New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 26
2017 HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW
By Craig Forde
Its Division 2 championship
path blocked the last few years
by Medfield, talented cast,
revered coach have Hingham
primed to take final step
Hingham High senior
co-captain Marc O'Rourke
is an All-American who
is headed to Bryant.
26 NEW ENGLAND LACROSSE JOURNAL April 2017
FOR FOUR YEARS NOW, the
boys from Hingham High School have
charged head-on toward a Massachusetts
Division 2 championship, only to run up
against the Medfield juggernaut as they
readied to taste glory.
In each of the past four seasons, the
Harbormen have won at least 19 games
and made deep postseason runs, but two
semifinal and two final appearances all
ended in defeat at the hands of the threetime defending champion Warriors.
This season, a talented pack of returnees has Hingham preparing to take those
final steps, as the team looks down the
barrel of another arduous schedule, set
up to have it clear that final hurdle called
Medfield in the end.
"Future is fine; we're not worried
about that at all," longtime coach John
Todd said following his team's 13-9 loss
in last year's final. "It's just tough that we
couldn't get it done for this group of seniors, but they've set the bar; everyone
knows what it takes."
Senior co-captain Marc O'Rourke reiterated that sentiment heading into this
year: "We have a lot of upperclassmen
and senior leadership this year. I think
things are looking pretty good.
"We've all been watching the hockey
and lacrosse teams since we've been in elementary school. Seeing the success that
those teams have had and finally being in
that position as a high school senior, the
bittersweet moments you're going to get
and the legacy that everyone before has
brought to those programs, just makes everything that much more special playing
now, and wanting to build on that legacy."
Though 14 seniors from last year's club
have moved on, there is plenty of experience coming back to this year's group,
most notably up top, where a seasoned attack will strike fear in the opposition.
O'Rourke, an All-American who will
continue to play at Bryant next season,
has been the Harbormen's top goal-scorer in each of his first three seasons.
"He really works hard in practice. He
always wants to get it perfect, no matter
what. He's a perfectionist," said fellow
co-captain and attack partner Jack Hennessey, who will play at Division 3 St.
Lawrence next year. "He just has a special
talent (and) he's a special kid.
"He's one of, if not the best attackman
in the state," added junior co-captain
Frank Higgins, who credits having to defend against his teammates in practice as
a reason for his continued improvement.
The duo of O'Rourke and Hennessey
may be the most formidable in the state,
and fellow seniors Max Bellomy (RPI)
and co-captain Devin Irwin (Denison)
provide an added level of ferocity and
leadership to the mix.
"The midfield is also really deep and our
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