Rugby Earns Repeat Trip to State Championship

Rugby

With a big win over the top seed, Hanover has earned a second consecutive trip to the Division 2 State Final. And just as they did last year, their first as a varsity sport, the Indians are hoping to bring home the title.

With strong play from Corey Dooley, Sam Perkins, Joe Clinton and Ethan Davis, the team finished with a 4-2 record and 4th seed in the tournament. They beat 5th seed Weymouth (4-2-1) in the quarterfinals June 7 by a score of 48-33. In the semifinal June 14, the boys crushed top seed Catholic Memorial, 70-14. Dooley, Cade Frucci, Jack Delahunt and Perkins all scored for Hanover.

The win sets up a rematch of the 2017 Finals against Milton, who finished the season 6-2 and seeded 3rd. The game will be held June 23 at 12 pm at Newton South High School.

Hanover Mariner Pictures

Baseball

This powerhouse team, loaded with players who had started for three or four years, hoped to go deep into the Division 3 South tournament. With pitcher Aidan Henderson going 9-0 on the mound, the team finished the regular season 17-3 and took home the Patriot League Fisher Division championship. They were seeded 2nd going into the tourney and scored a first-round bye.  But a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to 16th seed Falmouth knocked the team out in the second round.

Henderson, Aaron Boise, Liam Flynn and Andrew Carroll led the team as captains. The Simon brothers drove the offense, with Steve leading the league in batting for the second straight year and Mike taking the number 2 spot. Steve Simon also was chosen to play in the MBCA Junior Select State All Star Game at Bentley College on June 17.

Softball

Led by senior captains Lauren Gelly and Cameron Porzio, the team was a force to reckon with all season. They went  16-4 to earn 6th seed in Division 3 South. Gelly, Maegan Amsler, Caroline Zielinski and Katie Doyle were named Patriot League-Fisher Division All Stars. Zielinski, a consistent standout on the mound with 170 strikeouts on the season, also picked up league MVP.  After getting a first-round bye, the team topped 11th seed Medford 3-1 on June 9. They took 3rd seed Middleboro to 10 innings in the sectional quarterfinals on June 12, but lost 3-2. With most of the team returning next season, we’re sure to see more fight from this team. Zielinski, Amsler and Doyle will be captains.

Hanover Mariner Pictures

Girls Lacrosse

Behind the solid play of goalie Maeve McCarthy and midfielders Sydney Weber, Clare Connolly, Caitlin Park and Caroline Gordon, the team made it to the Division 2 South semifinals. Hanover finished the regular season 13-5 and earned 4th seed. The girls cruised past 13th seed Sacred Heart, 17-4 in the first round, and then topped 5th seeded Sandwich 11-6. But the championship run ended in the semifinals in a tough loss to top-seeded Norwell  on June 11.  Norwell (16-3) earned their fourth straight trip to the sectional final with a 18-2 win.

Despite the loss, the team showed great improvement from the start of the season to its end. Senior captains Jess Cully and Alyssa Wilcox set a strong example, earning MIAA Educational Athletics Achievement Awards for Leadership. There are also high hopes for next season, with a lot of young talent and Cully, Wilcox and Lia Ehlers the only three seniors graduating.

Boys Lacrosse

Last year, the boys lacrosse team made it to the state semifinals of Division 3.  This year, after graduating 13 members of that team, Hanover moved to Division 2. The young team struggled with injuries and finished 4-12, earning the 15th seed and a tough first-round tournament matchup against 2nd seed Scituate. In a cold and rainy game June 4, Scituate defeated the Indians 14-6.

Pictures from the Patriot Ledger

Boys Tennis

After finishing the regular season 13-5,  the squad earned 6th seed in Division 2 South tournament. In their first-round matchup, they beat 11th seed Milton (9-9) 4-1. Nikolas Ginter racked up his 50th win during the match. A 3-2 loss to 3rd seed Scituate, however, ended their season on June 8.

Girls Tennis

If you could win matches based on how much fun you were having, Hanover would have been undefeated. Although the team failed to make tournament, there was a strong sense of camaraderie. They may have won only two matches, but they had a lot of fun on the courts together. Team captains were Chloe McKee and Becca Prentice.

Outdoor Track

Gillian Kenney continued the legacy of her sister, Niamh, who graduated in 2017. Gillian set the school record in the mile run – twice – this season (5:03.03) and was named Patriot League-Fisher Division MVP.  The team sent several athletes to the Division 3 championship meet at North Reading High School on May 26. The boys were represented by mile-runner Chris Pacino, two-miler Nick Courtney, high jumper Jake Laprise and sprinter Garrett Madison. For the girls team, Alyssa Nee competed in the 400 meters and Audrey Wheeler ran the two mile. Nee, Wheeler, Jordanna Laprise and Erin Flynn joined for the 4×800 relay.

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