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High school boys’ lacrosse notebook

Young Needham boys’ lacrosse squad ready for postseason run

The pairings will be released for the 2013 boys’ lacrosse tournament on Friday and top-ranked Needham looks ready to go.

The Rockets were impressive down the stretch, winning nine of their last 10 to finish 16-2.

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The most impressive win came last Monday as the Rockets handed the Duxbury Dragons their first loss to a Massachusetts team since 2010.

It was the Panepinto brothers, Mike and Nico, who led the Rockets, combining for all six goals in the 6-4 victory.

“For us it was a great program win,” said coach Dave Wainwright. “Our guys were up for the challenge, we played our best and we came out on top.

“No one is going to take us lightly, everyone knows we have some talent,” Wainwright added. “Now we have to focus on this playoff run coming.”

As the team turns its attention to the postseason, Wainwright isn’t concerned about his squad’s youth.

“The team is relatively young; we graduated 10 seniors last year,” said Wainwright. “The upperclassmen from last year have been able to take our state championship run from a year ago and pass the experience on to the younger guys.”

Last year, the Rockets made it all the way to the state final before falling to Duxbury.

The Rockets have gotten strong leadership from the Panepinto brothers as well as the captain on defense, Jack Delaney.

But the Rockets have also been counting on another senior as well: goalie Jack Curran.

“Our goalie has been waiting a long time for his opportunity,” said Wainwright. “He’s taken the chance that he has had this season and he’s done unbelievable things, he’s stepped up big time for us.”

Wainwright is confident his team will be ready to make another long postseason run.

“We had some losses we were able to learn from,” Wainwright said. “Our losses to Bishop Guertin and St. John’s Prep were educational games for our program.

“One game at a time always been that mentality when we get into the playoffs,” Wainwright said. “We make it a habit throughout the regular season so when the playoffs come, you realize you lose one and you are done.”

Games of the week

No. 8 Beverly at No. 7 Reading, Monday — The Panthers have had a very successful season and have won five in a row heading into a tough matchup with the Rockets.

No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury at No. 17 Westford, Monday — The Warriors are 2-2 in their last four but look to continue their winning ways against the Grey Ghosts, who after a strong start have faltered a bit.

Bishop Guertin at No. 2 Duxbury, Wednesday — The Dragons look to end their regular season on a good note against a strong Bishop Guertin (N.H.) squad.

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