Boys’ lacrosse season recap: Bow reaches championship game, Hopkinton falls in semis, numerous others make big jumps

Bow senior Gavin McCabe (18) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Falcons' 6-4 loss to Campbell in the D-III boys' lacrosse championship game on Saturday in Laconia.

Bow senior Gavin McCabe (18) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Falcons' 6-4 loss to Campbell in the D-III boys' lacrosse championship game on Saturday in Laconia. Chip Griffin / Photos by Chip

Coe-Brown attacker Sam Frye (right) manages to score as he gets hit by Hopkinton defenseman Avery Condon during a D-III quarterfinal on June 1.

Coe-Brown attacker Sam Frye (right) manages to score as he gets hit by Hopkinton defenseman Avery Condon during a D-III quarterfinal on June 1. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Carter Doherty (left) looks to make a pass for the Tide during Concord's 10-3 loss to Pinkerton on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Carter Doherty (left) looks to make a pass for the Tide during Concord's 10-3 loss to Pinkerton on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Merrimack Valley midfielder Carter Lanhorst is chased by Spaulding players Seth Cortina (left) and Thomas McGeehan during first half action on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Merrimack Valley midfielder Carter Lanhorst is chased by Spaulding players Seth Cortina (left) and Thomas McGeehan during first half action on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Monitor staff

Published: 06-11-2024 11:23 PM

Numerous area teams turned in strong 2024 seasons in boys’ lacrosse. Bow reached the championship game in Division III, Hopkinton played in the D-III semifinals and Coe-Brown and Kearsarge each posted double-digit win numbers.

Here’s a recap of each teams’ performances this year:

Concord

Record: 8-10 (lost to No. 2 Bishop Guertin in D-I quarterfinals).

Seniors graduating: Robert Bourgault, William Chorlian, Ian Hughes, Teigan Mason, Sebastian Nichols, Liam Keenan, Cole Beaudette, Finnley Krustinger.

Despite relying heavily on a deep sophomore class, the Crimson Tide improved on its 2023 season when it finished 5-13. Led by sophomore captain Carter Doherty, Concord finished the campaign strong, winning six of its final nine regular-season games.

With much of its core returning next season, head coach Jeff Smith is hopeful his group continues to progress so the Tide can earn a higher playoff seed and draw a more favorable early-round matchup.

Merrimack Valley

Record: 4-10 (15th out of 20 in D-II).

Seniors graduating: Nolan Beck, Brayden Hussey, Luke Demers.

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Similar to last season, MV started hot but faded down the stretch in Division II. After a 4-2 first six games, the Pride finished the season on an eight-game skid.

Still, of MV’s 10 losses, four of them came by three goals or fewer. With just three seniors graduating, head coach Sean Gill will continue to work to rebuild the program as he prepares for his third year leading the way in 2025.

Hillsboro-Deering/John Stark

Record: 0-14 (20th out of 20 in D-II).

Seniors graduating: Ben Boothby, Noah Carter, Caleb Martins.

In its third season as a varsity program, Hillsboro-Deering/John Stark continued laying the groundwork for future success. Despite finishing the season winless, the team showed progress in the second half of the schedule; HD/JS scored just seven goals over its first seven games but found the back of the cage 25 times over the final seven contests.

Pembroke

Record: 3-13 (17th out of 20 in D-II).

Seniors graduating: Pacey Graham, Matthew Dunn, Caden Mix, Nathaniel Jordan, Cameron Clarke, Owen Hills.

The Spartans started the season 0-7, ultimately digging themselves too deep of a hole to climb out of. Still, Pembroke picked up wins in the middle of the schedule, defeating Hillsboro-Deering/John Stark, Milford and ConVal.

Bishop Brady

Record: 6-10 (lost to No. 7 Laconia in first round of D-III playoffs).

Seniors graduating: Benjamin Abromowich, Evan Dow, Joshua Lamparelli, Oscar Pupillo, Roman Shtepa.

Competing in a deep Division III, the Giants held their own against some strong teams this season. Bishop Brady narrowly lost to Plymouth (12-8), Coe-Brown (10-6) and Kearsarge (12-8), all programs that finished in the top eight of the standings.

The Giants snagged the final playoff spot, and while they lost, 18-6, in the first round against No. 7 Laconia, simply reaching the postseason after graduating seven seniors from last year was a worthy accomplishment.

Bow

Record: 12-5 (lost to No. 2 Campbell in D-III championship game).

Seniors graduating: Nate Davis, Josiah Funches, Luke Labonte, Gavin McCabe, Ryan McCabe, Brodie O’Neil, Joey Place, Logan Rain, Billy Smethurst, Luke Virta.

The Falcons finished as the No. 1 seed in 2023 after winning just two games the previous year, but they were upset in the semifinals by No. 5 Hopkinton. This time around, Bow dropped a few extra games in the regular season to take the No. 5 seed but pulled off back-to-back upsets against No. 4 Kearsarge and No. 1 Pelham in the playoffs to reach the state title game.

Though the Falcons fell short against No. 2 Campbell, 6-4, the deep senior class — one that played a major role in taking the program from two wins in 2022 to a state championship game appearance two years later — still had the chance to cap their careers with a runner-up plaque.

Coe-Brown

Record: 10-6 (lost to No. 3 Hopkinton in D-III quarterfinals).

Seniors graduating: Andrew DeBello, Tully Keefe, Ryan Matson, Alex Readel.

The Bears boys’ lacrosse program continued to show great progress in 2024. Winning 10 games for the second year in a row, head coach Tony DePalma’s group ran found itself tied with a talented Hopkinton team, 9-9, with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the D-III quarterfinals. While the Hawks scored late to pull off the win, the Bears’ program still finds itself in strong shape with just four seniors graduating from the group.

Coe-Brown was one of just two teams to beat No. 2 Campbell, the eventual state champions. The Bears also took down 2022 champion Laconia to further establish themselves as a top team in Division III.

Hopkinton

Record: 12-4 (lost to No. 2 Campbell in D-III semifinals).

Seniors graduating: Colby Boissy, Mason Brock, Cameron Bassett, Harrison Wilson, Soren Puc, Thaddeus Maughan, Patrick Buss, Trigve Thomas, Avery Condon, Tim Sommer.

Defending a state title is never easy — you walk into every game with a target on your back. Trying to defend your state title against the team that you beat in the championship game the year before is doubly challenging.

Hopkinton, which knocked off Campbell in last year’s championship battle, found itself outplayed in every facet in the D-III semifinals this year, a 13-4 loss.

Nonetheless, 2024 marked the ninth straight season of the Hawks winning at least 10 games since Deacon Blue took over as the head coach. It was also the program’s ninth straight time reaching at least the semifinals, including state-title runs in four of those seasons.

Kearsarge

Record: 10-5 (lost to No. 5 Bow in D-III quarterfinals).

Seniors graduating: Colin Croto, Sawyer Slayton, Broady Roberts, Owen Garzia, Alexander Tockman, Eddie Kinzer, Elliot Asbury, Davin Selby, Ethan Weeks, Parker Goen, Jason Dyment, Tanner Lewis, Aiden Deegan.

For a Cougar team that finished 3-11 last year, 2024 marked a substantial leap forward, with a the No. 4 seed in the Division III tournament. While they lost in overtime to No. 5 Bow in the quarterfinals, their massive 13-player senior class helped elevate the program.

Kearsarge started the season just 3-4 but rattled off seven straight wins heading into the playoffs.