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January 16, 2014

Wednesday's area roundup: Masconomet girls hold off Newburyport, remain undefeated


The Salem News

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Masconomet 52, Newburyport 39: Guards Meghan Collins (14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) and Hannah Kiernan (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) led the way for the undefeated Chieftains (9-0). Stephanie Mini played key minutes off the bench and finished with 12 points, while Nicole Femino added five. Kate Kitsakos and Amy Fogarty played fantastic defense against Newburyport’s Emily Pettigrew, limiting her to just three points in the game.

Hamilton-Wenham 59, Revere 37: Senior Sue Rose had a monster effort for the Generals (6-3) scoring 18 points to go with eight assists and eight steals. Sam Charette and Catherine Ecker had 10 rebounds each while Haley Willis contributed 13 points and seven steals.

Pingree 62, Newton Country Day 40: Point guard Kerri Zerfoss scored a game-high 16 points as the Highlanders move to 4-4 overall (4-0 EIL). Forward Haley Sabino finished with 14 points and Hanna Stasiuk added 11 in the win.

BOYS HOCKEY

Pingree 5, Portsmouth Abbey 0: Chris DeVito made 27 saves for his first Pingree shutout and teammate Chris Usseglio had a goal and two assists in the win. Shawn Khachadourian, Zack Mitchell, Mike Femia and Brandon Franco also had goals for the Highlanders (3-10-2), who also got great play from the fourth line of Sam Ober, Alex Salalayko and Femia. Defensemen Matt Kavanaugh and Ryan Lovell were other Pingree standouts.

MASCONOMET 6, SAUGUS 1: Mike Castro had a hat trick to take over the team lead in scoring with seven goals and 13 points while junior defenseman Jake Giacchino scored his first varsity goal and added an assist as the Chieftains (6-2-2) rolled. Tyler Costello and Mike Dooley also scored for the winners while Mitch Nekoroski and Jason Begley both played well in goal.

MARBLEHEAD 4, GLOUCESTER 0: Harrison Young stopped 13 shots for the shutout and captain Tom Koopman’s 3-assist night gave him the North Shore scoring lead with 26 points, helping the Headers improve to 8-3. Matt Koopman had a goal and an assist, his twin brother Kyle Koopman had two assists, and Braden Haley, Tim Kalinowski and Owen Picariello also had goals for Marblehead.

WEYMOUTH 5, PEABODY 3: Freshman Aaron McConnell had a stellar game with 34 saves, but the hosts scored twice in the final period to snap a 2-2 and drop the Tanners to 3-7 overall. Mike Vadala had two goals and junior J.T. Eason the other for Peabody.

Winthrop 3, Danvers 1: Kevin Hodgkins tied the game at 1-1 in the second period on an assist from fellow captain Jay Calcagno, but host Winthrop scored twice in the final period, including an empty netter, to sink Danvers (5-6). Alex Taylor stopped 17 shots in goal while senior defenseman Alec Littlefield had an outstanding all-around contest for the Falcons.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Marblehead 6, Cambridge 5: The Lady Headers (4-3-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and led 6-3 in the third before the visiting Falcons scored twice in the final two minutes. Emma Brophy had her first hat trick to lead Marblehead while captain Brittany Smith scored two goals and assisted on three others. Sydney Cresta had her first goal of the season and Brooke Keough dished out three assists while goalie Aly Hopkins stopped 21 shots.

Worcester Academy 2, Pingree 0: Freshman goalie Cece Purcell stopped 38 shots but the Highlanders (5-6) couldn’t get it going offensively on the road. Jill Witwicki and Leah Heinze also stood out for Pingree.

Beverly 5, Medford 2: The Mustangs got special teams goals to make it a one-goal game twice, but undefeated Beverly (8-0) pulled away later in the game. Julia Nearis scored two goals and collected two assists for Beverly while Kristen McCarthy also had a pair of goals and a pair of helpers. Nicole Woods had a goal and two assists, and Rachel Spencer and Anna O’Neill earned one assist each.

WRESTLING

Danvers 54, Marblehead/Swampscott 6: Chris Davis (120 pounds), Sam Anderson (152) and Chris Behen (138) each won for Danvers (6-4 overall, 6-0 in the Northeastern Conference). According to Danvers coach Mark DiCiccio, Davis and Anderson each moved into the All-State rankings at No. 9 while Behen moved up in the rankings to No. 5.

Beverly 69, Gloucester 6: The Panthers had nine winners and rolled to 9-8. Sophomore Mike Cirelli won at 126 pounds and senior Billy Reddy prevailed at 182 pounds to highlight Beverly’s victory.

St. John’s Prep 63, Xaverian 18: The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the Catholic Conference and 24-1 overall this season after getting wins in 11 weight classes. Malcolm Mitchell (106 lbs.), Michael Dirk (120), Hunter Costa (126), John Grady (132), Jack Anderson (138), Mike Vieira (145), Jared Costa (152), Fred Colbert (160), Ben DiNatale (170), Jim Messeder (195) and Jay Carnevale (285) all had victories for St. John’s.

GIRLS TRACK

Beverly 75, Lynn English: Kristen O’Connor led the Panthers (4-0), winning both the dash (6.3) and high jump (5-0). Mariah Christ won the shot and Haylea Northcott took first in the 300.

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 52, Greater Lawrence 33: Freshman Meaghan Gokas won the mile with a new PR and Alexa Marquis and Hannah Marshall took first and second in the 600 to help North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie improve to 3-0. Marshall was also first in the high jump and Emily Crispin took first in the hurdles.

BOYS TRACK

Greater Lawrence 54.5, NST/EA 31.5: The Hawks dropped to 2-1 despite a big win from Phil Simontin in the two mile (11:23). Doug Wilson was first in the high jump (5-4), Brendan Hurley was second in the 300 (41.8) and Tim Pacinni claimed second in the 1000 (3:11.5).

Beverly 61 , Lynn English 19: The Panthers (3-1) got wins from Dante Abate (hurdles), David Drinkwater (50), Brian McPherson (mile), Jordy Rawding (300), Bryan Flaherty (600), Campbell Wood (2-mile) and Ricky McFarland (shot put).

Masconomet 57, Triton 29: The Chieftains improve to 5-1 overall after getting first place finishes from Dave Drigo (shot, 46), Connor Peacock (high jump, 5-6), Eric Blanchard (1000, 3:01), Ian Raphael (600, 1:22.1), Austin Cashin (300, 39.4), Harry Kent (2 mile,10:12), Regan Charie (55 dash, 6.8), Tristen Cluster (hudrles, 8.5).

SWIMMING

Hamilton-Wenham 103, North Reading 83: Betsy Powers qualfiied for both sectionals and states by winning the 200 freestyle (2:03.63) while also qualifying in both events after finishing second in the 100 butterfly (1:02.69) to guide the Generals to victory. Bobby Grinnell also recorded a personal best, section and state qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.02), while Olivia Horgan qualified for sectionals with a second place finish in the 500 free (5:57.16). In addtion, senior captain Eric Baumeister took home first place in both the 100 fly (58.88) and 100 backstroke (1:04.09).

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Nichols 76, Endicott 71: Visiting Nichols snapped Endicott’s seven game winning streak as the Gulls fell to 11-3. Max Motroni was the high scorer for Endicott, which clung to a one-point at halftime, with 15 points. Greg Jacques scored 10 points and Andre Markis has 11 points to go with seven rebounds.

Gordon 84, University of New England 59: Hans Miersma was dominant inside with 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds as Gordon (7-6) rolled at home to climb over .500 for the season. Luke Hamilton drained four triples for 12 points for the Scots while Park Thomas added 11 points and Alex Carnes totaled 14 on 5-of-6 shooting.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Endicott 66, Nichols 50: Samantha Crough scored 19 points and Endicott led by 16 at halftime to even its record at 10-10 on the year. Kayleen Whall came off the bench for 15 points and Jennifer White totaled 12.

University of New England 64, Gordon 51: The Fighting Scots (5-9) led once-beaten UNE at halftime but the visitors stormed ahead in the second half. Skylar Bareford led Gordon with 14 points while Mariel Barner and Brooke Kratche scored 10 each.