Boston High School: Paul Zaylor

D3 South: Cohasset 15, Hanover 6

June, 5, 2014
COHASSET, Mass. – While Hanover lacrosse succeeded in taking Cohasset’s Cole Kissick out of the offensive equation, they failed to stop the lethal trio of Jeff Powers, Danny Axelson and Colin Whelan.

Kissick was limited to one goal on the afternoon, but Powers, Axelson and Whelan exploded for 14 of the 15 Skippers’ goals en route to a 15-6 win in their Div. 3 South semifinals. No. 2 seed Cohasset will advance to the finals where they will take on top-seeded Archbishop Williams on Saturday.

Cohasset held a three-goal lead at the half, but scored eight of the game’s last nine goals, coasting to the blowout win. Powers scored three of his five goals in the fourth quarter and Axelson and Whelan each scored twice in the third.

“Those three work very well together because they are similar body types and playing style,” second-year coach James Beaudoin said. “A lot of people try to lock off Cole Kissick and when they do that it allows other to step up.”

In the final home game of the season for the Skippers, it was only fitting that it eliminated Hanover from playoff contention. Two years ago Hanover ended Cohasset’s season in the quarterfinals and the Skippers wanted to avenge that postseason loss.

“They year before I was hired they lost to them in the playoffs and this year the hockey team got knocked out by Hanover so there are a few kids that cut some deep wounds in them,” Beaudoin said.

The tone for the second half was set as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half. The Indians went on a man-advantage in the final 10 seconds and wanted to end the half with possession but a huge hit from sophomore John Donohue ruined those plans. With three seconds left, Donohue knocked the ball loose and grabbed possession for Cohasset.

“That was huge,” Beaudoin said. “That rarely happens when someone is trying to hold it but Donohue is a division 1 talent as a sophomore and he’s dangerous.”

Hanover scored an early third quarter goal off the stick of Chris Rosinski, but the Skippers responded with a 6-0 run that put the game on ice.

The Indians’ offense was hindered by poor passing and countless turnovers in the second half while Cohasset kept netting goals.

“We switched up our offense but did not execute our offense at all today,” Hanover coach Paul Zaylor said. “ Too many turnovers, unforced turnovers and when you have those you don’t get enough shots and consequently we played defense, they got shots and we lose, it’s a very simple equation.”

Hanover put up a fight in the first half, tying the game early in the second quarter on a Rosinski goal but Cohasset closed out the quarter with a 4-1 run to take a 7-4 halftime lead.

“The ten seniors playing realized it was the last time they would play on this field,” said Beaudoin. “We had a perfect game plan for who we were playing and the kids capitalized on it.”

D3 boys' lax: Hanover 14, Cohasset 12

June, 5, 2012

HANOVER, Mass. -- The Hanover boys lacrosse team can string together goals in a hurry. On a rainy, windy and cold Monday evening, the Indians proved that they were capable of surviving similar spurts from their opponents.

Sophomore Drexel-commit Dustin Vitagliano scored six goals, four in the third quarter, and No. 5 Hanover was able to hold off a late surge by No. 20 Cohasset to escape with a 14-12 victory in a Division 3 quarterfinal round matchup.

Hanover (14-5) will face top seed Dover-Sherborn, an 8-6 victor over Medway, in Friday's semifinals (5 p.m.).

"We have the ability to score in bunches and it gets our defense pumped up and everything just kind of works off of that," explained Indians coach Paul Zaylor. "We seem to put together little runs. We started the game with a little run, then Dustin had his little run in the third quarter and it seems like its enough to carry us."

The little run to start the game occurred as Hanover reeled off the game's first four goals, the last of which came courtesy of a strong ride that forced a Skippers (7-12) turnover and resulted in a transition tally for Chris Rosinski.

Cohasset, which struggled during the regular season while much of its roster remained on the sidelines for long stretches, dug down and forced a turnover of its own and cashed in with a score by Nick Tangherlini late in he first quarter.

After an extra-man goal by Hanover's Jon Nassif, the Skippers ripped four-goal run of its own, capped by another transition score off a turnover by Charlie Neaves. Each team added one more, then Vitagliano kicked himself into gear.

The sophomore managed to stick one in just ahead of the halftime horn, then opened the third with a spectacular series of stick fakes to pull the goalie out of position for another score. Cohasset got two of the next three, but Hanover closed out the frame with three straight, two off the stick of Vitagliano, to take a 12-8 advantage.

"Usually when they're giving me a hard time and hacking me in there, I throw a little fake to get them off me," Vitagliano explained. "Sometimes it works and I get it in for a goal. It really just helps me keep my hands open."

The inevitable charge by the Skippers took place in the fourth as Chris Carpenter, Cole Kissick and Tim Gillis each scored to pull Cohasset back to within a goal at 12-11, but Vitagliano put the stick-fakes to work once more and stuck in his sixth for what proved to a crucial insurance goal. Each team would add more to close out the scoring.

"They knew that they had to come out and play hard for 48 minutes because we knew that Cohasset, despite the record, is just a darn good team," Zaylor said. "Our kids were just ready today. They really have started to get the hunger of lets make something happen this season. I was really proud of the effort they put in. We had the lead, wilted a bit, but they didn't give up when Cohasset made their runs. We're pretty well rounded but I'll tell you, when our defense had to step up today they did."