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Nipmuc Boys’ LAX Heating Up Before Playoffs

The Nipmuc boys' lacrosse team is riding a five-game winning streak heading into this week, and head coach Eric Brockett said a focus on fundamentals has been
key to the Warriors' late-season surge. "We have put a heavy focus on executing and getting back to the basics," Brockett said. "We are staying disciplined on offense and defense and really executing our game plan well."
Nipmuc has not allowed double-digit goals in any of its past five games, including just two goals allowed against Northbridge and four permitted in a win over Wachusett.
"Our entire defense has played well," Brockett said. "Alex Chu, our goalie, has been very solid and very steady. J.T. Harrt, Noah Tolliver and Max Robakewiez are three seniors who are playing really well. We have 11 seniors in total so we are getting big contributions from that class."
Brockett also pointed to long pole midfielder Tim Carey, a junior, as a player who has been a standout. Sophomore Christian Moss has won 60 percent of his face-offs, Brockett said, providing a huge lift to the Nipmuc attack.
Seniors George Morrice and Connor Morford have also
been key cogs in the offense. Now that Nipmuc is playing at a high level, Brockett is challenging his team to continue to hone in on the fundamentals.
"We have some simple tenets we live by and when we get away from them, that's when we get in trouble," he said. "I think we are looking to continue staying mentally focused and disciplined. When we play that way, we are a tough team to beat. When we lose that focus, things start to break down, so we are looking to take it one step at a time and really just execute on offense and defense."
Nipmuc is also in position to challenge for the Dual Valley Conference crown. At 9-2 to begin the week, the Warriors trailed only 9-1 Grafton in the loss column. Nipmuc has been one of the most balanced teams in the area. At just a tick under 11 goals per game, the offense is the second best in the DVC, and only three teams average fewer than the defense's 6.4 goals allowed.
The Warriors are set to wrap up the regular season this week against Hopedale and will learn their district tournament seed on Friday.




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