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May 20, 2014

Lax Lowdown: Picture clearing for local teams’ postseason hopes

Only one week remains in the regular season, yet the postseason picture is pretty clear when it comes to North Shore lacrosse.

Very few teams — outside of the Bishop Fenwick boys — will be fighting for a spot as the final games are played out this week.

While the overall view of the playoffs may be cloud-free, it’s important to take a closer look at individual teams to get a real feel for their postseason chances.

This column will take a snapshot look at some of the area teams as they head into their respective tournaments.

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The Division 1 boys lacrosse tournament is always competitive and the top-line talent is widespread. In any given year, there seems to be 5-to-10 teams that are legitimate contenders to at least advance to the championship game, if not win it all.

Arguably the most intriguing team on the North Shore as tournament season begins is St. John’s Prep. The Eagles play a brutally tough schedule, which means they’re always postseason-ready, and they always seem to have the talent to make a run.

This season they may appear to be an under-the-radar team, but they could become a serious sleeper if they get a favorable draw.

There’s a chance they’ll enter the playoffs with a record that sits below .500. They’re currently 8-10 with games remaining against Westford Academy today and Medfield Thursday, two very strong programs. But they’ve already qualified because they locked up second place in the always-competitive Catholic Conference with a 5-3 record.

The Prep has the skill to match up with just about anyone. Senior captains Andrew Gallahue, Drew O’Connell, Eamon O’Leary and Chris Casey are a good place to start, but there’s more to this team than just that quartet. Gallahue and O’Connell are two pieces of a dangerous offense that also includes scorers Shawn Waldron, Joey Cavallaro, Sam Frick and Owen Rockett, among others.

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