Hamilton-Wenham 52, Manchester Essex 35: After a second half push, the Generals won their opening game of the season. Samantha Charette pulled down a dozen rebounds, while Leslie Bynum and Catherine Ecker each had 10 boards in the victory.
”We have a really good group of girls,” said first year head coach Jon DeMarco. “In the first half we just had to get our feet under us, but we really turned up the pressure and started making our layups.”
The Generals found themselves down 23-19 at the half, but a late 12-1 run helped seal the win.
Pingree 38, Portsmouth Abbey 21: Senior captain Katlyn Oliver scored 15 points and junior forward Gabby Muniz was also in double figures with 10 as the Highlanders climbed over .500 at 3-2 on the season.
Medford 5, Bishop Fenwick 3: Second period goals by Drew Thibodeau, Brian Bassett and Mike Napolitano gave the visiting Crusaders (1-1) a 3-2 lead after 30 minutes, but the host Mustangs tallied three times in the final stanza for the win. Pat O’Leary stopped 30 shots for Fenwick while Jake Brennan had two assists while Brian Corcoran, Thibodeau and Nick Finan had single helpers.
Beverly 8, Shawsheen 1: Livvy Konaxis (five points) and Nicole Woods (four) each had hat tricks as the Panthers (1-0) won their season opener on the road. Defenseman Caitlin McBride had two assists while Kristen McCarthy and Nicole Kamens also scored and Ami Thompson made 17 saves to earn the win.
Needham 49, Waring 40: Jack Stanton (15 points) and Henry Lewis (13) led the way for Waring (2-1) in the home loss.
Masconomet 43, Triton 21: The Chieftains improve to 4-1 overall with an outstanding performance from Kevin Gregorio (135), who won by pin. Chase Jefferies (106) and Mike Bakanowsky (220) also won their matches by pin, while Derek Michaud defeated his opponent 9-3. Masco is back in action on Saturday in the Wilmington Tournament.
Woburn 49, Beverly 27: Seniors Brian Perry (220), Pat Quiroz (heavyweight) and Nick Parianos (132) had wins for the Panthers (3-1) despite their first team loss of the season.
St. John’s Prep 56, St. John’s Shrewsbury 12: Hunter Costa (106 pounds), Lou Bornstein (113), DJ Lemieux (126), Fred Colberg (132), Jared Costa (138), James Smith (145), VJ Mortillaro (142), Peter Luck (160), Jim Messider (182), John Polansky (195), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Corey Jean-Jacques (heavyweight) all had wins for the Eagles (4-1).
St. John’s Prep 105, Xaverian 76: The defending state champion Eagles won in their season opener.
Danvers 60, Salem 26: The Falcons’ Ashley Brooks and Xanthi Pantazelos captured first in the high jump (4-10), Meghan Kellard took the shot and Corinne Previte won the 300. Other first place winners include Stephanie Kowalski in the 600, Catalina Dominick (1000) and Jess Driscoll in the mile.
For the Witches (0-1), Shannon Davis placed first in the 2 mile, Julia Donanhue won the hurdles and Deema Hijleh took the 50 meter dash.
Danvers 57.5, Salem 28.5: James Bailey won the mile in five minutes flat, John Thomas took the 50 and Joe Manson placed first in the shot. Other winners for the Falcons include Matt Hogan (600), Drew Piazza (1000), Kevin Hebert (2 mile) and the relay team also took first place.
The Witches (0-1) saw strong performances from Ben Sattiewhite (high jump), who had a personal best at 6-3. Aaron Palmer (hurdles) and John Crimble (300) also had first place finishes.