Waring School boys lacrosse coach Tim Griener will find himself in a strange position next spring. For four years now, he hasn’t had to worry about where his team’s goals would come from, but that will all change next year.
Senior Ted Lyman has led Waring in scoring for the last four years and will likely grab his third Independent League Most Valuable Player Award soon.
So what’s made Lyman so dangerous for the Beverly private school?
“He is equally capable of going lefty or righty and is incredibly shifty,” Griener said. “He can get players off balance and dodge. He comes right at you and throw three or four fakes, reacts to you and goes whatever way he has an opening. He can beat one or two slides. He has incredibly quick footwork, is fearless and is willing to take the hit to score the goal.”
To summarize, Lyman is a complete scorer.
The Beverly native had 14 goals and 10 assists as a freshman and increased that total to 29 goals and 28 assists as a sophomore. Last year, he produced 36 goals and 18 assists, and this year he saved his best for last. Lyman recorded career-highs in both goals (45) and assists (29) for a total of 74 points.
For his career, Lyman finished with 209 points (124 goals, 85 assists).
Lyman is headed to Bowdoin College next year, but he’s unsure if he’ll continue playing lacrosse.
Griener believes he has the skill to continue playing and he knows he has the motor.
“He’s tireless; he could be on any cross country team. He made a play (last week) sprinting across the field he dove to keep the ball in bounds, then he picks it up, drives and scores. It was pretty typical for him,” Griener said.
“He’s also a captain this year and a terrific leader. He has really high expectations for himself and the team. No matter how poor or great the team is that we’re playing, it doesn’t matter. All that matters to him is that everyone tries really hard. He’s really an outstanding kid.”
Not to be outdone, the Waring girls team also has a high-scoring duo. Seniors Emily Friend and Eleanor Lustig each finished their careers with more than 100 goals and each were named All-New England this season.
Friend (41 goals) and Lustig (47) combined for nearly 90 goals in 12 games this season. Waring finished 9-3 and earned a share of the Independent Girls Conference championship.
“We had a young team, so they kind of surprised themselves,” said coach Ambrose Devaney. “Especially since last year was the first time we didn’t win the league in nine years, the girls were very happy to be back this year.”
Bishop Fenwick senior Grace Celona took her place at the top of the Crusaders’ record books last week when she reached 415 career points. In Fenwick’s victory over St. Mary’s of Lynn, she passed former teammate Becca Grave (who now plays at the University of New Hampshire).
Celona added five more goals in the team’s regular season finale to raise her total to 420 points.
It’s definitely been an up-and-down season for the Beverly High girls team, so Panthers coach Alyson Healey wasn’t overly concerned that her team came into its game with Salem yesterday riding its third three-game losing streak of the season. The Panthers once again righted the ship and picked up a critical 15-8 win over the Witches to keep their postseason hopes alive.
The Panthers started the season 2-0 before dropping three games, then dropped three games after improving to 5-3. Three more losses came after they had improved to 7-6.
“I think you get better from your losses, even though they’re disappointing. This was the third time we lost three in a row and we were used to it in a lot of ways. Through all those losses and the ups and downs of the season, it makes you a better player and makes you hungrier for the wins,” Healey said.
“It’s not ideal to come down to the wire (for the tournament), but I think these wins start to mean more because they weren’t come so easily, and that’s a good attitude to have if we do make it to the postseason.”
Beverly (8-9) will host Swampscott today for Senior Night with a chance to qualify. The Panthers defeated Swampscott 12-2 earlier this season.
“The captains don’t want the season to end, o they knew we had to win (against Salem),” Healey said. “They went out and played like that. Hopefully, they’ll do the same (today).”
Healey has been leaning on senior captains Becca Kemmer, Katie Pietrini and Katie Ball, as well as classmates Ami Thompson and Abbey Carnevale.
Peabody boys coach Anthony O’Donnell had been nervous for a short time that the Tanners would need to win their final game of the season — against Salem tonight (6:30) — to qualify for the state tournament. Apparently some of O’Donnell’s players were having the same feelings.
It turned out to be a non-issue as the Tanners defeated North Reading, 9-8, on Saturday to get their postseason qualifying 10th win.
“Josh Fiore was saying he might be throwing up before the (Salem) game if we don’t win,” O’Donnell said. “I was thinking if we don’t make it this year, we’re never going to make it ... with all this scoring.”
A tournament berth may not be at stake tonight, but it still should make for an excellent game under the lights in Peabody. Both teams will be looking for a little momentum as they gear up for the state tournament.
The Cape Ann League’s All-League team was announced for boys lacrosse recently and local schools Masconomet and Hamilton-Wenham swept the Player of the Year awards. Masco senior goalie Tighe Van Lenten, who is one of the best goalies in Eastern Massachusetts, was named Division 1 Player of the Year.
Hamilton-Wenham’s Cam Macri took home the award for Division 2 Player of the Year, an amazing accomplishment because of his year in school (freshman) and his position (defense). If a player can overcome those two voting obstacles for coaches, then you know he is a legitimate talent.
Masco’s Corey Tines (sophomore, defense), Aiden Sears (junior, defense), Trevor Surette (senior, midfielder) and Dylan Mann (senior, faceoff specialist) were also named to the All-League team after guiding the Chieftains to their third straight CAL title.
Junior midfielder Matt Curran joined Macri on the All-League team for Hamilton-Wenham.
Ipswich’s Chris McCormick, a senior midfielder, was the lone All-League representative for the Tigers.
Masco, Hamilton-Wenham and Ipswich each had several other players named CAL all-star.
Lax Lowdown, a column on North Shore high school lacrosse, runs each Tuesday during the spring sports season in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at 978-338-2648, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.