In boys lacrosse, teams take aim at Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua North's Joe Morse (12) tires to bother Nashua South's Joe Bodi (22) during Tuesday night's game at Stellos Staodum.

Considering the fact that Pinkerton Academy of Derry and Bishop Guertin have been to six straight Division I boys lacrosse championship games, nobody would be surprised to see the champion Astros and runner-up Cardinals back again in 2019.

Pinkerton, with 10 starters back this spring, will be all too familiar. But Bishop Guertin fans might need a program to learn the names of this superb Cardinal group.

“Our team was hit hard by graduation (23 seniors),” said Guertin coach Chris Cameron. “We’re talented, but it’s a young team.”

Yes, big brother Brian has moved on to the University of North Carolina, but junior Sean Cameron is certainly ready to carry on the family name.

Guertin has won seven of the last nine state titles and will clearly hold its own.

But Pinkerton, with Ryan Auger, who racked up 114 points a year ago, and face-off whiz Gennaro Marra leading the charge, clearly has to be considered the team to beat as the action kicks off this week.

Elsewhere in Division I, Nashua South returns a solid attack led by Joe Bodi and Drew Fleury and looks to build on a .500 group that reached the state quarters a year ago.

Nashua North and Souhegan will bid to step up into the pack after down seasons.

“We have the horses but we are thin in spots,” said Souhegan coach Keith Bertrand. “The key as always will be to stay healthy.”

With three state titles in a row in Division II, Derryfield School is again the team to beat.

But keep an eye on Hollis Brookline.

“There is a lot of potential for this team and we look forward to play in a very competitive division this year,” said Hollis Brookline head coach Cameron Hayward.

Both Merrimack and Alvirne will be building.

In Division III, both Milford, with three-sport standout Gavin Urda leading the charge, and Campbell will be looking to step up their games and reach the playoffs in a field that should be chasing two-time defending champ Hopkinton.

Division I

Bishop Guertin

Head coach: Chris Cameron

2018 results: 20-1, Division I runner-up

Returning starters: Ben Abladian, jr., attack; Sean Cameron, jr., midfield; Joey Lupo, jr., midfield; Alex Koutsos, sr., midfield; Nathan Binette, sr., midfield; Aidan Wilkie, jr., midfield; James Heitmiller, jr., goalie

Returning Letter winners: TJ Quigley, sr., attack; Chris Haley, sr., attack; Chris Heitmiller, Soph., attack; Tristan Correia, sr., midfield; Bryan McCaffery, sr., midfield; Mason Carroll, jr., midfield; Aidan Ahearn, soph., defense; Matthew Frechette, jr., defense; Matthew Cranney, soph., defense; Andrew Pollard, sr., defense; Max Trawick, jr., defense; Jack Matuszewski, jr., defense; James Kriegl, jr., defense; Bjorn Supplies, sr., midfield; Matthew Field, sr., goalie; Matthew Burns, jr., goalie

Promising newcomers: Dawson Clark, soph., attack; Alex Ryan, frosh., attack; Chris Kiely, sr., midfield; Michael Kiely, soph., midfield; Nick McGovern, soph., midfield; John Sullivan, soph., midfield; J.J. Murphy, frosh., face-off specialist

Coach’s comments: “Our strengths are in goal, on the attack and our midfield speed. We are inexperience on defense and in face-offs.”

Nashua North

Head coach: Nick Sampson

2018 results: 3-15

Returning starters: Colin Manning, sr., attack; Griffin Dane, sr., defense; Martin Flaherty, sr., midfield; Steele Stratton, sr., defense; Ryan Palmer, jr., goalie

Returning letter winners: Garrett Hillard, sr., defense; Ely Ostler, jr., attack; Chris LeRoux, jr., midfield; Joseph Morse, jr., defense; Zach Maszczack, soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Kevin Maldonado, sr., defense; Karson Hyunh, sr., midfield; Michael Loveless; sr., defense; Andrew Dovale, sr., attack; Eric Evans, jr., midfield; Ryan Downing, jr., midfield; Andre Ostaudelefont, jr., midfield; Noah Weiss, jr., attack; Kyle Krulikowski, jr., defense; Aidan McGrath, jr., defense; Nathan Kane, soph., midfield; Micky Mathson, soph., attack; Devyn Lavoie, frosh., goalie

Captains: Griffin Dane, Colin Manning, Martin Flaherty

Coach’s comments: “We’re focused on playing good fundamental team lacrosse. Offense, defense, transition, extra man/man down – we’re intent on competing in all phases of the game. Having a healthy mix of experienced guys and young guys has created good competition in practice and hopefully that type of environment will help advance our development and success.”

Nashua South

Head coach: Bill Monsen

2018 results: 9-8, Division I quarterfinals

Returning starters: Joe Bodi, jr., attack; Drew Fleury, soph., attack; Jaden Murphy, soph., midfield; Joe Buturla, jr., attack; Jaiden Dupont, jr., midfield; Kyle O’Connor, jr., defense

Returning letter winners: Dom Pasquale, soph., goalie; Jordan Bodwell, jr., midfield; Ben Levine, jr., defense; Stefan Martin, sr., defense; Aidan Walsh, soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Ethan Johnson, frosh., goalie; Connor Rowsell, Frosh., midfield; Alfred Latulippe, frosh., defense; Josh Kalman, jr., defense; Joshua Taylor, soph., defense; Brendon Frost, sr., midfield; Jaylan Pacheco, sr., defense; David Barnett, sr., midfield; JJ Arnesen, sr., defense; CJ Dawe, jr., midfield; Brad Deitrich, jr., attack

Captain: Joe Bodi

Coach’s comments: “After graduating a senior-heavy team last year, including our entire defense, there’s a lot of healthy competition within the program. I think we’ll be a team that improves consistently throughout the season and it’s a credit to their work ethic. These guys might be young but they’re coachable and hungry.”

Souhegan

Head coach: Keith Bertrand

2018 results: 5-12

Returning starters: John Lohnes, sr., goalie; Jack Manning, sr., defense; Luke Manning, soph., defense; Julian Whiiter, sr., attack; Nick Jordan, sr., attack; Luke Civiello, sr., midfield; Tyler Hall, sr., midfield; Curtis Redd, jr., midfield; Riley Lawhorn, soph., midfield

Returning letter winners: Will Darnall, jr., defense; Andrew Merenda, jr., midfield; Will Boyle, soph., attack; Jaxson Weisberg, soph., attack; Connor Holland, soph., midfield; Robbie McGrath, sr., midfield; Nathan Fritz, Soph., goalie; Jack Hall, jr., attack

Promising newcomers: Ian Doherty, jr., midfield; Brady Crowe, frosh., attack; Colin Duckless, frosh., attack; Tony Garrant, frosh., midfield; Dylan Kamruzzaman, frosh., defense; Billy Davidson, frosh., defense; Chris Weeden, frosh., midfield; Dylan Button, Frosh., midfield

Captains: John Lohnes, Tyler Hall, Jack Manning, Luke Civiello, Nick Jordan

Coach’s comments: “This is the most connected group I’ve had in my years at Souhegan, and that’s due to strong senior leadership.”

Division II

Alvirne

2018 results: 2-12

Head coach: Jason Downey

Returning letter winners: Josh Allard, sr., attack; Christian Lacy, sr., defense; Alec Prescott, jr., defense; Shamyr Roy, jr., defense; Tyler Clegg, jr., defense; Thomas Keegan, jr., midfield; Anthony Derosa, jr., midfield; Donald Buchanan, jr., midfield

Promising newcomers: Ryan Johnson, soph, midfield; Jared Graham, frosh., attack; Bradley Morse, frosh., goalie

Captains: Josh Allard, Christian Lacy

Coach’s comments: “We were a young team last year with a lot of growing pains. We are excited for this year and looking to be competitive this season.”

Hollis Brookline

Head coach: Cameron Hayward

Returning starters: JJ Fiore, Jacob Martinos, Joe MacDonough, Sal Fabbio, Connor Farwell, Jonathan Kroposki

Returning letter winners: Joe MacDonough, Jacob Martinos, Sal Fabbio

Promising newcomers: Scott Walsh, Joseph O’Reilly

Captains: Joe O’Reilly, Joe MacDonough, Sal Fabbio, Connor Farwell

Coach’s comments: “This year’s team is filled with many talented pieces on both sides of the ball, including a promising sophomore goaltender Scott Walsh. This year we are trying to incorporate a blue-collar, high-pressure defense along with an energetic offense that will combine creativity and skill.”

Merrimack

Head coach: Brian Miller

2018 Results: 3-13

Returning starters: TJ Fasano, sr., attack; Jordan Petrocelli, sr., attack; Jay Lanigan, sr., midfield; Ian Covell, sr., defense; Josh Korsak, sr., defense; Jacob Newman, sr., defense; Garrett Murray, sr., goalie

Returning letter winners: Casey Moir, sr., midfield; Luke Russell, sr., defense; Stephen Petz, soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Braden Jewett, sr., defense; Ryan Carey, sr., midfield; James Dowling, jr., midfield, Harrison Faust, jr., midfield; Sean Powers, jr., midfield; Adam Presa, jr., midfield; TJ Vadney, jr., goalie; Jason Hostler, soph., attack; Declan Covell, soph., midfield; Connor Lanigan, Soph., midfield; Dan Best, soph., midfield; Jake Trahan, Soph., defense; Sean Morrilly, soph., defense; Dylan Sadowski, soph., defense.

Coach’s comments: “We have a mix of seniors, many of whom are 3-to-4-year varsity letter winners, who are leading a group of young players new to the varsity scene.”

Division III

Campbell

Head coach: Chris Beede

2018 results: 3-10

Returning starters: Billy Randolph, sr., goalie; Jake Hartwell, sr., defense; Adam Breton, sr., defense; Cam Barrett, jr., midfield; Matt Rollend, sr., midfield; Tyler St. Onge, jr., midfield; Colby Wilson, sr., attack; Jason Rubino, sr., attack

Returning letter winners: Jack Munnelly, sr., defense; Logan DeCarolis, sr., attack; Yonus Chiboub, jr., midfield; Drew Adamakos, soph., midfield; Mike DeCarli, soph., midfield; Ryan Moore, soph., attack; Tommy MacDonald, soph., midfield; Christian Julianello, soph., goalie

Promising newcomers: Jack Noury, frosh., midfield; Brendan Boschi, frosh., attack; Eric Coates, frosh., defense; Nick Carignan, frosh., midfield; Colby Carey, frosh., midfield

Captains: Jake Hartwell, Adam Breton, Jack Munnelly, Billy Randolph

Coach’s comments: “We have a strong returning core as well as some new players who should be able to contribute right away. Our plan is to focus on the things in our control, work hard in practice.”

Milford

Head coach: Rick Urda

2018 results: 7-7

Returning starters: Gavin Urda, jr., midfield; Matt Hannon, jr., midfield; Alex Taylor, jr., defense; Kyle Forsley, jr., goalie/defense

Returning letter winners: Hunter Boudreau, sr., attack; Samson Hodges, jr., defense; Riley O’Shaughnessy, jr., attack; Ryan Seale, jr., defense; Corey Girouard, soph., attack

Promising newcomers: Kyle Boucher, jr., defense; Nate Johnson, jr., attack; Zack Spirito, jr., attack; Owen Marble, soph., defense; Greg Gagnon, frosh., defense; Alex Karski, jr., midfield; Nick Sloan, soph., midfield; Logan Barnhill, frosh., midfield

Captains: Alex Taylor, Matt Hannon, Gavin Urda

Coach’s comments: “We are a young team and need to replace a lot from graduation. The more experienced players have done a great job integrating the inexperienced players. We work to get a little better each day. Team chemistry is good and continues grow.”