The Salem News
---- — WOMEN’S SOCCER
A pair of neighboring rivals squared off in the Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s soccer finals Saturday and they staged an instant classic.
Endicott won the battle against Gordon, winning 3-1 in penalty kicks.
“I am so proud of how far this team has come from an 0-3-1 start. They found a way to win no matter what, came together as a team, and were always able to grind it out,” Endicott coach Jodi Kenyon was quoted as saying after the game. “I can’t single out anyone today. From starters to subs, it was an all-out team effort. Matches like today speak volumes to the character and quality of players in our program.”
Heather Moody put home her penalty kick to give Endicott a 1-0 advantage after the first round, and the respective keepers made saves in the second round.
Both Gordon’s Hannah Midwinter and Endicott’s Laura Wysocki converted kicks in the third round, giving the Gulls a 2-1 lead.
Endicott keeper Katie Donnelly then made a diving save, setting up the Gulls for the win. Senior Sarah Person then drilled her kick to clinch the title for Endicott (15-5-2).
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Gordon 3, University of New England 1: Junior Brittany Hawkins scored two goals and goalie Anna Bury made eight saves as the Fighting Scots captured the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, their first since 2001. Gordon (17-5) also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, which will begin on Wednesday.
Katherine Bailey also scored for Gordon on an assist from Gayle Watson.
Endicott 38, Western New England 21: Drew Frenette completed 17 of 32 passes for 323 yards and threw three touchdowns as Endicott moved one step closer to capturing the New England Football Conference crown. The Gulls (7-2 overall, 6-0 NEFC) play Salve Regina next week for the title.
Spencer Walsh ran for 92 yards and two scores while Alec Matys caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Brannigan and Nate Lewis also had touchdown receptions. Nick Kozlowski was in on 19 tackles to lead the Endicott defense.
Roger Williams 3, Endicott 0: The Gulls lost in the Commonwealth Coast Conference finals. Callie Dolan was outstanding for Endicott with 12 kills while Tori McIntyre and Lexi Watts combined for 11 kills.
Endicott is now 21-15 and will wait to see if it is chosen to play in a postseason game.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Hamilton-Wenham 21, Triton 7: Senior Ian Dickey ran for 117 yards and scored what proved to be the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the Generals ended the home portion of their schedule with a 4-1 mark. Cam Macri also ran for 98 yards and a touchdown for Hamilton-Wenham (4-5).
Jack Clay connected with Christian Ecker for a 6-yard touchdown pass.
“Triton is a good football team. They beat Masco and one of their losses was to Pentucket by a point,” Hamilton-Wenham coach Andrew Morency said. “They are a formidable opponent and the kids really played a complete game. We ended with a 4-1 home record and despite all things the kids really played tough at home.”
Morency said the game ball was given to the offensive line.
North Shore Tech 42, Chelsea 3: Yordany Sanchez returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a score, then added another 70-yard kickoff return just before halftime as North Shore improved to 6-3. Dan Bailey ran for 68 yards and a touchdown while Ian LaFavour and Mike Nuernberg also had touchdown runs.
LaFavour picked off two passes and Bailey had 14 tackles, including six unassisted and four for a loss.
Pingree girls, boys run well at New England Championships: Blair Kaneb ran a personal best 21:23 and finished 13th to help the Pingree girls place third out of 11 teams at the New England Division 4 Championships. Lauren Menzie was 14th in 21:26 and Ali Knowles came in 22nd in 22:17 to help the Highlanders.
On the boys’ side, Adam Gerber (7th, 17:25) and Evan Maravelis (9th, 17:39) each finished in the top 10 as Pingree took fourth out of 29 teams. Kyle Skelton came in 18th in 18:01.