The Salem high boys lacrosse team is making noise in the Northeastern Conference this year.
After yesterday’s 13-0 drubbing of Winthrop, the Witches are 5-0 for the first time in program history.
“I tried looking it up earlier and I think it’s the first time (Salem has started 5-0),” explained first year head coach Anthony Nardella.
Christian Costa made five saves to earn the shutout while Alex Veloukas, Steve Moutsoulas and JT Kapnis were phenomenal defensively in front of their keeper.
Chad Coelho continued his fine season yesterday pumping in six goals to go with two assists. Peter Slattery added four goals and four assists while Matt Muse chipped in two goals and four assists.
The Witches have spread out their goal-scoring this year with multiple guys stepping up and picking up points throughout the game. The Witches have a number of go-to offensive weapons which makes them that much harder to defend.
Salem’s been succeeding in the absence of Billy Muse, who suffered a concussion during the first game. Muse, who had three goals in the first half, should return soon to an already potent Salem offense.
“I think we are playing pretty well as a team and sharing ball. We have four or five guys putting the ball in the net and I think it makes us difficult to play against,” said Nardella, who also pointed to the play of senior faceoff man Matt Wilson as a reason for the offensive production.
“When we score goals, he gets the ball right back to us. It makes it tough for teams to catch up.”
Danvers 8, Gloucester 3: Jake Calcagno (two goals, three assists) and Ryan Cassidy (two goals) led the Falcons (3-1) in scoring while sophomore Troy Fleming scored his first varsity goal. Junior Jake Allain excelled defensively along with keeper James Curley.
Marblehead 11, Swampscott 2: Marblehead (2-3) was led by Harrison Yuong (three goals, one assist), Ian Maag (two goals, one assist) and Brooks Tyrrell (two goals, one assist). Keeper Nathan Maselek had seven saves.
St. John’s Prep 10, B.C. High 7: SJP (3-1) scored a big road win as Jack Sharrio tallied four goals and two assists and Ben Alpern contributed a hat trick.
masco 14, lynnfield 2: Cam Jung led the offense with for goals as the Chieftains evened out 2-2. Henry Behrens, Max Craig and Nick Pease each had single scores in the game.
Marblehead 12, Wilmington 8: Kiley Fischer finished with four goals and one assists to lead the Magicians (5-1) to their fifth straight win. Meggie Collins and Tyler Phillips each recorded a hat trick, while Pam Gregory and Cassie Rodgers added a goal a piece. Allie Forman turned away 10 shots in the victory.
Bishop Fenwick 4, Central Catholic 3 (9 innings): Brian Burke singled to left scoring Nick Bona with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Fenwick improved to 2-1. Burke also got the win pitching the final three innings without allowing a hit while fanning five. Bona and Jhon Oliviera both were 3 for 5 at the plate.
Beverly 6, Revere 1: Cam Rogers hurled a complete game, two-hitter striking out eight for Beverly (2-1). Alex Toomey had two hits and two RBI while Rogers and Anthony DiOrio contributed a RBI each. The Panthers played solid defense all game behind Rogers.
St. John’s Prep 2, SJS 1: Brandon Bingel threw a gem for SJP (4-1) striking out 11 while walking just one in the complete game effort. Matt Cabral doubled in the second inning and scored on a grounder by Tommy Buonapane but Shrewsbury tied things up before Nick Bragole singled to score Tyler Noe in the sixth. Noe had been hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Max Burt made a couple outstanding plays at shortstop.
Masconomet 5, Newburyport 3: The Chieftains (2-1) got their first league win of the season behind a strong performance from Joe Klingensmith, who got the save through two scoreless innings and had a RBI double. Speros Varinos finished with three hits, two runs and two stolen base, while getting the win on the mound.
Lynnfield 6, Ipswich 2: Senior Kyle Barber had two hits on the day for the Tigers (0-2), while freshman Jake Long knocked in a run off a single.
Georgetown 8, ME 0: The Hornets dropped to 0-1.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 8, Mystic Valley 2: Kaera Wyse went the distance, with 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit. Offensively, Rhiannon Lane and Katelyn Gerrien each had two hits and two RBI, while Kourtney Kellard finished with two hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs (2-0).
Manchester essex 7, Ipswich 3: Senior captain Emily Sadoway had a 3-1 lead going into the top of the seventh, but the Tigers ultimately fell in their season opener. Meredith Kercher went 2-for-4 and Sadoway added a two-run single. Manchester Essex saw strong pitching from freshman Amanda Loebelenz.
Newburyport 4, Masconomet 1: The Chieftains opened their season with a loss on the road, but return to the field on Wednesday at home against Triton.
Masco 5, Rockport 0: Masco (2-2) moved to .500 as Danielle Dunn (6-0, 6-0), Lexi Palumbo (6-2, 6-1) and Eva Reineke (6-1, 6-2) dominated the singles matches while Claudia Marsh/Emily Miller (6-1, 6-1) and Samantha Moynahan/Alexa Ina (6-0, 6-0) cruised in doubles play.
Salem 5, Revere 0: Third singles Guthrie Scrimgeour (3-6, 6-2, 6-1) and first doubles Evan Le/Cole Jermyn (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) scored come-from-behind wins to help Salem (3-1) sweep Revere. Tahmid Raji (6-4, 6-1) and Aidan Scrimgeour (6-2, 6-2) won at first and second singles respectively while Alex Carvajal/Josh Lausier (6-2, 6-1) captured second singles.
St. John’s Prep 5, Newton North 0: Chris Toner (6-1, 6-2), Nico Limacher (6-4, 7-5) and Dan Cunningham (6-4, 4-6, 6-0) swept the singles matches for SJP (4-0) while Ian Wright/Alec McNiff (2-6, 7-5, 6-2) and Jon Shaffer/Sean Nork (6-2, 6-4) won the doubles matches.
Marblehead 5, Winthrop 0: Chris Wigglesworth, Miles Barry and Griffin Butterfield swept in singles play as the Magicians got the win against their NEC opponent. In doubles action Ben Goldstein/Jason Frost (6-0, 6-0) and Michael Forte/Dimitri Vlassov (6-1, 6-1) also got wins for Marblehead.
Masco 90, Newburyport 50: Lizzy Dew won the shot put and the discus while Dana Balek took first in the javelin as Masco moved to 3-0 behind the strong showing by its throwers. Freshman Megan Lemaire got her first varsity points with a third place in the 200.
H-W 114, Triton 31: Lesley Bynum won the javelin (89) and the discus (98-9) for H-W (1-1). Emily Weigand topped the mile (5:52) and the 800 (2:32) as well for the Generals while Emma Bean captured the 400 (64.9) and the 200 (28.3).
Ipswich 105, Lynnfield 40: Michaela Hedderman won the 100, 200 and placed second in the long jump as the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season. Devin Smith took the 400 and triple jump, while Nora McMorrow won the long jump and Celia Zampitella placed first in the shot put. Katie Monahan (100 hurdles), Maggie Marsh (pole vault), Hannah Steele (high jump), Marissa Cain (javelin), Sarah Keiran (mile) and Tina Keiran (2 mile) also had wins for Ipswich.
Masco 82, Newburyport 59: Luke Schell won the long jump (17-8), triple jump (37-5) and was second in the 400 (54.8) for Masco (3-0). Marco Caserta won the two mile (9:52) and David Drigo topped the javelin (160-5) for the Chieftains.
H-W 76, Triton 69: Shawn Kotch won four events for Hamilton-Wenham (1-1) but the meet came down to the 4X400 relay which Mike Allara, Kevin Blatchford, Bobby Grinnell and Wyatt Howell won (3:44) to give the Generals the victory. Kotch meanwhile had firsts in the long jump (17-10), triple jump (39-10), 110 hurdles (16.4) and the 200 (24.1).
Ipswich 106, Lynnfield 39: Alex Jean-Charles doubled in the 100 and long jump to help the Tigers to their second straight victory. Cole Martens (400 hurdles), Derek Chamberlain (javelin), Ryan White (high jump), David Dick (pole vault) Matt Jaeger (triple jump), Ryan Bahar (110 hurdles), Robbie Fay (200), Nate Glaster (400), Nick Mammolette (800) and Michael Riddle (2 mile) all had first place finishes in the meet.
Salem Sate Tops Gordon: The Vikings (12-8) took both games of yesterday’s Think Pink, doubleheader against Gordon. SSU’s Alyssa Bryan and Lauren Garchinsky each had two RBI in the 9-1 victory and Garchinsky added another four RBI in the second win of the day.
Endicott splits: The Gulls took the opening game of the doubleheader against Brandeis, 8-1. Junior pitcher Nell O’Connor threw a one-run, six-strikeout complete game to improve to 4-2 on the season. Endicott (7-13) fell in game two, 4-2 as Cameron Sprague took the loss on the hill.
Salem State 1, Endicott 0: The Gulls and Vikings both struggled at the plate as the game turned into a pitching battle between Endicott’s Tyler Hill and Salem State’s Michael Baryski. Hill went seven innings, allowing just one hit, walked four and struck out three.