With nearly three dozen goals scored in yesterday's opener between Bishop Fenwick and Arlington Catholic, it's hard to believe the biggest play of the game came from Crusader keeper Nicole Votta.
The first year starter came up with a massive stop that helped seal the 18-17 victory for the Crusaders.
"We were ahead the whole time and then they came back," said Bishop Fenwick head coach Karen Guillemette. "But we settled down and held onto the win."
Votta was at Fenwick as a freshman, transferred to Salem as a sophomore but is now back in black and gold. Juniors Anna Moulton (three assists) and Grace Celona (one assists) led the way with seven markers apiece while junior Monica Poeske was solid defensively as Fenwick starts the season 1-0.
Ipswich 17, Triton 2: The Tigers (1-0) opened the season with an exclamation point as Lauren Piotrowski scored six goals with three assists, Sophie Clark had three goals and two assists and Nyra Constant poured in two goals.
Weston 7, H-W 4: The Generals dropped to 0-1 but held Weston scoreless in the second half and doubled up the home team in ground balls with a "blue collar effort" according to head coach Jim LaSelva. Senior Elliot Burr led the offense with a pair of goals while fellow senior Mike Spearing anchored the H-W defense. Making his first varsity start between the pipes was Grant Thompson, who made eight saves against some tough Weston shooters.
Arlington Catholic 7, Bishop Fenwick 2: Junior Troy Reinold and Mark Nalesnik had the Bishop Fewnick (0-2) goals while Jake Brennan made 16 saves in the loss. The Crusaders lost their season opener on Saturday 8-7 at the hands of Medford though Reinold had three goals and an assist and freshman Aidan Moulton had a smashing debut with two goals.
North Reading 11, Georgetown 10: Ben Warren had five goals and two assists to lead Georgetown (0-1) while goalkeeper Jojo Mangano made 22 saves.
St. John's Prep 3, Central Catholic 0: The Eagles soared to their second victory of the season, sweeping the Raiders 25-13, 26-24, 25-19. Junior outside hitter Brian Keogh had 16 kills while setter Sean Brennan finished with a game-high 28 assists.
Swampscott 129, Winthrop 5: Matt Nardiello was a triple winner for the Big Blue (1-0) topping the low hurdles (58.0), the long jump (18-3 3/4) and the triple jump (35-2 3/4). Other winners for Swampscott included Zack Blonder in the 100 (11.27), Declan McClung in the 400 (52.6), James Bean in the discus (131), Nick Hartmann in the mile (5:05) and Trevor Whelan in the javelin (127-9).
peabody 95, Revere 35: The Tanners looked solid in their first meet of the spring season with double wins from, Heather MacLean (long jump and 400), Sarah May (400 hurdles and triple jump), Pam Zabala (shot and discus) and Catarina Rocha (2 mile and javelin).
Swampscott 104, Winthrop 28: Swampscott improved to 1-0 on the season behind double winners Shauna King, Hailey Irwin and Melinda Wilson. King topped the 400 (72.3) and the javelin (66), Irwin took first in the high jump (4-7) and triple jump (32-7 3/4) while Wilson won the discus (90-4) and the 200 (27.8). Other first place finishes included Emma Walsh in the 400 low hurdles (69.62), Tess Gorman in the two mile (12:45.6) and Sarah Kelley in the mile (5:53).
MEN'S COLLEGE TENNIS
Clark 8, Gordon 1: Kenny Gaudio's three set win at No. 2 singles was the only triumph for the Scots (1-9).
Gordon Splits: Ben Davidson held Eastern Nazarene to four hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings to help Gordon win the first game of a double dip, 3-2. Eric Wolak's 2-run hit proved to be the winner. The Scots (6-11) fell 8-3 in the nightcap.
Scots salvage split: Liz Cheesman's solo homer in the last inning helped Gordon (4-13) defeat Eastern Nazarene, 6-5, after losing the first end of yesterday's doubleheader 6-2. Cheesman went 4 for 4 and scored three times while Rachel Otto drove in two runs.