Pingree 6, Ethel Walker 0: The Highlanders (23-2) took a 2-0 lead into the half and never looked back, cruising to a NEPSAC Class C championship victory Sunday afternoon. Katelyn Clarke and Kendall Traveis each scored twice while Alana Richardson had a goal and two assists in the win. Maddie Mullaney also scored while Erica Dowd tallied a pair of assists.
Saturday in the semifinals, Pingree was again dominant, dispatching Winsor School, 5-0, to punch its championship ticket. Clarke had a pair of goals in that one while Richardson had a goal and two assists, Addy Fenton had a goal, Olivia Donahue had a goal and Maddie Mullaney had an assist. Shannon Conte had the shut out in net with 15 saves and Grace Mullaney, Nina Husak and Sophie Shuman were all big defensively.
Rivers 3, Pingree 2: Lexi Garcia netted the go-ahead goal in the first half but Rivers rallied with two unanswered to snatch the NEPSAC Class B championship in a tremendous, well-played match. Senior Rhode Island commit Tess O’Connell also had a goal, giving Pingree (18-1-2) the lead before Rivers drew level.
Saturday in the semifinals, the Highlanders took down Lawrence Academy 3-0 behind two goals and an assist from Jess Tonthat. O’Connell also had a goal in the victory.
Whittier 44, Salem 28: Senior Devin Tolbert scored three touchdowns and had 20 of his Witches’ 28 points in a Saturday morning setback. He took a fumble back 30 yards to get Salem (1-9) on the board, hauled in a 78-yard pass from young QB Michael Ready and also returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score. Ready threw for 99 yards on the day, with 95 of those going on Tolbert, and leading rusher Connor McRae also had a TD run.
Wayland 28, Marblehead 14: The Magicians (6-4) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Josh Robertson touchdown passes to Brady Lavender and Tim Cronin and led 14-7 at the half, but were held scoreless from there en route to a tough setback. Cronin finished the contest with 62 yards on 13 carries to go with the touchdown pass; his younger brother, Connor Cronin, had an interception; Ryan Freiberger had a team-high four catches for 52 yards; and Robertson was 11-for-21 for 120 yards and the two touchdown passes.
Endicott 35, Nichols 7: Holding just a 10-7 lead after three quarters of play, the Gulls (8-2) exploded for a 25-point fourth quarter en route to the big win. Nick DiCairano opened the fourth with a 33-yard field goal before Adam Bracamonte (9 yard run), Will Genaway (12-yard pass from Joe Kalosky) and Greg Ruff (1 yard run) all scored touchdowns to pull away for the route. Kalosky finished the day 25-for-36 for 191 yards, two touchdowns and two picks; Ruff had 70 yards on 11 rushes to lead the ground game; and Bracamonte hauled in a team-high 10 catches for 54 yards. Defensively, Tim Russell had 10 tackles, Joseph Pagett had nine and both Micharl LeFebre and Allen Gibson recorded interceptions.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Kean 3, Endicott 1: One of the best seasons in school history came to a close in the NCAA second round as the No. 20 ranked Gulls (19-5 with program record for wins) fell to the No. 9 team in the nation. Danves’ Taylor Farrin made five stops in net and Kristen McCarthy had Endicott’s goal in a relatively even game that was 8-7 in both shots on goal and penalty corners. Endicott’s program-best 15 game win streak was also broken up.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY
Endicott 3, Becker 0: Bailey Thieben made 20 saves to earn her first career shutout and the Gulls (5-1) got a goal in each period to get the weekend sweep. Jade Meier, Courtney Sullivan and Emma McDowell were the scorers for the winners.
Johnson & Wales 5, Salem State 2: Ex-Peabody captain Jess Robert picked up her second assist in as many games for Salem (1-3) on an Alexis Thomas goal and Isabella Perrotti also scored with Sarah Plourde coming up with 20 saves.
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY
Endicott 3, Nichols 1: Conor O’Brien stopped 31-of-32 shots and the Gulls ran their record to 4-1 on the young season with another Bourque Arena home victory. Jake Simons opened the scoring with a power play tally, Eric Johansson netted the game-winner and Svet Kuchynski added a third period goal.
Fitchburg State 3, Salem State 1: A second period natural hat trick by FSU’s Ryan Murphy doomed the Vikings as they fell to 0-3. Connor Wooley got Salem on the board in the third period but it wasn’t enough to spark a multi-goal comeback.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Endicott 102, Lesley 69: Matt McDevitt (17), Keith Brown (15), Jalen Echevarria (12) and Jake Rudolph (10) all scored in double figures to help the Gulls improve to 2-1 on the season.
Keene State 99, Salem State 91: The Vikings fell to 1-3 despite a 33-point, nine-rebound performance from senior guard Sean Bryan. Hakeem Animashaun was also strong in the setback, nearly recording a triple-double in going for 27 points (17-for-22 from the line), 10 rebounds and seven blocks.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Bowdoin 79, Endicott 60: The Gulls (1-1) hung with No. 5 ranked Bowdoin for two quarters but ultimately couldn’t keep pace down the stretch. Mikaela Rogers had 17 points to lead the offense while Emily Pratt had 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.