Endicott College quarterback Phil Konopka made sure his team wound up on the winning end of things Saturday afternoon.
Konopka hooked up with Ryan Carino for a 24-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to give the Gulls a 34-23 triumph over Mass. Maritime in Beverly. Konopka finished 16-of-24 for 233 yards and three touchdown passes.
Endicott (2-1) running back Mike Lane finished with 205 all-purpose yards, including 106 rushing yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Neil Powers finished with three catches for 74 yards and two TDs.
Defensively, the Gulls were anchored by Kevin Eagan who had fourteen tackles and a fumble recovery.
Cuko, Zardas lead UMass to win over URI
Beverly's Armando Cuko tied his career high for field goals in a game for the second week in a row by successfully converting kicks of 22, 37 and 42 yards as UMass Amherst blasted the University of Rhode Island, 30-10. Former St. John's Prep star Chris Zardas, a fullback for the Minuteman, added a touchdown on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Havens.
Salem State 1, Mass. Maritime 0
Senior captain Andrew Agnus broke a scoreless tie with less than five minutes to go in overtime as the Vikings improved to 2-2 on the season.
Endicott 1, Western New England 0
Five minutes into the second overtime, Colin Doody put home the game-winner on a penalty kick to give the Gulls (3-3) their third consecutive win.
Gordon 3, U. of New England 2
Caitlin Nedde scored twice for Gordon (3-3), which upset previously undefeated University of New England (4-0). Kaelyn McBride added a goal of her own for the Scots.
Endicott 2, Western New England 0
The Gulls scored twice in the second half, once from sophomore Colleen Pepin and once from senior Caitlin Flynn, to improve to 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference competition.
Salem State 10, Mass. Maritime 0
Junior Erin O'Brien and sophomore Karly Henderson (a Salem native) each netted a hat trick as Salem State improved to 4-2. O'Brien also had three assists in the match to finish with an amazing nine points on the day. Junior Taylor Orlando of Danvers added two goals while freshmen Caitlyn Pinkham of Peabody and Lauren Kilduff each had a goal and an assist.
SSC takes second at Williams Invitational
Salem State got a terrific performance from senior co-captain and All-American Jeff Santora, who fired a 5-under par 135 (69-66) in placing second at the 18-team Williams Invitational, finishing 10 shots behind the hosts at 580. It was Santora's second straight individual tournament victory in as many weekends, having won at Skidmore last week and also shooting under par. Jamie Cimini shot 73-74 — 147 while Nick Antonelli was 73-75 — 148, and Luke Paradis finished at 75-75 — 150.
580 score, 10 shots behind the hosts.
Salem State 2, Westfield State 1
Katie LaPrad scored the game-winning goal with just under two minutes remaining as the Vikings picked up their third win of the season.
Nichols 2, Endicott 1
Joanne Reid scored Endicott's only goal as the Gulls dropped to 3-3 on the season.
Endicott beats NEC, falls to RW
The Gulls bested New England College in five games, 3-2 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 14-25, 15-7) and were swept by Roger Williams (25-20, 25-23, 26-24) at the Springfield Invitational. Steph Wiese had 14 kills, 14 digs and 1 service ace in the win and 10 kills, 5 digs and 4 service aces against Roger Williams. Elyse Barbour added 12 kills, Jessica Kennedy 10 and Ashley Norley had 15 digs against New England College, with Ally Murphy finishing with 25 assists.
Gordon splits CCC contests
The Scots (2-9) began the day well by defeating host Eastern Nazarene, 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-20), but dropped the second match by getting bounced by Salve Regina, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-15).
Westfield State 3, Salem State 0
The Vikings were swept in three straight games (25-14, 25-12, 25-11), dropping them to 4-9 on the season.
Salem State 6, Rhode Island College 3
Senior Meghan Dube won in straight sets at first singles (6-0, 6-4) and combined with Jessica Distler to win 8-6 at first doubles. Alicia Moore (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) and Carly Muniz (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) won at second and third singles, while Moore and Patricia Quartararo (8-5) prevailed at second doubles while Muniz and Michelle McEwen (8-5) did the same at third doubles.
Endicott 6, Roger Williams 3
Kate Cioffi (6-3, 6-4), Nicole Breting (6-4, 6-1), Lori Wardner (7-5, 6-4) and Alyson Boehm (6-4, 6-2) helped the Gulls win the first four singles matches en route to the victory. Breting and Wardner won at second doubles (8-6), as did Rachel Layton and Emily Annis at third doubles (8-3).
HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
H-W girls 2nd, boys 4th at McIntyre Invitational
Junior Alison Lanois placed third overall in a time of 19:22 as the Hamilton-Wenham girls finished second to powerful Bishop Feehan at the McIntyre Invitational with 83 points. Other Generals faring well included Kristen Ashley (8th place finish, 19:57), Cyrena Shiland (16th, 20:33), Emily Senning (27th, 21:03) and Meghan Gaucher (37th, 21:19).
The H-W boys took fourth place with 162 points. Top finishers for the Generals included Conor Lyons (12th, 17:00), Chris Benevento (21st, 17:23) and Nathaniel McGough (25th, 17:25).
HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY
Ipswich 4, North Reading 0
Rebecca Dunlop had two goals and an assist as the Tigers rolled to victory. Nyra Constant and Liz Glavin also had goals while Mikhala Reedy and Lauren Mazzola contributed assists in the win.