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Boys’ lacrosse: ConVal adjusting to life in Division II

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Austin Davis holds off Merrimack Valley’s Nick Koufos during Tuesday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' lacrosse team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 11:6AM

There’s no quit in the ConVal boys’ lacrosse team. The Cougars, a perennial Division III playoff threat in recent years, moved up to Division II this season, where ConVal (0-4) is still searching for their first win.

“No one thought it was going to be easy coming into this division,” said first-year head coach Dan Fox after Tuesday’s 12-2 loss to Merrimack Valley (4-2). “The thing that makes it less tough in this kind of game is that our guys are running hard and they’re willing to work hard from the start of the game to the end. The effort’s absolutely there – we’ve got holes we’ve got to work on.”

The holes were apparent against the Pride Tuesday; MV dominated possession of the ball, and when the Cougars took control, turnovers and mishandled passes gave it right back.

“The biggest thing is stick skills,” Fox said. “We need to dial them in. It’s fundamentals that we’ve got to get stronger on. Otherwise, athletically, our guys can run and play.”

ConVal’s top scoring threat is All-State senior attack Jaden Smith. Smith got the lions’ share of the Cougars’ shots Tuesday and put one home on a set playing coming out of a time out.

“When we get settled into a play, we have guys who can beat guys,” Fox said.

Liam Denehy scored ConVal’s other goal on Tuesday. The Pride got a hat trick from Max Lacy to lead the way in the rout as eight players scored for MV.

“They’re a good, good team,” Fox said.

Sophomore midfielder Austin Davis led the Cougars with two ground balls in the game. ConVal’s defensive back line of seniors Andrew Stockwell and Zach Obuchowski and junior Jacob Demers stood strong in the face of MV’s offensive onslaught, and sophomore keeper Jason Bergeron (15 saves) was impressive as he was peppered with shots.

“Bergeron was awesome,” Fox said. “He made some great saves.”

A pair of freshmen — middie Hudson Osgood and longstick midfielder Alex Heck — are playing meaningful minutes for ConVal as Fox works to bring his Cougars up to speed for the path ahead.

“The road’s not going to get easier, so we’ve just got to work hard and elevate our game every day to make these games more competitive,” Fox said.

ConVal is home against Alvirne (0-6) on Friday.