Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, it’s safe to say Anthony Nardella’s first year coaching Salem boys lacrosse was a huge success.
The Witches handled Saugus, 19-6, yesterday and clinched both a tournament berth and the Northeastern Conference South title in the process.
“It’s a great feeling. I know when I first got hired something the seniors talked about was wanting to be a part of the first time they won the NEC or NEC South in terms of lacrosse,” Nardella said. “We’re making history and the kids deserve it. They’ve worked hard all year and the seniors have been great.”
Chad Coelho scored six goals and added two assists to lead the Salem (10-4, 7-0) charge. Mat Muse and Matt Willson each had four goals and three assists, Peter Slattery added two goals and two assists, and Craig Denehy produced two goals and one assist. Riley Grondin also scored for Salem.
Brendan Broderick, Steve Moutsoulas and J.T. Kapnis stood out defensively. Senior goalie Kevin Nguyen, filling in for injured Christian Costa, also played well.
St. John’s Prep 13, Bc High 5: Faceoff man Derek Osbahr combined with winger Anthony Merullo to go a rare 100 percent in the X, winning 21-of-21 draws. Andrew Gallahue and Jack Sharrio each had three goals and an assist to lead the Eagles (11-3) and Shawn Waldron added three goals of his own.
Masconomet 13, Ipswich 4: The Chieftains (9-5) bounced back with Trevor Surrette and Cam Jung leading the way with three goals each. Sam Antczak added two goals and two assists, freshman Mitchell Godett had a goal and two helpers and Henry Behrens, Harry Cwik, Nick Pease and Harrison Moody also scored. Goalies Tighe Van Lanten (two saves) and Jon Schiff (3) split the victory.
Marblehead 5, Lynn English 0: Straight set sweeps by Liz Leykin/Eliza Fitzgerald (6-2, 6-3) and Alice Yufa/Ellie Granese (6-1, 6-1) helped the Magicians remain undefeated at 11-0. Marblehead also swept singles with wins by Sarah Katz (6-1, 6-1), Anna Vaulev (6-2, 6-1) and Hannah Cohen (6-0, 6-0).
Manchester Essex 5, masconomet 0: The Chieftains (7-5) fell to an outstanding Hornets team. Evenlyn Harbert and Danielle Dunn had strong games with lots of volleys and deuces in singles and Elexa Ina/Maria Alexandrou played well in doubles.