CAL/NEC Tournament: Danvers had four different wrestlers win their weight classes at the annual Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Tournament at Beverly High Saturday morning. Sophomore Michael Ness won at 113 pounds for the Falcons, as did junior captains Chris Davis at 120 pounds and Chris Behen at 138 pounds, as well as senior Sam Anderson at 152. In addition, sophomore Dan Papalegis was fourth at 132.
Behen was named NEC Wrestler of the Year during the meet. Danvers was also named the NEC dual meet champions for the season, while the Falcons’ Mark DeCiccio was awarded Coach of the Year.
Beverly finished with 106 points, good for fifth place. Senior Tom Wilbur (170 pounds) won his weight class and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after going 3-0 on the day. Freshman John Jones (106) and Mike Cirelli (126) placed fourth in their respective weight class. Sophomore Ahmad Alshrafi (113) and senior Jonah Feingold (120) were both third, while senior Joe Kozlowski (145) placed second.
Peabody senior Brandon Rapoza captured the 285-pound weight class.
St. John’s Prep sweeps competition: The Eagles went a perfect 3-0 over the weekend after topping Dighton-Rehoboth (77-6), Braintree (72-3) and Durfee (63-12) to improve to 34-3. Malcolm Mitchell (106 pounds), Michael Dik (120), Hunter Costa (126), Ryan Collins (138), Jared Costa (145), Fred Colberg (152), Ben DiNatale (160), Solomon White (170), Spencer Jenkins (182), Jim Messeder (195) Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Jay Carnevale (285) all went undefeated at 3-0 on the day.
Beverly 5, Marblehead 1: Beverly’s Julie Nearis led the way with three goals and an two assists during Saturday’s win over Marblehead. Kristen McCarthy added a pair of goals and two assists as the Panthers improve to 11-2-1. Anna O’Neill (2 assists), Caitlin McBride (assist) and Rachel Spenser (assist) also contributed to the win. Beverly goalie Madison Jalbert turned away 16 shots.
Brooke Keough put Marblehead on the board in the second period. Netminder Aly Hopkins made 27 saves, while Lauren Perry and Caroline Hughes contributed with assists on Keough’s goal.
Peabody 4, Cambridge 1: Elise Murphy scored a pair of goals to help the Tanners (3-10-1) earn their first win in a month and avenge an earlier loss to the Falcons. Goaltender Lauren Hennessey returned from an injury suffered in mid-December and made 25 saves and Kristen Hennessey also had a goal.
Masconomet 2, Leominster 2: Maddy Werner and Nell Criscione scored in the second period to give the Chieftains a 2-1 lead heading into the third. Leominster scored with 36 seconds left in the game to tie things up. Molly Kelley made 18 saves between the pipes, while Kylie Currier was credited with the assist on Criscione’s goals.
Salem 5, East Boston 0: Freshman Mike Gillis had a four-point night with two goals and two assists while senior captain Brett Harring was a rock between the pipes with 26 saves for the shutout as the Witches (7-5-2) moved to within four points of a playoff spot. Sam Petri also had a big game with a goal and two helpers; Danny Heck scored once and assist on another; and defenseman Jackson Jennings also ripped the twine. Defensemen Eli Spector and Matt Jalbert also finished with assists for Salem.
Danvers 3, Gloucester 2: Matt Flynn’s third period goal lifted the Falcons (7-8-1) over the Fishermen. Defenseman Ryan Cassidy had tied the game for Danvers in the third period 59 seconds before Flynn’s game-winner. Ryan Buchanan also scored for DHS; Alex Taylor had 18 saves and Kyle Cahill, Stephen Ganley and captain Kevin Hodgkins had assists.
Masconomet 2, Lynnfield 0: Senior Mitch Nekoroski stopped all 17 shots that came his way, lowering his goals-against average to 1.61 while posting his first career shutout for the Chieftains (8-3-2) on Senior Day. Both goals came in the second period as Jake Esposito scored 18 seconds into the middle stanza and defenseman Tyler Costello lit the lamp at the 8-minute mark. Joe Griffin assisted on both goals while Jeff Panella and Joe Emma had single helpers.
Marblehead 4, Peabody 2: Trailing by two goals with less than seven minutes to play, the Headers (11-5) exploded for four goals to pick up the win and officially punch their ticket to the playoffs. Dean Fader’s goal with 95 seconds remaining was the game-winner, with Tom Koopman, Alex Delvento and Erik Powers also scoring for the visitors. Harrison Young stopped 21 shots in the Marblehead cage while Cam McDonald, Matt Koopman and Tim Kalinowski had assists.
Peabody (4-10-2), which controlled large portions of the game, shot out to a 1-0 lead after 30 minutes on Andrew Bisconti’s tally and doubled its lead when Derek DeMild scored early in the third. Freshman Aaron McDonnell had a terrific game with 37 saves while fellow Tanners Matt Pino, Reed Foster, Mike Vadala and DeMild added assists.
Swampscott 4, Rockport 1: Freshman Zach Turner’s first career start was a terrific one as he stopped 21 shots to propel the Big Blue (4-12-1) to victory. Two other freshmen, Mike Johnson (2 goals) and Ryan Donnelly (1 goal, 2 assists) had big games while junior Ryan Cresta had one goal and one assist. David Peterson, Stevie Dandreo, Max Hunt and Griffin Hunt all added assists.
Arlington Catholic 6, Bishop Fenwick 0: The host Crusaders played a strong systematic game, but were ultimately hurt by a few breakdowns that ended up in their own net. Bobby Lombardi had a solid outing with 17 saves in net.
Beverly 62, Lynn Classical 59: Brigid Keaton dropped in four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points as the Panthers (5-7) prevailed at home. Freshman Natalie Mellinger contributed 13 points to the win, including three 3-pointers.
Marblehead 62, Winthrop 41: Matt Millet scored a team-high 11 points to guide the Magicians past Winthrop. Angel Perez added eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Spencer Craig finished with eight points for Marblehead (7-7).
Peabody 64, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 54: The Tanners improve to 7-8 on the season after Brian Onessimo drops in 21 points. Bobby Sullivan earned a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Matt Correale finished with five assists and eight points.
North Shore Tech’s Trace Schaejbe scored a game-high 28 points, while Yordanny Sanchez finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Dan Ramirez also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for North Shore (4-10).
Danvers 64, Billerica 51: Devan Harris scored a career-high 35 points to go along with 12 rebounds for the Falcons (11-2). Peter Merry also recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in his first game back from injury. Mark McCarthy added 12 points, five rebounds and six assists, while freshman Devonn Allen finished with three points, three rebounds and three assists.
Masconomet 58, Newburyport 47: Junior guard Jake Rudolph scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as the Chieftains pulled away for the win. Jalen Aho added nine points, including a clutch jumper down the stretch and four critical free throws. Kevin Martin also played a solid all-around game while scoring nine points for Masco (7-6), which has won six of its last seven games.
Hamilton-Wenham wins CAL crown: The Generals knocked off unbeaten Masconomet to win the Cape Ann League championship yesterday. Sophomore Betsy Powers was named the CAL’s Female Swimmer of the Year; Kristin Murray shared Coach of the Year honors and Hamilton-Wenham won the Team Sportsmanship Award. Eric Baumeister, Jack Blatchford, Elizabeth Brown, Ted Chang, Bobby Grinnell, Justin Guo, Madeleine Hines, Olivia Horgan, Katrina Klobucher, Annie Li, Christopher Li, Kim Perkins, Betsy Powers, Victoria Vance, Griffin Ward, Megan Weltler, Carleigh Wilson, Ian Worstell and divers Maddie Hogan, Kerianne Heppner, Tyler Caufield and Victoria Vance all led the Generals to victory.
Ipswich finishes fifth: Tessa Amoroso, who earned first place in diving, took home the Female Diver of the Year award at yesterday’s Cape Ann League championship meet yesterday. The Tigers placed fifth out seven teams in the competition as Jackie Bouvier took second in the 500 free and Joey Spinale came in third in 100 back.
Fenwick takes second: The Crusaders, who finished their regular season at 7-0, placed second at Saturday Catholic Central League meet with 361.5 points. Junior Carson Christuk had a personal best in the 200 IM and set a new record at Lynn Tech pool with of 2:02.13. Christuk all broke a four-year-old meet record, previously held by another Fenwick swimmer, in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.35). Connor Christuk was also a double winner inn the 100 free (54.01) and the 500 free (5:09.92).
The 200 medley relay team of captain Bridgette Townsend, Pablo Jimenez, Carson Christuk and Connor Christuk took first (1:55.58), as did the 200 free relay team of Tom Delaney, Nicole DiMeglio, Linsey Andrews and Connor Christuk (1:51.31).
PINGREE 61, DEXTER 33: Sophomore June Kiely won both the 200 IM (2:37.31) and 100 fly (1:13.13) as the Highlanders won eight events and took second in six others while recording 11 personal best swims. Junior Alexa Harrison (200 free, 2:26.59), senior Erin Cunningham (100 back, 1:09.47) and freshman Matt Barrett (100 breast, 1:22.13), while Pingree’s 200 medley relay (2:06.97), 200 free relay (1:48.59) and 400 free relay (4:16.28) also won. In addition, senior Kyle Skelton (200 IM, 2:41.09), sophomore Nicole O’Connor (200 free, 2:50.78), freshman Olivia Gracey (100 free, 1:13.41) and Cunningham (50 free, 25.52) all recorded PBs.
Ipswich 47, Triton 34: Alex Jean-Charles (dash), Ryan Bahar (hurdles), Nate Glaster (300), Michael Riddle (mile), Ryan White (high jump) and the Tigers’ 4x400 relay team each won. Glaster, Neil Coleman, Charlie Gillis and Sean Whooley ran together in the 4x400 for Ipswich, which finished the regular season at 8-2.
Ipswich 48, Triton 38: The Tigers closed out the regular season at 10-0 and haven’t lost an indoor league meet since December 2011. Laura McCormick (shot put), Nora McMorrow (dash), Michaela Hedderman (300), Jill Calvani (600), and Emily DeMarco (1,000) each had individual wins for Ipswich. Hedderman, Calvani, Chloe Lindahl and Devin Smith teamed up to win the 4x400 relay.
St. John’s Prep wins two races: The Eagles knocked off both Masconomet (71-64) and Andover (111-24) at Bradford Ski Arena. Top racers for the Eagles included Joe Cavallaro (21.63 seconds) in first place, Peter Griffin (22.16) in second, Jake Connolly (22.19) in third, Ryan Carlucci (22.25) in fourth and Mike Hayes (22.34) in fifth place.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
University of New England 74, Endicott 68: Four played scored in double figured but the Gulls (14-5) saw their four-game conference winning streak snapped as UNE took advantage of 25 turnovers. Kesley Cuddy had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace Endicott while Jennifer White scored 11, Katelyn Wright added 12 and Kayleen Whall scored 14.
Salem State 69, Fitchburg State 66: Four of Salem State’s starters scored in double figures to lead the Lady Vikings (9-11 overall, 4-3 MASCAC) to a crucial conference road win. Peabody native Ginny Fleming double-doubled with a team high 17 points and 11 rebounds, Salem’s Ashley White added 15 points and 10 boards, Rachael Carter scored 15 and Rachel Ledbetter added 14 for SSU.
Wentworth 61, Endicott 50: Fredi Nielsen had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Fighting Scots, but it wasn’t enough as Wentworth sprinted past Gordon (5-14) in the second half. Olivia Vetere came off the bench to score 10 points for Gordon while Brooke Kratche contributed nine points and six rebounds.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Salem State 90, Fitchburg State 76: Junior Jon Perez led the way with 20 points, while classmate Bryan Ortiz (of Salem) added 19 in the win for the Vikings (13-6). Junior Nick Grassa hit five three’s for 18 points, and Andrew White added 10 points and three assists.
Gordon 59, Wentworth 45: The Fighting Scots used a balanced attack to pull away from Wentworth. Alex Carnes dropped 19 points off the bench while Sam Johnson (9 points) and Dominic Paradis (8) also played well off the bench for Gordon (10-8).
Endicott 86, University of New England 73: The Gulls opened up with a 21-point lead in the first half and held on for the victory. John Henault scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Drew Sawyer scored 11 points off the bench and Lachlan Magee chipped in 10 for Endicott (14-5).
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY
Worcester State 3, Salem State 2: Freshman John Needham put the Vikings (10-8-1) up early in the first period, before Worcester State put in three goals of their own. Sophomore Andrew Bettencourt took advantage a power play opportunity in the final stanza to put Salem State within one, but the damage had already been done.
MEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
Endicott drops two: The Gulls opened their season and weekend off with a victory over Daniel Webster (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) at the Live Free or Die Invitational on Saturday. Sunday’s matches weren’t as kind to Endicott, after falling to Baruch and Rivier in straight sets during the second day of the competition. Sophomore outside hitters John Osborne and Dan Seaver each totaled a team-high six kills and senior setter Carter Roche had 22 assists and nine digs against Baruch. Gulls senior outside Brennan Lowe had six kills without an error on 14 attempts against nationally-ranked Rivier.