COHASSET, Mass. – While Hanover lacrosse succeeded in taking Cohasset’s Cole Kissick out of the offensive equation, they failed to stop the lethal trio of Jeff Powers, Danny Axelson and Colin Whelan.
Kissick was limited to one goal on the afternoon, but Powers, Axelson and Whelan exploded for 14 of the 15 Skippers’ goals en route to a 15-6 win in their Div. 3 South semifinals. No. 2 seed Cohasset will advance to the finals where they will take on top-seeded Archbishop Williams on Saturday.
Cohasset held a three-goal lead at the half, but scored eight of the game’s last nine goals, coasting to the blowout win. Powers scored three of his five goals in the fourth quarter and Axelson and Whelan each scored twice in the third.
“Those three work very well together because they are similar body types and playing style,” second-year coach James Beaudoin said. “A lot of people try to lock off Cole Kissick and when they do that it allows other to step up.”
In the final home game of the season for the Skippers, it was only fitting that it eliminated Hanover from playoff contention. Two years ago Hanover ended Cohasset’s season in the quarterfinals and the Skippers wanted to avenge that postseason loss.
“They year before I was hired they lost to them in the playoffs and this year the hockey team got knocked out by Hanover so there are a few kids that cut some deep wounds in them,” Beaudoin said.
The tone for the second half was set as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half. The Indians went on a man-advantage in the final 10 seconds and wanted to end the half with possession but a huge hit from sophomore John Donohue ruined those plans. With three seconds left, Donohue knocked the ball loose and grabbed possession for Cohasset.
“That was huge,” Beaudoin said. “That rarely happens when someone is trying to hold it but Donohue is a division 1 talent as a sophomore and he’s dangerous.”
Hanover scored an early third quarter goal off the stick of Chris Rosinski, but the Skippers responded with a 6-0 run that put the game on ice.
The Indians’ offense was hindered by poor passing and countless turnovers in the second half while Cohasset kept netting goals.
“We switched up our offense but did not execute our offense at all today,” Hanover coach Paul Zaylor said. “ Too many turnovers, unforced turnovers and when you have those you don’t get enough shots and consequently we played defense, they got shots and we lose, it’s a very simple equation.”
Hanover put up a fight in the first half, tying the game early in the second quarter on a Rosinski goal but Cohasset closed out the quarter with a 4-1 run to take a 7-4 halftime lead.
“The ten seniors playing realized it was the last time they would play on this field,” said Beaudoin. “We had a perfect game plan for who we were playing and the kids capitalized on it.”