, Salem, MA


April 12, 2013

Thursday's area roundup: Salem laxmen top Winthrop


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.

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