Vana leads St. John’s Prep boys lacrosse over Hingham

DANVERS — For lots of the spring, St. John’s Prep lacrosse standout Jake Vana had a litany of nagging accidents, struggling to get once more to the extent he’s accustomed to participating in at.

Sadly for opposing Div. 1 schools, it appears the junior is almost completely once more. Vana sniped 4 targets and added an assist Saturday as St. John’s Prep closed its spectacular frequent season with an necessary 12-9 win over Hingham.

“It labored out completely,” talked about Vana. “Didn’t come again as wholesome as I needed to. I used to be in plenty of ache and I used to be making an attempt to battle by way of it. However the final couple of days was in all probability the primary time I’ve felt like myself once more. That is the primary sport I’ve performed a complete sport with none ache. It appears to be going away simply on the proper time, knock on wooden.”

Getting into Saturday’s tilt, St. John’s Prep (17-1) was listed as the best workforce normal throughout the MIAA’s latest Div. 1 vitality rankings, whereas Hingham (17-2) was slotted fifth, a perfect examine for every packages ahead of the state occasion. Early on, the game carried out out like a championship bout with the colleges shopping for and promoting targets. Hingham’s Connor Lasch sniped a tally with 4:51 to play throughout the second quarter, knotting points at 4-4.

However throughout the waning moments of the second quarter, Vana tallied his second intention to make it 5-4 with 15 ticks remaining. The Eagles proceeded to win the next face-off, then generally known as a timeout. As the last word seconds bled off the clock, Jimmy Ayers reared once more and uncorked a missile, which whistled correct into the nook of the Hingham cage on the horn. In a flash, St. John’s Prep had seized a 6-4 lead on the break, a sequence which proved essential.

“I feel the coaches had been speaking about it,” Vana talked about. “We weren’t enjoying our greatest offense, particularly within the first or second quarter. However then, the momentum we received, that was sort of a heartbreaker for them as a result of they had been in it. They in all probability had the possibility to take the lead a few instances. These two targets actually gave us the momentum increase, and the boldness we would have liked going into the second half.”

Hingham’s Charlie Packard executed a formidable wraparound intention to slice the deficit to 9-8 early throughout the final physique, nevertheless that was as shut as a result of the Harbormen could get.

With 5:34 to play, Vana compelled a turnover, deked his approach to the web and buried his fourth intention, icing the victory for the Eagles.

Along with Vana, St. John’s Prep was led by Ayers (two targets, assist) and Rowan Mondello (two targets).

Packard carried Hingham with 4 targets on the day.

“(John Todd’s) a tremendous coach,” talked about St. John’s Prep coach John Pynchon. “It was only a actually good, late season highschool lacrosse sport within the state, and there’s probability we see them in a few weeks. Acquired to get again to work, stuff we’ve started working on.”