Lancer Laxmen Drive Toward the D-I Tournament on a Roll

The Londonderry High boys’ lacrosse squad hurtled to the end of its Division I regular season and toward the state tournament last week with a distinct head of steam by capping off a six-game winning streak.

The Lancers manhandled both the Salem High Blue Devils and the Hanover High Marauders to bag their fifth and sixth straight victories and end the regular campaign with an 11-7 record. Both Salem and Hanover ended the regular season under .500 with 7-11 records.

The Lancers dumped the Salem Blue Devils by a 14-7 score on Tuesday, May 24, and two afternoons later the locals hammered the visiting Hanover High Marauders by a 16-0 count.

“I’m feeling really good about how we are playing right now. We’re finally playing complete games,” said LHS coach Sean LeBlanc. “I think this team has come a really long way throughout this season. “

In the smoking of Salem, the Lancers received four goals and four assists from Dave Wiedenfeld, four goals and two helpers from Casey Park and Max Hastings, two goals and one assist from Sean Snyder, and one tally from Pete Navarro.

Two days later back at home on their own field on Senior Day, the Londonderry laxmen just walloped Hanover.

Wiedenfeld had an eight-point match with three goals and five assists, and Park was right behind him with seven points on three goals and four helpers.  Snyder netted four goals and one assist for the locals, Merrill Neiman had a goal and two assists, Nick Donnelly notched a goal and an assist, and single scores came from John Galuzzo, Ryan Kelly, Cam Jacobs, and Dom Federico.

The Lancers wound up getting the sixth seed and a bye in round one of the Division I tourney this week, thus getting a chance to watch early play.

Only four teams out of the ten are playing in the first round of the playoffs.

The next team Londonderry will face will be the Exeter High Blue Hawks.

During their meeting in April, the Lancers lost to the Blue Hawks 12-9, and in playing them again in May, lost 12-7.

Exeter also received a bye in the first round of the Division I playoffs and the two teams will not meet until the quarterfinals on Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Exeter.

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Brandyn Proulx and the LHS boys’ lax squad rolled into the D-I tourney hot. Photo by Chris Paul