Four boys' soccer titles on the line Sunday
"I think Hazlett is the best player in the state" said Grabill. "Tchana is our leading goal scorer, and Linehan is such and athletic playmaker in the middle."
Hanover suffered heavy graduation losses from the team that lost to Manchester Central, 2-1, in last year's final but made it back with help from younger players who thrived on increased playing time.
One of those players was Jamie Dinoulas, who scored the only goal against Concord in the semis.
Grabill credits strong youth soccer programs in the Upper Valley, such as the Lightning Soccer Club, for supplying skilled players for his team.
"We watch Dartmouth games," Grabill said. "We see great soccer close up. We go to their camps."
Hanover graduate Brendan Barth is currently a freshman on the Big Green squad, and Hazlett is considering attending Dartmouth, as well.
"Sunday's game will be nothing like that" he said. "They've won 14 straight since that September game. We've got a great deal of respect for Alvirne."
No. 2 Hollis/Brookine vs. No. 1 Windham
These teams also played for last year's Division II championship, a game Windham won in penalty kicks. Both teams are 16-2-0. Windham beat Hollis/Brookline 4-2 when the teams met in Windham during the regular season. Last year's state championship was the first for the Windham program.
No. 2 Bow vs. No. 1 Hopkinton
Bow (17-1-1) is looking to win its second Division III championship in as many seasons, but will have to hand Hopkinton (18-0-1) its first loss to do so. This will be the third meeting between the teams this season. Hopkinton posted a 2-0 victory at home, and the teams played to a 1-1 tie in Bow.
No. 5 Sunapee vs. No. 3 Derryfield
Derryfield, last year's Division IV champion, advanced by beating 10th-seeded Profile of Bethlethem in Thursday's semifinals. The Cougars (16-2-1) had a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks following a scoreless game through two overtimes. Sunapee (13-4-2) moved with a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Woodsville. Senior midfielder Nick Skarin scored Sunapee's second goal with 41 seconds to play.Skarin capped the scoring on a penalty kick when these teams played to a 2-2 tie during the regular season.