Joe Rochte, Will Kenney…
The story is still the same as far as Hingham High boys lacrosse coach John Todd is concerned when it comes to the tournament.
Todd plans practice around both the prom and graduation during the postseason and it was easier this year with the season being extended by a week. Hingham’s graduation and prom have already taken place before the Harbormen opened up the Division 1 South Sectionals against Weymouth (No. 16 seed, 9-8) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (after Journal deadline).
The winner will play the winner of the Natick (No. 8 seed, 13-4) and Silver Lake (No. 9 seed, 14-4) game in the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday (time to be determined).
The Harbormen have moved up to Division 1 South this year. The teams will not be completely unfamiliar to Hingham, as the boys matched with several of their potential opponents. During the season, the Harbormen played four teams that were seeded in the top three of their respective sectionals.
“The players are going to be tested and they have to prepare themselves, because on any given day anything can happen,” Todd said. “We are a deep solid team that prepares to do their job. We want to play good team defense and play together.
“There are a lot of good teams like Duxbury (No. 3 seed) and B.C. High (No. 2 seed) in the sectional. There are some sleeper teams like Newton North (No. 6 seed) and Franklin (No. 4 seed). Anything can happen, you can run into a hot goalie or don’t do the little things in a game like get ground balls.”
That preparation helped them to roll to a 19-1 regular-season record and the top seed in Division 1 South. The only loss was to Patriot League rival Duxbury late in the season.
“There are schools of thought about whether you want to be undefeated or not,” Todd said. “You can go back to when the Patriots played the Giants in the Super Bowl. People were asking, ‘Do you want to be undefeated going into the tournament?’”
Hingham played some of the top competition including defeating North Andover to win the Challenge Cup Championship during the extra week of the season. The game had been postponed because of the weather during April Vacation. The Harbormen won the tournament for the first time.
Hingham broke the game open in the second half as they outscored North Andover, 9-2, to pull away to a 12-5 win.
Marshall Terres and Will Kenney both had two goals in the second half and Ryan Hill sparked a four-goal run in the first half that gave Hingham a 5-3 halftime lead.
Frank Higgins played a strong defensive game holding North Andover’s key player in check throughout the game.
“That was good that we got to play the game,” Todd said. “North Andover is a very good team that will be highly ranked in the North (North Andover is the No. 1 seed in the North). The game was good for both teams going into the tournament.”