RYAN SUPPLE looks to get possession back against Woburn on April 2. The Hornets beat the Tanners 9-7 and are 3-0 to start the season.


NORTH READING — In a pandemic-shortened season last spring, the North Reading High boys’ lacrosse team went 3-11 overall as they lost to Wakefield in the first round of the Division 2 North state tournament (teams were allowed to compete in the states by the MIAA despite their record last year).

Two seniors from that team graduated but head coach Chuck Campobasso, who started the program 20 years ago, did welcome 13 veterans back this spring.

The nine 12th-graders back are Dan Oliviera (midfielder), Ryan Long (midfielder), Joey Collins (lone-stick midfielder), Aiden Smith (defenseman), Ryan Supple (defenseman), Andrew Peppe (goalie), Dan Ancri (midfielder), Devin Tran (midfielder) and Nick Albano (attacker).

Oliviera is the team’s top returning scorer and he was a Cape Ann League Second-Team All-Star last season.

The five juniors back are Matt Young (midfielder), Mike Dearborn (defenseman), Rob Corvino (midfielder), Teddy Suny (attacker) and Shawn Connolly (midfielder).

The lone sophomore returning is Logan Lamont and he is a midfielder.

Things have started well for the team as they have won their first three games of the year. On Monday afternoon, they edged guest Triton, 8-6, in their CAL opener.

This game was tight all afternoon as the Hornets led, 3-2, at the half.

Oliviera and junior Sam Morelli led the way with two goals each. Single goals were scored by Connolly, Albano, Tran and Lamont.

Peppe made eight saves to go to 3-0 in net.

Last Saturday morning, the Hornets beat Woburn 9-7 at home in a game they led, 5-2, at the break.

Oliviera had four goals while Morelli and Suny each found the back of the Tanner net twice. Lamont had the other tally and added one assist as well.

Peppe made four stops in that game.

In the season opener last Friday afternoon, the Hornets rolled over visiting Medford by a final score of 9-2. North Reading led this one, 5-1, at halftime.

Suny and Morelli both had hat tricks while Oliviera netted two. Lamont had the other goal.

Peppe made seven stops against the Mustangs.

“So far I am very happy with the way we have been playing defensively,” stated Campobasso. “Both the defense and midfielders have been playing well.”

On Thursday, the Hornets host rival Lynnfield at 4:30 p.m. They then play their first road game of the season next Monday at 4 p.m. as they go to Pentucket.

North Reading has a 19-game regular season schedule and with the MIAA realignment, will drop from Division 2 to Division 3 this year.