Danvers head coach Mike Chase talked during the preseason about the importance of his team’s defense this season and during last night’s season opener, the defense came through in a big way for the Falcons in a 1-0 shutout against Dracut.
Goalkeeper Cam Bornstein turned away six shouts, while sweeper Matt Kidney played excellent in the backfield and assisted on the game’s only goal of the night, which Cyao Silva scored in the first half.
“It’s a good way to start,” Chase said of the non-league bout. “It was nice to get that first goal early and we put really good pressure on them the entire game.”
The Falcons are off until next Thursday when they take on Woburn.
Ipswich 9, Amesbury 2: The Tigers were ahead 4-0 by halftime and cruised in their season opener. Matt Jeager finished with five goals including a first half hat trick, Zach Eliopolous had a goal and an assist and Dan Lopez and John Odenbach also scored. Max Benford had a pair of helpers, Sam Benford had one as did Kyle Cantrell, Sean Whooley, Angus Mauser and Ryan Finkst.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Masconomet 23, Triton 38: Junior Megan Collins won the race in 19:58 to pace the Chieftains at Bradley Palmer Park. Kathleen Gillespie placed fourth overall (21:54) while tri-captain Kim Cosgrove was fifth (22:02), freshman Gwen Ellis took sixth place (22:51) and tri-captain Erin Johnson was seventh (23:18).
Ipswich 29, Pentucket 28: Sophomore Emily DeMarco won her first cross country race with a time of 21:16 to lead the Tigers to a win on the road. Annie Zampitella was third in 21:40 while Ipswich’s Maggie Brown (22:58), Brooke Robishaw (24:13), Nora Hughes (26:08), Lilly Kallman (27:43) and Katherine Angell (27:44) rounded out their team’s top seven.
Hamilton-Wenham 15, Newburyport 50: The Generals grabbed the top seven spots to open the season with the win. Emily Weigand, Emily Horgan, Jeanine Zeng, Olivia Horgan, Meghan Stone, Amanda Burnett and Mazey Loomis were the top seven finishers for Hamilton-Wenham (1-0).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Masconomet 15, Triton 50: The Chieftains (1-0) took the top five spots in yesterday’s opening meet of the season as captain Harry Kent (16:49), Kyle Saddis (18:30), Danny Cosgrove (18:37), captain Kevin Martin (18:40) and Charlie Gilfeather (18:52) all had impressive finishes.
Newburyport 22, Hamilton-Wenham 37: Matt Gillis finished second to highlight the Generals’ season opener. John Blatchford (5th, 17:00) and Michael Allara (7th, 17:25) also placed in the top 10 for Hamilton-Wenham (0-1).
Ipswich 2, Amesbury 1: Katie Monahan scored the game winner for the Tigers (1-0) midway through the second half. Emily Evans netted the first goal of the game off a corner kick from Maria Balzer. Hannah Lynch made some key saves for Ipswich, while Sydney Law played great defensively.
BEVERLY 3, MARBLEHEAD 0: Playing loose and with confidence, the Panthers won their season opener at home 25-10, 25-11, 25-18. Coach Pam Padovani cited team chemistry and the offseason work her team put in as keys to the victory.
Medfield 3, Bishop Fenwick 0: The Crusaders fell in straight sets, 25-23, 30-28, 25-15 in their opening match of 2013. Kate Lipka led the attack with 10 kills, Gianna Pizzano added nine and Tessa McLaughlin handed out 27 assists.
Marblehead 50 1/2, Lynn Classical 21 1/2: The Magicians won their season opener with a total team effort that was led by Davis Gold, Chris Cormier and Pitch Riley.
Beverly 47 1/2, Danvers 24 1/2: The Panthers saw wins from Ted Leathersich (8-1) and Ryan Anderson (9-0) to capture their first victory of the season. Wes Milbury (5 1/2- 3 1/2) and Christian McKenna (5-4) won their matches for Danvers.
Winthrop 40, Peabody 32: Nolan Franny, Steve Ferrante and Ted Izzo all played well in the Tanners’ first loss of the season.
Gloucester 42, Salem 30: The Witches dominated the middle of the order, getting wins from Nate Clark (7 1/2-1 1/2), Madison Ballou (6 1/2-2 1/2) and A.J. Darmody (5 1/2-3 1/2) in spots 3-5, but dropped their season opener at Olde Salem Greens. Salem hosts Lynn English today.
Swampscott 48, Lynn English 24: Senior Peter Wright shot a 34 and halved his match with Matt Sencabaugh, who also shot a 34 for the Bulldogs. The Big Blue (1-0) got wins from Max Cohen (6 1/2-2 1/2), Noah Maercklein (6-3), Corey Bleau (9-0), Chris Thomsen (6-3) and Brandon Corala (8-1).