Danvers wins NEC Brawl: The Falcons (3-0) opened the season defeating Salem 72-12, Peabody 54-18 and Beverly 54-20. Sam Anderson was unstoppable on the day recording three pins at 152 with all three coming in the first period of each match. Senior captains Chris Behan (three pins) and Chris Davis (two pins and a decision) were strong at 138 and 120 respectively.
Beverly finished second at the NEC Brawl, taking down Gloucester 72-12 and Marblehead 6-4. The Panthers stand at 2-1 on the season with double wins from senior Billy Reddy (170 pounds) and sophomore Sean Perry (195).
Marblehead 4, Gloucester 3: Down by two goals late in the second period, the Headers scored four times over the last 16-plus minutes to win their season opener Saturday at Salem State. Liam Gillis scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner on a 5-on-3 power play with just 2:17 remaining.
Erik Powers and Tim Kalinowski also scored for Marblehead, which got two assists from captain Tom Koopman and 13 saves in goal from Myles Barry. Marblehead outshot Gloucester, 39-16
MASCONOMET 2, NORTH READING 2: Mike Castro and Jake Jesi gave the visiting Chieftains a quick two-goal lead in their season opener, but North Reading tied it up midway through the third as the two clubs settled for a stalemate. Ryan Duval assisted on both Masconomet goals while goaltender Mitch Nekorowski stopped 14 shots.
Pingree 55, Bancroft 32: The Highlanders improve to 2-1 overall after Cassidy Assad dropped in a game-high 12 points. Hanna Stasiuk finished with 11 points, while Haley Sabino added nine in the victory.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SSU 70, Southern Maine 63: Andrew White (11 points and 15 rebounds) helped the Vikings improve to 6-4 on the season. Bryan Ortiz (13 points) had a strong offensive game in the first half with eight points and Nick Grassa chipped in 11 points on the night while the SSU defense forced 12 turnovers.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Southern Maine 63, SSU 34: The Vikings fell to 4-6 on the season in part because of a 6-26 shooting percentage in the first half. Rachael Carter was the only SSU player in double figures with 10 points.