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January 28, 2013

Weekend area sports roundup: Beverly beats Danvers, Salem to stay unbeaten


The Salem News

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Beverly kept its regular season win streak alive by capturing two meets this weekend. The Panthers knocked off Salem yesterday, 142.4-126.3, and picked up a narrow victory over Danvers, 142.6-141.6, in a battle of undefeated teams on Saturday.

Beverly (7-0) has now won 27 straight regular season meets.

“It was a really big win over Danvers. They were definitely scoring close to where we were and going into the meet they were also undefeated,” Beverly coach Lauryn Ginsburg said. “We knew it would be close and it could (help) determine the conference title. We went in really strong and so did they, and it came out close.”

Heather Gomes had a tremendous showing against Danvers, winning the all-around with a 37.45. She was first on vault (9.6), beam (9.4) and floor (9.55), and also took second on bars (8.9).

Adrianna Beatrice was third in all-around with a 36.1 for Beverly. She was first on bars (9.1) and third on vault (9.4). Libby Rosenberry also contributed a third on beam (9.0) for the Panthers.

Beverly’s victory over Salem was a “Senior Meet”. Beatrice and Loralee Smith, both seniors, handled the all-around duties and took the top two spots. Beatrice was first with a 37.05 and Smith was second with a 34.6.

Katie Wheatley had a solid day with an 8.3 on vault and a 7.85 on bars, while Rosenberry contributed an 8.1 on vault and an 8.5 on beam.

Masco 138.55, H-W 123.2: Junior Mina Shernan won the meet for Masco (5-1) with a 37.2 while junior captain Jess DeMarco was second with a 36.35. Freshman Alexa Prouty was third on vault (8.6), sophomore Hannah Bradshaw was third on bars (7.7) and junior Beth Defossez was fourth on beam (8.3) for the Chieftains.

BOYS HOCKEY

Peabody 4, Swampscott 3: Tyler Gillespie’s goal, coming off a turnover with 52 seconds to play, proved to be the difference as Peabody (3-8-2) recorded its biggest win of the season. Sophomore Bobby Caproni scored the first two goals of his varsity career and junior Derek Demild added to the offense with a goal and an assist for the Tanners, who played arguably their most physical game of the winter. Captain Joe Powers stopped 31 shots between the pipes, while fellow captain Mike Vadala had a strong game up front, as did Guiseppe Zarro (1 assist) on defense.

Swampscott (10-3) had a goal and an assist from Ryan Cresta, two assists from Noah Maercklein, single tallies from Griffin Hunt and Robert Serino, and 24 saves from Tristan Bradley.

Salem 1, Saugus 1: Junior goaltender Brett Harring stopped 40 shots and Spencer Bergholtz added his team-leading eighth goal as the Witches (2-8-3) secured a solid point at home. Defenseman Jake Batista set his team’s physical tone early with some big hits while Eli Spector also had a terrific game defensively. Freshman Eamon Williamson earned his first varsity point with an assist on Bergholtz’s goal, with Danny Heck also assisting.

Danvers 4, Lynn 0: Joe Strangie scored his 100th career point on a second period assist while fellow senior captain A.J. Couto produced two goals as the Falcons (7-3-3) whitewashed the Jets. Sophomore Alex Taylor made 15 saves for his second shutout this winter, and Rob Buchanan’s second period goal proved to be the game-winner. In addition, two Falcons recorded their first varsity points as Kyle Cahill scored and Sean Lundergan assisted on the play.

Beverly 6, Revere 1: Junior center Connor Irving had a goal and three assists to tie his cousin Andrew Irving (1 assist) for the North Shore scoring lead with 32 points as the unbeaten Panthers (12-0-1) rolled on the road. Junior center Graham Doherty also had a big night with two goals and an assist, while defenseman Nick Albano scored once and assisted on another. J.J. Bachini and Ryan Santo also tallied for Beverly, sophomore Ted Leathersich (2 assists) had the first two-point game of his career, defenseman Sean Munzing had a terrific outing, and goalies Tim Biarelli and Bryce Mitchell combined to make six saves in splitting goaltending duties.

Austin Prep 9, Bishop Fenwick 1: Freshmen Wil Bethune, Eric Giguere, Matt Townsend and Chris Napolitano had the opportunity to see a lot of ice time and played well in a losing effort for Fenwick (3-11). Mike Napolitano lit the lamp for his team-leading ninth time this winter, with Nick Finan and defenseman Jake Brennan assisting. Pat O’Leary stopped 31 shots before Bill Noftle, playing for the first time this season, relieved him and made five saves.

North Reading 3, Masconomet 1: Jared Brann scored a power play goal off a pass from captain Alec DiGiorgio, but the Chieftains (4-8-1) were once again snakebitten offensively despite pouring 32 shots on net. Captain Matt Cardillo stopped 11 of 13 shots between the pipes before the Hornets iced the game with an empty netter.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Marblehead 5, Everett 2: The Lady Headers went off in the first period, scoring four goals in six minutes. Brittany Smith led all scorers with two goals and one assist as Marblehead moved to 7-5-1. Brittany Lydon had a goal and an assist, while Caroline Hughes and Meg Gray each recorded a goal in the win. Goalie Aly Hopkins had 12 saves.

BOYS TRACK

BEverly’s Flaherty places first: At this weekend’s Coaches Invitational, Brendan Flaherty captured first place in the 300 with a time of 36.39 seconds. Harry Brown was third in the shot (46-11 1/2), Alex Greco came in fourth in the 1000 (2:39.98) and Jay Richardson was fifth in the high jump (6 ft).

Thomas second for Danvers: Sophomore John Thomas broke a school record in the Elite portion of the Coaches Invitational. Thomas set a new school record in the 55 meter dash (6.58), which was previously held by Collin Webb (6.67) from 2004. Joe Manson just missed placed in the shot with a throw of 51-11. At Saturday’s meet James Bailey ran a personal best in the mile (4:45) as did Drew Piazza (4:36).

Crimble impressive for Salem: Salem junior Jon Crimble set a new meet record in the long jump, taking first with a 21-6. He also ran a personal best in the 300, placing fourth in 36.67.

Dombrowski sets record for St. John’s: Junior Evan Dombrowski set a new St. John’s Prep school record for indoor shot put with a throw of 55-1 1/2, which beat Sean Enos’ old record of 54-8. Dombrowski took fourth in the meet.

Liam Dow (mile, 4:28.84) and Will Stark (600, 1:26.61) also ran well for St. John’s, setting personal records.

GIRLS TRACK

Peabody trio impressive: Catarina Rocha won the mile in 4:50.39 and broke the meet record — which she set at 4:53.89 last year — in the process. Heather MacLean also set a new Peabody school record in the 600 meters, finishing third in 1:36.89. Lauren Barrett also had a big day, taking fourth in the 1,000 in 3:05.91. Barrett’s performance was a personal best by 10 seconds.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Waltham 68, SJP 55: The Eagles (13-1) dropped their first game of the season. Drex Costello carried the team offensively with 26 points but the Prep struggled against a tough defensive Waltham team.

Beverly 69, Bridgewater-RayNham 46: Jon Berchoff (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Nick Cross (18 points) carried Beverly (10-3) offensively while Jonangel Franco gave the Panthers a lift defensively.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

St. George’s 53, Pingree 40: Junior Haley Sabino recorded a team-high 14 points to go along with her five rebounds and two assists as the Highlanders fell to 9-5 overall. Senior captain Katlyn Oliver finished with eight points and six rebounds, while freshman Cassidy Assad added five points, five rebounds and four assists.

WRESTLING

Beverly comes in third: The Panthers took home third place at the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Meet over the weekend. Beverly finished behind Lynnfield in first and Triton in second. Senior Luke McDonald won his weight class at 152, while Joe Kozlowski (132), Tom Wilber (160), Brian Tripoli (195) and Brian Perry (222) all finished second in their respective weight classes. Peter Reusch (182) and Pat Quieroz (heavyweight) finished fourth.

MEN’S HOCKEY

Salem State 3, Worcester State 2: Andrew Bucci (one assist) scored the game-winning goal for the Vikings at 8:38 in the third period. Mark Macdonald netted two scores for SSU, which moved to 10-7-1 on the season. Kristofer Faric finished with two assists and goalie Ryan Sutliffe stopped 26 shots.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Endicott 77, Roger Williams 74: Junior captain Bennett Knowlton made two clutch free throws and finished an Endicott (8-10) fast-break with a layup to help the Blue and Green to their first win in its last eight games. Sophomore guard John Henault (16 points and four assists) and senior captain Lance Greene(15 points, five assists, and four boards) had outstanding all-around games while junior captain Lachlan Magee and sophomore Tell White added 13 points each.

Westfield State 70, SSU 65: Justin Nieves led SSU (12-7) with 19 points while Tavone Wynder (15 points) and Bryan Ortiz (12 points) also had strong offensive contributions.

Curry 84, Gordon 76: David Dempsey led all scorers with 22 points and Alex Carnes finished with 18 points but the Scots dropped to 12-6 overall. Sophomore Jason Dempsey (11 points), junior Park Thomas (10 points) and sophomore Hans Miersma (eight rebounds) also had good games

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Roger Williams 58, Endicott 40: Jordan Ferland led Endicott (11-7) off the bench with 13 points, eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and an assist.

Westfield State 81, SSU 51: Peabody native Bridget Dullea (five steals) scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half but the Lady Vikings dropped to 8-12 overall.

Curry 51, Gordon 37: Gordon dropped to 2-16 despite a 14-point performance by Skylar Bareford.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Gulls swept by national powerhouses: Endicott fell 3-1 to 13 ranked Baruch and 3-0 to seventh ranked Rivers. Freshman Tyler Bacon dished out 20 assists in his collegiate debut against Baruch while he and Carter Roche combined for 13 assists in the loss to Rivers.

COLLEGE TRACK

D’Alfonso shines at Southern Maine Invitational: Leanna D’Alfonso recorded the best Gordon finish of the day for the Scots claiming third in the 400 dash with a 1:02.94. Damilola Junaid was seventh in the 55 dash (7.82) and was sixth in the 200 dash (27.77). Cross country standout Leanne Beedle was ninth in the mile (5:31.41). For the men, David Popa was ninth in the 200 (24.60) and 16 in the 55 dash (7.13).