A senior salute for Hingham boys’ lacrosse
Jack Hennessey and Marc O’Rourke first played lacrosse together as third-graders in the Hingham Youth Lacrosse program.
As graduating high school seniors, the two attacks combined for seven goals to power Hingham to the Division 2 lacrosse title, a 16-7 conquest of Longmeadow on Saturday afternoon at BU’s Nickerson Field.
“I can’t remember anyone [else], not to brag, but I think me and Marc created the best legacy and we’re best friends. We’ll share that forever,” said the St. Lawrence University-bound Hennessey, who scored a game-high four goals.
Hingham (23-3), which was dealt a 13-9 setback to Medfield in last year’s final, earned its first championship since going back-to-back in 2001-02. And it will be the final Division 2 title for the program. The Harbormen are moving up to Division 1 next season.
“We’ve been to this game five times, so this is the third win out of five, the other ones were tough to swallow,” Hingham coach John Todd said.
“These guys got over the hump, but it comes down to everybody jelling and doing their job.”
Hennessey and Ryan Hill scored two goals in the first half as Hingham built a 7-2 lead. Hennessey also contributed two assists, one on a feed to the Bryant University-bound O’Rourke. Jake Quilty added a pair of tallies.
“I just have to look at him, and then I don’t have to look, I know where he’s going to be,” Hennessey said of O’Rourke.
Hennessey opened the scoring just nine seconds in before Will Kenney scored a minute later. The Lancers (21-4) countered with a goal by Spencer Robbins, but Hingham closed the first quarter with a five-goal run for a 7-1 cushion.
The scoring nearly came to a halt in the second quarter, the lone tally coming off the stick of Longmeadow’s Clayton Moseman.
The Harbormen continued to build upon their lead in the third quarter: Hennessey repeated his first quarter by scoring nine seconds into the second half.
By the fourth quarter, the Harbormen opened up a 10-goal cushion.
“No better feeling than all those kids in the front row who were on the team last year and came up short,” said Hennessey.
“It was really good for everyone, especially the youth kids that look up to us.”