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April 5, 2013

Boys Lacrosse: Canniff leads Timberlane

N.H. Division 2

agateHed:Timberlane

2012 season: 5-11, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (4): Matt Gray, Sr., goalie; Mike Canniff, Sr., attack; Mark Ferullo, Soph., midfield; Blake Rooney, Soph., attack

Returning lettermen: James McCoy, Sr., midfield; Nick Lambert, Sr., midfield; Harry Denoncourt, Sr., defense; Colby McCay, Jr., attack

Promising newcomers: Matt Tomasi, Soph., defense; Hunter Francoeur, Soph., defense; Tyler Furey, Frosh., defense; Derek Short, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Mike Canniff, Nick Lambert, Matt Gray

Candidates: 42

Returning goal leaders: Mike Canniff 59

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Timberlane has fallen short of the postseason for three straight years. ... Harry Denoncourt, the 182-pound Meet of Champions wrestling champ, leads the defense. ... Freshman Tyler Furey saw key time at running back in the fall.

Assistants: Mark Pasquini, John Bourque

Coach Jim Kelly (4th year, 12-36): “Mike Canniff had a great year last year and we are expecting more of that this year. We are looking for Nick Lambert and James McCoy to give us some big things too. Harry Denoncourt is leading a very young defense and Matt Gray looks great in goal.”

Commonwealth Conference

agateHed:Whittier

2012 season: 10-11, lost in Division 3 East prelims

Returning starters (12): Richie Desmond, Sr., midfield; Joey Murach, Sr., midfield; Douglas McLaughlin, Sr., midfield; Mike Nicholas, Sr., attack; Jacob Fudge, Jr., midfield; Eli Roy, Jr., attack; Brandon Desjardins, Jr., midfield; Nick Reagan, Soph., defense; Pat Rodden, Soph., goalie; Devin Houde, Soph., attack; Zach Zullo, Soph., defense

Returning lettermen: Cam Neumann, Sr., attack; Austin Sciacca, Sr., defense; Aaron Lustenberger, Sr., midfield; Tyler Tannian, Jr., midfield; Anthony Campbell, Soph., defense; Robert Burke, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Chris Desjardins, Soph., midfield; Sidney Taylor, Soph., midfield/defense; Tyler L’Italien, Frosh., midfield

Captains: Mike Nicholas, Doug McLaughlin, Richie Desmond

Candidates: 57

Fast facts: Ryan Richards wasn’t hired until a week before the 2012 season. It was only interim but he was later named full-time and was selected Eagle-Tribune Coach of the Year. So little was known about him he was listed as Brian Richardson in previews!

Assistants: John Murray

Ryan Richards (2nd year, 10-11): “Mike Nichols is dangerous and he leads our attack. Doug McLaughlin is the leader in the midfield and Nick Regan needs to step up on defense. Patrick Rodden is just outstanding in net. He is the backbone of our team.”

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