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June 19, 2014

SCORING MACHINES

Matt Kelleher and Larry Cuddy set a new standard of excellence for boys lacrosse

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“It was wet outside and my feet slipped, so when I fell I just sort of leaned toward the goal,” Cuddy said. “I didn’t think it went in at first so I was kind of mad, but then I turned around and saw it went in, so I got up pretty happy after that.”

Triton continued to press hard to tie the game, but ultimately the Vikings fell one goal short and their season ended with a first-round exit.

As for Kelleher, he scored four goals in the Clippers’ 13-11 come-from-behind victory over Austin Prep in the next round, including the tying goal with about five minutes left. But unfortunately, he went down with a serious knee injury in the team’s North Semifinal matchup with Pentucket; and while Newburyport wound up winning 7-3 anyway, they lost their next game in the North Final to Hamilton-Wenham by one goal.

“I think there’s a chance [we could have won], but you never really know,” Kelleher said about whether things would have been different if he hadn’t gotten hurt. “Hamilton-Wenham is a great team and they played a great game.”

Kelleher later learned that he had torn his ACL, MCL and strained his LCL. He will likely miss most of the upcoming hockey season, but he said he expects to be back in time for lacrosse next spring. If Kelleher is able to return, he will come into the year with 185 career goals and will almost undoubtedly become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Having wrapped up his high school career, Cuddy will now continue his lacrosse career in college. Cuddy said he had a scholarship offer from Assumption College — a Division II program — but chose instead to go play for the UNH club team, which, he said, is of comparable quality.

Looking back, both Kelleher and Cuddy said they were happy with their performances this year. Besides setting all kinds of new records, each player will also be able to look back and say that they played for the best teams in their school’s history.

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