, Salem, MA

January 14, 2013

Weekend area roundup: Morretti (2 goals) helps Big Blue icemen pull out a victory over Saugus

The Salem News

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Nunzio Morretti made sure the best start in recent Swampscott High hockey history remained on course Saturday night.

A junior forward, Morretti scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 2:57 to play, as the Big Blue rallied from two goals down to defeat Saugus, 3-2, at the Rockett Arena in Salem, improving to 8-1 on the season — the best start in head coach Gino Faia’s 13 years.

Defenseman Patrick Burkett, a senior in his first year playing high school hockey, scored his first career goal on the power play with 4:59 remaining, tying the game at 2-2. Then Morretti put his team ahead by burying a pass from freshman Noah Maercklein (2 assists).

Freshman goaltender Tristan Bradley made 14 saves to earn his fifth win.

“We were down two goals after two (periods), but we were playing good hockey and talked about staying patient. We knew if we stuck with our systems, the puck would go in,” said Faia. “Coming back like this against a (Northeastern Conference) North team, we probably wouldn’t have won this game in the past. But we stuck with it and saw good things happen.”

Beverly 10, Salem 2: Sophomores Clinton Cabral and Jesse McLaughlin both registered hat tricks — with Cabral netting the first three goals of his varsity career — as the unbeaten Panthers (9-0) rolled. Cousins Andrew and Connor Irving both had a goal and an assist, as did sophomore J.J. Bachini; Graham Doherty also scored; Nate McLaughlin and defenseman Nick Albano both had two assists; and junior netminder Bryce Mitchell made 10 saves for the win. Freshman defenseman Sean Hanlon also had a terrific game while logging big minutes.

For the Witches (1-7-2), Danny Heck had a goal and an assist while Ben Kapnis added a power play tally for his first varsity goal. Junior goaltender Grant Thompson stopped 27 of 31 shots in two-plus periods of relief.

Marblehead 2, Winthrop 1: The Headers got a pair of third period tallies from Trip Franzese and 14 saves from Myles Barry to win on the road during ‘Pink The Rink’ night. Joe Newall assisted on both goals and freshman Matt Koopman also earned a helper. Franzese’s game-winning goal, coming on the power play with 5:59 to play, was his team-leading 11th of the season.

“It was a good night (for) a great cause,” said Marblehead coach Bob Jackson, alluding to the Pink The Rink fundraiser in support of Winthrop’s Leanne Silverman. “(Winthrop head coach) Dale Dunbar did a tremendous job in putting the evening together, and we were happy to be part of the evening.”

PEABODY 3, LYNN 0: Senior captain Joe Powers stopped all 21 shots he faced to help give the Tanners (2-4-2) a much needed victory on the road. Defenseman Chris Minter and forwards Mike Vadala and Tyler Gillespie all scored as Peabody had one goal in each period. Defenseman Cam Smullen and center Derek Demild also had solid all-around performances in the triumph.


Marblehead 7, Winthrop 4: Brittany Smith powered the Lady Headers with four goals and one assist to snap a two game skid and evened their record at 4-4. Marblehead was down 2-1 heading into the second period, but scored six goals between the final two periods. Rachel McKay had two goals and an assist, while Brittany Lydon finished with goal and two assists.


BB&N 37, Pingree 24: Junior Haley Sabino had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but Higlanders (6-4) couldn’t overcome their first half deficit. Freshman Cassidy Assad added six points, while Kerri Zerfoss had two points, five assists and one steal.


Salem 57, Everett 49: The Witches held Everett to just five points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Christian Dunston scored 16 points, dished out five assists, and grabbed five rebounds to lead the way, while Emilio Beato did solid work on the boards, pulling down eight.

Marvin Baez (12 points) and Billy Muse (10) also hit double-figures for Salem (6-3).


Tanners Take Two Silvers: Peabody’s boys 4x50 sprint relay and shuttle hurdle relay were both second overall at the D1 MSTCA Relay event at Reggie Lewis Center. The Tanner sprint medley was also 7th.

Eagles Teams Place: St. John’s Prep’s shot putters finished second at the state coaches relays at Reggie Lewis Center, combining to throw 140 feet. The Eagles were also fourth in the 4x800 (8:27) and fifth in the 4x400 (3:37).

Ipswich places in four events: At the D4 relays, the Tigers’ shuttle hurdle team of Elliot Bates, Jason Galoski, John Odenbach and Ryan Bahar finished third overall with a time of 29.97. The shot put team (Chris McCormack, John Elnagger and Brendan Sweeney) placed fifth overall with a total throw of 118-1 1/2. Elnagger and Odenbach were also members of the fifth place 50 yard dash team along with Alex Jean-Charles and Chris DiNocco, who finished with a time of 23.32. The 4x200 relay team of Robbie Fay, JT Romano, Jean-Charles and Elnagger placed sixth overall with a season best time of 1:38.85.

Generals take fifth: Hamilton-Wenham’s 4x50 shuttle hurdle relay team of Jack Chapman, Pat McDonough, Matt Hull and Tyler Milley, finished fifth overall with a time of 30.10 at D4 MSTCA Relay event.

Fenwick has strong showing at Dartmouth: Senior captain Patrick Corcoran set a new school record and place fourth (58-5) in the weight throw and also placed ninth in the unseeded shot (44-7). Dan Deschenes medaled in the 400 (52.1) with a sixth place finish. Bryan Mendes had top 20 performance in the mile (4:46), placing 15th out of 76 runners.


Peabody Wins MSTCA Crown: The Tanners’ distance medley topped the field at the Division 1 state coaches relays at Reggie Lewis Center in 12:20, falling one second short of the meet record. Samantha Allen, Heather MacLean, Joanne Frangias and Catarina Rocha took home gold for Peabody in the DMR, which is a relay with legs of 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters. Also for Peabody, the shot put relay finished fourth.

Ipswich places second: The Tigers finished second in the state, just behind Old Rochester at the Div. 4 MSTCA Relay event. Ipswich earned 32 points, with outstanding performances from their seniors, who all earned medals. The distance medley relay team of Tina Keiran, Shey Coughlan, Natalie Soliozy and Sarah Keiran took second overall, while the shuttle hurdle team of Becca Goulet-Martel, Nora McMorrow, Hannah Steele and Katie Monahan also took second overall. The sprint medley relay team (Sarah Keiran, Devon Smith, Steele and Jill Calvani) and the 4x400 team (Smith, Coughlan, Soliozy and Calvani) both finished in third place.

The shot put team (firth place), the 4x200 team (sixth) and the 4x800 team (sixth) also had strong showings for Ipswich.

Crusaders run hard at Dartmouth: Arianna Maida took third unseeded mile with a time 5:30 for Fenwick, while senior Maggie Lepley finished 10th in the shot (27-9 1/2) and 11th in the 20lb weight throw championship (36 ft). Senior Carolyn Claveau placed 11th unseeded shot (27-9).

Generals Teams Place: Hamilton-Wenham 4x800 meter relay team of Sarah Duffy, Meghan Stone, Claire Pacione and Emily Weigand finished fourth with a time of 10:21 at the Division 4 state coaches relays at Reggie Lewis Center. The Generals also took sixth in the 4x50 yard shuttle hurdle relay (Liz Mulley, Briana Thompson, Fiona Worsfold and Lilly Shiland) and sixth in the distance medley relay (Duffy, Shiland, Pacione and Weigand) with a time of 13:16.


Masco edges Beverly in Quad Meet: The Panthers defeated Malden (41-12) and Dedham (51-30), but dropped a tight battle with Masconomet (42-41). Brian Perry (220 pounds), Tom Wilbur (160), Luke McDonald (152), and Joe Kozlowski (132) each won three matches for Beverly (10-5), while Brendan McGee (170) won two.


Danvers/no. Reading 139.7, Winthrop 129.3: The Falcons improve to 3-0 overall behind senior captain Roni Levine’s first place finish in the all-around. Levine scored a 36.0 and was first on beam (9.3), floor (9.0) and vault (9.3). Sophomore Emily McPherson finished third in the all-around and took first on bard (8.7) and second on beam (9.0).

Beverly 141.45. Gloucester 104.0: Heather Gomes placed first in the all-around (36.85) as the Panthers move to 3-0 on the season. Gomes was first on all four events vault (9.2), bars (9.3), beam (8.9) and floor (9.45). Adrianna Beatrice was second in the all-around with a 35.8. Loralee Smith was third on vault (8.6), Hannah Rennie finished second on bars (9.0), Libby Rosenberry was third on beam (8.65) and Kate Jackimowicz was third on floor (8.6).


Pingree wins Invitational: The Higlanders traveled to Dana Hall to compete in an invitational meet against Portsmouth Abbey, Berwick Academy, Bancroft School, and Landmark School. The girls finished in first place overall with 462 points, Erin Cunningham (50 free, 100 back), Veronica Monteiro (100 butterfly) and Solina Powell (100 breaststroke) all had first place finishes for Pingree. The girls 200 medley relay team also had first place finish

The boys finished in 4th place with 158 points. Senior Nick Sweetser won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.56), which was a personal best and new school record.

Bishop Fenwick 92, St. Mary’s 68: The Crusaders (1-2) won their first meet of the year behind an impressive performance by Carson Christuk, who qualified for sectionals in the 100 freestyle (52.50) and states in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.47). Other first place finishers include, Jimmy Gauthier (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Steven LaRochelle (200 free), Lindsey Andrews (500 free) and Bridgette Townsend (100 back).

Masco’s O’Keefe takes 3rd: In yesterday’s Cape Ann Leauge Diving Meet, Masco’s Liam O’Keefe finished third with 165.22 points. As Manchester-Essex took the first two sports, Ipswich’s Tessa Amoroso placed fourth (149.85) and Hamilton-Wenham’s Victoria Vance was fifth (136.42).


Framingham St. 3, Salem St. 1: The visitors scored a shorthanded goal during a 5-on-3 Vikings advantage and also scored twice on a 5-minute major in the second to stun Salem State (7-5-1). The Vikings had 53 shots on goal and scored late in the third on Kris Faric’s power play tally.


Gordon 64, Salve Regina 62: Hans Miersma grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the put-back with just seconds remaining for the game-winning bucket as Gordon bumped its record to 9-5. David Dempsey had a team-high 14 points, Miersma finished with 13 points and Park Thomas added 11 points for the Scots. .

Curry 83, Endicott 73: Lance Greene was 7 for 11 from the floor with a team-high 20 points for Endicott (7-6) which dropped to 2-4 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. John Henault chipped in 19 points for Endicott however a 17-4 run by Curry to end the game sealed the Gulls third straight conference loss.


Curry 55, Endicott 53: Sophomore Carley Stauffer was 4 for 8 from long range for a career-high 12 points but the Gulls (9-4) suffered their first CCC defeat. Kelsey Cuddy added 11 points off the bench while Jen McBrien and Samantha Crough scored eight points each and combined for 14 rebounds.

Salve Regina 62, Gordon 39: Brooke Kratche (13 points) nailed a turn-around jumper to begin the game but it would be Gordon’s (2-12) only lead of the game. The Scots are now 0-7 in CCC play. Lauren Kranyak led Gordon with 17 points.


UNE 119, Gordon 77: Emily David scored first place finishes in the 200 IM (2:26.22) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.50) while Nicole St. Martin won the 200 freestyle (2:09.14) for Gordon. Julianne Kirkpatrick was first in the 500 freestyle (6:01.89). The men’s club team meanwhile won 106-66 behind double-winner Andrew Lewis, who topped the 200 (2:02.19) and 500 (5:30.15) freestyles.