Boston High School: Girls' Soccer

D3 Soccer: Belchertown, Newburyport win states

November, 16, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -– Most former high school soccer players have long forgotten the final kick of their careers. Belchertown senior midfielder Cameron Messier will remember his for the rest of his life.

Messier scored his fourth, and most important, goal of the season six minutes into the first overtime to lift the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over Medway in the Division 3 state title game at Foley Stadium in Worcester. Saturday night’s dramatic win earned the program its first ever state championship.

“As soon as I scored, it was just a huge rush of adrenaline and I ran to the fans,” described Messier. “It feels like a dream right now. As soon as it hit his hands and I put it in, I just immediately [thought] ‘Oh my god, that’s the game!” It was incredible.”

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Josh Perry for ESPNBoston.comBelchertown grabbed the D3 state title in dramatic fashion over Medway, scoring six minutes into overtime.
The overtime began with Medway trying to create havoc and pushing numbers forward, but in the sixth minute Belchertown found space to cross from the right. The ball eluded junior Billy Aldrich and fell to midfielder John Ingram, who flashed a shot across the face of goal. The shot was saved by a diving Michael Bagdon, but the rebound fell to the foot of Messier, who made no mistake with the finish.

Medway head coach Jeff Hallenbeck was disappointed that his team was not able to bring home the title for the second straight season (the Mustangs fell to Groton-Dunstable in the D2 state title game in 2012), but could only shrug at how the final goal was scored.

He noted, “We started letting down in the midfield, so we started making adjustments on the fly. Once the overtime came along we decided to put immediate pressure on them. We got a couple of opportunities, but then gave up a bobbling ball in the middle.”

The Orioles jumped out quickly in the opening minutes of the game to earn three corners in the first four minutes, but it would be Medway that would get the scoring started. Six minutes into the game, sophomore Jacob Warren was played to the edge of the 18 by Justin Kaplan and then unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot into the bottom corner.

It was a great start for the Mustangs, but Hallenbeck admitted that the team could not sustain that energy and allowed Belchertown to play their game.

“I don’t know if the guys got a little excited when we scored so early...I did,” he remarked. “They [Belchertown] play a very aggressive style; they were moving the ball quickly. We got into a little game of kickball. So they kind of threw us off our game.”

The Orioles got their footing as the half wore on and fully dominated possession after the break. In the final 10 minutes of regulation, Belchertown was pushing Medway back and had several chances at a winner. Alex DeSantis had the best opportunity with a brilliant turn and shot on the edge of the box that came back off the crossbar. The rebound was headed home by Aldrich, but he was ruled offside.

“We never lost confidence,” said Belchertown head coach Tony Almeida. “These kids are good and they’ve been working hard all season long and they knew they could recoup from this. It certainly wasn’t our best game but it was good enough today.”

Despite Belchertown having momentum, Hallenbeck insisted his team was confident heading into overtime. The Mustangs stormed out of the gate in search of an early goal, but did not get the bounce they needed and then watched the Orioles put away their chance at the other end.

“We went four attackers up top and only two central defenders; that’s it,” he explained. “We went with our defenders to just chip it over the top to our forwards, but unfortunately it didn’t fall to feet. It was a good goal for them. It should’ve been cleared, but it wasn’t; these things happen unfortunately.”

After back-to-back seasons of reaching the state semifinals in Division 2, Belchertown made it to the finals in its first year in D3 (its first finals appearance since 2005) and the Orioles took home the trophy for the first time.

The goal-scoring hero Messier marveled, “First time in history that we’ve ever won States at Belchertown High, so it’s just incredible, honestly.”

“I love it for the kids because I know that they really wanted it,” said Almeida. “It’s great for the program. The kids have been at it for a long, long time. We’ve been working hard for the past 10 years and it’s finally nice to get here and win one.”

D3 Girls Final: Newburyport 1, Granby 0
Newburyport (20-0-2) completed an undefeated season with a commanding performance in Saturday afternoon’s Division 3 final at Foley Stadium in Worcester. The Clippers scored the lone goal and controlled possession in a 1-0 victory over Granby (18-3-1).

Senior Jaycie Triandafilou scored the game’s only goal seven minutes into the first half when a corner from Amy Sullivan took a deflection off her thigh and slipped inside the post. As it turns out, it was the only goal that the Clippers would need.

“I don’t really know what to say; it was amazing,” reflected Triandafilou about the game-winning goal. “It’s my last game and it felt right to get it. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”

The shutout was Newburyport’s 18th of the season and the Clippers only allowed five goals all season. Senior defender Alyssa Leahy is the lynchpin for the Clippers in the heart of the defense and was named the program’s first All-New England player. Co-head coach Kevin Sheridan credited the strong back line as the key to the state title.

“In the second half we started to control the game a little bit and that’s the way you want to win a championship,” said Sheridan.

Co-head coach Robb Gonnam, who also coaches many of the players during the club season, remarked, “Clearly, she dictates what happens back there. She makes [keeper] Lily [Donovan’s] job easier back there and she makes the fullbacks’ job much easier. She barks at them a lot, but it’s a lot better when you have someone directing traffic.”

Granby pushed forward at the end of the game, but it was Newburyport that had the best chances in the final minutes. Sullivan and Trianafilou both had chances to wrap up the victory with breakaways only to shoot straight at Granby keeper Brittany Hauschild.

After the game, Triandafilou was not concerned about the missed chances as she clutched the D3 state championship trophy.

“Our coach said last year when we lost in the North sectionals that we would be undefeated this season and it came true. That was fitting also.”

D2 Girls Final: Notre Dame (H) 2, Wilmington 2 (4-3 PKs)

November, 15, 2013
LYNN, Mass. -– Standing at the penalty spot with the chance to clinch her side the Division 2 state title, Notre Dame Academy senior striker Gabriela Kenyon had no doubt that she was going to make it.

“During the Scituate game, I put one away, so I was confident that I was going to make it,” said Kenyon afterwards. “I knew it was in. I knew it. I knew we were going to win this game.”

The shot was much closer than that confidence may let on. The ball barely squeezed past Wilmington keeper Kellie Souza’s fingertips and struck the post, but angled back into the net. The goal capped off a great final and clinched the Cougars the championship.

“Gabby has definitely got it done for us this year,” said head coach Elizabeth Mustafoski. “She always scores when we need it most and she’s been a rock for us.”

Notre Dame keeper Margaret Elliott had her struggles during regulation, but she stepped up to save the first penalty and the teams traded a miss apiece to set up Kenyon’s attempt at the winner. Kenyon noted that the team had worked all week on penalties to prepare for the final.

“We’ve been practicing all week for PKs,” she said. “Our goalie is amazing at saving them and we knew we had this; we knew it. It feels amazing; I’m speechless, still can’t really comprehend what happened.”

The ending was perfect for Notre Dame (21-2), but the game could not have gotten off to a worse start. Just two minutes into the game, a long pass forward slipped underneath Elliott’s body and Wilmington senior Alexandra Bischoff was in perfect position to run onto the loose ball and tap it into the empty net.

It took a few minutes following the goal, but soon the Cougars started to find a rhythm offensively and started to play with their customary style. Mustafoski admitted that there were some nerves to overcome early in the game.

She explained, “We play a possession style and it does take some time to get the nerves out, settle in, and knock the ball around. Luckily, this is as nice of a field as you can play on so we can play our game.”

Mustafoski added, “We made a couple of mistakes, but the important thing was that we were able to shake it off and come back and win the game.”

Notre Dame evened the score with six minutes remaining to halftime. A long pass over the top by Parker DiNatale landed in between the back line and Souza. Kenyon read the bounce, beat the keeper to the ball, and nodded home her 36th goal of the season.

The Notre Dame attacking foursome of Kenyon, sophomores Hannah Volpe and Kristen McCrea, and junior Sarah Rawson was a constant menace to the Wilmington back line. Volpe, in particular, continuously found space between the midfield and the back four and it opened up a lot of lanes. Wildcats centerbacks Devyn Malatesta and Kelly Hartsough were consistently forced to mop up inside the Wilmington box.

“They’re dangerous and they’re young,” said Mustafoski about her attacking corps. “Hannah Volpe up top with Gabby, they work really well together. Hannah is a very technical player; she can hold the ball and take people on.”

The Cougars momentum carried over to the second half. Kenyon had an early shot that went right at Souza and then, in the 51st minute, the Cougars got a free kick about 25 yards from goal. Junior defender Elissa Dukeshire hit it perfectly and it flew into the net over Souza to make it 2-1.

Much like Wilmington’s goal in the first half, the Notre Dame goal seemed to spark the opposition into life. Bischoff struck the bar with a header before another ball over the top two minutes later caused the Notre Dame defense fits and Rachael Mara was able to head home the game-tying goal.

Wilmington head coach Sue Hendee expressed her pride in the Wildcats ability to bounce back in the second half.

She noted, “They’ve done that consistently throughout the season. They’ve been really good about reacting well to different situations.”

Wilmington (19-2-1) nearly took the lead in the 18th minute. Senior Kaitlyn Curley picked out sophomore Casey McFall at the edge of the 18 but her shot struck the bar. The rebound fell to a Wilmington player at the far post but Elliott scrambled across to block the shot with her legs. Kenyon would have one more chance before the end of regulation that Souza saved.

Neither team created much in the first overtime. In the second, Bischoff nearly got on the end of a through ball by Jordyn Granara, but Elliott scooped it up. Allison Zaccheo forced Souza into a diving save and Kenyon nearly had the winner but pulled it just wide on a quick counterattack.

Mustafoski marveled, “It was a really exciting game; it was really back and forth. I knew that this team had a lot of character and would bounce back.”

Hendee echoed those sentiments. She remarked, “I couldn’t be any more proud of these girls…that was an absolutely incredible game.”

D1 EMass Girls: Newton North 2, Franklin 1

November, 13, 2013
TAUNTON, Mass. –- Shannon Fitzgerald scored with seven minutes remaining to lift Newton North into the state championship game after a 2-1 victory over defending state champion Franklin on Tuesday evening at Taunton High.

The winning goal was created by fellow forward Angela Ward sliding a pass through to the speedy Fitzgerald, who had made a diagonal run across the Franklin defender. Fitzgerald, who is committed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins next year, held off her marker and was able to slide the ball past keeper Dani Lonati.

It is a common sight for Newton North head coach James Hamblin to see his senior striker come through in a clutch situation. That was Fitzgerald’s 29th goal of the season and her seventh of the tournament.

“She takes her chances,” explained Hamblin. “She didn’t do much in the first half, but in the second half you just need to give her that one opportunity and she gets the game-winner time and time again. She’s been huge for us this season.”

Franklin head coach Tom Geysen admitted that his team was guilty of sitting back, but gave credit to the Tigers. He noted, “That’s the best team we’ve faced...easily.”

Geysen added, “That breakdown on the second goal happened for several reasons. They kept pushing, pushing, pushing and [with] that kind of pressure eventually you will make a mistake and they capitalized.”

It was Fitzgerald who created the first shot of the game in the opening minute of the first half. Her near post effort after cutting in from the left would be one of the few chances that either team created in the opening 40 minutes. The Panthers allowed Newton North to have the ball and attempt long through balls to the forward that Lonati and central defenders Julia Bireley and Nicole Ellin were able to clear.

Within the opening 10 minutes of the second half, the Panthers were able to show their strength on the counterattack and took the lead. Victoria Stowell picked out her sister Alexis with a diagonal ball on the edge of the Newton North penalty area. Alexis took it first time on the volley and put her shot into the top corner.

It was an incredible goal, but it also seemed to spark the Tigers into life.

Three minutes later, a cross from the right was tipped but not held by Lonati and it fell into the path of Ward, who nodded it home for the equalizer. The Tigers started to use width and Fitzgerald sent in several dangerous crosses through the six-yard-box that the Franklin defense struggled to deal with.

It was the width that Hamblin was looking for all game long.

He explained, “I think my forwards were too narrow and that made for less opportunities. We like to use the width, so we were playing too many straight passes and too many straight runs, not enough diagonal runs or switch passes.”

Bay State Conference MVP Christina Callahan also had a pair of shots saved by Lonati, including one that seemed destined for the top corner before the sophomore stuck a hand out to knock it over the bar. Shortly after that save, the Tigers finally found a seam and a winning goal.

“When that goal went in it lit something underneath our, you know, and it was great to see the character of the team,” remarked Hamblin. “It was great that they trusted each other and trusted the system.”

Franklin has won three out of the last four D1 South titles and with a team comprised almost entirely of underclassmen, Geysen expects that the Panthers will challenge again next year, if they keep the same attitude.

He said, “There’s a lot of young kids coming back next season and if they continue to work in the off-season and that idea of playing for each other and not playing for themselves; I think that’s why we were as successful as we were.”

Newton North will head into the state championship game on Friday at Worcester State at 5 p.m. to take on West sectional winners Minnechaug.

Soccer Roundup: Silver Lake routs New Bedford

November, 8, 2013
WEYMOUTH, Mass. -– Paul Beatty scored a second half hat trick to break open Thursday night’s Division 1 South sectional semifinal at Weymouth High. Beatty’s goals helped No. 1 seed (and No. 1 ranked) Silver Lake cruise to a 5-0 victory over No. 4 seed New Bedford.

Despite the final score, it was New Bedford that looked stronger at the start with star midfielder Klisman Sousa combining well with forward Edmilson Andrade and winger Felipe Ponte to put Silver Lake under pressure. The Whalers had the best chances of the first half and both came off of Sousa’s boot.

First, the Whalers senior played an in-swinging free kick that picked out defender Shawn Dias flying in at the far post, but he was unable to put the header on target. Just a minute later, New Bedford came forward again and Sousa worked the slightest sight of goal and let loose a left-foot rocket that Silver Lake keeper Stephen McSwain punched away.

Beatty had very little service in the first half with New Bedford putting a defender in front and behind him. The complexion of the game changed with just four minutes before the break. A long throw was barely touched past the post by Whalers keeper Austin Eugenio. On the resulting corner, New Bedford failed to clear and the ball bounced into the path of Tim Barrow, who ripped smashed it home to open the scoring.

Down by a goal, New Bedford started the second half by pushing numbers forward. That left room at the back for the speed of Beatty to have effect.

Lakers head coach Dan Correia explained, “They had all the momentum at that point, so for us to be able to be scrappy in the box and tuck one away...I mean those are the goals you need to get in these games. That opened things up a little bit in the second half because they had to change things defensively and freed Paul up.”

Beatty admitted that he was frustrated by the way the first half had gone, but he did not let it get to him. Instead, with his first real look at goal the striker was able to hit a shot that was deflected up over Eugenio to make it 2-0 just three minutes after halftime.

Beatty noted, “You just have to keep knowing that you’re doing the right thing and getting to places where you can get the ball and it will come eventually. I needed that to put me in the right state of mind.”

New Bedford tried to get back into the game through its star player, but Sousa was denied by McSwain again. The keeper was somehow able to get two hands to punch away a swerving shot and then also got down well to palm away the follow-up rebound by Andrade when it seemed destined for the net.

New Bedford head coach John Macaraco remarked that his team was unlucky not to have been on the board and that a goal at that moment would have changed the game.

He said, “The score doesn’t indicate how close this game was; every chance they got, they finished. Their keeper came up with some good saves. If we make it 2-1 then it’s a different game.”

From that point on, New Bedford struggled to get into the possession game that defines its style. Macaraco added, “We never settled down and got into our rhythm. I always say we need to play 'Calma' and I think we played 'calma' and go into our rhythm and if we did, I think the outcome would’ve been different.”

The Whalers were also facing a striker that suddenly felt momentum on his side. Beatty started to find a lot of space to turn and run at defenders. Fifteen minutes into the second half he went one-on-one with Ty Catunto and blew past him to finish from just inside the box to make it 3-0. A few minutes later he tapped in his hat trick when Sean Hurlburt’s long throw was allowed to bounce to him in the middle of the box.

Correia was aksed if this was a typical game for his center forward and he replied simply, “Yeah.”

He elaborated, “I think that’s 35 goals this season. He just has that extra gear that guys don’t have.”

Macaraco pointed to the goal as changing the way his team approached defending Beatty. He remarked, “Once we got down, you know, we had to push some numbers up top. We made a few mental mistakes and, with his blistering speed, he’s able to finish most of his chances.”

Silver Lake added a fifth in the final minutes when Brendan Nemes found space on the edge of the 18 and curled his shot into the top corner. It was an emphatic exclamation point on a dominating win for the Lakers.

It was also the final game in the New Bedford career of the talented Sousa, who drew praise from both coaches after the game. Macaraco reflected, “He’s a special player and he needs just an inch of space and with his ability he can get that inch and get that shot off. It’s been a pleasure being part of his four years at the high school.”

Silver Lake advances to the sectional final on Sunday at Taunton High at 5:30 p.m. to play the defending state champion Needham, which beat BC High 3-0 in the other semifinal.

  • While the Needham boys advanced to the sectional final with a solid win in a rematch with the Eagles, the Needham girls could not match the feat in the nightcap at Medway High. The Rockets were beaten 2-0 by defending champ Franklin, which returns to the sectional final. The Panthers got goals from Alexis Stowell and Taylor Cogliano in the first half to earn the victory. The D1 South final will feature the top two seeds, as Bishop Feehan scored in double overtime to end the amazing tournament run of Walpole. It was the first goal that the Rebels had given up in four playoff games.
  • In the D2 South boys’ semifinals, No. 2 seed Oliver Ames allowed a goal within the opening three minutes but then stormed back on a Dave Stapleton free kick and second half header by Gaston Cetrangolo to reach its first ever South final with a 2-1 win over Hingham. The Tigers will face No.13 seed Walpole, which beat Pembroke 2-0. Both of these teams competed in D1 last season. The girls’ final In D2, as it does in D1, will feature the top two seeds with No. 1 Scituate beating Sandwich 1-0 and No. 2 Notre Dame (Hingham) beating Dartmouth 3-2. Those finals will be played on Veterans Day at Braintree High.
  • There was another big upset on the girls’ side on Thursday. The top team in the state, Central Catholic, and the No. 4 team, Duxbury, were already eliminated and now the No. 3 team, Belchertown, is out as well. The Orioles were stunned in the D1 West sectional 1-0 by Pittsfield. The loss ends the remarkable careers of all-state twins Brittany and Breanne Moreau and puts Pittsfield back into the West sectional final for the second year in a row. Minnechaug will be the opponent after it beat East Longmeadow 2-1. There was also an upset on the boys’ side of D1 West with No. 2 seed Amherst beaten on penalties by West Springfield in the semifinal.
  • There will be a rematch in the D1 North boys’ final, as No. 1 seed Somerville beat Malden 3-0 and No. 3 seed St. John’s Prep knocked off Madison Park in double overtime. The Highlanders, led by forward Thayrone Miranda (you know, the guy who did this), will be looking to repeat as sectional champions. On the girls’ side, Newton North will face Acton-Boxborough. The North finals will be on Saturday at Manning Field in Lynn. Also on Saturday at Manning Field will be a top 10 showdown against unbeaten North Andover and perennial D2 power Concord-Carlisle, which will be one of the top games of the tournament. Not to be outdone, the D2 girls will feature a match-up of Beverly and Miss Soccer candidate Caitlin Harty against Concord-Carlisle. Amazingly, those are not even the sectional finals; those are just the semis.
  • In the Central, the defending D1 champion Nashoba girls were eliminated by rival Algonuin. Last year, the Tomahawks lost only three games in the season, each of them against the Chieftains. Algonuin will face top seed Westborough in the final to be held at Wachusett. Westborough also has the top seed on the boys’ side and the Rangers advanced to the sectional final to face Wachusett, which knocked off two-time D2 state champion Groton-Dunstable (moved into D1 after the Central lost a Division 2). Wachusett will host the boys’ final. Like Westborough in D1, Sutton will have both the boys and girls in the finals in D4 after both were dropped down from D3.

Peters, Riley to join MIAA as assistant directors

August, 2, 2013
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) yesterday announced the hiring of James Peters and Rich Riley as part-time assistant directors.

Here is the full release, courtesy of communications director Nathan Bonneau:

Franklin, MA – James Peters and Richard Riley will join the MIAA team as part-time Assistant Executive Directors in mid-August. Recent retirements have afforded the MIAA an opportunity to utilize the many years of educational and athletic leadership that both James Peters and Richard Riley offer. These two leaders have worked with the MIAA for years, serving many different roles, to enhance the high school experience for student-athletes across the state.

James Peters retired as Principal from Monson High School in 2011 after a distinguished career as coach, teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal. Furthermore, Mr. Peters served as MIAA President from 2007-2009, MIAA Board of Directors from 2004-2011, State Basketball Committee Chairman from 2001-2011, and several other leadership positions within the MIAA throughout his career. In 2011 Mr. Peters was awarded the MIAA Distinguished Service Award and most recently, in 2012, he was awarded the Sherman A. Kinney Award. Each of these awards represents one of the highest honors the MIAA offers.

Richard Riley retired as Athletic Director from St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in 2012 after two years of service. Prior to this role, Mr. Riley worked at Marlborough High School as a coach, teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and athletic directorstarting in 1975. Mr. Riley brings his extensive knowledge of both athletic director training and coaches education instruction to the MIAA. During Mr. Riley’s tenure at both St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and Marlborough High School he has served on several MIAA committees, including Coaches Education Instruction and Educational Athletics, as well as hosted and managed MIAA tournament events.

James Peters, District F, and Richard Riley, District E, have long standing relationships in the western and central parts of the state, which will further improve the MIAA’s representation and service to all sections of Massachusetts. The additions of James Peters and Richard Riley will benefit the MIAA as they work collectively towards providing the best possible high school experience for the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, and school administrators in Massachusetts.

New England Roundup: Vermont

July, 16, 2013
Saturday's Twin State Basketball Classic was a win-win situation.

The all-star basketball games between 2013 high school graduates from Vermont and New Hampshire provided something for everyone to cheer about. The New Hampshire girls posted a 61-59 triumph in the first game, and then the Vermont boys prevailed 89-84 in the second contest.

Both games were played at Essex High School.

Missisquoi's Matt St. Amour scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Vermont boys, who had five players score in double figures. Marcus Willingham (Rice) had 13 points and six rebounds, Matt Sanborn (Mount St. Joseph) and Tommy Carton (Essex) each tossed in 12 points, and Casey Tipson (Rice) finished with 11.

Vermont had a 16-point lead with just under nine minutes to play, but New Hampshire whittled the lead to two points. St. Amour made two late free throws to help seal the win.

Newmarket's Christian Hawkins led New Hampshire in scoring with 14 points.

Dartmouth-bound guard Moriah Morton was too much for Vermont to handle in the girls game. Morton, who played for Lebanon, scored 17 of her 27 points in the second half to help New Hampshire overcome a 13-point deficit.

Hartford's Stephanie Grobe led Vermont with nine points. Rutland's Kaitlyn Delong, Northfield's Mehgan McMullen, and Montpelier's Annie Jones each scored eight. Burlington's Olivia Maher grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

The New Hampshire girls have a 19-12 lead in the series. The New Hampshire boys have an 18-13 advantage.

Next summer's games will be played in New Hampshire. A location has yet to be announced.

Vermont received goals from South Burlington's Julie Hudson, Rice's Jenna Lacour, Bellows Free Academy's Tori Hubbard and Spaulding's Beth Scott and defeated New Hampshire 4-0 in the 15th Annual Girl's Hockey All-Star Classic on Saturday.

Rutland's Brittany Pelkey and Bellows Free Academy's Shanley Howrigan earned the shutout in net by making a combined 14 saves.
Vermont, which scored twice in the final 18 seconds, has won the event in four of the last five years and has an 8-5-3 edge in the series. Hubbard was named Vermont's Most Valuable Player.

Vermont dropped a 4-0 decision to New Hampshire in the 20th Annual Boys All-Star Classic. The Vermont boys outshot New Hampshire 36-15 in the loss. Burr and Burton's Zack Stewart was selected as Vermont's MVP.

Both games were played at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse and helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Vermont will look to end a 12-game losing streak when it faces New Hampshire in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on Aug. 3 at Dartmouth's Memorial Field.

Vermont dropped a 62-24 decision last summer and trails the series 44-13-2. Vermont has been outscored 433-145 during its 12-game losing streak.

Burr and Burton's Jason Thomas is Vermont's head coach. This year's game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and will be the event's first night game.

New Hampshire can select no more than six players from each division for this year's contest.

The Lions Cup twin-state soccer doubleheader will be played Saturday at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.

Vermont won both games against New Hampshire last year. The New Hampshire girls have a 16-10-4 lead in their series. The New Hampshire boys hold a 17-13-8 advantage.

Bay State Games: Weekend Recap

July, 16, 2013
Here's a look at all of last weekend's action from the Bay State Games, courtesy of its communications director Amy Barry:


WOBURN, Mass. -– Over the weekend seven showcase sports crowned a champion.

West captured the baseball crown when it blanked Southeast, 6-0, Friday afternoon to finish the five-day tournament with a 4-1 record. Southeast boys’ lacrosse upset the unbeaten Central, 12-8, to capture the gold medal. Northeast-Metro field hockey cruised to its gold medal title with an unblemished 4-0 record. Coastal boys soccer came back to defeat Central for first place while Central claimed the glory for the girls. On the ice, both Central squads earned bragging rights as the Central boys earned a decisive 5-3 decision over Metro and the Central-West girls downed the returning champion Northeast.

Baseball – Veterans Field Complex, Waltham

Metro 4 Central 1
A three-run first inning pushed Metro past Central, 4-1, in Friday’s opener.

Metro started off the game with three runs scored by the top three batters: outfielder Brendan Shea (Belmont), infielder Kyle Luongo (Revere) and Aaron Clancy to hold and early 3-0 lead.
Ted Downing was perfect on the mound for Metro for three innings, before the Cambridge local let up Centrals only run to outfielder Drew Mazzeo (Leicester).

Clancy scored an insurance run for Metro in the fourth. Jeremy Blake-Johnson (Worcester) started pitching for Central. After giving up three runs in the first inning, he had four strikeouts.

Central 2 Northeast 0
Central blanked Northeast, 2-0, Thursday morning.

Central’s two runs came in the first from outfielder John Militano (Bolton) and catcher Steve Rivela (Hudson) off a single from outfielder Drew Mazzeo (Rochdale).

The Northeast hitters were no match for the Central pitching staff who allowed no runs and three hits. Steve Albert (Worcester) started and went two innings with three strikeouts while Steve D’Agostino (Shrewsbury) threw four strikeouts in the next two. Jeff Svendson (Shrewsbury) closed the game for Central on the mound.

The lone hits by Northeast came off the bats of catcher Tyler Chiasson (Newburyport), Eric Eknaian (Billerica) and Jack Cox (Andover).

Despite the loss, Northeast clinched the bronze medal with a 2-3 record.

West 6 Southeast 0
West solidified its spot as the 2013 Bay State Summer Games baseball gold medalist with a shutout 6-0 victory over Southeast.

Led by a stellar performance on the mound by Nicholas Kennedy. The Longmeadow native who pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout with six strikeouts.

Shortstop Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) recorded three runs for West. Garett Hudson (Greenfield), Robert Kinne (Great Barrington) and Nick Massacrelli (Southwick) also brought in a run for West.

Southeast received hits from Ryan Ainslie (Weymouth) and Brad Rebello (Bellingham).

Metro 4 Coastal 1
Metro earned the silver medal with a 4-1 victory against Coastal in the 2013 Bay State Summer Games baseball showcase finale.

Baseball Final Standings
West 4-1 (Gold Medalist)
Metro 3-2 (Silver Medalist)
Northeast 2-3 (Bronze Medalist)
Central 2-3
Coastal 2-3
Southeast 2-3

Boys’ Lacrosse - Veterans Field Complex, Waltham

Bronze Medal Game - Metro-Northeast 10 Coastal 2
The tournaments leading scorer, forward Casey Iskra (West Roxbury) continued his offensive ways to help Metro-Northeast to the bronze medal over Coastal, 10-2, Friday afternoon.

After a low scoring first half, Metro-Northeast expanded on its 1-0 lead with a six-goal third period and never looked back to claim third place.

Iskra added six goals and an assists to his pervious contributes to be the showcases leading scoring with a total of 18 goals and one handout. Derek Lawton registered a four-point (2 goals, 2 assists) in the medal game. Joe Marion (Waltham) recorded 13 saves in the victory. Midfielders Matt Lambert and Brandon Green (Plymouth) tallied a goal each for Coastal. Shawn McNamara made 12 stops in the defeat.

Gold Medal Game - Southeast 12 Central 8
With a one-point game headed into the fourth quarter, Southeast used a four-goal fourth period surge to upset the unbeaten Central, 12-8, and claim the 2013 Bay State Games boys’ lacrosse gold medal.

Seven different players found the back of the net for Southeast with attacker James Righini’s (Weymouth) four-point effort (3 goals, 1 assist) leading the way. Attackers John Mulcahn (Scituate) and Nick Anson (Braintree) also notched multiple points with three goals and 2 goals, respectively. Jack Dunford (Quincy) earned the win in between the pipes with 12 saves. Attackers Paul Nardone (Northborough) and Billy Doherty (Marlborough) led the silver medalist’s offense as Nardone tallied four goals and Doherty notched two for Central who saw six players tally at least one goal on the day. Ezra Itzkowsky (Northborough) and Zachary Livingston (Whitnesville) combined for eight saves for the silver medalist.

Boys’ Lacrosse Final Standings
Southeast 3-1 (Gold Medalist)
Central 3-1 (Silver Medalist)
Metro-Northeast 2-2 (Bronze Medalist)
Coastal 0-4

Field Hockey Results – Veterans Field Complex

Friday, July 12

Northeast-Metro 5 Central 1
Northeast-Metro posted its second win of the showcase as it downed Central, 5-1, Friday morning. Mikayla Panneton (Andover) led the scorers with two goals while Elizabeth Mercuri (Chelmsford) found the back of the net once for Northeast-Metro. Olympia Moulton (Baldwinville) posted the lone goal for Central.

West 6 Central 0
In its first game of the showcase, West blanked Central, 6-0, Friday morning. Forward Alison McIntire (Amherst) and midfielder Danielle Duseau (Hatfield) paced West’s offensive output as McIntire found the back of the net four times and Duseau contributed two goals.

Southeast 3 Coastal 0
A trio of attackers found the back of the net as Southeast shutout Coastal, 3-0, Friday afternoon. Kelly Dubowkski (Franklin), Julianna Kilduff (Bellingham) and Samantha Rondeau (Franklin) each scored a goal in the victory.

West 6 Central 3
West claimed its second win of the day and of the showcase as it defeated Central, 6-2, Friday afternoon. West’s offense was paced by a three-goal effort by forward Catie Laraway (Westfield). Forward Shannon Hebert (Amherst), midfielder Raegan Moulton (Baldwinville), and forward Alexa Murphy (Wilbraham) each tallied a goal each. Central’s goals were scored by Paige Guzik (West Brookfield), Madison Messier (Warren) and Danielle Sweet (Charlton).

Field Hockey Standings After Day 2
Northeast - Metro 2-0
West 2-0
Southeast 1-1
Central 1-3
Coastal 0-2

Saturday, July 13

Northeast-Metro 2 Coastal 1
A goal from Mikayla Panneton (Andover) and forward Dana Balek (Boxford) led Northeast-Metro to a 2-1 victory over Coastal Saturday morning to lift Northeast-Metro to the gold medal game. Madison Vuilleumier netted the lone goal for Coastal.

West 4 Southeast 3
West snuck by Southeast, 4-3, to coast to the gold medal game Saturday afternoon. Midfielder Danielle Duseau (Hatfield) paced West’s offense with two goals while fellow midfielders Jessie Moriarty (Springfield) and Raegan Moulton (Baldwinville) netted a goal each. Southeast received a two-goal effort from attacker Kelly Dubowksi (Franklin). Attacker Julianne Kilduff (Bellingham) also registered a goal for Southeast who will fight for the bronze against Central.

Bronze Medal Game - Southeast 4 Central 1
Southeast clinched the bronze medal with a 4-1 win over Central Saturday afternoon. Attackers
Samantha Rondeau (Franklin), Lindsey Jay (Canton), Caroline Feeley (Walpole) and Kelly Duowski (Franklin) found the back of the net for Southeast. Central’s single goal came from Paige Guzik (West Brookfield).

Gold Medal Game - Northeast-Metro 2 West 1 (OT)
In an overtime thriller, midfielder Briana Smith (Andover) found the back of the net to keep Northeast-Metro undefeated and crown the 2013 Bay State Summer Games field hockey gold medalist Saturday afternoon. Madison Dallmeyer (Chelmsford) also notched a goal for Northeast-Metro. West midfielder Jessie Moriarty (Springfield) scored the lone goal for the silver medalist.

Field Hockey Final Standings
Northeast-Metro 4-0 (Gold Medalist)
West 3-1 (Silver Medalist)
Southeast 2-2 (Bronze Medalist)
Central 1-3
Coastal 0-3

Boys Soccer – Veterans Field Complex, Waltham

Friday, July 12

Coastal 3 Northeast 0
Behind a two-point effort from forward Noah Martins (Dartmouth) Coastal blanked Northeast, 3-0, to remain unbeaten in the showcase. Midfielder Chris Beaulieu (Carver) passed the ball through Northeast defenders to Martins who netted his first goal of the day with his left foot with a low hard shot to bottom right corner to open up the scoring. Martins assisted on the next goal with a cross from the right side that bounced to midfielder Klisman Sousa (New Bedford), who headed it in. To cap the win, forward Lee Nichols (Attelborough) put in a low hard cross to the back post where forward Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth) tapped it in.

West 2 Metro 1
Two first-half goals by forward Jeff Danek (Ludlow) lifted West over Metro, 2-1, Friday morning. Danek’s first goal came off a free kick while his second came from a long pass by the defense who misplayed the Metro defender to leave Danek on a one-one-one with the goalie. Matheus Anastacio (Medford) netted the goal for Metro.

Central 3 Southeast 0
Central used two goals by forward Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) and pressure defense to blank Southeast, 3-0, Thursday afternoon. Midfielder Justin Asam (Milford) also found the back of the net.

Northeast 2 West 2
In a back-and-forth battle, Northeast and West played to a 2-2 draw Friday afternoon.

West Jeff Danek (Ludlow) started the scoring as the forward dribbled from the left side toward the middle, creating space. He hit a hard shot to the bottom left to beat a diving goalie. Northeast midfielder Jack Heintzleman (Middleton) leveled the game when he tapped in a cross on the back post. Striker Harry Panagiotopoulous (Dracut) gave Northeast’s its first lead of the day off a cross bar, rebound. West midfielder Alex Desantis (Belchertown) equalized the game at 2-2 on a pass by fellow midfielder Myles Cecchetelli (West Springfield).

Central 2 Metro 1
In a close game, Central came out on top of Metro, 2-1, in Friday’s finale. Central received goals from forward Liam King (Douglas) and midfielder Riley Steely (Sutton) on a penalty kick. Metro’s lone goal was by #15.

Boys Soccer Standings After Day 2
Central 3-0-1
Costal 2-0-1
West 1-1-1
Northeast 0-0-2
Metro 1-2-1
Southeast 0-3-0

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Southeast 2 West 1
A two-goal effort by forward Deivys DeAlmeida (New Bedford) lifted Southeast past West, 2-1, Saturday morning. Midfielder David Serafino (Ludlow) put the ball in the back of the net for West.

Northeast 1 Central 0
In a hard fought battle, midfielder Jared Warren (Georgetown) scored the lone goal to boost Northeast past Central, 1-0, Saturday morning. 11 had a hand in the goal.

Coastal 1 Metro 0
Coastal blanked Metro, 1-0, Saturday afternoon behind defenseman Shawn Dias’ (New Bedford) goal.

Northeast 2 Southeast 2
On either side of the field, Northeast and Southeast battled back-and-forth, but neither team came out on top, as the squads fought to a 2-2 draw in Saturday’s finale. Nick Atwood (Andover) netted both of Northeast’s goals while Southeast received a goal from Filipe Ponte (New Bedford) and forward Deivys DeAlmeida (New Bedford). Midfielder Jack Ochs (Norwell) had a hand in DeAlmeida’s goal.

Coastal 1 West 1
Coastal and West played to a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s finale. Midfielder Klisman Sousa (New Bedford) found the back of the net for Coastal. West midfielder Myles Cecchetelli (West Springfield) scored on a penalty kick.

Sunday, July 14

Bronze Medal Game - West 1 Northeast 0
Despite playing with only 10 players for the majority of the second frame due to a red card, West held off Northeast, 1-0, to capture the bronze medal Sunday afternoon. Forward Jeff Danek (Ludlow) netted the lone goal with a long ball, played up top after beating several defenders.

Gold Medal Game - Coastal 2 Central 1
Coastal claimed the 2013 Bay State Summer games boys’ soccer gold medal as it downed Central, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. Central got on the board in the first minute of the game with a goal by forward Ryan Elster (Sutton). Coastal leveled the match when midfielder Klisman Sousa (New Bedford) hit a long ball past a defenseman from the 18-yard box. Klisman notched the game-winner after beating several defenders for the win.

Girls Soccer – Veterans Field Complex, Waltham

Friday, July 12

Coastal 2 Northeast 1
Midfielder Sarahkate Norton (East Bridgewater) and Kali Denty (Marshfield) each scored a goal to lead Coastal to a 2-1 victory over Northeast Friday morning. Defenseman Isabella Scarpone (Middleton) netted the lone goal for Northeast.

West 2 Metro 0
A two-point effort by forward Isabell Eduardo (Springfield) boosted West to a 2-0 shutout against Metro Friday morning for its first tally in the win column. Eduardo found the back of the net and assisted on forward Tamara Nicholson’s (Agawam) goal in the victory.

Central 1 Southeast 0
Central was lifted over Southeast, 1-0, Friday afternoon by Sarah Boucher’s (Northbridge) goal to remain unbeaten in the showcase.

West 1 Northeast 0
Just before the end of the first frame, midfielder Christina Ferriter (Springfield) found the back of the net with the eventual game-winner as West defeated Northeast, 1-0, Friday afternoon.

Central 2 Metro 1
In Friday’s finale, Central downed Metro, 2-1. Central goals came from midfielder Gabrielle Guenther (Webster) and striker Jessica Fitzgerald (Uxbridge). Sarah Boucher (Northbridge) had a hand in Guenther’s goal. Midfielder Margaret MacAulay (Belmont) tallied Metro’s lone goal of the day.

Girls Soccer Standings After Day 2
Central 3-0-1
Coastal 1-1-1
West 2-1-0
Northeast 1-2-0
Southeast 1-2-0
Metro 1-3-0

Saturday, July 13

West 2 Southeast 0
West shutout Southeast, 2-0, in Saturday’s opener. Midfielder Sara Rooke (Springfield) found the back of the net on a pass from forward Mary Edwards (East Longmeadow) while midfielder Mina Atif (Longmeadow) handed out an assist on fellow midfielder Christina Ferriter’s (Springfield) goal.

Northeast 1 Central 0
A goal by defender Isabella Scarpone (Middleton) propelled Northeast over Central, 1-0, Saturday morning.

Metro 3 Coastal 2
Metro came out victorious after a hard fought battle with Central, 3-2, Saturday afternoon. Metro received a goal from forward Alexandra Curtin (Winchester), June Kiely (Winchester) and midfielder Shaelyn Roys (North Billerica. Defenseman Jess Floser (Dennisport) and midfielder Brandi McDonald (East Bridgewater) each netted a goal for Coastal.

Northeast 0 Southeast 0
Northeast and Southeast played to a 0-0 draw Saturday afternoon.

West 2 Coastal 0
Behind a two-goal effort from midfielder Mina Atif (Longmeadow), West blanked Coastal, 2-0, in Saturday’s finale.

Sunday, July 14

Bronze Medal Game - Metro 2 Northeast 1
In back-and-forth action, Metro netted the final goal to seize the bronze medal against Northeast, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Olivia George (Waltham) scrambled in front of the net and poked the ball in to put Metro on the scoreboard first. Northeast forward Jillian Strileckis (Lynn) answered with a shot from the six-yard line to equalize the game. Off a throw in by midfielder Margaret MacAulay (Belmont), Kesha Porter (Winchester) collected the ball, dribbled in and scored to put Metro on top.

Gold Medal Game - Central 1 West 0
In a penalty kick shootout, Central outscored West, 4-3, to secure the 1-0 win for the 2013 Bay State Summer Games girls’ soccer gold medal. Sarah Boucher netted the game-winning goal.

Boys Ice Hockey – New England Sports Center, Marlborough

Friday, July 12

Southeast 11 West 2
Seventeen different players recorded a point as Southeast skated past West, 11-2, Friday afternoon. defenseman Brendan Dawson (Medway) and forward Matthew Dresens (Medfield) led Southeast’s offensive output as Dawson found the back of the net three times and Dresens registered a four-point (2 goals, 2 assists) effort. Six other skaters tallied a point in the victory.

West’s goals were scored by forwards Jake Knowles (South Hadley) and Beau Kass (Holyoke). Defenseman Patrick McCarthy (Ware) passed out an assist on Kass’s goal.

Central 4 Metro 4
In a back-and-forth battle, Central and Metro played to a 4-4 draw Friday afternoon.

Metro forward Brendan Hussey (Medford) got on the scoreboard first just two minutes into the first period. Forward Matthew Moreschi (Malden) had a hand in the goal.

As Metro’s forward Derek Bourque (Waltham) went into the board for boarding at 17:34, Central capitalized on its first powerplay opportunity of the day. 14 seconds into the penalty, Central forward Mitch Bolduc (Northborough) won the face-off and hit the puck to forward Jack Quinlivan (Shrewsbury) who was below the right circle. Quinlivan passed to Bolduc right in front of the net next to the right circle. Bolduc let a shot fly and snuck it past Metro’s goalie to equalize the game. With 14 seconds remaining in the first frame, Bolduc and Quinlivan’s team work struck again on a 2-on-1. The duo skated down the ice Quinlivan passed to Bolduc who netted a give-and-go goal to give Central a 2-1 headed into the locker room.

On a pass from forward David Galving (Medford), forward Jake Moore (Medford) Metro tied it up in the second at the 16:22 minute mark. Metro regained the lead with a tip-in by forward Tyler Screarbo (Revere) with 2:02 remaining in the second stanza. Forwards Christian Veneziano (Medford) and Michael McWeeny (Lexington) had a hand in the goal.

Out of the locker room, Central scored two unassisted goals by forwards David Belbin (Shrewsbury) and Jake Chaisson (Marlborough) within a two minute span to go ahead, 4-3. Central’s lead was short lived as Metro defenseman Brendan Evitts (Marshfield) struck two minutes later.

Central received a two-point effort from Bolduc (goal, assist) and Quinlivan (2 assists) while Metro had six different players post a point.

Northeast 7 Coastal 2
Northeast defeated Coastal, 7-2, Friday afternoon. Forward Cal Johnson (Billerica) and defenseman Dylan Yameen (Methuen) led Northeast’s offense as No. 9 tallied four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and No. 19 tallied three points (1 goal, 2 assists).

Metro 6 Southeast 1
Behind a two-goal effort by forward Derek Bourque (Waltham) Metro downed Southeast, 6-1, Friday night.

Boys Ice Hockey Standings After Day 2
Central 2-0-1
Metro 2-0-1
Northeast 2-1-0
Southeast 1-2-0
Coastal 0-2-0
West 0-2-0

Saturday, July 13

Central 11 West 0
Central used a six-goal first period and 13 different players recording a point as the team blanked West, 11-0, Saturday morning. Chaisson and Happy each led Central’s offense as Chaisson recorded two goals and an assist while Happy handed out three assists and a goal.

Southeast 5 Coastal 2
After the tied first period, Southeast erupted for three unanswered goals in the second frame enroute to a 5-2 victory over Coastal, Saturday morning. Dressens led Southeast over Coastal with two goals. Kyle Hoxie found the back of the net for Coastal.

Metro 1 Northeast 1
Metro and Northeast boys battled to a 1-1 draw Saturday night. Nick Fantasia scored for Northeast on an assist from Ben Barton and Cal Johnson. For Metro, Matt Moreschi netted a goal off an assist by Michael McWeeny.

Coastal 8 West 4
In the late game last night, Coastal notched its first win of the tournament against West, 8-4, Saturday night. Forwards Mitchell Eldridge (Bourne) and Kevin Cowden (Plymouth) led the way for Coastal with three points apiece while forward Sean Fleming (Norwell) netted two goals. Forward Jake Knowles (South Hadley) led West with two goals and forward Travis Seymour (Chicopee) notched two assists.

Boys Ice Hockey Standings After Day 3
Central 3-0-1
Metro 2-0-2
Northeast 2-1-1
Southeast 2-2-0
Coastal 1-3-0
West 0-4-0

Sunday, July 14

Metro 4 Coastal 0
Metro secured its spot in the gold medal game by blanking Coastal, 4-0, Sunday morning. Forward Tyler Scearbo (Revere) paced Metro with a three-point (1 goal, 2 assists). Forward Michael McWeeny (Lexington) also chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Metro will face Central for the Gold Medal who they tied earlier in the showcase.

Central 9 Southeast 2
Central finished the qualifying round unbeaten as it defeated Southeast, 9-2, Sunday morning. Forwards David Belbin (Shrewsbury) and Zach Chartrand (Hudson) paced Central’s offense as Belbin tallied two goals and assist while Chartrand registered two goals. Defenseman Sean Allen (Medford) notched both of Southeast’s goals.

Northeast 10 West 0
West fell to Northeast,10-0, in the finale game of round robin play. Forward Ben Venture (Newburyport) registered two goals and two assists for four points. Forward Ben Barton (Acton) contributed to Northeast’s offensive surge with a goal and two handouts while net minders Mike Guleserian (Burlington) and Matt Ternullo (Billerica) combined for the shutout.

Bronze Medal Game - Northeast 4 Southeast 0
Stats are unavailable at this time.

Gold Medal Game - Central 5 Metro 3
After tying their last meeting, Central downed Metro, 5-3, to be crowned the 2013 Bay State Games boys’ ice hockey gold medalist. Central received a three-point effort form defenseman Matt Cappucci (Jefferson) found the back of the net once and passed out two assists. Defenseman Connor Byrnes (Uxbridge) (2 assists) and forward Marc Happy (Sterling) (1 goal, 1 assist) also registered multiple points with two each. 16 seconds into the final frame, forward Josh Crombie (Charlton) registered an insurance fifth goal as the game-winner. For Metro, A.J. Andriolo (Belmont) tallied two goals while forward Michael McWeeny (Lexington) recorded a goal and an assist.

Girls Ice Hockey – New England Sports Center, Marlborough

Friday, July 12

Central-West 4 Southeast-Coastal 0
Seven different players rewarded a point as Central-West blanked Southeast-Coastal, 4-0, Friday afternoon. Rachel Crowley (Notre Dame Academy) led Central-West’s offense as the forward netted a goal and handed out an assist for two points. Despite the loss, Southeast-Coastal held an advantage in shots on goal, 39-26.

Northeast 3 Metro 1
Northeast downed Metro, 3-1, Friday afternoon to tally its first victory in the tournament.

Northeast forward Krista Toscano (Lawrence) struck first, 6:42 into the game on passes from forward Olivia Shkliew (Lynn) and defensemen Nancy Palermo (Boxford). Metro equalized the game three minutes later when forward Cassidy McNelley (South Easton) netted Metro’s only goal to knot the game. Palermo scored on a pass from Shkliew to regain the lead for Northeast at the 16:15 minute mark in the first frame. Forward Emily Lissner (Woburn) put the puck in the back of the net to put the game away.
Shkliew and Palermo tallied a goal and an assist each for Northeast.

Saturday, July 13

Northeast 2 Central-West 0
Northeast downed Central-West, 2-0, Saturday afternoon. Forwards Krista Toscano (Lawrence) and Kelsey Ryan (Burlington) each netted a goal for northeast. Maggie Salmon played the entire game in net to collect the clean sheet.

Central-West and Northeast will face-off again tomorrow afternoon for the gold medal.

Southeast-Coastal 5 Metro 1
Metro put up a valiant effort, but fell 5-1 against Southeast-Coastal Saturday afternoon. Forwards Samantha Girard (Dedham) tallied two goals for Southeast-Coastal while Kacie Smith (Norwood) notched two assists. Forward Kara Nelson (Westwood) scored the lone goal for Metro.

Sunday, July 14

Gold Medal Game - Central-West 5 Northeast 1
In a rematch from yesterday, Central-West avenged a loss to Northeast, 5-1, to claim the 2013 Bay State Summer Games girls’ ice hockey gold medal Sunday afternoon. Defenseman Amanda Cronin (Medfield) led Central-West to victory with two goals while seven different players recorded a point.

Northeast’s lone goal was netted by forward Emily Lissner (Woburn).

Bronze Medal Game - Southeast-Coastal 10 Metro 3
Southeast-Coastal captured the bronze medal by beating Metro, 10-3, Sunday afternoon. Defense Olivia Knight (Walpole) and forward Samantha Girard (Dedham) each posted multiple points for Southeast-Coastal as they each registered two goals and two assists for four-point efforts. Metro was paced by forward Katy Meehan (Quincy) who recorded two goals while fellow forward Kayla Anderson (North Easton) notched a goal and an assist.

Girls Ice Hockey Final Standings
Central-West 3-1-0 (Gold Medalist)
Northeast 2-1-1 (Silver Medalist)
Southeast-Coastal 2-1-0 (Bronze Medalist)
Metro 0-4-0

Bay State Games: Day 7 Recap

July, 12, 2013
Here's a recap of Thursday's baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse action from Day 7 of the Bay State Games, courtesy of communications director Amy Barry:


WOBURN, Mass. -– Coastal girls’ lacrosse became the third team in the 2013 Bay State Games to win the gold medal crown as an undefeated team.

The Coastal squad notched double-digit performances in each of its four games throughout the showcase including a 10-9 thrilling victory against Southeast in the tournament’s finale. Valerie Quinlan (Norwood) and Taylor Graf both netted hat tricks to pace Coastal’s offensive output.

Baseball and boys’ lacrosse action continued while field hockey, boys’ and girls’ ice hockey and boys’ and girls’ soccer joined the tournament today. Swimmers will race the lanes of Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool tomorrow while fencing and track and field will also begin.


Coastal 9, Southeast 4
Southeast lefty Kevin Howard (Braintree) ran into trouble on the mound during the third inning when Coastal brought in eight runs and never looked back to knock off Southeast, 9-4, Thursday morning.

The onslaught of runs began with a triple from infielder Tyler Carey (Raynham), infielder A.J. Ferrara (Easton), shortstop Alex Perry (North Attleborough), infielder Michael Maloney (Lakeville), outfielder Colin Mason (South Yarmouth) and outfielder Robert Robinson (Taunton) all followed with a run and RBI in the inning.

Andrew Ryan (Rochester), held off the bats of Southeast for three innings only allowing a single run. Brad Rebello (Bellingham), Riley Young (Franklin), Matt Walsh (East Yarmouth) and Connor Columbus (Braintree) each tallied run for Southeast.

Northeast 4, West 2
Northeast handed West its first loss of the tournament Thursday afternoon with tremendous pitching from Quinn Cooney (Chelmsford) who had a no hitter going into the fifth.

West’s unbeaten streak had a chance to stay alive when Andrew Noonan (Springfield) hit a laser line drive that would have brought West within one and kept the bat going, but Northeast appealed whether Noonan stepped on first base or not. As the umpire ruled Noonan out, the run he batted in was deleted and so was West’s undefeated record.

Jordan Roper (Lynnfield), Sean O’Neil (Reading), Tyler Chaisson (Newburyport) and Keith Linnane (North Reading) all scored runs for Northeast.

West’s Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) and Nick Lambert (East Longmeadow) earned runs. David Longstreeth (Hatfield) pitched the first two innings for West allowing three of Northeast’s four runs.

Central vs. Metro – Rescheduled
The 2 p.m. Central, Metro baseball’s game has been rescheduled to Friday, July 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Baseball Standings After Day 3:
West 3-1
Southeast 2-1
Central 1-2
Coastal 2-2
Northeast 2-2
Metro 1-2


Central 12, Metro-Northeast 9
Central used a second half surge to cruise past Metro-Northeast 12-9 Thursday morning.

In the first quarter, Metro-Northeast posted three goals and kept Central off the scoreboard. The following frame, roles reversed and Central found the back of the net three times to keep the score tied at 3-3headed into the locker rooms. Out of intermission Central registered seven goals and coasted to its third victory.

Midfielder Derek Brodeur (Marlborough), midfielder Michael Martens (Northborough) and attacker Billy Doherty (Marlborough) were the top scorers for Central as Brodeur tallied three goals and two assists while Martens and Doherty notched two goals.

Forward Casey Iskra (West Roxbury), Charlie O’Donnell and Liam Ryan each scored two goals for Metro-Northeast in the setback.

Ezra Itkowsky (Northborough) (1 save) and Zachary Livingston (Whitnesville) (4 saves) combined for the win between the pipes. Metro-Northeast’s Joe Marmion (Waltham) (8 saves) and Andrew Modugno (Reading) (6 saves) totaled 14 saves in the defeat.

Southeast 17, Coastal 1
Ten different Southeast players recorded a point, as the squad trounced Coastal, 17-1 on Thursday. Attacker James Righini (Weymouth) led Southeast with four goals and an assist for five points . Adding to Southeast’s offensive showcase, midfielder Kyle DeLuca (Weymouth) poured scored twice and handed out an assists. Five different athletes notched two goals each, while three added one.

Coastal’s only goal came in the first quarter from midfielder Max Lambert (West Barnstable).

In the win, Jack Dunford (Quincy) and Patrick Kimball (North Attleborough) posted four saves and three saves, respectively. Shawn McNamara defended the pipes the entire contest for Coastal to tally seven saves.

Southeast 12, Metro-Northeast 7
Southeast tallied three goals each quarter to defeated Metro-Northeast 12-7 Thursday afternoon.

Attacker Steven Righini (Weymouth) posted six goals and an assist to lead the victors. Attackers Nicholas Anson (Braintree) (3 goals, 1 assist) and Trevor Ciessau (Scituate) (2 goals) also posted multipled points with four and two, respectively. Forward Casey Iskra (West Roxbury) notched four goals to pace Metro-Northeast’s offense that saw seven athletes register a point.

A 13-save effort by Jack Dunford (Quincy) (6 saves) and Patrick Kimball (North Attleborough) (7 saves) earned the win. Andrew Modugno (Reading) and Joe Marmion (Waltham) posted eight saves each.

Boys’ Lacrosse Standings After Day 2:
Central 3-0
Southeast 2-1
Metro-Northeast 1-2
Coastal 0-3


Northeast 1, Metro 1
In a great two-way game by both teams, Northeast and Metro played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 2013 Bay State Summer Games boys’ soccer tournament. Midfielder Nick Atwood (Andover) found the back of the net for Northeast while forward Adrian Browne(West Roxbury) put Metro on the board.

Coastal 3, Southeast 0
A two-goal effort by midfielder Klisman Sousa (New Bedford) pushed Coastal to a 3-0 shutout victory against Southeast on Thursday afternoon. Forward Noah Martins (Dartmouth) and defenseman Brendan McDonough (Mansfield) had a hand in each of Martin’s goals while forward Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth) also notched a goal of his own.

Central 2, West 1
Midfielders Etan Melia (Shrewsbury) and Riley Steele (Sutton) each scored a goal to lead Central to a 2-1 victory over West Thursday afternoon. Forward Jeff Danek (Ludlow) netted the lone goal for West.

Metro 3, Southeast 1
Metro earned its first victory of the game with a 3-1 defeat of Southeast Thursday afternoon.

Midfielder Junior Firmino (Somerville) netted a corner kick while Rafael Desouza (Watertown) and forward Adrian Browne (West Roxbury) each found the back of the net for Metro. Midfielder Francisco Fernades handed out the assist on Browne’s goal. Filipe Ponte (New Bedford) notched Southeast’s lone goal on a pass from Victor DaCoasta (Rehoboth).

Central 1, Coastal 1
Central and Coastal battled back-and-fourth in the boys’ soccer opening day finale Thursday afternoon, but neither team snuck ahead to record the win and the contest ended in a 1-1 tie. Central’s forward Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) put the ball in the back of the net while midfielder Klisman Sousa (New Bedford) put Coastal on the scoreboard.

Boys Soccer Standings After Day 1:
Central 1-0-1
Coastal 1-0-1
Metro 1-0-1
Northeast 0-0-1
Southeast 0-2-0
West 0-1-0


Northeast-Metro 3, Southeast 0
In the opening game of the 2013 Bay State Games field hockey showcase, Northeast-Metro blanked Southeast, 3-0, Thursday afternoon. Forward Elizabeth Mercuir (Chelmsford), forward Baylee Stone (Chelmsford) and midfielder Mary Cate Flaherty (Beverly) each found the back of the cage for Northeast-Metro.

Central 3, Coastal 2
In a hard fought battle, Central came out on top of Coastal, 3-2, in Thursday’s field hockey finale. Gabrielle Hammond (Phillipston) led Central’s offense with a goal and an assist for two points while Paige Guizk (West Brookefield) and Gabby Peterson (Worcester) registered a goal each. Coastal received a goal from Katelin Oberlander (West Yarmouth) and Janet Maher (Mansfield).

Field Hockey Soccer Standings After Day 1:
Central 1-0
Northeast-Metro 1-0
Coastal 0-1
Southeast 0-1
West 0-0


Coastal 15, Central 6
Coastal clinched the 2013 girls’ lacrosse gold medal with the team’s third win of the showcase over Central, 15-6, Thursday morning. Attackers Taylor Graf (Hanover) and Hayley Baker (Braintree) led Coastal in the win, as Graf recorded five goals while Baker netted two of her own. Midfielders Bridget Schofield (Littleton) and Mackenzie Little (Marlborough) posted two goals apiece for Central.

Coastal 10, Southeast 9
The girls’ lacrosse finale was a thriller as Coastal snuck by Southeast 10-9 to remain undefeated in the tournament. Valerie Quinlan (Norwood) and Taylor Graf both netted three goals each for Coastal. Southeast’s Erica Tinlin (Pembroke) notched a natural hat trick for silver medalist.

Girls Lacrosse Final Standings:
Coastal 4-0 (Gold Medalist)
Southeast 1-3 (Silver Medalist)
Central 1-3 (Bronze Medalist)


Northeast 1, Metro 0
Defenseman Isabella Scarpone (Middleton) scored the lone goal to boost Northeast past Metro, 1-0, in the opening game of the 2013 Bay State Games girls’ soccer showcase Thursday morning.

Southeast 1, Coastal 0
Southeast collected its first win of the tournament when forward Meghan McFarland (Dedham) found the back of the net on a pass by defenseman Marianna Porcello (Abington) to push the squad past Coastal, 1-0, Thursday Morning. Southeast made six saves in the win while Coastal turned away four attempts in the defeat.

Central 2, West 0
Forward Jesscia Fitzgerald (Uxbridge) scored each of Central’s goals to lead the team to a 2-0 win against West in Thursday’s finale. Erika Figueroa (Milford) recorded an assist in the win.

Metro 4, Southeast 0
Metro recorded its first victory of the Games when it blanked Southeast, 4-0, Thursday afternoon. Forward Alexandra Curtin (Winchester), midfielder June Kiely (Winchester), forward Lexi Laossiere (Waltham) and forward Jackie Paul (Winchester) all found the back of the net for Metro.

Central 1, Coastal 1
Central battled Coastal on either side of the field, but neither team prevailed as they played to a 1-1 draw in Thursday’s finale. Forward Brittany Richardson (East Bridgwater) put Coastal on the score board. Erika Figueroa (Milford) notched Central’s goal.

Girls Soccer Standings After Day 1:
Central 1-0-1
Northeast 1-0-0
Southeast 1-1-0
Coastal 0-1-1
Metro 1-1-0
West 0-1-0

Bill Gaine named MIAA Executive Director

June, 12, 2013
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has tapped former Deputy Executive Director Bill Gaine to replace Dick Neal as Executive Director, effective July 1.

Gaine had previously served as the MIAA's Deputy Executive Director from 1994 to June 2012.

The MIAA released the following statement on Gaine's appointment:

Franklin, MA June 12, 2013 - William N. Gaine, Jr., the former Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA), has been chosen as the Executive Director of the two organizations. The announcement was made by Ann Knell, President of the MSSAA and Brian McCann, President of the MIAA who chaired the search committee to select a new leader.

Mr. Gaine succeeds Richard F. Neal who has served as Executive Director for 34 years. The appointment is effective July 1.

Mr. Gaine was formerly the Deputy Executive Director, a position he held from 1994 until June, 2012 when he retired. Following his retirement he continued to serve the two Associations in a part-time position.

"We had many excellent candidates express an interest in the Executive Director's position" Ms. Knell and Mr. McCann said. "However, Bill Gaine with his 34 years of experience was uniquely qualified. He will enable the two organizations to transition to a new leader without missing a beat. We are fortunate he decided to come back to full-time employment and accept this position."

Mr. Gaine joined the Associations as Assistant Executive Director in October, 1979 and has had major responsibility in the areas of student eligibility, as well as student/athlete health and safety initiatives over the years. He also had executive responsibility for all phases of management for most Association-sponsored sports.

The Presidents further stated that, "Bill Gaine has been an incredible leader of MIAA and MSSAA for almost their entire histories. There are few people indeed who could have had as much impact on more young people and their education than Bill has had in his more than three decades of leadership and service. He has positively impacted students, schools, and their leaders throughout the State and the Nation. Bill Gaine has earned a national reputation for vision, leadership, and determination to get the most and best out of every situation and person".

Mr. Gaine has been the architect and catalyst for the development and growth of the MIAA's Student Services Program which includes Sportsmanship, Wellness, Leadership, Community Service and Coaches' Education. The MIAA and Mr. Gaine have been recognized statewide and nationally for creating programming focused on student athletes that enrich their interscholastic experience through a curriculum of educational athletics.

Among the initiatives Mr. Gaine established to advance these programs are relationships and partnerships with the Anti-Defamation League, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Partnership for a Drug-free America, and the Center of Sport at Northeastern University. Mr. Gaine founded the MIAA's Partners in Prevention, a network of over 65 prevention agencies in Massachusetts to assist schools with prevention and healthy lifestyle resources for students.

As Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA), the professional association of approximately 1,200 principals and assistant principals throughout Massachusetts, Bill has contributed to the remarkable growth of that organization since the 1970s.

A resident of Ashland, Mr. Gaine has served on the South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School committee for two decades. In addition, his community service at the local level has included several committee initiatives at Ashland High School, as well as years of service at coaching and administration for Ashland softball and baseball.

North Andover announces soccer hirings

April, 20, 2013
North Andover Athletic Director Jon Longley announced this morning the hiring of its new varsity soccer coaches. Lisa Rasanen takes over the girls program, while Kyle Wood takes over the boys.

Rasanen is a graduate of North Andover High School and Merrimack College, and was inducted into the Johnson-North Andover High School Hall of Fame in 2012. At Merrimack, Rasanen was a four-year starter and two-time All-American, two time Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, and four-time All-Conference selection. Currently, Rasanen is a math teacher at North Andover, and had been the JV coach since 2001.

Wood graduated from Westfield State College in 1997, and was a goaltender for two seasons. Wood was the varsity girls soccer coach at Northbridge High from 1998-2000 and has been the freshman boys soccer coach at North Andover since 2001. Wood is a wellness teacher at North Andover Middle School.

MIAA announces Coach of the Year recipients

April, 11, 2013
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has announced its recipients in each sport for its Coach of the Year awards. Each coach will be recognized at the third annual MIAA Coach of the Year/Student-­Athlete of the Month banquet on Wednesday, May 29.

Below are the winners:

Chris Gould, Amherst - Boys' Outdoor Track
Robert L'Homme, Bishop Feehan - Girls' Cross Country
Thomas Rivet, Chicopee - Boys Soccer
Donald Savi, Dedham - Girls Soccer
Chris Sweet, Duxbury - Boys Lacrosse
Friend Weiler, Duxbury - Girls Ice Hockey
Kirk Fredericks, LincolnSudbury - Baseball
Alyssa Schatzel, Masconomet - Girls Volleyball
Brenda Sullivan, Maynard - Field Hockey
Michael Kirby, Narragansett - Softball
Robert Ryan, New Bedford - Boys Tennis
Wayne Griffin, North Attleborough - Wrestling
Paul Worth, North Shore Tech - Football
Jose Rocha, Peabody - Boys' Cross Country
Shawn Thornton, Pope John XXIII - Girls Basketball
Jeff Nelson, Reading - Boys' Golf
Mark Pierce, St. Bernard's - Boys Basketball

In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Kristi Kirshe of Franklin High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Kirshe is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Franklin High School.

The 5-foot-4 senior forward led the Panthers to a 22-0-1 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Kirshe scored 40 goals and passed for 13 assists, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Nashoba Regional High in the state title game. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Boston Globe’s Division 1 Player of the Year, Kirshe was also named Miss Soccer by She concluded her prep soccer career with 102 goals and 44 assists.

Kirshe has maintained a 4.27 weighted GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a middle school math tutor and as a youth basketball, soccer and lacrosse coach. She’s also donated her time on behalf of the Relay for Life.

“Kristi Kirshe is the player to build a team around,” said Steve Santos, head coach of Attleboro High. “She works hard and makes others around her better.”

Kirshe has made a verbal commitment to attend Williams College where she will play soccer beginning this fall.

Kirshe joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Players of the Year Hayley Dowd, (2011-12, Peabody High School), Sam Mewis (2010 – 11 & 2009-10, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School), Danielle Dakin (2008–09, Minnechaug Regional High School), Hayley Brock (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School), and Amy Caldwell (2006-2007, Braintree) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Below are other five winners from New England:


The 5-foot-7 junior forward scored 79 goals and passed for 25 assists this past season, leading the Highlanders (21-1) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class D semifinals. McCauley is a three-time NESPAC Class D All-Star and a two-time All-New England Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She concluded her junior year with 143 goals and 57 assists in her prep soccer career.

McCauley has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of fundraising campaigns to benefit AIDS research as well as the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, which empowers girls in Afghanistan by teaching them to play soccer.

“What makes Sarah so dangerous is her field awareness and quickness with the ball,” said Kyle Halloran, head coach of the Forman School. “She has the ability to take possession all the way down the field if necessary, but if targeted she was incredibly quick with her feet to set up her teammates. While she is a very good player, she also makes every player around her better.”

McCauley has verbally committed to attend Yale University, where she will play soccer beginning in the fall of 2014.


The returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 5-foot-5 senior midfielder led the Yachtsmen to a 14-2-2 record and a third straight Class B state championship this past season. Bucksbaum scored eight goals and passed for 10 assists, including two assists in Falmouth’s state championship run. She is the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year and the 2012 Class B Player of the Year.

Bucksbaum has maintained an A average in the classroom. The treasurer of the Falmouth High senior class, she has volunteered locally with the school’s Environmental Action Committee, as a peer math tutor and with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“Caitlin hurt us because her pace and ability to control the ball in the midfield stymied my midfielders, making them ineffective,” said Steve Boyce, head coach of Morse High. “She set up most if not all the goals Falmouth scored against us in each of their one-goal victories.”

Bucksbaum has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Villanova University beginning this fall.


The returning Gatorade National Player of the Year and the two-time returning Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-9 senior forward led the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title this past season. Andrews scored 31 goals and passed for 18 assists, notching both goals in Milford’s 2-1 win over Souhegan High in the state final. Andrews is the captain of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team and a member of the Under-20 and Under-23 National Team player pools. The 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year and a three-time NSCAA All-American selection, she concluded her prep soccer career with 114 goals and 53 assists.

Andrews has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor in addition to founding and actively promoting the “Kicks for Cans” charity program that involved coaches and players donating their time in exchange for canned goods that are brought to area food banks.

“I have been trying to figure out what makes Morgan Andrews so good for the last 4-5 years,” said Dwayne Andreasen, head coach of Souhegan High. “Morgan is a very dedicated and driven young lady on the soccer pitch. When competing against her or just watching her play, you can see her determination in everything she does.”

Andrews has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame beginning this fall.


The 5-foot-4 senior midfielder scored 11 goals and passed for nine assists this past season, leading the Skippers (9-3-4) to the Division I state quarterfinals. Damm was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time First Team All-State honoree. She concluded her prep soccer career with 50 goals and 34 assists.

Damm has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach in addition to donating her time at a homeless shelter and at the Sargent Rehabilitation Center in Warwick.

“Madison Damm was the engine that kept her team running,” said Martin Yarumian, head coach of Bay View Academy. “She possesses the little extra quality to her that others don’t have. It is dangerous to not know where she is at all times.”

Damm has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Syracuse University beginning this fall.


The 5-foot-4 junior forward scored 43 goals and passed for 20 assists this past season, leading the Wolves (18-0) to the Division 3 state championship. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Stames was also named the Times Argus Player of the Year and was a First Team All-State choice by the Burlington Free Press.

Stames has maintained an A average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of a food pantry and youth soccer programs.

“Stames is an incredibly gifted attacking player,” said Jeff Burroughs, head coach at St. Johnsbury Academy. “She’s very creative and she’s the quickest offensive player we saw. She’s unpredictable and very good technically.”

Stames will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Saugus officially moving to Cape Ann League

December, 17, 2012
Last Friday, principals from the Northeastern Conference member schools voted to allow Saugus High to leave the conference, effective for the 2013-14 schools year, for the Cape Ann League.

Saugus High athletic director first confirmed the news Friday afternoon with a post on the Saugus Athletics Twitter account. The Sachems will become the 13th member of the league, essentially taking the place of North Andover, which left the CAL this year for the Merrimack Valley Conference.

Nelson issued a statement to the Boston-area media this afternoon candidly explaining the rationale:

I am pleased to announce that Saugus High School is the newest member of the Cape Ann League. This past Friday the Northeastern Conference principals voted to allow Saugus High School to leave the conference effective next fall. The Cape Ann League had already approved this move a week prior. Principal Joe Diorio and I both believe that being a member of the Cape Ann League is the best situation for our student-athletes and we are excited to start this endeavor.

Though we highly respect the Northeastern Conference, we feel the Cape Ann League is better suited for Saugus High School. The two major reasons for this historic decision are simple: size and competitiveness. As of today, SHS has 699 students and the average size of the schools in the CAL is 678 students; as opposed to the NEC, where the average size school is over 1200. SHS is a Division 3 school and 10 of the 12 schools in the CAL are Division 3; as opposed to the NEC, where 9 of the 12 schools are either Division 1 or Division 2. Based on this fact, SHS has not experienced a great deal of success during the regular season. In fact, SHS has won only 2 NEC Championships (lacrosse 2008 & softball 2011) over the past six years. Though the CAL is also a highly competitive conference, we believe SHS will experience more in-season success based on the parity of the league and the size of all the schools in the conference.

Over the past year I have been in constant conversations with my coaches regarding this possible move and I have been getting their feedback on the pros and cons for their individual programs. As the Athletic Director, it is my job, and my responsibility to do what is best for all the athletes in my program and not to focus on just one team. With this said, and to the contrary of what many believe, this move to the CAL is not a decision based solely on football, but rather a decision on what is best for our overall athletic program.

I have heard comments that this move is based around football; which although this move will help our football program, it is not the driving force. Again, this decision is based on what we believe is best for all our student-athletes! I understand there are issues for some programs based on their strong tradition, such as hockey, and I completely respect these concerns and the tradition. I have given my word to my coaches that we will continue to play such NEC schools that have strong traditions in specific sports; such as Winthrop, Beverly, and Danvers in hockey.

I also understand the concerns that there is more travel involved in playing in the CAL, which is true; but it is not as bad as one would think. Many of the CAL schools are directly located off of I95 and one would be able to get to these schools in the same time frame as many of the NEC schools. Yes, the distance is further,but the time to get there is equivalent.

Overall, I am very grateful to the NEC, the CAL, the Saugus School Committee, and the MIAA for allowing this opportunity for our student-athletes. I believe this change will have a positive influence on our athletic program, on the town and, most importantly it will be beneficial for the student-athletes at Saugus High School.

D3 girls soccer: Weston 1, Sutton 0

November, 17, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. -— The Weston girls soccer team was victorious at Worcester’s Foley Stadium on Saturday morning, winning the Division 3 state championship behind an early second half goal from senior Maddie Linde.

Weston -- which came into the game with a record of 11-7-1, and was the No. 17 seed in the South sectional -- benefited from top-tier competition during the season. First-year coach Rich Daestrela claimed after the game that Weston’s competition in the rigorous Dual County League ultimately helped prepare the Wildcats.

“This was a long season, but when it’s your first year coaching girls, what else could you ask for?” Daestrela said, “It was an incredible ride and playing in Dual County definitely prepared us for the tournament. We outscored teams and in certain situations we actually went to penalties and won.”

The Wildcats prepared in detail for Sutton, the No. 2 seed from central Mass who came into the game at 18-3-1.

“We knew what formation we were playing," Daestrela said on the lineup changes early in the second half. "So we matched up with the formation that they were playing. Once we got that first goal I just wanted to be able to lock it down and change my formation to maintain a 1-0 lead."

The Wildcats were able to gain that 1-0 lead about eight minutes into the second half, the goal coming from the Columbia-bound senior Linde, assisted on a volley by Hannah Grace.

Goalkeeper Alissa Duffey, also a senior, put up yet another shutout for Weston, her sixth consecutive shutout. Duffey hasn’t given up a goal since the regular season, as Weston outscored their opponents 19-0 in the tournament.

After suffering from a concussion earlier in the season, Daestrela said he was impressed with Duffey’s improvement following her injury.

“She did a fantastic job, throughout the whole entire season we worked on her," he said. "She got a concussion and then got back into playing, and for the rest of the ride she got a shutout, the first game back she played she got scored on once, and after that we were able to get great goalkeeping and strong defense from our team.”

But that doesn’t mean that this shutout didn’t come with its’ own challenges. The Suzies had an equally impressive run through the central Mass. tournament and in their win over western Mass. champion Lenox. The goal by Linde was the only goal Sutton gave up over the course of the tournament, outscoring playoff opponents 15-1.

Sutton narrowly missed scoring on several occasions, including on two free kicks within 15 yards that went over the crossbar and on two headers in front of the net. In the end though, Weston’s defense held back Sutton’s vicious second half attack.

“We did it two years ago, but I don’t think anyone thought we’d be here at this point in the season," Linde said. "I’m just astounded and so proud of every single person on our team, without every single person we would not be where we are."

Weston also knocked off Sutton two years ago in the Division 3 state title game, but members of this year’s team, including Graves, were proud of the progression that the Wildcats made after coming into the season with the real possibility of not having a coach.

“Especially coming from starting the season without a coach and not having a preseason and seeing how much we developed and far we’ve come, it’s great to be here,” she said.

D2 girls soccer: Medfield 3, Belchertown 1

November, 17, 2012
Medfields, Cami McCurdyBrendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comCami McCurdy capped a fine postseason with two goals in the Medfield Warriors' state final win over Belchertown.
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Following the loss to Canton in the 2011 South sectional semifinals, Medfield head coach Mike La Francesca and the Class of 2013 made a commitment to get the program back to the state championship.

Lots of teams make similar pledges; few have the talent to make it a reality.

On Saturday afternoon at Worcester State, the Warriors (21-0-3) fulfilled their pledge with a 3-1 victory over the Belchertown Orioles (20-1-2) to win their second Division 2 state title in three years.

“I’m just so proud of them, there are no words," La Francesca said. "They set the goals a year ago that they wanted to be here tonight on November 17th and that’s what they did. This team believed in themselves and they believed in their team.”

Senior midfielder Jen Narlee was thrilled at the opportunity to fulfill the team’s preseason expectations and to finish her career with a victory.

“We’ve been waiting for it since last year when we didn’t get it and we were so disappointed," she said. "We have the most heart that I’ve ever seen a team have and that made the difference. I’m going to miss this program so much.”

Junior forward Cami McCurdy wrapped up a stellar playoff run with a brace in the finals.

The opening goal came in the 15th minute, against the run of play, as McCurdy took a pass from Krista Pinciaro, touched it onto her right foot, and slotted it home at the far post. McCurdy’s second goal came in the dying minutes and clinched the title for Medfield.

According to the striker, who was only a spectator at the 2010 finals, the only thing on her mind as she rounded the keeper was winning the championship for the seniors.

“I thought about the seniors on my team and I realized that if I made that goal that meant it was over and I had to play for them, not me," she said. "In the back of my mind, I knew I had to stay composed and play for them.”

The game-winning goal was scored by Pinciaro, who scored directly from an in-swinging corner kick in the 26th minute. The defense has been the story for Medfield all season, but with eight goals in the final two rounds La Francesca was able to count on a powerful attack as well.

“Cami has, I believe she had five goals in the playoffs, and then you have Katelyn Murray who has not only been distributing but putting the ball into the net," he said. "And Pinciaro today with the goal and the assist, I mean, a great forward line up there.”
This was by no means a blowout.

Although trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Orioles were the team that controlled possession and continually pressured the Medfield without creating clear-cut chances. Belchertown got on the board seven minutes after the break on a powerful header by Jillian Cavanaugh on a long free kick by defender Jillian Lund.

The combination nearly hooked up again just moments later, but Cavanaugh’s header flashed inches wide of the far post. Despite continuing to pressure, the Orioles could not find an equalizer.

Then, on a quick counter, McCurdy finished on the break to ensure that the state title belonged to the Warriors.

“I think in the last few games it comes down to a mental thing more than if you have skill,” explained Narlee. “That’s what we prepare for. We just were ready; we were ready to win this.”

La Francesca noted that many teams are ready to win, but the players have to get on the pitch and perform. The Warriors did exactly that.

“We did expect to win, but, at the end of the day, you have to play the game, you have to win the game, and you have to make it happen," he said. "And they did.”