The Salem News
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St. John’s Prep golf coach Larry O’Neill had fears that his team might overlook its final regular season match yesterday.
With the Division 1 state championship looming on Monday, the Eagles made sure they took care of business, defeating Catholic Memorial 220-240 to wrap up the Catholic Conference championship for the second year in a row.
Sophomore Steven DiLisio shot a 1-under par 34 at George Wright Golf Club to lead the way. The title was the Prep’s 20th in O’Neill’s 25 years coaching.
”That makes us 16-2 overall on the year and combined with a couple days ago (winning the Div. 1 North sectional), that takes care of two of our three goals,” O’Neill said. “We have one left on Monday.”
Freshman Mark Turner shot a 36 while seniors Max Burt and Justin Serowik each added 37s.
The Eagles will try to win their first state championship since 2010 and 13th all-time on Monday at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.
Waring 5, Cambridge School 0: Kyle Patrick scored a pair of goals and Aiden Wood added one goal and two assists as Waring moved to 9-0-2. Mike Ballin and Nick Wigglesworth each scored once while Isaac Ogle and Matt Lyman played well.
Masconomet 5, North Reading 0: The Chieftains got goals from Greg Dougherty, Adam Grammer, Max Craig, Edison Forbes and Regan Charie. Masco improved to 16-1-1.
Marblehead 6, Winthrop 1: Claudio Alvarez scored twice on Senior Night while Dan Whitehill, Chris Brady, Will Rockwell and Kaya Ulcay had one goal each for Marblehead (9-4-3). Chris Colcord had two assists for the Magicians and Pierce Law made five saves in net.
Ipswich 0, Lynnfield 0: By earning one point Ipswich (8-8-3) qualified for the state tournament.
Marblehead 3, Winthrop 0: Lauren Unterborn stopped all five shots she faced as the Magicians (11-3-2 overall) improved to 8-3-2 in the Northeastern Conference. Mia Bongiorno, Sarah Cullen and Bridget Shauder were the Marblehead goal scorers.
Hamilton-Wenham 2, Saugus 1: Down a goal less than 10 minutes into the contest, the Generals got the tying goal from Caroline Gribbell later in the first half and the game-winner from Audrey Hammerl with about 13 minutes to play. Defender Carolyn Cook and midfielders Maddi Berthoud and Suz Rose were all standouts for Hamilton-Wenham (11-3-3).
Cardinal Spellman 2, Bishop Fenwick 0: Catholic Central League leading Cardinal Spellman scored twice in the second half to hold off Fenwick (9-6-2). Merry Harrington stood out in goal for the Crusaders, stopping 15 shots.
Masconomet 2, North Reading 0: Kaleigh White scored her 26th goal of the season and added her 10th assist of the year to highlight Masco’s victory. Paige Pratt also scored a goal for the Chieftains while Julia O’Reilly chipped in with an assist. Katy Pelletier produced five saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 1, Whittier 1: Senior Brittany Soper gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead off a feed from Ava Swiniarski with five minutes to go in the first half, but Whittier notched the tying goal in the second half. Sarah Cantwell made seven saves in net for North Shore (9-3-5).
Pingree 8, Newton Country Day 2: Kerri Zerfoss (2 goals, 2 assists), Charlotte Esty and Lexie McNinch each scored two goals and June Kiely and Nicole Scarfo had one each as Pingree remained unbeaten (10-0-1). Taylor Landers, Meg Foye, Molly Smith and Abby Dirks also played well for the Highlanders, who finished 9-0 in Eastern Independent League play.
Waring 3, Cambridge School 0: Amanda Adams, Merilyn Hinrichs and Isabelle Cookson scored the goals as Waring moved to 13-0.
Beverly 9, Revere 0: Caitlin Harty had three goals and one assist and Eva Gourdeau pitched in with three goals as Beverly moved to 13-3-2. Casey Cook (1-2), Kristen O’Connor and Diandra Crowley also scored for the Panthers. Crowley’s goal was the first of her career. Beverly can clinch a share of the Northeastern Conference title with a win over Peabody tomorrow.
Lynnfield 3, Ipswich 1: The Tigers took a quick lead when Jill Calvani scored off a pass from Katie Monahan three minutes into the game, but Lynnfield tied it less than a minute later and added two more for the win. Ipswich finished the regular season at 8-4-6.
Masconomet 2, Hamilton-Wenham 0: Maddie Doyle scored on a pass from Dana Balek in the first half and Julianna Kostas added a second half goal on a stroke to lift the Chieftains to 16-0-1. Maddie LaFrenier played well at forward and midfield while Megan Letvinchuk stood out on defense.
Hamilton-Wenham (5-12-1) goalie Maddy Werner played well.
Manchester Essex 4, Saugus 3: The Hornets pumped in four second half goals to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit. Senior forward Brittany Smith scored twice while Paige Zabal and Maddie Dahlin had one goal each. Annie DeConto played well defensively for Manchester Essex (15-0-2).
Beverly 7, Salem 0: The Panthers were powered by MaryCate Flaherty’s three goals. Allie Sheehan, Molly Pittman, Amanda Marshall and Sam Lingren also scored while Nicole Woods and Kate Silvestri had two assists apiece. Beverly improved to 15-1-1.
Newton Country Day 3, Pingree 1: Jillian Witwicki scored on a feed from Anna Kaneb to cut Newton Country Day’s lead to 3-1, but Pingree (8-7-1) couldn’t get any closer.
Peabody 3, Lynn Classical 0: The Tanners remained perfect (18-0) with 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19 wins. Sarah Hosman (4 aces), Carolyn Scacchi (15 kills) and Olivia Summit stood out for Peabody.
Salem 3, Swampscott 0: The Witches (15-6) picked up 25-12, 26-24 and 25-20 wins. Julia Lawrence had nine kills, Hannah Mullarkey added nine kills and 12 service points, and Hannah Wilkins produced seven aces, 10 service points and three kills. Swampscott fell to 10-8.
Beverly 3, Winthrop 0: Kristen Abbondanza attacked 21 times, had three kills and served 13 successful serves with one ace as the Panthers prevailed 25-17, 25-15, 25-22. Alexandra Kelliher attacked 20 times with two kills, had 10 successful serves and three aces while Olivia George and Bridget Keaton each had five aces and nine digs for Beverly, which is 13-6.
Masconomet 3, North Reading 1: The Chieftains prevailed 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13 to improve to 11-6. Kate Barry had 14 service points, three aces, five assists, five digs, and four kills for Masco. Haley Greenslade contributed 14 service aces, 17 digs and four kills, and Katherine McManus pitched in with 16 assists, four digs and two kills.
Newton Country Day 3, Pingree 0: Hanna Stasuik (6 kills, 1 ace) and Haley Sabino (5 assists, 5 digs) played well for the Highlanders, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 25-11, 25-6, 25-12 to slip to 5-9.
Endicott 1, Nichols 0: Lexi Dussi’s unassisted one-timer 21 minutes in gave Endicott (11-5-1) the only goal it would need. Natalie Wyrsch stopped four shots in the shutout win.
Nichols 2, Endicott 1: Despite eight saves from goalie Austin Peluso, the Gulls couldn’t recover from allowing two first half goals and fell to 8-8 on the season.
Salem State 3, Mass. Maritime 0: Sophomore Emily Peay had 13 kills and four digs while classmate Shuly Sejour added 11 kills as the Vikings swept the host Bucs, 25-23, 25-20, 26-24. Senior Mackenzie Carpenter of Peabody ended the night with 36 set assists; fellow senior Nicole Roscoe had seven digs; and sophomores Megan Forrest (11 digs) and Sarah Collins (6 digs) also played well for Salem State (now 5-12 overall, 2-3 MASCAC).