, Salem, MA


February 27, 2014

Wednesday's area roundup: Pingree wins playoff opener; top-seeded Green Farms up next



Salem State 5, Worcester State 2: Mark Macdonald had two goals, Andrew Bucci had a goal and an assist and Chris Mastopietro’s game winning goal helped Salem State (14-9-2) clinch the MASCAC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming conference playoffs. Kyle Phelan also scored and Alex Minter of Peabody and Keaton Cashin of Boxford had a goal and an assist each.

Salem State won the MASCAC regular season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs. In doing so, the Vikings earned a first round bye and will host the winner of Saturday’s Framingham State/Fitchburg State clash in Tuesday’s semifinals (7 p.m.) at the Rockett Arena.


Salem State 81, Fitchburg State 63: Junior Rachael Carter exploded for 28 points as the Lady Vikings won their MASCAC playoff opener to advance to tonight’s semifinals. Ginny Fleming of Peabody scored 15 points and Rachel Ledbetter impressed with a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. Salem State evened its record at 13-13.

Endicott 72, Western New England 68: Kesley Cuddy’s team-high 18 points and 15 off the bench from Samantha Crough helped the Gulls close out WNEC and advance to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals. Jennifer White scored 16 for Endicott (20-6) and Julie Manning chipped in 10.


Gordon 78, Roger Williams 59: Hans Miersma and eight players scored at least five as Gordon (15-10) advanced to host the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals tonight. Park Thomas scored 11 and Taylor Bajema scored 10 as the Fighting Scots used a dominant 41-19 edge on the glass to survive 10 Roger Williams 3-pointers.

Salve Regina 77, Endicott 76: Daquan Simpson’s layup with 1:26 to play gave Endicott a 76-74 lead, but Salve hit three free throws the rest of the way, including one with just three seconds left, to earn a thrilling CCC quarterfinal victory. John Henault had 19 points to lead four Gulls in double figures. Andre Makris had 13 and Lachlan Magee added 12 for Endicott (17-9).




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