Alvirne Boys’ Lax Set Sights on Fourth Straight Playoff Berth

Alvirne’s boys’ lacrosse team, like softball, has made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. After finishing 8-8 last season, the Broncos are looking to take yet another step forward after last season being an improvement over 6-10 the year prior, and that 6-10 mark being a leap from 1-11 in the COVID season back in 2021. Alvirne’s lax team has built their way from the ground up when the current group of seniors were just freshmen, and they look to win their first playoff game in over a decade and finish over .500 in the regular season for the first time in that same span.
Some familiar faces for the Broncos include Cedrik Beaulieu, Sam Fortin, and James Nemeth who will be the headline names as seniors. Other names to keep an eye on will be Ryan Ricard and Gavin Darrigo among others for an Alvirne squad that’s beginning to come of age and will likely be one of the sleeper teams to host a playoff game in the first round and perhaps snap their playoff losing skid. As many players on this team saw over the winter, it only takes a couple of bounces to go in Alvirne’s favor for the Broncos to be contenders to make a playoff run.
With 17 games on their calendar, Alvirne has a full slate of games this season and will look to break through the .500 ceiling that has kept the squad under its roof for the past several seasons. Alvirne will open their season with a pair of road games on April 9 and 10 against Goffstown and Nashua South, respectively. The Broncos’ first home game is on Friday, April 12 against Merrimack Valley (Penacook). The Pride will be coming to Alvirne looking to bounce back this season from a 4-10 record a year ago. Alvirne has a real chance at starting out 3-0 in their first three games, and having an extra point for a victory over Nashua South, should the cards line up in the Broncos’ favor, as Goffstown-Alvirne is always a fun battle and Nashua South struggled mightily in Division I last season.
Souhegan will be the first major test for Alvirne this season as the Broncos will host the Sabres on April 15 before the Broncos will play host to the Oyster River Bobcats on April 19. Many of Alvirne’s players will want revenge on the Bobcats for the loss this winter in the hockey semifinals. After only beating the Broncos by a single tally a year ago at home, it’s not out of the question that the Broncos pull off the upset and get their revenge.
After the Bobcats, Alvirne will spend their April vacation week away from home, playing at Hollis-Brookline on April 23 and St. Thomas Aquinas on April 26. Hollis-Brookline finished eighth in Division II last season, falling 17-3 to the eventual runners-up in the Portsmouth Clippers while St. Thomas finished fourth after handing Alvirne a 21-1 preliminary-round loss, ultimately falling to Derryfield, the eventual champions.
Week four brings Windham and Keene-Monadnock to town before sending the Broncos to play John Stark-Hillsboro-Deering on the road. If Alvirne can keep things competitive against Windham and beat Keene-Monadnock and Stark-Hillsboro-Deering, they could easily enter the first full week of May somewhere around 6-4 or 5-5. That could be enough to earn them a playoff spot by itself.
The following week, Alvirne will come home for a date with Division III’s runners-up from a year ago, the Campbell Cougars, followed by road dates with Hanover, who finished 14th in Division II last year, and Nashua North. The Titans were unable to make the Division I playoffs a year ago, so that may prove to be a favorable piece for the Broncos.
In the regular season’s penultimate week, Alvirne will have their final two home games, taking on the ConVal Cougars and the Portsmouth Clippers, both of whom finished higher than Alvirne a year ago-ConVal in tenth and Portsmouth in second.
Alvirne’s final two regular season games will take place against Pembroke, who finished 13th a year ago, and Winnacunnet, who would eventually finish sixth.
For the Broncos, anywhere between 9-8 and 7-10 feel realistic, and should be more than enough to earn them a playoff berth. If the Broncos can get a few bounces to fall their way, Alvirne could potentially find themselves winning 10 or 11 games and perhaps playing the first round of the playoffs at Veterans Memorial Field at Alvirne. Ideally, Alvirne finishes over .500 this season and breaks through come the end of May and is able to play meaningful lacrosse in the month of June. Anything less, and it will be a major step back for the Broncos next year with the level of talent set to graduate just a week or two after the season comes to a close.

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