Fourth seeded St. John’s Prep will square off against Framingham on Saturday afternoon at home. The Eagles go into the first round with a 14-1-2 mark, having missed out on playing their final regular season game due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Prep had a crushing shootout loss to Acton-Boxboro last year in first round and will hope to avoid that same fate again. The Catholic Conference champs have established themselves as a premier club, shutting out their first six opponents of the season.
Peabody (9-4-5) draws the 12th seed and will face powerhouse Acton-Boxboro on Saturday (3 p.m.) on the road. Tommy Drover, Vlasi Duni and Ben Manoogian will be key if the Tanners want a win.
In Division 2, Danvers has a bye in the preliminary round and wait to play the winner of the Malden Catholic/Lynn Tech game. The fourth seeded Falcons have a first round home game on Sunday night and realize the importance of home field advantage.
After starting keeper Drew Larsen went down with a season-ending leg injury, freshman goalie Cameron Bornstein has gone above and beyond for his team.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way Cam has been playing for us,” said Danvers coach Mike Chase. “You have a kid who wasn’t looking to learn the ropes as a freshman and now he’s put into this tournament situation. He’s really stepped up.”
Beside Larsen, the Falcons go into Sunday’s game relatively healthy. Senior captain Eric Martin will be called upon to put his scoring skills to work. Danvers has a new look though this time around, with Martin’s experience and a solid bench— the team has depth.
“I was more reluctent to sub last year,” explained Chase. “I didn’t have the luxury of the depth I do this year, it’s unlike any team I’ve coached. Now the kids will have the ability to play more and have time to rest.”