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October 4, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Peabody girls lax founder Hayes headed to UMass-Boston Hall of Fame

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Hayes finished up his playing career in style. The Beacons went 11-2, won the Colonial League, and he was named a first team league all-star.

“The highlight for me personally was being invited to play in the All New England East-West All Star game at BU,” said Hayes. “It’s for seniors from all three divisions, and I scored two goals. That was a great way to end my career.”

Hayes was the inaugural coach for Peabody girls and Lowell boys varsity lacrosse. He also coached at Bedford, ULowell, and served as the freshman boys’ coach at Peabody under Kevin Houlden. He continued to help Houlden and current coach Tony O’Donnell with his excellent scouting reports.

“Dan has a great passion for the sport,” said O’Donnell. “He supports us any way he can, and is so enthusiastic. He’s a student of the game, and his insight truly helps us.”

“I’ve had some wonderful experiences because of lacrosse,” Hayes said. “I played football in high school, too, but lacrosse was my best sport. I’m delighted the Peabody girls’ program has grown so much and been so successful over the years. I took Bedford to the playoffs my first year there as head coach, and that was also very exciting. It’s been a good career, and I’ve worked with some wonderful people over the years.

“When I was at Bedford we played Peabody and (coach) Bob Danish. We beat them, 6-5 in overtime on the Peabody football field. I knew some Peabody people before I arrived to coach the Peabody girls. People tease me about losing to Bob, but that didn’t happen. He’s a good friend, and when Bob retired he gave me his desk.”

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Gregg Kobelski had fully recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in his junior year at St. John’s Prep, and was off to a great start this season, but the senior fullback dislocated his other shoulder in the Central Catholic game two weeks ago. He is out for the rest of the year and facing surgery.

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