It was a special day yesterday for a pair of Masconomet senior golfers after the Chieftains downed Triton, 148-139, yesterday afternoon.
The win gave Masconomet (12-1) the Cape Ann League title and enabled seniors Charlie May and Zack Staub to win their fourth straight CAL crowns.
“Zach and Charlie are going to graduate winning (the CAL) all four years they’ve been in high school,” head coach Ben Hodges said. “That’s something special.”
What made the occasion even more memorable was the fact that May became the all-time Masconomet leader in quota points after his 33-point effort yesterday took him to a career total of 1,581. He needed just 21 points entering the match.
“(May) really works as hard as anybody on his game. He’s polished,” said Hodges. “What stands out more than anything is how people talk, outside of golf, about how special he is. He’s always thinking two or three shots ahead. He’s got a great mind for the game.”
Staub struggled early, but a few birdies late allowed him to rally and finish with 25 points yesterday. George May, Charlie’s younger brother, chipped in with 31 points.
Beverly 481/2, Gloucester 231/2: The Panthers (9-0 league, 12-1) clinched at least a share of the Northeastern Conference championship and can win it outright today with a home win over Peabody. Winners included Sam Shorr (8-1) at No. 2, Dustin Dube (71/2 - 1 1/2) at No. 3, Shamus Desmond (71/2 - 1 1/2) at No. 4, Josh Cairns (61/2 - 2 1/2) at No. 5 and seniors Tom Lingren (6-3) at No. 8. In addition, seniors Jay Richardson (at No. 6) and Andrew Irving (at No. 7) both played extremely well in tying their matches.
Danvers 43.5, Salem 28.5: Colby Sedler, Mike Plansky, Kevin Anderson, Wes Milbury, Matt Alexander, Zach Tarricone and Nate Tarricone all won as Danvers (9-6) bumped its NEC record to 7-2.
Salem’s (5-11) lone winner was Kyle Doherty.
Peabody 411/2, Saugus 301/2: Four different Tanners — Matt Carnevale, Steve Ferrante, Patrick McCarthy and Chris Ciampa — all won their matches 6-3 to help their team improve to 8-3. Athan Goulos (51/2 - 3 1/2) and Matt McIsaac (5-4) were other winners for Peabody.
Swampscott 43, LC 29: Kevin Marescalchi, Victoria Malatesta, Griffin Hunt and Noah Maercklein all won for Swampscott (10-4) while Anthony Springthorpe, Peter Wright and Cameron Swigor tied their matches, helping secure the victory.
St. John’s Prep 239, SJS 244: Trailing by two points late, the last Eagle off the course, senior Dave Bornstein (of Peabody), shot a 37 to push the Prep (13-3) past the defending state champs. Josh Wingardner (38), Steven Dilisio (39) and Brandon Bingel (39) all had outstanding days for the Eagles.
North Reading 109, Hamilton-Wenham 101: Brian Nicoll had 25 points and Tom Riccio finished with 18 points for H-W (1-13).
Marblehead 60, LE 12: Connor Green (37), Pitch Riley (36), Owen Picariello (39) and Charlie Thompson (39) all won for Marblehead (10-2-1), which saw its NEC small record improve to 9-0.
Manchester-Essex 138, Ipswich 112: Junior captain Austin Rubino led all scorers by registering 30 points for Ipswich (3-9). Fellow junior Quinn O’Connor picked up 20 points for the Tigers.
Masconomet 0, Bishop Fenwick 0: Juniors Kathleen Moran and Maura Benson, as well as senior Halle Mahoney, led Bishop Fenwick (3-6-3) on defense yesterday while goalie Bridgette Townsend claimed her third shutout of the season.
Masconomet (10-0-1) had strong play from goalie Alie Neuenhaus, forward Maddie LaFreniere, midfield Julianna Kostas and defender Becca Phillips.
Swampscott 2, Danvers 0: Alexa Steriti drew first blood for Swampscott (10-1-1) on an assist from Christina King before teammate Tori Thistle added the insurance goal when she was set up by Danielle Mayblum. In addition, Tessa Bean and Lisa Vu anchored the Big Blue back line.
Senior Gabi Torchia had a great game in goal for Danvers (4-5-3) even stopping a breakaway attempt in the first half.
Hamilton-Wenham 2, Manchester-Essex 0: Alana Vecchiarello scored both goals in the second half for H-W (9-1-1). Maddie Berthoud had an assist in the victory while Sam Charette was a defensive star for the Generals. In addition, Liz Rose controlled the middle of the field.
Ipswich 0, North Reading 0: Senior captain Molly Markos earned her sixth shutout this season, making one save for the Tigers (5-3-5).
Waring 6, Chapel Hill Chauncey Hall 0: Amanda Adams tallied a pair of markers for Waring (9-2) with teammates Ayla Rauhala, Allie Lanza, Kate Miller and Grace Gustaferro adding a goal each.
Masconomet 2, Rockport 0: The Chieftains (8-2-2) scored a pair of first half goals as Lexi Sheehan and Leah Connerty both found the back of the net before intermission. Dominique Anderson and Kaleigh White had assists while Nancy Palermo and Lexi Nason split time in goal to share the shutout.
Greater Lowell 6, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 1: Senior captain Kourtney Kellard scored off a cross from sophomore Corey Chavis for NST/EA (5-8-1). Sophomore Keely Gallagher and freshman Shauna Dempsey also had fine games in the defeat.
Peabody 1, Danvers 1: Drew Piazza put Danvers ahead 25 minutes into the second half, but the Tanners got the equalizer 10 minutes later on a goal from Vlasi Duni, with C.J. Almimonti assisting. Maynard Wheeler (sweeper), Scott Myers and Shawn Bernardo turned in great defensive work for Peabody (6-2-3).
St. John’s Prep 2, Catholic Memorial 1: Nate Schmidt and Tommy Buonopane had the goals for St. John’s Prep (11-1), with Brooks Clark assisting on the game-winner. The Eagles are now a perfect 6-0 in the Catholic Conference.
Hamilton-Wenham 1, Manchester-Essex 0: Senior midfielder Ollie Cook’s goal with just 20 seconds to play gave the Generals (4-5-3) a stirring victory. Sophomore James Rennick stopped five shots for the shutout while striker Henry Eager had a spectacular game off the bench.
St. Mary’s Lynn 1, Archbishop Williams 1: Mike Russo had the goal for St. Mary’s (9-2-3) while Helio Neto had his seventh shutout in goal.
Bishop Fenwick 3, Arlington Catholic 1: After falling behind by a game, Fenwick (11-3) won three straight (18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-23) to down AC. Junior captains Kate Lipka, Gianna Pizzano and Jen Crovo combined for 30 kills while Tessa McLaughlin had 25 assists for the Crusaders (11-3).
Endicott sweeps Gordon, Salem State: Hosting a tri-match in Beverly, Endicott knocked off rivals Gordon and Salem State by identical 3-0 scores. Jackie Cone and Mackenzie Guerre combined for 21 kills as the Gulls prevailed, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22. Alleigh VandeMerkt had 28 assists and five digs while Ashley Norley finished with 18 digs.
Joy Kimmel had 19 assists and Keri Hustus had 14 digs for Gordon. Lauren Kranyak and Chelsie Clemens finished with nine and eight kills, respectively.
The Gulls then defeated Salem State, 25-15, 25-14, 25-6 as freshman Lexi Watts had nine kills on 15 attempts with only two errors. Hannah Dahlgren and Callie Dolan (2 blocks) both had five kills; Ashley Norley had 13 digs and Alleigh VandeMerkt finished with 21 assists.
Setter MacKenzie Carpenter of Peabody led Salem State with 13 assists. Teammate Britanny Roscoe had five kills for SSU while teammates Jazmin Santos and Samantha Duprey had three apiece.