GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
It’s hard to top a runner like Peabody’s Catarina Rocha. At this weekend’s MSTCA Frank Kelley Invitational, Rocha crushed the course record by 39 seconds to take first place overall with a time of 17:40 to help the Tanners to a first place team finsih as well.
Even more impressive, Rocha beat her previous time on the Wrentham course by 1:16.
Sam Allen had an impressive sixth place finish (19:08), sophomore Lauren Barrett finished 11th (19:32), senior Heather MacLean placed 17th (19:56) and first-time cross country runner Antonia Pagliuca finished in the top 50 (19:56).
“We were just trying to find our way,” said coach Joe Rocha. “We wanted to compare ourselves to other teams and it was good indication of where we are. It’s unbelievable the finishes the girls had. We need to compete and we did. The girls responded well.”
Ipswich’s Keiran is runner-up: Ipswich’s Sarah Keiran ran a personal best 18:50 on the 3.1 mile course to finish second in the Division 2 race at the Frank Kelley Invitational held Saturday. Tina Keiran placed sixth in 19:49 while Kellie Roach ran a personal best 22:18.
Big Blue girls run well: Swampscott’s Sarah Kelley, out for cross country for the first time, finished 17th in the Division 2 Frank Kelley Invitational race with a time of 20:35. Big Blue freshmen Isabella Kornitsky (third, 12:19) and Miranda Nocera (13th, 13:21) ran well in the 1.9 mile freshman competition.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
SJP wins Ocean State Invite: St. John’s Prep won the large school 5K at the Ocean State Invitational held in Warwick, Rhode Island Saturday. Liam Dow led the Eagles with a fifth place finish in 16:35, followed by Tim Loehner (16:41) in seventh and Tom O’Shea (16:54) in 13th. The Prep had 93 team points to edge Kellenberg Memorial from New York and beat of 31 schools and a field of 210 individual runners.
Swampscott’s Hale strong: Big Blue senior
Peter Hale ran 15:59.7 and placed second in the Division 2 race with the third best time of the day at Saturday’s MSTCA Frank Kelley Invitational. Matt Mahoney was sixth in 16:35 as Swampscott finished fifth as a team.
Peabody finishes 7th: Drew Fossa finished 16th overall for the Tanners with a time of 16:33 in the Div. 1 race at the Frank Kelley Invitational. Ben Braz ran 17:08 for 49th place overall and Cody Picardy finished at 17:28 for 68th overall.
Proctor Academy 44, Pingree 12: The Highlanders dropped their first game of the season against a formidable opponent. Senior captain Jerome Cappadona ran in for a score and threw the other one to Robert VanTuyl .
Cappadona threw for 246 yards and his leading receiver, Salvatore Fazio had six catches for 105 yards. VanTuyl recorded 72 yards on three catches, but it wasn’t enough to prevail.
”It was a tough game for us overall,” said head coach Chris Powers. “We were plagued by a bunch of turnovers, but it was a tight game for a long time. We had some opportunities to make plays, but they didn’t fall our way. They’re a very good time and sometimes all it takes is a couple good players to swing the tide for a game.”
Nick Antenucci, Jacob Gilbert and Cappadona played strong for the Highlanders (2-1).
Prep’s Dilisio wins CC title: St. John’s Prep freshman Steven Dilisio shot an even-par 72 at the Catholic Conference individual tournament held at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Saturday to win the league’s individual championship. Senior Brandon Bingel shot 75 and finished third and senior Josh Wingardner shot 78 and tied for fifth.
Weymouth 2, St. John’s Prep 1: Senior captain Brooks Clark tied the game with five minutes to play in the first half against an undefeated Weymouth team. Nate Schmidt recorded the assist and Tommy Buonopane did a good job filling in at center-back as the Eagles were handed their first loss of the season and move to 6-1 overall.
cUSHING 9, PINGREE 4: The Highlanders (1-3-2, 0-1-2 EIL) fell in a non-league match Saturday. Captains
Nate Graves and Cam Knowles scored goals and Connor Reardon and Kian McGee also scored.
Endicott 33, Curry 28: The Gulls’ defense came up big, creating offensive opportunities as it forced five fumbles, with three recoveries and sacked the Curry quarterback four times. Despite being down at halftime 21-13, Endicott poured on the points in the second half. Sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette finished 8-19 for 126 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Senior Mike Murphy led the Gulls in receiving with four receptions for 56 yards and a score. Senior tailback Jared DiBiase
had his best game with 128 yards rushing on 18 carries.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Gordon 3, Nichols College 2: Kristian Kasiguran got his first goal of the season and broke the game open after 31 minutes scoreless play in the first half. Nick White finished a throw-in for the Scots (3-6) second of the game and Andy Guthrie had the game-winning goal off a penalty kick in the 82nd minute.
Salem State 2, Bridgewater 0:
Eryk Fernandez scored twice as the Vikings’ defense locked down any scoring opportunities for the visiting Bears. SSU improves to 5-5-1 overall and remains undefeated in MASCAC play at 3-0.
University of New England 2, Endicott 1:
Jordan Daniel recorded his fifth goal of the season to cut the deficit to one by halftime. Both teams failed to scored in the second half as the Gulls drop to 5-5-2.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Salem State 0, Bridgewater State 0: The Vikings move to 5-3-1 overall after double overtime scoreless draw over the weekend. Swampscott’s Kelly Birchmore had a chance to win it for SSU as her shot went just above the crossbar with two minutes left in regulation. Salem outshot the host Beers 13-4 over the final 65 minutes.
Gordon 2, Nichols College 0: The Scots remain unbeaten in Commonwealth Coast Conference play (3-0) and move to 9-1 overall. Taylor McSherry gave Gordon 1-0 lead going into the break and senior captain Caitlin Nedde finished the scoring late in the second half. Melissa Toomey and Kelly English combined for the shutout with 11 saves.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Endicott 3, University of New England 1: Emily Sawchuck scored twice for the Gulls (7-3), while Hannah Thornberg added a final goal with seconds to play.
UMass Dartmouth 3, Salem State 1: The Vikings and
Courtney Lynch sparked a late rally with second half goal, but couldn’t stop the Corsairs. Michaela Boyer had seven saves as SSU drops to 7-2 as UMass Dartmouth put and end to the Vikings five-game winning streak.
Nichols College 5, Gordon 0: Freshman
Abigail Lutz recorded 14 saves in the loss for the Scots (2-9) while sophomore Karli Balmer had seven shots on goal.
Endicott 3, Salve Regina 2: Mackenzie Guerre went off for 18 kills on 41 attempts with only two errors as the Gulls (9-6) got the win in five sets. Freshman Jackie Cone came off the bench to record 17 kills while Callie Dolan tallied 11 of her own.
Salem State splits: In a tri-match, the Vikings swept the University of Southern Maine 3-0 in the opening game, but dropped their second match to St. Joseph’s 1-3. Against the Huskies, junior outside hitter
Jazmin Santos and senior libero Angelica Gonzalez tallied 12 .
WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS
Salem State 9, Western Conn. 0: The Vikings move to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play after sweeping visiting Western Conn. Michelle McEwen/Maddy Ward (8-0) and April McDermott/Tara Garvey (8-2) each earned convincing wins at first and third doubles respectively.
Salve Regina 7, Gordon 2: Senior Sarah Hickey had a winning day for the Scots at No. 2 singles, to beat her opponent in three sets and won at No. 1 doubles along with partner Lily Drescher for the Scots (3-7)