Friday, May 29, 2015

MIAA State Lacrosse Tournament Brackets Released

Chase Kapuscienski and Grafton are gearing up for a deep run in Division 3 Central/West.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

It's playoff time for Massachusetts lacrosse, and 18 Central Mass squads will soon begin their quests for district championships, and beyond.

I'll have a more thorough playoff preview up in the next few days, but here are some quick thoughts on the three brackets that CMass teams will compete in.

Video: Doherty Football Players Discuss Head Injuries

Doherty linebacker Rhakim Williams
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Though it may seem like it, I don't only write about lacrosse.

This week, I have a cover story in Worcester Magazine on concussions, and how they affect the Central Mass football scene. The story features some cutting-edge research taking place at UMass Medical in Worcester, along with stories from Central Mass football alumni now playing in the NFL and college, as well as some of the region's most respected coaches and youth football organizers.

The piece also features some input from Shrewsbury lacrosse coach Nate Skermont because, as many of you know, concussions are not just a football issue.

While working on the story, I stopped by Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester to speak with some current Highlanders about their awareness and attitudes toward concussions. You can check out that video below.

Bob Lobel: Red Sox Problems Run Deeper than Farrell and Cherington

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Here is my evaluation of the 2015 Boston Red Sox, a quarter of the way through the season: They have been awful.

When you can’t pitch and don’t hit, you could have a problem. Is that problem solvable? Who the hell knows. 

Fire Ben and John, our cerebral GM and manager? Don’t think so. I say there's a 4th of July deadline, or at most, the trading deadline at the end of July. If there is any good news that you can get from the bad, it's that the rest of the division sucks too. 

We just suck a little more right now.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Central Mass Lacrosse Playoff Teams Set

Senior attackman James Bowler and his Worcester teammates are gearing up for their second ever playoff appearance.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

We may not know how they'll be seeded, but we now know every Central Mass lacrosse team that will participate in the MIAA state tournament. Let's take a quick look at the three different districts CMass teams will be participating in.

Monday, May 25, 2015

CMass Lax Power Rankings: 5/25/15

Shrewsbury attackman Joe Buduo looks to score against St. John's pole John DeFlumeri and goalie Hunter Gaither. Buduo, a senior, reached 200 career points in Shrewsbury's season finale against Framingham Sunday.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

This whole region is a mess, and that's actually a great thing.

I don't know what else to say. St. John's just beat Algonquin, but Shrewsbury beat St. John's convincingly, while Algonquin beat Shrewsbury twice, but Grafton beat Algonquin, and Tantasqua split a season series with Grafton. Oh yeah, and Westboro beat Shrewsbury, but St. John's topped the Rangers by 10+ goals, and Tyngsboro just keeps on winning.

Yeah, try and figure this all out.

Well, I guess I'll try, but things will really be decided in the tournament. Until then, here is my best shot at ranking the best lacrosse teams in Central Mass.