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Derryfield's Griffin Phaneuf drives past Hollis-Brookline's Cole Gallant during Tuesday's game in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)


Derryfield boys' lacrosse tops Hollis/Brookline to remain unbeaten

Hollis/Brookline landed the first punch, but by the end of the match Derryfield School of Manchester was still undefeated and standing strong in Division III.

Mike Chiasson tallied three goals and three assists, and Griffin Phaneuf added three goals and two assists to lead the host Cougars past the Cavaliers, 14-5, Tuesday in a boys’ lacrosse battle for first place between two undefeated teams.

Derryfield improved to 14-0 while Hollis/Brookline dropped to 10-1.

Derryfield and Plymouth (11-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in Division III.

Winners of 34 straight matches dating back to last season’s 20-0 championship campaign, the Cougars got off to a slow start against the Cavaliers.

“Hollis/Brookline scored the first two goals, and I called time-out six minutes into the game to settle our players down,” said Derryfield coach Chris Hettler. “As expected, (our players) came out a little too anxious trying too hard. Once we scored our first goal, you could see our team starting to relax a little more.”

Derryfield enjoyed an 8-2 halftime lead and followed the game plan of smothering Hollis/Brookline standout Sam Whitaker, who was held to one assist.

“He’s a very good player, and I was pleased to see us play well against him and their entire team,” said Hettler.

“Lee Sipes won nine of 12 face-offs, and Drew Johnson won six of eight,” Hettler added. “That was key, and our team depth made a difference, too.”

Derryfield’s Jim O’Brien contributed two goals and two assists, and teammate Grant Alenson collected four goals.

Drew Johnson tallied three assists, Peter Thompson notched two goals and Matt Dubruiel added an assist.

Derryfield goalie Allen Mello turned back 17 shots.

Ryan Papineau led the Cavaliers with three goals, and Patrick Dunn had two.

Derryfield returns to action at Stevens of Claremont on Friday.


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