The Londonderry High boys’ lacrosse squad didn’t have its Beeman Trophy battle with the rival Pinkerton Academy Astros go as it would have liked early last week, but coach Sean LeBlanc’s LHS laxmen rebounded nicely with consecutive wins to stay right in the heart of the Division I standings.
The Lancers had their record move to 6-3 with a 16-6 loss to the undefeated rival PA Astros in Derry last Tuesday evening, May 9.
The hosts won every quarter, leading 5-2 after one period, 8-3 at the half, and 10-4 going into a fourth quarter in which the Astros outscored their guests by a 6-2 margin.
The Lancers received three goals from Jake Holland, two from Sean Snyder, and one from Jeff Wiedenfeld and goalie Alex Fawcett was good for nine saves.
But Londonderry returned to the winning path two days later with a 7-4 defeat of a visiting Souhegan High contingent from Amherst which came into that match with three consecutive wins.
Snyder and Merrill Neiman each potted two goals and Anthony Federico, Holland, and Wiedenfeld were all good for single markers. Fawcett bagged eight saves, Corey Hicks scooped up six ground balls, and Tyler Grant won nine of the 11 face-offs in which he participated.
The 7-3 Lancers then played host to the Exeter High Blue Hawks last Saturday the 12th and took care of business against that guest as well, tallying a 13-9 success to advance to 8-3.
It was an impressive and productive second half effort which helped LHS to the win after the locals found themselves trailing 5-4 at the half. They then outscored the Blue Hawks by a 9-4 margin in half number two.
Snyder bagged six points on five goals and an assist, Anthony Federico was good for two goals and three assists, Pete Navarro scored twice, and single goals were snagged by Dom Federico, Mike McAllister, Jake Holland, Merril Neiman, and Nate Andrews. Face-off ace Grant won 18 of 21 draws, and keeper Fawcett contributed nine stops to the win.
The Lancers were then slated to take aim at making it three successes in a row this past Monday the 15th when were to play host to Manchester Central. But rain postponed that game.