Friday, May 26, 2017

MIAA Boys' Lax Seeding Instant Analysis: D3 South

Hanover looks to continue its year of athletic excellence in the lax tournament.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Another reminder that these seeds are NOT official until tomorrow morning. That said, we're moving on with some quick thoughts from the D3 South bracket.

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Pretty Good Sports Year for Hanover

So yeah, if you played a sport at Hanover this year, chances are it went well. First, the Indian football team captured a state championship at Gillette Stadium in the fall, followed by the basketball team claiming a state title in Springfield in the winter.

Now, the lacrosse team is thinking about getting to BU, but first it will have to emerge from a tricky bracket. If the Indians can navigate D3 South, however, they've already shown they can hang with the best the state has to offer at this level, topping three seed Cohasset 7-5 to close the regular season.

The Contenders

But don't sleep on Cardinal Spellman, one of the state's most improved teams. The Cardinals opened the year losing to a good Austin Prep team 10-1, but by the time May rolled around, they were good enough to pay AP back with a 9-6 victory of their own.

Of course, Cohasset always has the talent to play with anybody in the state, and Nantucket comes in having won its last eight in a row. The Whalers have one of the best teams in school history, and their defense has been on another level in recent weeks. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention undefeated Sacred Heart. A year after dropping six games, the Saints have dominated the Mayflower, and could be in position to score a tournament win or two.

Potential Sleeper

Old Rochester's season didn't end the way the Buldogs would have liked, falling to North Attleboro 14-2, but that shouldn't overshadow their full body of work. Against D3 competition, this team has been able to hang with anybody, thanks to a combination of toughness and the ability to possess.

Bishop Stang will present a challenge in the first round, but Cardinal Spellman probably isn't thrilled to potentially see a team this talented in round two.

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