New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 27
defense, too. But I think this year our offense
will be a big help for us," O'Rourke said. "All
the guys, the defensemen, the middies, for
us in transition they post the ball really well
and they're forcing defensemen to make
slides up field, and make us make plays. ...
We want the best look, not the first look."
One of the key pieces that will set the
offense in motion is Higgins, another AllAmerican who is a jack-of-all-trades for
Hingham. The Bucknell commit divides
his time between defense and long-stick
mid, and will work closely with a very deep
group of midfielders, which includes juniors Jake Quilty (Vermont) and Ryan Hill,
to try and wear down the opposing defense.
"Having Frankie Higgins back, he has
the potential to be the best player to ever
come out of Hingham. He's such a good
player," Hennessey said. "He can play all
over the field. He has the best shot on the
team with the long pole. His 'D' is awesome.
He allows us to push the pace in transition."
While there are numerous other key
contributors to this bunch, one of the
most important remains Todd, who last
season became only the second coach in
Massachusetts history to reach 400 wins
in his career, eventually surpassing former Beverly and Malden Catholic coach
Rick Mazzei for most wins all-time in the
state when he earned his 405th victory.
Hingham High co-captain Jack Hennessey
(right) will play at Div. 3 St. Lawrence next year.
"He's gotten 400-plus wins for this
program. He's been through a lot with
this program," O'Rourke said of the 28year head coach. "Being able to play for
a guy like J.T. every single year, he knows
it all, he knows the game inside and out.
He's putting everything he can to make
sure that we're ready for each game. Playing for J.T. is something special, so we
don't take it for granted."
"He means everything to the whole
town," Hennessey said. "He's a father figure for a lot of kids. The coaching doesn't
end on the field. He cares about what
you're doing, your future, how you're perceived around the town. He really wants
the best for all of his players."
The talent continues to flow through
the Hingham program because of the
support of Todd and his staff, and it continues to blossom into some of the state's
best because of the system, which routinely includes a tenacious schedule.
"Our schedule this year is tougher than
it's been in past years," said O'Rourke,
who noted their two matches versus opponents from Connecticut and one from
New Jersey. "Hopefully, those games pre-
pare us well and I think they will."
There is plenty to prepare for this season in Hingham, including a shot at the
program's first state title since 2002. The
team knows that clearing the Medfield
hurdle and bringing a state championship to the town would be something for
the entire community to celebrate.
"I would love to get them again,"
O'Rourke said. "I'm very confident in our
team this year. We have a lot of leadership, a
lot of returning talent, experience, competitiveness. We have guys on this team that
want to win. ... The storybook ending would
be to win it all this year and go all the way."
"Throwing on the Hingham jersey and
representing the red and white, and your
town, the alumni, your friends, your family, it's unparalleled," Higgins said. "Being
able to represent your town is something
bigger than yourself. To work hard, get
that state championship and make the
town proud, is something that drives you
to want to play for Hingham. ... We want
to be the champions."
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