20 - May 11, 2012
Python Boys’ Lacrosse Runs Streak to Four, Nick ‘Scorin’ Morin Notches 100th Career Goal
by Marc Ayotte Pelham boys’ lacrosse picked up a pair of wins on the week, increasing their consecutive win streak to four, while improving their season record to 7-1. In the winning mix for the Pythons was a 12-3 home win over Monadnock, to go along with a 9-4 road victory over Hopkinton. With their May 8, regularly scheduled game at ConVal being washed-out, Pelham rested in the third slot of the Division III LAX standings; just behind undefeated Derryfield (8-0) and the 8-1 Cavaliers of Hollis- Brookline.
In the win at Hopkinton on May 1, Python
attack Nick ‘Scorin’ Morin entered the Pelham High School record books when the second goal of his hat trick performance gave him his 100th career tally. Morin became the first male lacrosse player in school history to enter the 100 goal club (see photo), joining Alex Catalano who achieved the same accomplishment in girls’ lacrosse, during her playing days with the Lady Pythons. Morin, who was also a prolific goal scorer for the Windham-Pelham Wolfpack ice hockey team, earned a concise but respectful acknowledgement from his head coach, Matt Regan; “he had a great career. Nick’s done everything we’ve asked him
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During half time of the Pythons vs. Monadnock game, Nick Morin #8, was recognized for his 100th career goal, scored earlier in the week; joining Nick are (from L to R) brother Matt, father Ron, mother Joyce and sister Sarah
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to do.” In saying that he wasn’t aware that he scored his milestone goal until his coach told him, Morin added “it’s all about winning games.” The senior sniper now looks forward to being the set-up man for attack-mate Alec Paradis, who is also closing in on the century mark; “now, it’s my turn to help him out” offered Morin. Pelham opened up the month of May in fine fashion, shooting down the Hawks of Hopkinton as they overcame an early first quarter 2-0 deficit. Coach Regan called what once again proved to be one of his patented time outs, after his team fell behind in the first minute and a half. Out of the time out, the Pythons responded to cut the lead in half by the end of the first session. Pelham then dominated the second stanza, scoring four times, led by Alec Paradis, Keston Beauregard and Nick Morin, as they jumped out to a 5-3 lead at the intermission. “We definitely settled down in the second half” noted Regan, adding “we
were all over the place in the first quarter. Our defense was shaky to start, but they settled down and didn’t give up anything the rest of the way.” The Pythons added a pair of scores in each of the third and fourth stanzas, while shutting down the Hopkinton attack, in picking up their sixth win of the year. “Their goalie is ridiculous” marveled a complimentary Regan, adding “he made more saves than I’ve ever seen before. He was Houdini last year, but now he’s better.” Pelham goal keep
Jake Diaz, had a solid showing in his own right; recording nine saves in registering the win. On May 4, the Pythons hosted Monadnock in a game that featured some scoreboard symmetry. Pelham outscored the Huskies 4-1 in each of the first, third and fourth quarters, with both teams posting a zero in the second frame. The 12-3 final improved the Python’s mark to 7-1, putting them in tie for second place, at the time, with Hollis-Brookline. Pelham’s Alec Paradis scored twice in the first period (each assisted by Morin) and Keston Beauregard also scored twice, on assists from midfielder Derek DeFranzo to build their 4-1 first period and half time lead. During the intermission, PHS Athletic Director Todd Kress conducted a brief ceremonial recognition of Nick Morin’s 100th goal feet, accomplished on the road three days earlier. ‘Scorin’ and family members were brought out to midfield where Nick was presented with the actual game ball that signified his 100th tally, during which time he acknowledged by the partisan Python crowd. Just 2:49 into the second half, Monadnock
struck, pulling to within two goals. But the day’s familiar tandem of ‘Paradis from Morin’ answered back to make it 5-2. Before the quarter was up, goals by Beauregard (2) and Morin made the score 8-2 and the game’s outcome was in little doubt. For the game, Beauregard 5G 1A, Paradis 4G 3A, and Morin 2G 4A led the Python attack. Derek DeFranzo’s shot from about 30 feet out in the final frame, beat the Huskies keep, and capped the Python scoring for the day while getting the middie into the goal column.
Hammin’ it up is Nick ‘Scorin’ Morin as he showcases his 100th goal ball, designed by teammate Derek DeFranzo who also assisted on the milestone tally
Jake Diaz has been solid in goal for the Pythons, sporting a 3.37 goals against average; Diaz is shown here making a big save in a win over rival Windham at Harris Field
Pelham’s Jared Taylor improved his season record to 10-0 in singles competition with an 8-3 win on May 7
by Marc Ayotte The Pelham boys’ tennis team’s eight
match winning streak came to an abrupt end with a 6-3 home defeat to perennial powerhouse Portsmouth on May 2. As a result, the Pythons slipped to 8-2 on the season, while Portsmouth used the win to improve to 8-0. Despite the team loss to the Clippers, the undefeated seasons of Pelham’s top two seeds remained in tact. Number one seed Matt Smith went to 10-0 on the year with an 8-3 decision over Iani Stamenov.
Jared Taylor kept pace with
his Python teammate as he also improved to 10 up and zero down by defeating Aaron Esposito, 8-2. The Python’s third team point came compliments of Smith and Taylor’s doubles win over Stamenov/ Rizkalla by the score of 8-2. The Pelham doubles partners pushed their tandem act to a sizzling, season record of 10-0 as well. The Lady Pythons had a discouraging trip to the seacoast while the boys were competing on the PHS courts. Pelham fell to the sixth ranked Clippers in Portsmouth by a team score of 9-0. Not much went even remotely right for the Pythons, as only two players were able to avoid being shutout in singles competition. Number three seeded Marissa Daigle managed to capture four games in her defeat while
Meghan Barcelos picked up a pair of games in her 8-2, sixth seed match. With the loss, Pelham drops to 2-8 on the season. Boys’ action continued on Monday,
May 7 when they traveled to Durham to compete against Oyster River. The host Bobcats entered the contest at 5-2, winners of four straight matches and was just one spot behind Pelham in the D-II standings. With the match tied at four points apiece, it was the 8-3 doubles victory by Duff-Marsh/Janocha over Nanda/Milliman that gave the Pythons the 5-4 win, improving their season record to nine wins against a single defeat. In addition to his theatrical, winning role in doubles action, Adam Duff-Marsh picked up an 8-2 singles match win against Reed Guaerino. Combined with Matt Smith and Jared Taylor’s wins in their singles matches, the team competition was to be determined in the doubles action. When Smith/Taylor took the number one seed doubles match, it set the stage for Duff-Marsh and Andrew Janocha to come through for the Pythons. With four matches remaining in the regular season, Pelham remains among the Division II elite, sporting a 9-1 mark, securely positioned in fifth place in the standings.
Staff photos Marc Ayotte
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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