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November 18, 2013

Weekend area roundup: Pingree girls win NEPSAC championship


The Salem News

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The Pingree girls soccer team rallied back three times in yesterday’s NEPSAC tournament final to top Brewster Academy 4-3 in double overtime. The Highlanders (16-1-1) took home the New England championship crown for the first time in 25 years.

”It’s been a difficult season regarding injuries, we were down to only 14 healthy girls down the stretch,” said head coach Doc Simpson. “But this was probably one of the best games I’ve ever been involved in. The girls played very well. Our seniors came up huge for us. We were down and it didn’t look good for a bit.”

Kasey Provost scored the game-winning goal in double overtime. Char Esty netted a pair of goals while Hannah Becker also added a score. Provost, Kerri Zerfoss, Emma Whalen and Meg Foye all added assists in the victory.

Sophomore Mollie Smith and fellow defenders June Kiely, Nicole Scarfo and Abigail Dirks were fantastic in the back. Erin Cunningham played immense in goal.

FOOTBALL

NORTH SHORE TECH 26, DORCHESTER 24: Ross Murphy scored four second half touchdowns to help the Bulldogs erase a 24-0 halftime deficit. Murphy scored on runs of 18, 7, 4 and 5 yards, respectively. The Bulldogs moved to 7-3.

SWAMPSCOTT 28, SAUGUS 21: The Big Blue (4-6) won their third straight as Desmond Wilhelmsen broke free for a 55-yard TD run with two minutes to play. Wilhelmsen scored four TDs for the second straight week and has 11 scores during Swampscott’s winning streak. Saugus led 21-13 at the half and the Big Blue defense, led by linebackers Christian Llorente and Jordan James, pitched a second half shutout.

STONEHAM 30, HAMILTON-WENHAM 0: The Generals couldn’t get anything going against Stoneham and fell to 4-6.

ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 24, IPSWICH 12: Kyle Blomster connected with Nate Glaster for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-score game in the second quarter, but the Tigers (2-8) couldn’t pull any closer. Arlington Catholic added an insurance touchdown in the second half. Aleks Kuljic booted a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter for Ipswich and added an extra point on the Tigers’ touchdown.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Middlebury 2, Endicott 1: Endicott could only manage one goal against one of the toughest defenses in its region, and suffered a NCAA Division 3 second-round setback. The Gulls’ lone goal came in the 85th minute from Shelby McLenithan. The Gulls finished 16-6-2 and also earned a regular and postseason Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship.

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Amherst 5, Gordon 0: After winning their first NCAA tournament game in program history on Saturday, the Scots fell to a powerful Amherst team in second round action yesterday. Kellen Kasiguran netted the games only goal in the 65th minute on Saturday for Gordon (19-3).

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Western New England 3, Endicott 0: The Gulls fell to the second seeded WNE in Saturday’s ECAC Div. 3 New England semifinals matchup. Endicott (23-16) was swept in straight sets (26-24, 25-13, 26-24). Callie Dolan recorded 11 kills and Erika Trudon finished with 12 digs in the loss.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Endicott 67, Keene State 59: Senior Samantha Crough tallied 20 points and 11 boards to lead her team to their second straight victory as Gulls were crowned Keene State Tip-Off Tournament champions over the weekend. Nicole Catizone scored 11 points off the bench while starters Kelsey Cuddy, Jennifer White and Julie Manning each had nine points.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Endicott 97, Wheaton 85: The Gulls improved to 2-0 in the early part of the season as John Henault (21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) led the way in Saturday’s win to capture the Wheaton Invitational title. Sophomore transfer Taylor Rioux (15 points, 9 rebounds) and freshman guard Drew Sawyer (13 points) also played well.