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.
Gloucester 4, Salem 1: Third singles player Guthrie Scrimgeour won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, for the Witches (3-7). Tahmid Raji also played well for Salem.
Masconomet 4, Lynnfield 1: The doubles teams of Jack Roscoe/Nick Drago (6-3, 6-4) and Sam Gordon/Clay Greenberg (6-7, 7-6, 7-6) won for Masco (9-2, 6-0 CAL). Cam Netland (6-1, 6-1) and Jon Cabour (6-2, 7-6) also picked up singles victories.
St. John’s Shrewsbury 3, St. John’s Prep 2: The Eagles battled one of the top teams in the state to the very end but suffered a narrow defeat. Chris Toner won at first singles, 7-6 (13-11), 6-3, and Dan Cunningham prevailed at third singles, 5-7, 6-3, 12-10. The Prep slipped to 9-2.
Waring 19, Gann 5: Ellie Wright, Sarah Pfifer and Maddie Crowley all notched their first goals of the season as Waring improved to 6-2. Sarah Kessler also had an outstanding game in the midfield and defense for Waring.
Salem 17, Winthrop 11: Courtney Maurice had four goals and three assists and Emily Coelho added three goals and three assists as the Witches (7-3) stayed unbeaten against the NEC South and earned at least a share of the division title. Danielle Pynn made eight saves, Lia Buonfiglio had a goal with four assists and Xhulia Kanani scored two goals with two helpers.
Whitter 4, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 2: Pitcher Kaera Wyse struck out nine and held Whittier off the board after the third, but the damage was done and North Shore (7-5) was limited to four hits. Ashley Blum had two hits and one RBI, Dianna LeBlanc’s bunt single drove in a run and Christa Leger also hit safely.
Masconomet 9, Andover 8: The Chieftains built a 9-3 lead in the early innings and held off a late Golden Warrior rally to move to 8-2 on the season.
Marblehead 12, Saugus 0: Michaela Leblanc surrendered only two hits and struck out five as the Magicians won in six innings. Olivia Vener had a single, double and triple and Emily Messinger added three hits and two RBI for Marblehead (9-4). Mckenna Barrett and Emily Promise (RBI) each had two hits for the winners.
Beverly 120, Lynn English 16: Triple-winner Kendall Davy took the high hurdles (15.6), 200 (26.8) and shared the high jump with Kyra Richardson (4-10 each) as the Panthers rolled to 4-2. Among the winning athletes for Beverly were Katie Wheatley (javelin, 10-foot PR of 95-11) and double-winner Nicole Kirsche (shot put, 32-9 1/2 and discus, 101-10).
Danvers 73, Swampscott 63: The Falcons captured the 4x400 relay in 4:22 to win the meet. Corrine Previte, Cat Dominick, Erin Flynn and Angela Caldarone pulled away from their competition in the final 100-150 yards of the race. Lexy Bean (100, 200) and Caldarone (long jump, triple jump) were double winners for Danvers (4-2). Erin St. Pierre (400) and Devin Walsh (javelin) also had wins for the Falcons.
Sophia Cawlina picked up a second in the triple jump and thirds in both the 100 and 200, while Jess Contoys (discus) and Gracie Ingraham (110 hurdles) added key third-place finishes.
Melinda Wilson won the low hurdles (69.8) and the discus (117-5) for the Big Blue. Other winners were Tiara Smith-Matthews (shot put, 33-0), Sarah Kelley (mile, 5:37) and Alison Carr (800, 2:35).
Bishop Fenwick wins two: The Crusaders moved to 7-0 with wins over Matignon (115-16) and St. Joseph’s Prep (98-25). Becky Woodcock won the triple jump and high hurdles and Carolyn Claveau added victories in the discus and high jump. Hannah Smith (400), Hannah Dragonas (javelin), Lyndsay Donahue (400 hurdles) and Caitlin Parrot (dash) also had wins for the Crusaders.
Saugus 5, Marblehead 2: The Magicians (4-10) didn’t hold an early 2-0 lead and couldn’t take advantage of 10 total hits. Freshman Matt Koopman was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and captains Connor Green and Brian Daly each had two hits. Kyle Koopman had one RBI, David Bolognese drove in the other run and also singles, and John Cavolina threw seven strong innings despite the loss.
Lynnfield 13, Hamilton-Wenham 5: Drew Gallant had two hits and two RBI for Hamilton-Wenham (4-7), but it wasn’t enough to help the Generals out of an early hole. Lynnfield scored six times in the first inning and held on for the win.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 16, Chelsea 3: Senior Tim Andersen scattered five hits over six innings and struck out six to lead the Bulldogs (5-8) to victory. Andrew Gallione (2 hits, 3 RBI, 4 runs), Bryan Jackson (2 hits, 2 RBI), Mike Mitchell (2 hits, 4 RBI) and Matt O’Connell (3 hits, 2 RBI) powered the offense.
Masconomet 10, Ipswich 0: Everyone in the Chieftains’ lineup had at least one hit and they scored five runs in the first inning to take charge immediately. Speros Varinos earned the win, allowing two hits over six innings while striking out seven. Elias Varinos had three hits and scored twice, Greg Dougherty added two hits, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base, and Joe Klingensmith had two hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer. Masco improved to 8-5.
Beverly 81, Lynn English 51: Matt Heckman had a fantastic day, winning the long jump (19-11), the 200 (24.1) and the 400 hurdles (66.2) to pace Beverly to its first win of the season. Campbell Wood (2-mile, 10:57) and Anthony Harris (high hurdles, 16.5 and triple jump, 37-1) also picked up key first place points for the Panthers.
Swampscott 74, Danvers 59: The Big Blue improved to 3-3 with a balanced performances that included first-place finishes from Aidan Brawley (javelin, 139-feet), Maleek Newsome (200, 22.9), Declan McClung (400, 53.2), Pete Hale (mile, 4:36), Zack Blonder (100, 11.4), Matt Mahoney (2-mile, 10:39) and Noah Conti (low hurdles, 62.8).
Fenwick sweeps Matignon, St. Joseph’s Prep: Charlie Maistrellis (long jump, dash), Andrew Carlin (discus, high jump) and Nick Tambini (high and low hurdles) each won two events to power the Crusaders to wins over Matignon (114-19) and St. Joe’s (115-10). Mitch Uretsky also had his first win in shot put, Ben Maxner won the 400, and Ryan Connolly captured the 200 for Fenwick (7-0).
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