The Pingree football team suffered another heartbreaking loss this weekend, falling to Holderness in overtime, 42-41.
The Highlanders scored on their first play of overtime and kicked the extra point for a 41-34 lead. Holderness needed six plays to score, then decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win.
“They ran like a jet sweep to our defensive left side and we made a nice collision on the goal line and he fell into the end zone for the two-point conversion,” Pingree coach Chris Powers said.
Pingree lost a close game last week when a potential game-winning field goal sailed just wide in a 28-27 loss to Proctor.
“We lost a game earlier in the season on a Hail Mary play at the end of the game,” Powers said. “We’ve had some really tight, exciting games that have come down to the wire.”
Griffin Beal had a dominant game for the Highlanders. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for 113 yards also. He chipped in an interception on defense as well.
Justin Assad caught seven passes for over 100 yards while Connor Bandar came through with 13 tackles from his middle linebacker position. Pingree slipped to 4-4 with the loss.
MIT 34, Endicott 29: The Gulls outscored MIT 27-13 in the second half, but came up short in their upset bid. Nate Lewis caught a pair of TD passes from Drew Frenette, the second of which was a 60-yard score that gave the Gulls a 29-28 lead in the fourth quarter. Lavante Wiggins also ran for two 1-yard TDs. Lewis finished the game with nine catches for 187 yards for Endicott (5-3).
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Endicott 4th, Gordon 5th at CCC Championship: Erin Haynes, a senior at Endicott, placed sixth overall in a time of 24:18 to lead her team, which finished with 119 points in the nine-team, 3.73-mile Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship at Gordon College in Wenham. Sophomore Kiera Malone was the next Gulls’ finisher in 26:26, good for 32nd place. Juniors Grace Brigham (26:39) and Holly Rigoli (26:53), as well as senior Jocelyn Kane (27:06) also ran well for Endicott.
Sophomore Mariah Geiger’s 18th place time of 25:38 helped the Gordon women finish in fifth place with 135 points. Freshman Louisa Dodds clocked in at 26:18, good for 28th place while sophomore Emma Gray (26:34) was 36th. Junior Jessica Fittro (27:07), senior Caitlin Holahan (27:19) and freshman Eliza Stiles (27:20) also had strong showings for the Gulls.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Gordon finishes 4th, Endicott 6th: An outstanding effort from Gordon College freshman Damon Kilgore, who finished in second place at 27:29 and just four seconds off the top spot, helped his team finish in fourth place at the 4.97-mile Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Saturday. His teammates, juniors Nathan Swaim (28:43), Wes Nelson (28:46) and Alexander Russell (28:48) were also stellar.
For Endicott, freshman Zachary Marshall led the way by finishing in 28:42, good for 17th place overall. Sophomore Noah Mondello (29:19), senior Alex Walecka (30:18) and sophomore Kidder Splaine (30:20) also finished strong for the Gulls.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Gordon 2, Endicott 1: The Fighting Scots defeated Endicott for the second time this season in the regular season finale. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday at Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals.
Karli Weiss set up the first goal and scored the game-winner for Gordon, which finished the regular season at 12-8 overall and 9-3 in the CCC. Katherine Bailey scored the first goal for the Scots while sophomore goalie Shannon Hicks stood out.
Freshman Olivia Larson scored the goal for Endicott (15-4, 9-3).
Framingham State 3, Salem State 1: Salem State’s (2-15) Natalie Bourne scored the first goal of the game early on in the second half. Angela Montano assisted on the score, but Framingham went on to score three times before the game was over.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Salem State 2, Bridgewater 1 (OT): Sara Previte (Beverly) notched her fist goal of the season in overtime to lift the Vikings (7-5-4) to victory. Julia McDermot also scored for SSU, while keeper Rachel Ledbetter stopped two shots.
Wentworth 4, Endicott 2: Taylor Geas scored a pair of goals for Endicott, but it wasn’t enough as the team fell in the CCC quarterfinals. Endicott outshot its opponent 21-13 and had 11 corners.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Gordon 4, Western New England 2: Four different players netted a goal, as the Fighting Scots won Saturday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinals game. Gordon moves on to the semifinal round and will host third-seeded Roger Williams on Wednesday (7 p.m.). Evan Crocker, Ben Gradert, Caleb Cole and Andy Guthrie handled the scoring.
Endicott 1, Salve Regina 0 (6-5 in penalty kicks): Freshman Brendan McLaughlin delivered the winning penalty kick after the two teams battled to a scoreless tie throughout regulation and overtime. The win pushes the Gulls to their first CCC semifinal since 2005. Endicott will play at No. 1 seed Nichols on Wednesday (1 p.m.).
Bridgewater State 8, Salem State 0: Nondas Kargakis made six saves in the loss for the Vikings (3-12-1).
Western New England College 3, Endicott 0: The Gulls fell 25-18, 25-15, 25-13. Alleigh VandeMerkt had 15 assists and Elise Morgan contributed six kills for Endicott.