, Salem, MA

September 9, 2013

Weekend area roundup: Trio of North Shore teams shine at Clipper Relays

The Salem News


The Northeastern Conference got off to a fast start this fall as relay teams from Peabody, Beverly and Marblehead took the top three spots in the Clipper Relays in Newburyport.

Peabody won the event for the second straight year as Lauren Barrett, Antonia Pagliuca and Sam Allen conquered the course in 35:59.

”It was a good start to the season. The kids responded well,” Peabody coach Joe Rocha said. “We went there to get the feeling and get back racing. We won last year and it was really nice to repeat.”

Peabody’s time was the fourth fastest in the event’s history and Saturday’s runner-up — Beverly — came in with the fifth fastest time ever.

Nicole Demars, Jules Wesley and Abby Walsh finished in 36:08.

“Our second team finished 15th, so to have two in the top 15 in a really competitive race, I’m very happy with our results,” Beverly coach Dave Jellerson said.

Keely Higgins, Maeve Moynahan and Sheehan Gotsch took 15th with a 38:59.

Peabody’s second team of Sydney May, Mackenzie Picardy and Julia Merchant also ran well.

Marblehead took third in 36:19.


Peabody second at Clipper Relays: Alex Greco, Ben Braz and Drew Fossa ran 30:12 to place second behind Lowell, which finished in 30:10. The Tanners also got a strong showing from the team of Cody Picard, Mike Ricci and Marcelo Rocha, who came in 16th in 31:51.


Franklin 2, Swampscott 1: Leah Dawley scored with 15 minutes remaining on an assist from Mackenzie Robertson, but the Big Blue couldn’t get the equalizer in dropping their season opener. Sam Rizzo stopped seven shots in goal for Swampscott.


Peabody 0, Acton-Boxboro 0: The Tanners earned a quality tie against a tough opponent. Christian Morales and captain Ben Britton played well defensively for Peabody (0-0-1). Senior Rob Smith earned the shutout and drew high praise from Peabody coach Stan McKeen for his decision making in the back of the Tanners’ defense.


Framingham State 35, Endicott 23: Salem native Melikke Van Alstyne ran for 214 yards on 38 carries to carry Framingham State to its second ever win over Endicott.

Van Alstyne scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter as the Rams came back after trailing 14-0 and 16-7.

Endicott’s Ryan McLaughlin threw for 194 yards and three scores and Marcell Cooper led the Gulls defense with 15 tackles. Peabody native Sean Wlasuk made all five of his extra points kicking for FSU.


Endicott 2, Colby-Sawyer 0: Second half goals by Elizabeth LeClair and Morgan Bresnahan helped the Gulls improve to 2-0 on the season at home. Sophomore goalie Rose Bradley earned the shutout.


Endicott 3, Salem State 2 (OT): Early in overtime, Alex Elia scored to lift Endicott (2-2) after the Gulls tied it on Abdullah Al Khalifa’s late penalty kick. Salem’s Eddie DeMoya also scored for Endicott, while Salem State (0-2) got a penalty kick goal by Peabody’s Samir Zepaj and a tally by Salem’s Max Modestin to lead 2-0.

Gordon 2, Maine Maritime 0: Andy Guthrie and Kellen Kasiguran scored second half goals and Gordon’s defense was flawless as the Fighting Scots improved to 3-0. Tim Hardy made six saves to earn the clean sheet.


Keene State 1, Endicott 0: The Owls scored in the 78th minute to topple the Gulls (0-3-1) in New Hampshire. Endicott goalie Katie Donnelly stopped nine of the ten shtos she saw.

Gordon 7, Suffolk 0: Lauren Hayes and Taylor McSherry each scored two goals and the Fighting Scots (3-1) recorded their third shutout of the season. Kendra Woudenberg and Claire Brooks also had a goal and an assist each for Gordon and the Scots’ defense allowed only one shot.

WPI 3, Salem State 1: Veronica Poirier scored in the second half to pull Salem State (0-1-1) within a goal, but WPI held on to win in a game that saw just six total shots on goal between the two teams.


Endicott fourth at Bowdoin Invitational: Zach Golojuch had a two-round 157 to help the Gulls place fourth at the Bowdoin Invitational. Golojuch shot a 79 in the first round and followed it with a 78. Austin Teal finished in 11th with a 159 (78-81) while Nick Erlichman had a two-round 160 (84-76).