Improving from last year’s 3-13 record, the Holliston Panthers (The Boys) men’s lacrosse team shocked the world with their unexpected state tournament effort. The #24 seed Panthers wrapped up the season 12-8 after defeating the #9 seed Wilmington in the preliminary round of the Division II State Tournament and losing to the #8 seed Winchester in the second round.
Sure, I could certainly delve into the twine-tickling rips produced by junior captain Jack Curry, the powerful gillmans tossed up by senior defenseman Mike Nesbitt, the BTB’s riced up by Paul “Wheeling and Dealing” Beling, or the ankle-breaking split dodges by sophomore Zack Elkinson; but I’m not here to brag about my boys.
What’s more impressive than the depth in individual skill amongst the boys is the immaculate team chemistry that is displayed both on and off of the field. Whether it be in the form of a congratulatory hug after a goal, or a formal team dinner at The Olive Garden, the chemistry that The Boys display should be regarded above all.
Alright, I’m going to delve into some twine-tickling nips; you caught me. During the course of the season, many of the boys have proven their abilities in ripping twine. The unanimous high point of the season for The Boys occurred during a state’s practice, during a commonly run drill by Coach Chris Collins, “Add it Up.” Defensive prodigy, hockey star, and emotional leader Mike Nesbitt was carrying the ball to the restraining box for a 3 on 2, in which Mike was not picked up by any defender. Nesbitt quickly recognized the situation and reacted how any dangler like himself would: he nipped it. With time and room, Nesbitt cranked and released the ball from his nearly 6 foot pole, sending the rock upper 90. Paroxysms of excitement erupted as Nesbitt celebrated accordingly.
“I just had to,” proclaims Nesbitt.
Had ESPN been filming the practice, Nesbitt would’ve instantly become a national sensation.
Seniors Joe Nash, Chris Schmidt, Brandon McLean, Brian Kiley, Jake McLinden, and Alex Parnell have also demonstrated on many occasions their tendencies to nip cheddar when necessary, and juniors likewise.
What should you take away from this article? Well, that is for you to decide, but I’ll tell you what you should take away from it: it’s not what happens in the tournament that matters, but it is the ched slapping crankers in practice from beauts such as Nesbitt that bring a team together.