The Salem News
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If St. John’s Prep fencing coach Jim Carter could have drawn up the win himself, the picture would have looked very different from the final copy the Eagles produced last night.
Still, a win is a win and Carter is perfectly happy with St. John’s sitting at 1-0 after a 14-13 win over Concord-Carlisle.
“It’s not the start that you want, but it’s a start,” Carter said. “This is a relatively inexperienced team in comparison to some of the teams I’ve had. There are a lot of seniors, but they didn’t get a lot of varsity time last year. The guys stepping in, they’re not as seasoned as some of the guys they were replacing. We have only three starters back from last year’s state championship team.”
Carter’s sabre squad — made up of Will Collibe, Ethan Smith, and Colin MacGregor — helped the Eagles make a late run. Collibe went 2-1, MacGregor went 3-0, and Smith went 1-1.
David Batterman, who won all three of his foil bouts, sealed the victory with his last win.
“It wasn’t pretty, but they did it,” Carter said. “We pulled some things together to bring it to a conclusion. Because they’re kind of inexperienced it helps to get that one under their belts.”
Pentucket 4, Masconomet 3: The Chieftains fell in Andrew Jackson’s debut as head coach as host Pentucket scored the game-winning goal with just 47 seconds to play. Brett Bergeron, Vitaly Knowles and defenseman Tyler Costello had goals for the Chieftains while Nick Jesi dished out two assists. Matt Cardillo finished with 25 saves in goal for Masconomet, which also lost top line forward Nick Aleckna to injury during warmups.