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May 24, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Masconomet has 'Ultimate' experience at Northeast Regional Tournament

Try telling them it’s just frisbee.

Seeded sixth at the Northeastern Regional Ultimate Tournament in Portland, Maine earlier this month, Masconomet stunned everybody by winning the tournament, which included over 30 high school teams from as far away at Pennsylvania.

The Chieftains are captained by Adam Grammer and Willie Stewart, who were on fire in leading their team to the championship at the Wainwright Recreational Complex. In the quarterfinal round Masconomet defeated Hampton, 13-5, after shooting out to a 9-2 lead behind Grammer, who scored seven of the goals.

That victory put the Chieftains in the semifinals against Needham, and once again the major portion of the offense ran through Stewart. He assisted Grammer on eight of his goals as Masconomet held a 7-5 halftime lead. Needham pulled within one before Stewart-to-Grammer worked its magic in a 13-11 victory to earn a rematch with Pennsbury (Penn. in the finals. Masco had earlier upset third-seed Pennsbury in pool play.

“It was pretty cool to win the tournament,” said Grammer, who has been recruited to play soccer at Occidental College in Los Angeles. “Willie and I have good chemistry; we’ve been together for four years and are best friends. He knows where I’ll be and he does a great job setting me up.

“Our toughest game was the finals because Pennsbury was a very strong team. They were really good; it was back-and-forth most of the way. They went ahead, but we scored five straight to win.”

Once again Grammer and Stewart led the way in the title game triumph. Stewart assisted Grammer to give Masconomet a 6-5 lead, and then set up Dylan Zernich for another score. At halftime the Chieftains held an 8-5 lead, but Pennsbury rallied in the second half, closing the deficit to 11-10 before Stewart floated a nifty backhand to Grammer, who scored despite being well covered. Grammer then set up Zernich for the game-winner.

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