, Salem, MA

October 22, 2012

Area roundup: Rocha, Peabody cross country win Bay State Inv.

The Salem News


The Peabody girls cross country team captured its second invitational win of the season after Saturday’s performance at the 21st Annual Bay State Invitational Cross Country Meet held at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area. With a combined score of 88 points, the Tanners took three of the top 10 scores in the Division 1 meet.

Catarina Rocha captured first place with a time of 18:49, the sixth fastest time in course history.

“This was the first time the girls ran this course all together,” said coach Joe Rocha. “It was a very challenging course. We wanted to see what the course was like though, because this is where all-states will be held. I’m very pleased with the girls and the way they competed. We’re running against the top teams in the state, so it’s a real credit to the girls.”

Lauren Barrett came through with a time of 20:30 to finish in fifth place, while Sam Allen ran a 20:48 for seventh place.

Rounding out the top five finishers for Peabody were Antonia Pagliuca (34th, 22:03) and Sydney May (49th, 22:32).

Hamilton-Wenham places 3rd: Out of 18 teams, the Generals took home third place in the Bay State Meet (Div. 2). Emily Weigand was the top finisher for H-W, coming in at 19:47 to capture fifth place. Emily Horgan ran a 21:02 (20th overall), Meghan Stone was 27th (21:43) and Claire Pacione (29th, 21:46) all were medal winners for the Generals.


Generals take sixth: In the boys portion of the meet, Div. 2 Hamilton-Wenham finished sixth out of 19 teams. Matt Gillis was eighth overall with a time of 17:15. Jack Blatchford (24th, 17:54) and Mike Allara (27th, 17:59) took home medals for the Generals, while Kevin Rutigliano (65th, 18:53) and Lucas Cruz Nascimento (93rd, 19:38) rounded out the top five.

Peabody finished ninth: The Tanners placed ninth overall in the Div. 1 Bay State Meet. Drew Foster was Peabody’s top runner of the event, placing 11th with a time of 17:12. Ben Braz (25th, 17:41), James Christopher (50th, 18:16) and Alex Marcus (63rd, 18:26) also had solid finishes for the Tanners.


Beverly 0, Marblehead 0: The Panthers move to 8-4-3 behind strong play defender Mateus DePaula and midfielders Sean Curtin and Sean Hanlon.

St. John’s Prep 1, Silver Lake 1: Nate Schmidt scored his eighth goal a season to give the Eagles (13-1-2) a one goal lead heading into halftime. The Prep led the rest away, until a Silver Lake striker scored with nine seconds remaining on a corner kick. Defender Matt Brady played an excellent game and striker Matt Chilton was strong offensively.


Pingree 6, Concord Academy 0: Charlotte Esty (assist) and June Kiely each had a pair of markers for the Highlanders (6-3-1). Katlyn Oliver (assist) and Hannah Becker also added to scoring, while goalkeepers Erin Cunningham and Nicole Khachadourian combined for the shutouts.

ACTON-BOXBORO 2, PEABODY 1: Hayley Dowd scored to put the Tanners on top in the first half, but the Colonials scored a pair of second half goals and handed Peabody its first loss in 39 outings. It was just the second regular season loss for Peabody (14-1) in the last four years.


Lynnfield 34, Ipswich 6: Though the Tigers (1-6) dropped their fourth contest in a row, the game was closer than the score indicates. Down by only two touchdowns at the half, the Ipswich defense did its best to stop Lynnfield’s running game. The Pioneers added two more scores in the third quarter, before the Tigers even got on the board. Chris McCormack caught a 14-yard pass from Kyle Blomster for Ipswich’s only TD of the day.


Beverly 3, Andover 3: The Panthers earned a solid tied against one of the state’s top programs yesterday. Beverly opened a 2-0 lead before Andover stormed back with three goals to take the lead. Katie Pietrini scored the tying goal for Beverly (13-1-1) with less than two minutes to play.

Nicole Woods had one goal and two assists for the Panthers while Livvy Konaxis also scored. Natalie Shea pitched in with an assist. Marykate Flaherty and Camden Vitale played well defensively and Felicity Otterbein made 14 saves in net.

Masconomet 1, North Andover 1: The Chieftains remain undefeated at 14-0-2, but recorded their second tie of the season. Maddie Doyle scored in the first half to take the lead, before North Andover tied it up in the second. Ali Neuenhaus played calm and patient in net, turning away three shots.

Pingree 5, Concord Academy 0: Elize Mead finished with a goal and an assist as the Highlanders move to 10-4 overall. Caroline Winslow, Jill Witwicki, Allie Sardo and Michelle Kim also added scores for Pingree, while Kelsey Doin had two saves for the shutout.


Concord Academy 3, Pingree 2: The Highlanders lost 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 10-15 to slip to 7-6. Bridget Healey played well with four aces and 10 assists while Sam Torto contributed 10 kills. Libero Casey Torto also played well for Pingree, pitching in with 10 digs and solid backcourt play.


Endicott 61, UMass Dartmouth 15: The Gulls improve to 6-2 after breaking numerous offensive records on Saturday afternoon. Endicott came out with a 47-6 halftime lead as sophomore Drew Frenette threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns, while senior receiver Mike Murphy caught 12 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Endicott put up 267 yards rushing with 76 from senior running back Mike Wheeler, 70 yards from Andrew Cummings, 60 from Cody Sinnott and another 46 yards from Jared DiBiase.


Salem State 1, Mass Maritime 0: Junior Saimir Zepaj lifted the Vikings over their Mass. Maritime opponent with an overtime goal. Eryk Fernandez found Zepaj on the left side for his fifth marker of the season, as SSU (9-5-1) earned a share of the MASCAC crown with a 6-0 record.

Eastern Nazarene 2, Gordon 1: Luke Partain scored the equalizer in the 21st minute of play for the Scots (5-10-1), but Eastern Nazarene regained the lead in the second half.

Endicott 1, Salve Regina 0: Freshman Jordan Daniel propelled the Gulls (9-6-3) in double overtime with his 11th goal of the season to break the tied score. Daniel Higgins made fives for the shutout in goal.


Salem State 8, Mass Maritime 1: The Vikings jumped out to a first half 5-0 lead as Alysha Brunelle finished the day with hat trick. Amy Griffith, Veronica Poirier, Sharon Tung, CeCelia Cresta-Devine and Sara Previte all chipped in with single scores for the Vikings (7-5-2).

Gordon 3, Eastern Nazarene 0: Karina Scavo setup Caitlin Nedde on both goals on Saturday as the Scots move to 14-2 overall. Taylor McSherry also had goal and Kari Christensen made five saves for the shutout.

Endicott 3, Salve Regina 1: Vanessa Caruccio, Christina Vellucci and Chelsea Garlock each had scores in Saturday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference showdown. The Gulls move to 6-1-1 in conference play and 10-5-2 overall. Katie Donnelly faced just two shots on goal, saving one.


Endicott 4, Salve Regina 1: Hannah Thornberg scored three goals in the Gulls’ Commonwealth Coast Conference victory over the weekend, as she totals 18 on the season. Taylor Matties notched the other goal for Endicott, while Taylor Teixeira made nine saves in net.

Salem State 3, Framingham State 0: Courtney Lynch recorded a game-high two goals for the Vikings (9-6 overall). Junior Lauren Pazdziorny (Middleton) also recorded a goal, while Michaela Boyer made six saves in net for the shutout.


Endicott swept: The Gulls dropped back-to-back games on Saturday, losing to Coast Guard (3-1) and Connecticut College (3-0) to fall to 10-19 on the season. Callie Dolan recorded 13 kills against Coast Guard, while sophomore Hannah Dahlgren finished with six against Connecticut College.