Ex-Tomahawks help DWC lax to postseason

NASHUA – The postseason for local collegiate men’s lacrosse is just about here.

In fact, it does arrive on Wednesday for Daniel Webster College, which will visit Regis in the New England Collegiate Conference semis.

The 7-7 Eagles will have their hands full at Regis, a team that recently beat them 12-5 in Nashua.

It could be the final game for two premier scorers, senior Anthony Cotoni and junior David Downie. Downie, despite having remaining eligibility beyond this season, is slated to finish up his undergraduate work in the fall, and it’s possible that he could then move on.

Cotoni has 42 goals and 17 assists for 59 points, while Downie has 34 goals and 16 assists for 50.

"Anthony has definitely been a strong scorer, mostly because of his size," DWC coach Bill Cosentino said. "This year we were playing some teams that would present more of a challenge. I told him he was going to have to see the entire field more. He stepped up and dished it off. That’s a great thing."

Cosentino, meanwhile, coached Downie at Merrimack High School and was amazed that he and others were able to make the jump immediately from hockey.

"I worked them hard, and I commend them," he said. "Being able to jump right in and go full speed, that’s not easy to do, and with a great attitude as well."

Cosentino moved Downie to midfield, and "he’s been a bigger threat there."

Defensively, sophomore Josh Tevepaugh, another Merrimack product, has been a key in front of steady senior goalie Curtis Larade. Larade is also from Merrimack – where else? – but he didn’t play in high school and will wind up a fabulous Eagle career.

"I’ve been coaching Josh since he was a kid," Cosentino said. "He’s really got it this year."

The program is going in the right direction. Cosentino has a roster of about 29 players, up from last year’s 24, and has a good number of players considering DWC for next year.

As for facing a tough opponent on the road, Cosentino knows the deal.

"Honestly, (winning a title) is not the most important thing right now, it’s about getting improvement to build the program," he said. "We lost to Regis 23-8 last year but this year just 12-5. We don’t have enough firepower right now – but we’re making progress."