The Salem News
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Trailing by two goals at halftime, Danvers scored three second half goals to defeat Marblehead, 4-3 and captured the Northeastern Conference Small title.
Senior midfielder Kylie Plaza factored in on all four of the Falcons (10-6-1) goals. She netted the first one off an assist from Delaney Zecha in the first half. Shannon Pohle and Courtney Arnoldy got the scoring going in the second half, both assisted by Plaza and scored the final goal — the game winner — on an unassisted corner.
“We played well, but the wind made a difference,” said Danvers head coach Jimmy Hinchion. “We played together and never gave up, which says a lot about the character of this team.”
Junior Mia Bongiorno and sophomores Elise Joyce and Sarah Cullen all had first half goals for Marblehead (11-4-2). Goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn was also stellar in goal.
Hinchion also noted that both teams had a moment of silence in memory of Colleen Ritzer and Marblehead presented Danvers with a bouquet of flowers.
Masconomet 2, Hamilton-Wenham 1: Trailing by a goal at halftime, the Chieftains responded in the second half as Kaleigh White scored her 27th goal of the season before Sammi Sheehan got the game-winner with 20 minutes to play. Both White and Sheehan assisted on each other’s goals for Masconomet (12-0-5), while Sarah Katz was a star defensively. Freshman Katy Pelletier (17 saves) was busy in net while earning the win.
Jillian Kefalas got the marker for Hamilton-Wenham (10-4-3), assisted by Caroline Gribbell. Defender Emma Beane, midfielder Maddi Berthoud and forward Molly Eagar were other standouts for the visiting Generals.
Swampscott 2, Winthrop 0: Freshman striker Jamie Caponigro had both goals, giving her seven on the season, as the Big Blue (9-4-4) prevailed. Shauna King and Leah Dawley added assists in the win while Sam Rizzo (3 saves) earned the shutout.
Pingree 4, Dexter Southfield 1: Charlotte Esty recorded three goals and one assist for the Highlanders (11-0-1). Lexi McNinch netted the other goal, while Hannah Becker and Kasey Provost played well in midfield.
Peabody 1, Beverly 0: The Tanners got a second half goal from All-Conference selection Ben Manoogian, his 15th of the season, to clinch the Northeastern Conference championship at 11-0-4. C.J. Almonti and Joao Correia picked up assists as Rob Smith (9 saves) pitched his ninth shutout of the season for Peabody (12-1-5 overall).
For Beverly (10-8-1), junior midfielder Savio Polini had his best game of the year and produced several strong offensive opportunities during the contest. Ryan Santo, a senior center midfielder, also had an excellent game for the Orange-and-Black.
Cardinal Spellman 2, Bishop Fenwick 1: Junior Jim Brophy’s goal with 15 minutes left in the first half tied things up for Fenwick (8-8-5) before the hosts netted the game-winning goal midway through the second half. The assist on Brophy’s tally went to Istimy Arapi.
Masconomet 3, Hamilton-Wenham 2: Senior Edison Forbes’ goal with just a minute-and-a-half remaining capped a scoring binge over the game’s final six minutes and send the Chieftains (17-1-1) to yet another win. Adam Grammer’s goal with six minutes to go gave Masco a 2-1 lead before Hamilton-Wenham tied it on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining. That’s when Forbes buried his shot for the win. Regan Charie also scored while center back Kevin Gilbert and Danny Raphael also played well for the winners, who got three saves from goalkeeper Willie Stewart.
The Generals (8-4-5) got two tallies from senior captain Russell Grigorian, with Drew Gallant assisting on the first.
Waring 4, Boston Trinity Academy 0: Kyle Patrick had two goals and teammate Aiden Wood finished with a goal and an assist as Waring improved to 10-0-2 in league play. Johnny Sandri made a spectacular save on a penalty kick to preserve the shutout, while Mike Kusnetsov added his first career goal in the victory.
Danvers 3, Marblehead 0: Jackson McPhereson, Mark McCarthy and Zach Noring all had goals for the Falcons (10-1-5). Mike Powers, Nikolay Sakhim and Ryan Kelleher recorded the assists in the win.
”I was very proud and impressed with the way the boys played,” said Danvers head coach Mike Chase. “It was a complete and total team effort. Every guy was just inspired to play and they were unbelievable.”
Cam Bornstein and Connor Rollins combined for the shutout in net.
Pingree 6, Dexter Southfield 0: Sophomore Susie Polese of Wenham had two goals to guide the Highlanders (9-7-1) to a Senior Day win. Every senior on the team either scored or had an assist as Joanne Witwicki and Solina Powell each finished with a goal and an assist while Christina Chalmers and Quinn Anderson also scored. Assists went to Charlotte Reynders, Eliza Mead and Nicole Giannino, and goalkeeper Kesley Dion earned her 21st career shutout.
Hamilton-Wenham 1, Pentucket 1: Senior captain Taylor Ward scored late in the first half off an assist from Maggie Burns for the Generals (5-11-2).
Masco 5, Saugus 1: Belle Ives led the way with four goals and one assist as the Chieftains finished their regular season undefeated at 17-0-1. Maddie Doyle scored the other goal and assisted on one of Ives’ scores. The defensive line looked superb and Julianna Kostas stood out in the midfield.
Chelmsford 2, Bishop Fenwick 0: Junior midfielder Jackie Hart and senior midfielder Kathleen Moran both played well for the Crusaders, who finished the regular season 10-7-1.
Peabody 3, Danvers 0: Carolyn Scacchi recorded eight kills as the Tanners (19-0) swept Danvers (25-22, 25-19, 25-11). Katie Gallo had four aces, while Olivia Summit finished with three kills and two blocks.
Lynnfield 3, Masconomet 1: Senior captain and middle hitter Maddie Kelly had eight service points, 19 digs and eight kills as the Chieftains fell, 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13. Senior outside hitter Haley Greenslave added 10 service points (5 for aces), 17 digs and two kills while junior middle hitter Maddi Burliss had 13 service points, 12 digs and four kills.
Bancroft 3, Pingree 2: Setter Haley Sabino had two serivce aces and 13 asssists, while libero Casey Torto added 10 digs from the back row as the 6-10 Highlanders lost a close 25-23, 25-12, 21-25, 20-25, 15-6 decision.