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May 10, 2013

Roller coaster of a season for local lax teams

Checking local lax teams as they head for home

With the local high school boys and girls lacrosse teams making their way down the season’s stretch run, we know what each team brings to the table.

It hasn’t always been pretty, as just about every lacrosse team on Cape Ann has had to face adversity this season. But it has been competitive the whole way through, and while some teams certainly have flaws, all have shown glimpses of good lacrosse this spring.

Here’s a look at where each team stands, how it got there — and where it seems likely to go next.

Manchester Essex girls

Season Highlights: It’s tough to find a spot to start with the Hornets. Not because of struggles, but because they’ve been that good.

Manchester Essex has already locked up a postseason tournament berth after jumping out to an 11-2 start, and with just three regular season games remaining, the Hornets will simply be looking to continue building off what has so far been a phenomenal season.

Their losses have come against Northeastern Conference frontrunner Marblehead and CAL Large leader Masconomet, and mixed between those losses have been a ton of impressive victories for the Hornets, who enter today’s game with Lynnfield on a five-game winning streak.

The Hornets’ first big win of the year came in the season’s second week over CAL Small rival Hamilton-Wenham, which has also already qualified for the tournament at 10-3.

Likely their biggest win of the year came on Monday, though, when the Hornets extended their winning streak with a nail-biting, 6-5 win over Ipswich. The Tigers entered the game undefeated in conference play and as Manchester Essex’s biggest obstacle as the Hornets push for a CAL Small title.

With that game knotted at 5-5 as the final minute ticked off the clock, Brittany Smith converted the game-winning goal with 40 seconds left to secure the dramatic victory.

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