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February 7, 2013

Area roundup: Falcons beat Saugus, qualify for postseason


The Salem News

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Danvers 7, Saugus 0: Senior left wing A.J. Couto had a hat trick, including a shorthanded goal, and three of his teammates — juniors John Milne and Alec Littlefield, as well as sophomore Chris Weimert — scored the first goals of their varsity careers as the Falcons (9-4-3) qualified for the state tournament for the 24th time in the last 25 seasons. Junior wing Matt Flynn also had a shorthanded goal in the victory while sophomore Alex Taylor (10 saves) didn’t allow anything past him in recording his third shutout of the winter.

ST. JOHN’S PREP 4, ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 0: Captain Brian Pinho had a goal and an assist as the Eagles (14-2) picked up their third shutout of the season and won their ninth straight overall. James Currier and Jack McCarthy had power play goals and Paul Crehan added a 5-on-5 tally for St. John’s Prep, while Billy Price had 23 saves in a little over 40 minutes of work. Anthony Selvitella preserved the shutout, making four saves.

Masconomet 4, Amesbury 0: The Chieftains had three players score their first varsity goal and Matt Cardillo made 20 stops to earn the shutout. Jake Esposito, Derrick Wilson and Ryan Duval each lit the lamp for the first time in their careers, and Jared Brann also scored for Masco (7-8-1), which needs five points in its final four games to qualify for the postseason.

Duval also had an assist, and Masco coach Andrew Jackson praised the play of his gray line — Trevor Surrette, Mike Castro and Edison Forbes.

archbishop williams 8, bishop fenwick 2: Drew Thibodeau scored his third goal and defenseman P.J. Usalis added his first marker of the season, but Fenwick (3-14) was done in my four first period goals by the hosts. Mike Napolitano, Nick Coccoluto and Matt Townsend had assists for the Crusaders while goaltenders Billy Noftle (16 saves) and Mitch Uretsky (8 saves) both played well in relief roles.

REVERE 3, SALEM 1: The Witches fell to 4-9-3 on the season with a road setback at Cronin Rink in Revere.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Pingree 1, Berwick Academy 0: Sophomore Leah Heinze went end-to-end and scored the only goal to the goal as Pingree (7-10 overall, 5-3 EIL) pulled into second place in the Eastern Independent League standings. Senior goalie Aly Heffron stopped all nine shots she saw to earn her fourth shutout of the season and junior Jillian Witwicki also played well.

Masconomet 7, Shawsheen 1: The Chieftains (10-3-1) extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.

Peabody 6, Brookline 4: Junior Courtney Smith had a hat trick and defenseman Kaydee Purcell scored her first varsity goal as the Tanners earned a program record fifth win in a season. Sophia Post and Bella Piscatelli also scored while Waverly Cohen, Hannie Aylward and Krystin Hennessey earned assist. Jillian McCormick stopped 17 shots in the net for Peabody.

WRESTLING

Masconomet 39, Haverhill 30: Competing without four starters — two due to illness and two due to injury — the Chieftains closed the dual meet season with an impressive win. Steven Yannelli picked up a big win at 195 pounds, registering a pin after falling behind 7-0. Johnny Walker (106 pounds), Chase Jefferys (120), Dan Gregorio (138), Aaron Zackon (145), Mark Bermudez (152) and Andrew McCourt (170) also won matches for the Chieftains (20-7).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lexington Christian 46, Pingree 32: The Highlanders dipped to 10-8 with senior captain Katlyn Oliver scoring 12 points and freshman forward Hannah Stasiuk chipping in 10.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Endicott 66, Gordon 38: Samantha Crough had a game-high 12 points and 11 different Gulls had buckets as Endicott (13-9) won the rivalry game at home. Kayleen Whall had nine rebounds and Jen McBrien set the pace with four assists to go with her eight points as Endicott moved to 9-6 in conference play. Lauren Kranyak and Brooke Kratche scored 10 each for Gordon (3-19).

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Gordon 72, Endicott 59: Hans Miersma went 8-of-10 from the field, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to push the Scots (15-6) over the Gulls. David Dempsey scored 18 points and Park Thomas added 14 for Gordon, which had 45 second-half points and pulled away late. Endicott (9-12) was led by Lance Greene (13 points) and Lachlan Magee (12).