Hanover boys lacrosse coach Paul Zaylor refers to it as a little bit of fine tuning for his team.
The Indians have struggled so far in the early going, but Zaylor is hoping that his team may be turning things around after winning two of their three games in the Chowda Cup.
“I feel that we needed to get a little bit of continuity at the offensive end,” Zaylor said.” We have been taking care of the ball at the offensive end better than we have in the first few games. We were not happy with the offense and we switched up a few things and it is a little better suited for them, so blame the coaches for the early season issues.”
In their two wins in the Chowda Cup, Hanover scored 32 goals in defeating Archbishop Williams, 17-2 and Norwell, 15-5.
Hanover had the type of balance that helped them reach the Div. 3 state semifinals a year ago.
The Norwell game saw Hanover go through two surges in the game. They scored the first five goals of the game and they scored five of the last six goals in the final 15 minutes.
Abdullah Nassif and Tim Mullane scored two goals each while Neil Calkin added one that helped Hanover secure its 15-5 win.
Nassif finished the Norwell game with five goals and Mike Nimeskern added three goals and three assists.
“We put Mike at an offensive midfield and he has developed his shot,” Zaylor said.
Nassif also scored five goals in the Indians, 17-2 win over Archbishop Williams. Mullane added two goals and three assists in the game. Casey Collins and Ryan Mahoney both scored two goals each against Williams.
“We had a well rounded scoring attack in the Williams game,” Zaylor said.
Zaylor is quick to point out that Hanover had a demanding start to the season schedule.
They played the defending Div. 3 state champions Dover-Sherborn, Div. 1 and Patriot League power Duxbury and they opened the Chowda Cup with the tournament’s eventual champion Catholic Memorial. They were only able to score in double-figures in one of those three games that they lost and that was against D-S in a 14-11 loss.
“We played some good competition to open the season, but we still were not happy with the way that we played offensively,” Zaylor said. “We just were not clicking. We needed to shake things up a little bit. We switched a couple of things and it clicked against Norwell.”
Hanover has a big Patriot League game with Scituate at home on Thursday. They will play some big games against Hingham, Bridgewater-Raynham and Cohasset in the second half of the season.
There are other things for the Indians to feel good about according to the coach.
“(Freshman) Caleb Hammett has just been awesome on faceoffs,” Zaylor said. “It is hard to lose when you win mostly every faceoff. Mike Nassif is just playing tremendous in goal. You got a good faceoff guys and a good goalie then things just click.”