EXETER — The Hopkinton High School boys’ lacrosse team ended its season about as perfectly as it could have pictured Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium.
The Hawks captured their third straight Division III championship and fourth overall by defeating Pelham, the only team to beat them in the regular season, 15-5 in the state title game.
Second-seeded Hopkinton’s victory came four days after the school’s girls’ lacrosse team captured its first ever D-III title.
Top-seeded Pelham (16-1) beat Hopkinton (16-1), 9-5, in the regular season, snapping the Hawks’ 42-game undefeated streak.
“We got a lot of school spirit, we came out hot and we got the job done,” Hopkinton junior midfielder Colby Quiet said.
Quiet led the charge for the Hawks’ offense, registering a game-high eight goals, five of which came in the second half.
Hopkinton scored the game’s first five goals over the opening 10:23 of the contest and led, 9-4, at halftime. Quiet and Hawks senior Paul Molnar tallied the contest’s first two goals over the opening 61 seconds.
“The first two goals, we came out fast and hard and that’s everything,” Quiet said. “That sparks us, it gives us confidence and we were ready for what was coming.”
Quiet and Molnar each notched three goals each over the opening 24 minutes. The Hawks led by at least three and as many as six goals in the first half.
Pelham coach Will Delanoy said his players came into the contest with some nerves. Saturday marked the Pythons’ first D-III title game appearance since 2016 and fourth overall.
“First quarter, they got their jitters out. They were nervous,” Delanoy said. “It’s the first time for some of them being at this big of a stage. It was nice to play here (in the semifinals) on Thursday night to kind of get used to the facility, get used to all the theatrics before the game but when you actually come to the game, it’s a like a here-it-is type of moment.”
Quiet scored twice and Allan Faulkner also had a goal over the opening 4:17 of the third quarter to extend Hopkinton’s lead to 12-4.
“We did not want to slow it down until maybe midway through the fourth (quarter),” Hopkinton coach Deacon Blue said. “We wanted to keep the foot on the accelerator, keep scoring, keep the tempo up. I mean, that’s why we were winning the game — because we were playing that way….You don’t change that up and try to slow it down.”
Senior midfielder Devyn Tucci scored Pelham’s lone second-half goal with 1:08 left in the third frame. Hopkinton junior goalie Benny Madden stifled the Pythons’ offense in the second half, recording nine of his 13 saves over the final two quarters.
Tucci logged a team-high four goals and teammate Mason Fecteau also scored for Pelham. Sophomore Jaxon Snyder and senior Austin Walsh made a combined 13 saves in the Pythons’ cage. Charlie Katin won 13 faceoffs for Pelham.
Molnar and Faulkner each had a hat trick and senior Corey Breault notched one goal for the Hawks.
“I think the kids are pumped. I’m pumped,” Blue said. “We wanted a big win and we got it.”