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June 19, 2013

Pinkerton earns hardware for area's top team

A Haverhill senior burst onto the scene to become one of the area’s top goalies. A Londonderry junior was named the top defender in Division 1. Pinkerton returned to the Division 1 championship game to take on rival Bishop Guertin.

It was quite a year for local boys high school lacrosse. And now it is time to hand out some hardware ...

Team of the Year: Pinkerton

Despite another loss to Bishop Guertin in the Division 1 state title game, the Astros had another fine season.

What makes Pinkerton special year in and year out is that it understands the concept of team. Not just one player scores an outrageous number of goals for the Astros. They always have numerous threats on offense.

Pinkerton received goals from eight different players in its 12-2 playoff victory over Nashua South and eight different scorers in its 14-5 semifinal victory over Souhegan.

The Astros placed a remarkable six different players on the Division 1 first team: attackers Josh Gallant and Dominic Corsetto, midfielders Jake Lisauskas and Brendan Megan, defender Sean Conroy and goalie Ken Sturgess.

Out of nowhere award: Jeff Trovato

Trovato was Windham’s goalie two springs ago. Last year, he was a Division 3 honorable mention field player. This year, he was second-team All-State. He pumped in 44 goals and added 40 assists for 84 points. He won 61 percent of his faceoffs and collected 120 grounballs.

Trovato also stars in the classroom. The senior graduated with a 3.9 GPA and will attend Boston University.

Newcomer of Year: Zach Grundy, Haverhill

Grundy certainly had the best of any of promising newcomers listed in boys lacrosse preview section of The Eagle-Tribune. Grundy, a senior goalie, had a sensational 66 percent save percentage. He stopped 205 shots in all this spring.

Most Improved Team: Central Catholic

Central had a 4-14 record in 2011 and a 3-17 mark last year. But the team took a step in the right direction this year, posting a 9-9 record and making the postseason for the first time since 2010.

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