It takes a village of defenders to contain Beverly, and Marblehead got that sort of effort from its backline and keeper as they stopped the Panthers, 1-0.
Sweeper Kelly Mealey, stopped Lucy Poulin and backs Abby LeBlanc and Meghan Hanratty were outstanding and sophomore Lauren Unterborn made 15 saves in net as Marblehead (8-2-1) earned its sixth shutout of the season.
”I’ve always been a defensive minded coach and in terms of how they’ve clicked together this has been one of the best defenses I’ve ever coached,” said Marblehead’s Andrew Bub. “As a unit they played great together and they had to because Beverly is strong at every position.”
Mia Bongiorno scored on a penalty kick in the second half for the game’s only goal, and freshman center-mid Meg Ryan had an outstanding game. Senior captain Diandra Crowley played well for Beverly, which fell to 9-2-2.
SWAMPsCOTT 7, REVERE 1: The Big Blue improved to 6-3-3 as Jamie Caponigro dished out three assists and Shauna King scored a goal to go with three assists of her own. Also scoring goals for Swampscott were Sarah Hingston, Meghan Morocco, Ellie Wright, Maggie DeGrande, Emma Wright and Casey Kennedy.
Waring 5, Cambridge School 0: Amanda Adams scored two goals and added one assist and Merilyn Hinrichs pitched in one goal and two assists as Waring moved to 9-0.
Pingree 6, Phillips Exeter 2: The Highlanders (7-0) continue their unbeaten streak as Charlotte Esty (assist) scored a hat trick. Lexi McNinch (two goals) and Emma Wayland (goal) also contributed to the impressive team-win.
Masconomet 4, Rockport 0: Kaleigh White had two goals, Courtney Bouchard added a goal and two assists, while Emma Hibbard also scored for the Chieftains (8-0-3). Lucie Farnham, Abby Reblin and Katie Pelletier (shutout) also had strong games as Masco qualified for the tournament in the win.
Austin Prep 3, Bishop Fenwick 1: Annette Ruggiero scored midway through the second half off an assist from Abi Rockey. Bridget Corcoran played well in the midfield for the Crusaders (5-5-2).
North Reading 1, Ipswich 0: The Tigers fall to 4-3-5 as they get ready for tomorrow’s game against Saugus.
Salem 3, Winthrop 0: Forward Nicole Sadoway netted three first half goals. Freshman keeper Sydney Rocheville recorded her second shutout in a row, while Salem (6-5-1) also saw strong play from Hayley Jellison, Katherine Towey and Jackie Panneton.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Beverly 22, Peabody 37: The Panthers won a first place showdown and captured the Northeastern Conference title in the process. Abby Walsh (18:50) and Nicole Demars (19:01) finished first and second for Beverly (6-0). Julianna Wesley (4th), Maeve Monahan (7th) and Norah Monahan (8th) clinched the win for Beverly.
“On paper, we were almost mirrors of each other. They were strong up front, good at third and fourth and we were matching up at fifth,” Beverly coach Dave Jellerson said. “We were pretty evenly matched, it was just who would win the internal battle. We got the better of them today.”
Lauren Barrett finished third for Peabody (5-1) in 19:16 and Sydney May finished fifth in 19:49.
Hamilton-Wenham sweeps: The Generals handled Manchester Essex, 20-39, and Lynnfield, 19-36, to improve to 9-0. Emily Weigand (2nd, 19:36), Jeanine Zheng (4th, 19:40), Emily Horgan (5th, 19:41), Olivia Horgan (6th, 19:42), Amanda Burnett (7th, 19:48) and Meghan Stone (8th, 20:03) had excellent races for Hamilton-Wenham.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 25, Minuteman 32: The Hawks (4-1) prevailed as Jesse O’Neill won the race in 22:22. Jessica Steffanilli followed in fourth and Hannah Marshall finished fifth for North Shore.
Ipswich splits: Junior Annie Zampitella was Ipswich’s top finisher with a time of 20:40 as the Tigers topped Saugus (18-45) and fell to Triton (23-34). Maggie Brown (21:20), Brooke Robishaw (22:15) and Nora Hughes (22:25) also had strong races for Ipswich.
Gloucester 27, Swampscott 28: Isabella Kornitsky broke up Gloucester’s top two by finishing second in 19:41, but the Fisherman edged the Big Blue (2-3) in a close race. Sarah Kelley (20:26), Alyssa Mauriello (20:44), Vivien Gere (21:03), Veronica Rizzo (21:05), Michelle LaConte (21:19) and Abby O’Connor (21:12) ran well for the Big Blue.
“This was as close as you can get in a cross country race and the girls left it all out there,” Swampscott coach Jeff Bartlett said.
Masconomet wins tri-meet: The Chieftains improve to 8-1 after defeating North Reading (20-41) and Amesbury (22-37. Megan Collins was second overall in a time of 16:50, Kathleen Gillespie finished fourth (18:29) and Abby Greenslade came in sixth (19:01).
Marblehead 17, Winthrop 50: Janaya Randall won the race in a time of 18:55 as the Magicians improve to 4-0 on the season. Lily Roberts (19:09) was second and Sarah Oliver (19:40) came in third.
Pingree splits: The Highlanders (6-3) defeated Beaver Country day (22-39) and Portsmouth Abbey (25-30), before falling to Concord Academy (36-21). Blaire Kaneb (22:12), Ali Knowles (22:20) and Lauren Menzie (22:25) were Pingree’s top finishers.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 21, Minuteman 37: The undefeated Hawks took four of the top five spots as Phil Simonton earned first place. Mike Tilton finished third, Doug Wilson was fourth and Brendan Hurley was fifth for the winners.
Marblehead 15, Winthrop 50: Race winner Chris Rodts finished in 16:25 to help the Magicians remain undefeated at 5-0. Conrad Rousseau was second in 16:46 followed by A.J. Ernst (17:12).
Peabody 16, Beverly 47: The Tanners (6-0) cruised behind race winner Alex Greco (16:54). Marcelo Rocha, Drew Fossa and Ben Braz finished in a pack behind Greco with times of 16:55 and Rich Fournier also ran well with a time of 17:05.
Campbell Wood (16:58), Brian McPherson (17:28) and Mike Scott (18:05) ran strong for Beverly (4-2).
Swampscott 23, Gloucester 32: Matt Mahoney won the race in 14:57 and Bennett Smith (third, 16:14), Robert McLaughlin (fourth, 16:23) and Noah Conti (fifth, 16:23) finished in the top five to make sure Swampscott (5-0) prevailed. Emery Green (17:41), Kyle Waters (18:40) and Alex Balezza (18:51) also ran well for the Big Blue, who face Marblehead for the NEC South title next week.
Hamilton-Wenham wins a pair: Matt Gillis won the race in 16:12 to help the Generals defeat Manchester Essex (26-29) and Lynnfield (15-40). John Blatchford (4th, 16:32), Michael Allara (6th, 16:39), Daniel Allara (7th, 16:50) and Jack Gourdeau (8th, 17:05) also ran well for Hamilton-Wenham (7-2).
Masconomet sweeps: Senior Harry Kent finished first overall in a time of 15:11 to push the Chieftains (8-1) past North Reading (23-32) and Amesbury (18-37) yesterday. Kyle Faddis came in third, while sophomore Danny Cosgrove finished fifth.
Pingree wins two: The Highlanders (5-1) topped Beaver Country Day (26-29) and Portsmouth Abbey (27-28), before falling to Concord Academy (38-21). Evan Maravelis (18:27), Adam Gerber (18:35) and Kyle Skelton (18:45) ran well for Pingree.
Beverly 3, Marblehead 1: Sean Curtain scored a pair of goals to help Beverly (7-5) overcome the Magicians. Peter Colletti also scored for Beverly, which led 1-0 and scored twice in the second half after Marblehead drew even. Keeper Justin Carnavale had an outstanding game for the Panthers, as did sweeper Christian Goodwin.
Hamilton-Wenham 0, Manchester Essex 0: Keeper Henry Eagar did an excellent job corralling the ball in the box and taking away scoring chances as the Generals (4-2-5) came away with a point. Sweeper Nick Loeper also played well for Hamilton-Wenham.
North Reading 6, Ipswich 1: David Dick scored with an assist from Sam Benford to ensure the Tigers (5-6) didn’t get shutout.
Whittier 3, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 0: Forward Josh Zwiercan and defender Nathan Espinal played well in defeat for North Shore (1-10).
Waring 6, Cambridge School 0: Kyle Patrick and Aiden Wood each scored a pair of goals while Nat Lyman and Jacob Vannak had one apiece. Defenders Charlie Mitchell and Isaac Ogle played well for Waring (5-0-1).
Bishop Fenwick 4, Austin Prep: Rishad De Silva scored on a pair penalty kicks, while Alex Baker and James Brophey added goals for the Crusaders (5-5-5). Greg Enos added an assist in the win.
Salem 7, Winthrop 1: Connor Duncan netted a hat trick, while Nathan Russell and Dalvin Alexandre each added a pair of scores in the Witches (1-6-3) first win of the season. Salem saw contributions from everyone on the roster, especially Tom Engstrom who played well in net.
Masconomet 3, Rockport 0: Jack Heintzelman scored on a direct kick and assisted on Masco’s two other scores (Justin D’Orlando and Kevin Gilbert) to lead the Chieftains to their 11th shutout of the season.
Beverly 3, Danvers 0: Kristen Abbondanza served well with 11 points and four aces to help Beverly prevail 25-23, 25-13, 25-23. Katherine Brown added two aces and Bridget Keaton had one while Hayley Finik came up with ten service points. Junior captain Kara Connors had nine points and seven kills for the Falcons, freshman Erin St. Pierre had seven digs and Julia McNulty had a strong game defensively.
Marblehead 3, Classical 2: The Magicians rallied to win the fourth set and the tiebreaker to win 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-9. Maeve Daly had 10 digs while Michaela LeBlanc also came up with 10 digs and added five aced. Jenny Norcross added seven kills for Marblehead (3-9).
Swampscott 3, Revere 1: Gina Asipenko had 11 kills and six aces to help the Big Blue (7-5) win 25-18, 25-19, 27-29, 25-20. Louisy Cim had five kills and three aces and middle blocker Taylor Irwin played well on defense and Faye Liakopoulos had 23 assists.
Pingree 3, Beaver 1: The Highlanders came through with 25-14, 25-14, 19-25, and 25-18 wins. Hanna Stasiuk had eight kills and two aces while Gabby Assad added seven kills for Pingree (3-7).
Peabody 3, Salem 0: Carolyn Scacchi had 10 kills and three aces to help the Tanners to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-13 win. Ali Gottsegan added 14 assists and Courtney Bua came through with two kills, one ace and outstanding defense for Peabody (12-0).
Phillips Exeter 4, Pingree 1: Quinn Anderson scored an unassisted goal for Pingree and goalie Kelsey Dion played well for the Highlanders.
Swampscott 2, Everett 0: Annie Kane scored what proved to be the game-winner off a pretty set-up by Tori Thistle and Tessa Beane. Victoria Himaras also added an unassisted tally as Swampscott (8-2-1) picked up its eighth straight victory.
Danvers 2, Peabody 0: The Falcons got goals from Katherine Leonard and Anna O’Neill on assists from Rachel Trocchi and Raquel Leslie to move to 8-3-1. Nicole Kamens also played well in the midfield for Danvers.
Marblehead 2, Salem 0: Hannah Fobert scored both goals for the Magicians, who qualified for the tournament in the win. Maggie Danforth and Madison Shea were credited with the assists, while Eliza Fitzgerald, Suzanne McCarthy and Molly Ackerman had solid games.
Marblehead 174, Austin Prep 143: Pitch Riley led the way for the Magicians by shooting a 36. Teammates Jake Hempel and Jake Kramer were right behind Riley with 39s. Marblehead hiked its record to 10-5.
Hamilton-Wenham 117, Ipswich 110: Scott Hughes had 31 points, Cole Farnham added 20 and Tom Riccio also had 20 for Hamilton-Wenham (5-9).
Swampscott splits: The Big Blue split in yesterday’s tri-match, topping Salem (45 1/2-22 1/2) before falling to Saugus (25-47). Peter Wright, Anthony Springthorp, Noah Maercklein, E.J. Polesky and Corey Bleau were all winners, while Max Cohen and Gavin Sullivan earned ties. Salem’s Nate Clark won his match (6-3) and Cam Twomey and Wes Schaejbe tied in their matches.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Endicott 3, St. Joseph’s Maine 0: Abdulla Al-khalifa scored a pair of goals to help Endicott improve to 7-6 on the season. Austin Peluso stopped both shots he saw to earn the shutout.
Nichols 4, Salem State 2: Costa Hatziiannou and Kevin Gallo each had goals but Salem State (1-9) couldn’t come all the way back after falling behind 3-0. Salem native Max Mondestin earned one assist and Viking keeper Nondas Kargakis made eight saves.
Salve Regina 3, Endicott 1: The Gulls (12-10) overall won the opening set but fell 25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 19-25 against CCC-leading Salve. Jackie Cone had 18 kills to lead Endicott and Tori McIntyre added 14.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Keene State 2, Salem State 0: The Owls scored twice in the first half and hunkered down on defense, holding the Vikings to no shots on goal in the road win. Goaltender Carolyn Woodin made 11 saves for Salem State (5-5).