Carly O’Connell is gone. Algonquin is pain-free. And Central Massachusetts no longer belongs to one team.
“Everyone knows one player doesn’t win championships,” said Westborough coach Colleen Debish, whose team stood at 1 and 2. “We have lost some key players. They lost a lot of strong players. And Shrewsbury returns a lot.
“We’ll see what happens.”
Dover-Sherborn on a roll
The Dover-Sherborn boys’ lacrosse team got off to another 5-0 start this season, marking the third straight year the Raiders have won their first five games.
Without the services of Ben Newbert and Billy Polk in the midfield and on the offensive end, the Raiders are still trying to find their identity. But with senior Ryan Goodall in net and junior Rogers Boylan playing strong defensively, Dover-Sherborn has been successful while averaging just 4.4 goals allowed per game.
“My assistant, Gene Zanella , runs the defense and just does an unbelievable job,” said head coach Brian McLaughlin . “He’s been the EMass assistant coach of the year three of the last four years. He’s phenomenal back there.”
The Raiders faced a major test Tuesday against Lincoln-Sudbury Regional in the Coaches’ Challenge Cup.
Joining unbeaten crowd
Through Monday, there were 18 undefeated boys’ teams in Eastern Massachusetts, including Dover-Sherborn (5-0), Lincoln-Sudbury (4-0), Medfield (6-0), and Needham (4-0).
On the girls’ side, 19 were undefeated, including Dover-Sherborn (4-0), Needham (5-0), and Wayland (4-0-1).
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