were just going to keep coming and coming and coming, and we did a great job of just riding it out those last 10 minutes.”

For as young a team as the Red Raiders are, with their three top scorers being two sophomores and a freshman, they have shown a tremendous amount of poise through this tournament run.

“They’ve just played a lot of hockey together,” Akashian said. “When they were in squirts, they won a state championship together, and it’s a lot of the same kids. They’ve played together a lot, and they know how to play in big situations.”

The Red Raiders will face South sectional champion Old Rochester/Fairhaven in a Division 3 state semifinal Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bright Arena at Harvard University.

“It’s great for the program,” Akashian said of the win. “We had our captains from the last two years here, and I said they were just as big a part of this as anybody else… it’s good to get us back on the map and hopefully we can keep it going.”



Bartlett’s 20/20 vision knocks off Greater Lowell

WORCESTER – The Greater Lowell Gryphons saw their season come to a disappointing end Saturday as they fell to the Bartlett Indians, 96-66, in the MIAA Division 3 Central boys’ basketball sectional final at WPI.

Three players scored 20 points for the Indians (20-3), including two with double-doubles – Tyler Davern (21 points, 20 rebounds), Anthony Grzembski (22 points, 15 assists) and Cody Adams (game-high 27 points).

Ian Kirumira had another fantastic game in his last game in a Greater Lowell uniform, with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, including his 1,000th career rebound, making him the first player in Greater Lowell history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

The Indians never trailed in the game as things snowballed from the opening tip for Greater Lowell. The Indians broke the Gryphons’ full-court press, their defense of choice, with ease, leading to wide-open looks, and got the Gryphons into early foul trouble, leading to a 14-of-16 performance at the free throw line in the first half, including 9-of-10 by Grzembski alone. Meanwhile, Greater Lowell didn’t make a free throw the entire game.

“That press has been our bread and butter all year, but obviously [Bartlett] handled it pretty well,” Gryphons head coach Daniel Kane said.

Even with a deep, nonchalant three by Luis Mota (11 points, four steals) at the halftime buzzer, the Gryphons found themselves trailing by 16, with two players with three fouls and two more with two fouls.

The Gryphons got two quick baskets to start the second half, but the 7-0 run was all the momentum they could muster, as the Indians’ offense continued to fire on all cylinders throughout the second half. They finished the game with 23 assists as a team.

For Greater Lowell, (18-5) Paul Choate added 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Luis Huertas had 13 points and four rebounds. Johnny Torres had 10 points off the bench and Logan Paranto had eight points and six rebounds for Bartlett.

Despite losing Kirumira, the Gryphons will be in good hands next year with four starters returning, including Choate, Mota and Huertas.

“Choate’s a good player, he’s talented, he’s really athletic,” Kane lauded. “[Mota and Huertas] have been great for us all year. We’ve got some freshmen coming up that are good… we’ve got a bright future.”