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May 14, 2013

Lax Lowdown: Salem boys soaring to new heights

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”We graduated so many last year, 13 was our biggest class to graduate since I’ve been here. Losing so many starters and being so young, a lot of young guys have been putting in work this year,” Cobb said. “One of our goals was to capture (the CAL title) again. We said that this is where we’ve set the bar, just because we graduated some people doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hold up the intensity level or the level of accountability.”

This year’s senior class, although much smaller than last year’s, has played a big role in leading the Chieftains back to the title. Goalie Tighe Van Lenten is one of the best in the area, and he co-captains the team with Dylan Mann, a midfielder who excels in the faceoff X.

Trevor Surette and Adam Murphy have also had a big impact on Masco’s success this spring.

”Coaching has been great, being able to give back to a whole bunch of student-athletes over a long time,” Cobb said. “The kids drive the bus, so it’s just great to get out there and see the enjoyment they have and see them get some success.”

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Yesterday’s battle with Marblehead was only the beginning of a difficult week for the Ipswich girls team. The Tigers host 11-3 Hamilton-Wenham today, then go to 11-4 Masconomet on Thursday.

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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 mjenkins@salemnews.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.

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