Chaz Hacking had 100 points in his lacrosse career and made two straight first team All-State bids.
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July 03, 2017BELMONT — It wasn't the easiest season for the Red Raiders boys' lacrosse team, which came away with only two wins, but coaches around Division 3 recognized Chaz Hacking and Tanner Woods with All-State recognition.
Chaz Hacking (First team)
Hacking finished out his senior season with first team All-State honors, showing how much respect the league's coaches had for him in what was otherwise a difficult season. This season he had 62 points, and over the last two years he hit his 100th goal of is high school career. It was the second straight year he was named to the first team.
Hacking said his best games came in both of the team's wins. In the 14-13 win over Milford he had eight goals and three assists. When the Red Raiders beat Stevens 10-9 he had five goals and two assists. This included a game winning goal.
Hacking understands the value of putting in hard work to get the job done.
"I try to put in anywhere from three to six hours a week outside of practice playing wall ball or shooting," Hacking said. "I had to work extra hard to get noticed.
This is something that coach Darren Premo noticed throughout Hacking's high school career. Premo said he has coached a long time, and at times it was frustrating because he wanted to spend more time helping Hacking refine his skills. With an inexperienced team, Premo needed to teach other people fundamentals.
"He did a great job doing that on his own, though," said Premo. "He is the type of kid who will get better every year. I don't think he reached his peak yet."
Premo said being the scorer that he was and being in control when he had the ball was a guarantee to score some goals. Even with two losses, he said this allowed Belmont to be in games most of the time.
"Having a kid like that helps solidify that," said Premo.
Hacking will be attending New England College next year and plans to play attack. Premo said after talks with his coach next year, Hacking should even be wearing his number 88 just like high school.
Tanner Woods (honorable mention)
Woods missed making the second team by one vote, and Premo said he coached for many years in Concord and had success, but when a team was 2-14 like Belmont they wouldn't get much credit. For this reason, Premo said he should be even more proud that he was honored the way he has been by the league's coaches.
Premo said Woods won 78 percent of his faceoffs, which he said was incredible. However, he said he wasn't just a faceoff guy. In the game against Milford where Belmont won in double overtime, Woods scored six goals, which included four of the last six by the team.
"He is a valuable kid," said Premo. "He's not just a faceoff guy, but he is definitely a darn good one. Considering the young team we are, he and Chaz are really the two highlights of our program. You know you've got a chance in a game with kids like that."
Woods will be a senior next year and Premo expects him to be a leader of the Red Raiders boys' lacrosse team.