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May 16, 2014

Thursday’s area roundup: Swampscott boys lacrosse up ends Arlington Catholic

BOYS LACROSSE

Swampscott 8, Arlington Cahtolic 7: Goalie Max Cohen came up with 16 saves and the Big Blue (12-2) won what they felt was a bit of a statement game in the Eastern Mass. lacrosse universe. Alex Balleza scored three goals and Griffin Hunt had two and one assist while Devin Conroy scored twice for Swampscott, which led by two late before AC scored and then missed their last shot with three seconds to play.“I said to the boys beforehand that this was about earning some respect. Arlington Catholic is always one of the better teams in the state,” said Swampscott coach Todd Pierce. “Max was excellent in net; we took some penalties in the second half and he was getting swarmed. He stood tall.”Jason Dignan continued his outstanding play in the faceoff-X for Swampscott, winning 13 of his 16 draws while also scoring twice.

Marblehead 13, Masconomet 7: The Magicians (8-7) moved within one game of qualifying for the postseason as Dean Fader exploded for five goals and one assist. Marblehead played what coach John Wilkens called an outstanding all-around defensive game to hold off Masco (12-6), which got three goals from Cam Jung and two from Harry Cwik.

Duxbury 6, St. John’s Prep 4: The Eagles (7-8) lost for the fourth time in their last five outings and will need to win two of their final three games to qualify for the state tournament. Drew O’Connell scored two goals for the Prep.

Beverly 14, Salem 3: Junior Nick Albano scored four goals and had five asssits and freshman Kevin Flaherty scored his first varsity goal as the Panthers moved to 11-5 on the year. Elias Crandel, Jordan Rawding and Chris Vallette each scored once while Ricky McFarlane, Hunter Spencer and Matt Page scored twice. Jack Lopez played well in net in the second half for Beverly.

Georgetown 9, Ipswich 6: The Royals came out on top with Nick DePasquale scoring four goals and Jared Warren scoring two with two assists. Seth Conti made 13 saves.

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