Boston High School: Amesbury

Recap: Bishop Feehan 21, Lynnfield 7

December, 1, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Nicholas Romero isn't known as a passing quarterback, but he can beat opposing defenses with his legs.

He proved that Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, where he ran for a team-high 67 yards and two touchdowns to help Bishop Feehan defeat Lynnfield, 21-7, in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3A Super Bowl.

Romero, a senior, scored on runs of 10 and 36 yards.

“Nick saved his best for last,” Bishop Feehan coach Curt Smith said. “He's come along because he got virtually no reps last year as a junior. He just got better and better and better each week.”

Romero had completed 22 passes for 282 yards in 11 games entering Saturday's contest, and completed one of two attempts for 47 yards in the victory.

“They have a ton of speed overall,” Lynnfield coach Neal Weidman said. “When they spread the ball around as much as they do and have that many good players you can't focus on one guy.”

Bishop Feehan completed its season with a 10-2 record. Lynnfield finished 9-3.

Bishop Feehan led 14-7 at halftime. Junior running back Isaiah Douglass opened the scoring on a 23-yard run with 8:01 left in the first quarter, and Romero added a 10-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left in the second.

Romero's touchdown capped a 19-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up nearly a quarter (9:40).

Lynnfield responded to Bishop Feehan's second touchdown with a 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Kyle McGah scored the touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:07 left in the half.

The Shamrocks regained a 14-point lead when Romero scored his second touchdown on a 36-yard bootleg on a fourth-and-1 play and Matt Allen added his third point-after kick with 4:10 left in the third.

“I strongly suggested that play,” Romero said. “It was open. Then it was just get there. Don't get caught.”

Lynnfield was held to 172 yards of offense (87 rushing) in the loss.

“The kids played hard and gave great effort all year,” Weidman said. “It's too bad it has to end this way for them.”

Lynnfield didn't lack scoring chances in the fourth quarter.

The Pioneers fumbled the ball away on a fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line with 5:55 remaining, and their final drive ended on Bishop Feehan's 11-yard line following an incomplete pass on fourth down.

“We take a lot of pride about keeping teams out of the end zone when they get in the red zone,” Smith said. “There's no blitzes. There's no magic. The kid's just bone up.”

McGah, who scored three touchdowns in a semifinal win over Amesbury, was held to 47 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

“Shut down defense near the goal line – that really helped us win the game,” Romero said

Lynnfield was attempting to win the program's first state championship. … Bishop Feehan has won eight Super Bowls. The others came in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. The Shamrocks have an 8-2 record in their 10 Super Bowl appearances. … Feehan's Matt Allen entered the game as Bishop Feehan's leading rusher with 1,137 yards and 17 touchdowns. He gained 60 yards on 17 carries. … Bishop Feehan had 254 yards of offense. All but 47 yards came on the ground. … Lynnfield quarterback Michael Karavetsos entered the game having completed 66 passes for 856 yards. He completed 6 of 19 passes for 85 yards in the loss. … Attendance for Saturday's six games at Gillette Stadium was 14, 678.

Bishop Feehan 7 7 7 0 – 21
Lynnfield 0 7 0 0 – 7

First Quarter
BF—Isaiah Douglass 23 run (Matthew Allen kick), 8:01.

Second Quarter
BF—Nicholas Romero 10 run (Allen kick), 6:13.
L—Kyle McGah 2 run (Alex Roper kick), 1:07.

Third Quarter
BF—Romero 36 run (Allen kick), 4:10.

Recap: Lynnfield 35, Amesbury 14

November, 28, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. -- In at least one respect, the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3A semifinal between Lynnfield and Amesbury looked a lot like the regular-season meeting between the teams.

Lynnfield running back Kyle McGah scored four touchdowns in Lynnfield's four-point victory earlier this season, and he scored four more to help the Pioneers prevail 35-14 Tuesday night at Cawley Stadium.

McGah finished the game with 165 yards on 21 carries. He gained 148 yards in Lynnfield's 31-27 regular-season victory over Amesbury.

“From the waist down he's built like a running back, and that's good for us,” Lynnfield coach Neil Weidman said. “The kids played well. It might have been the best game we played all year – against a real good opponent too.”

McGah, a junior, scored each of his four touchdowns on the ground. His most important touchdown may have come on Lynnfield's first possession in the third quarter. McGah capped an eight-play, 67-yard drive with a 2-yard run that helped the Pioneers stretch their lead to 21-7.

Lynnfield (9-2) will face Bishop Feehan (9-2) in Saturday's Division 3A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. Bishop Feehan defeated Dighton-Rehoboth 49-7 in Tuesday's other 3A semifinal.

Amesbury completed its season with a 9-3 record.

“Can't wait to practice [tomorrow],” McGah said. “It gonna be awesome.”

Amesbury was within seven points (14-7) at halftime, but turned the ball over on its first three second-half possessions. The Indians had four turnovers (three interceptions) in the loss.

Amesbury quarterback Matt Talbot entered the game with 25 touchdowns this season – 15 passing, 10 rushing -- but was kept off the scoreboard.

“The defense played fantastic again – against an offense that's put up points against some good teams,” Weidman said. “Going in we knew the key was to keep their offense off the field.”

Amesbury's offense ran 17 plays in the second half. Seven of those 17 plays came on the Indians' final drive, after Lynnfield built a 35-7 lead.

Lynnfield scored on three of the four possessions that immediately followed Amesbury turnovers.

“It's tough to win when you turn the ball over that many times,” Weidman said. “You only get so many possessions, and they're 10-minute quarters.”

Tuesday's game was the first time in the 55-year history of the Lynnfield program that the Pioneers played the same opponent twice in the same season. … Amesbury and Lynnfield have met 41 times. Lynnfield leads the series, which began in 1973, 25-15-1. ... Lynnfield had a 369-187 edge in total offense. Amesbury failed to gain 100 yards in either half.


Lynnfield 14 0 7 14
Amesbury 0 7 0 7

First Quarter
L—Kyle McGah 5 run (Alex Roper kick), 3:50.
L—McGah 17 run (Roper kick), 1:19.

Second Quarter
A—Benjamin Cullen 2 run (Mackenzie Short kick), 5:00

Third Quarter
L—McGah 2 run (Roper kick), 7:08.

Fourth Quarter
L-- Michael Karavetsos 5 run (Roper kick), 9:23.
L-- McGah 1 run (Roper kick), 3:39.
A—Thomas Connors Jr. 3 run (Short kick), 1:10.

Recap: Amesbury 13, Newburyport 10

November, 22, 2012
AMESBURY, Mass. -- In the most high-pressure game of the season, Amesbury coach Thom Connors decided to try the first non-extra point field goals of his team’s season on Thanksgiving against Newburyport.

It didn’t matter that a playoff berth was on the line, or that the team had never attempted one before, he felt it was the correct decision.

So with the score tied at seven early in the third quarter, Mac Short was sent out on the field and lined up a 25-yarder. He sent it through the uprights with room to spare. After Connor Wile kicked a field goal of his own to tie the game up, the game went into the final quarter all tied up.

After an Amesbury drive stalled again in the fourth, Connors sent Short out again, this time to try a 32-yarder. He hit it again, which proved to be the deciding score in the team’s 13-10 victory.

With the victory, Amesbury (9-2) won the Division 3 Cape Ann League title outright and earned a playoff berth when the postseason starts on Tuesday.

“I honestly didn’t think it would come down to me, because I have 100 percent confidence in my team,” said Short. “Our offense has been sufficient all year, we’ve had the best offense in the league. I was a little nervous going into it, because last year I missed a few, but this year I’ve just had 100% confidence in myself to relax, and it just happened.”

Newburyport (6-5) got on the board first with a 6 minute, 13 play drive to start off the game that was capped off with a Samuel Francis (11 carries, 86 yards) 17-yard touchdown run off right tackle.

Amesbury answered back in the second with a Perry Mroz (7 carries, 40 yards) 11-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Amesbury quarterback Matt Talbot struggled early in the game, completing only one of his first seven passes over the first two quarters. On three separate passes, his passes were dropped or just out of the reach of Newburyport defensive backs. He almost three three interceptions, but only had one. On his last pass of the game, he threw a deep go route intended for Tommy Connors, but it was intercepted by Drew Bourdeau deep on Newburyport territory.

The play acted as a punt, since Amesbury was facing third and long.

The game, and Amesbury’s playoff lives, relied on Short’s right leg.

“Mac Short has been perfect all year,” said Connors. “He’s been kicking PATs over the wall and over the fence so we knew he had more than enough leg. We’ve had a good hold and a good snap all year, he hasn’t missed. Even on that 32-yarder, it had plenty left. We’ve talked about it all the time, said ‘Some day Shorty, you’re going to win us a game,’ and he did it.”

Stuffing the box: Newburyport ran the ball 37 times, as opposed to only 10 pass attempts. To combat that, on a majority of plays, Amesbury brought up another defender into the box to defend against the run and Newburyport’s short passing game. It worked, as Amesbury was able to get consistent pressure throughout the course of the game and multiple sacks on Connor Wile.

“We think we’ve got a pretty good secondary,” said Connors. “Our safety is 6-4, our other cornerback is 6-3, and our other cornerback is a fabulous man-to-man defender. We’ve got some good speed there. We didn’t think we would get beat deep as much, but I was more worried about the underneath stuff. They like to hit their tight end, so they’re throwing the ball to the tight end and underneath a lot.

"We play a lot of 40 defense anyway, we like to use our outside backers. We knew their perimeter game was going to be tough, they jam you, but then they were running a power sweep that we were struggling with, so we moved those backers out a little bit and tried to take that away.”

Familar foes: Amesbury has a history with Lynnfield this season. The two teams played in Week 2 of this season, with Lynnfield coming away with a 31-27 victory. The winner of that game will play at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 1. Connors expects a much different team from the one his team played back in September.

“I haven’t really seen them, because once we get into the league play, we don’t have common opponents, so the scouting hasn’t fallen that way,” he said. “I’ve seen them on film against other teams. A lot of times, I view their film against our opponents, I’ll ask for that film, because they’re spread out a little bit and you get a good idea of how teams might defend you when you’re spread out a little.

"I’ve seen them on film quite a bit, but they’ll be a challenge. We’ve had unbelievable games with them over the last three years, so if they’re the next opponent, we’ll get ready.”

Pressure cooker: Amesbury’s season isn’t over yet, so it is possible the season could come down to Short’s leg again down the road. He is ready for the challenge.

“I want the pressure, I like it,” he said. “I like when everyone trusts me and they count on me to do my job. And when people say I do my job, it makes me feel like I’m an important asset to this team.”

AME --- 0 7 3 3 --- 13
NEW --- 7 0 3 0 --- 10

1st quarter
N - Samuel Francis 16 run (Connor Wile kick)

2nd quarter
A - Perry Mroz 11 run (Mac Short kick)

3rd quarter
A - Short 25 field goal
N - Wile 29 field goal

4th quarter
A - Short 32 field goal

Bay State Games: July 12 recap

July, 13, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

WOBURN, Mass. -– A busy Thursday at the Bay State Games saw the start of the soccer, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey and boys' lacrosse competitions, as well as the continuation of the 2012 baseball tournament and the conclusion of the girl’s lacrosse event. Friday will see all of these scholastic results continue and baseball will draw to a close with all the medal positions still hanging in the balance. Friday night will also see the beginning of the 2012 Bay State Games swim competition at Harvard University.


Bronze Medal Game: Southeast 14, Metro 6
Gold Medal Game: Northeast 13, West 11


Northeast 5, Metro 5
Metro almost pulled an upset by taking a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning but had to settle for a tie as Northeast came back to tie the game and then stranded the winning run on base in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Johnson (Brookline) drew a bases loaded walk and Nick Bruno (Lynnfield) followed with an RBI single before Jonathan Santana Arias (Somerville) knocked in two more runs as Metro plated four runs in the sixth. Kyle Hood (Arlington) had scored an unearned run for Metro in the second.

Northeast scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then took advantage of three walks and two hit batsmen in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5. Justin Freeman (N. Chelmsford) drove in a run for Northeast, as did Colby Morris (Newburyport), who drew a walk with the bases full.

Central 4, Southeast 1
Southeast scored in the top of the first when Cameron Hanley (Walpole) doubled home Sean Scales (Weymouth), but Central, led by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville), who went 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI double, had taken a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the fifth. Zack Tower (Auburn) also drove in a run for Central, who got good pitching from their rotation, including starter Christian Doskocil (Sterling), who went three inning s and struck out two.

West 3, Coastal 0
Austin Salnitis (Lenox) went five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven for West, who ran their record t o3-1. West got on the board in the fourth when Kenny Potts (Southwick) drew a walk and scored on a double by Phillip Jasak (Palmer). They added another run in each of the next innings with an RBI single by Andrew Noonan (Springfield) and an RBI double by Jake LaBranche (W. Springfield).

Coastal was led at the plate by Andrew Mancini (N. Easton), who went 2-2 with two singles.


Metro 1, Southeast 1
Metro scored first in the 20th minute when Thayrone Miranda (Somerville) connected on an assist from Walter Guzman (Chelsea), but the Southeast team equalized in the 67th minute on a connection from Nick Savage (Milton) to Marquardt.

Coastal 2, Central 2
Coastal scored first through Joshua Medeiros (New Bedford) in the 34th minute, but Central scored twice to take a 2-1 lead with Riley Steele (Sutton) and Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) connecting. Coastal salvaged a draw with a 58th minute goal by Ty Catunto (New Bedford).

West 3, Northeast 0
West got three second half goals from Mark Richards (Springfield), David Serafino (Ludlow) and Nicholas Martinelli (East Longmeadow).


Northeast 3, Metro 0
North got three goals in the first half, their first just three minutes into the game. Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored the first two goals for Northeast and Alexa Cicolini (Methuen) finished the job in the 31st minute.

Southeast/Coastal 1, Central 0
Lauren Farrell (Rockland) scored the only goal in the 48th minute as Southeast/Coastal edged Central.

West 8, Metro 0
Jennifer Delasco (Lenox) and Mary Edwards (E. Longmeadow) each scored twice, with Stefano adding an assist. Jordan Bates (Chicopee) and Kiley Baran (Granby) added two assists apiece as West rolled to their first win of the tournament.

Northeast 4, Southeast/Coastal 1
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored four straight goals for Northeast to give them the victory after Jessica Murphy (Norwood) had given Southeast/Coastal a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Cullen started her scoring spree just a minute later.

West 4, Central 0
West endured an onslaught of Central possession early before scoring four times in the second half. Sharlotte Pernice (W. Springfield) scored twice, and Christina Ferriter (Springfield) and Brianna Voight (Springfield) also tallied for West.


Metro/Northeast 3, Southeast 2
Central 2, Coastal 1


Southeast 16, Northeast 4
Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored four times for Southeast, while Conor Martin (Plainville), Sean Williams (Scituate), and Jack Vail (Franklin) each tallied twice, with Martin adding two assists. Six other players tallied single goals, including Nicholas D’Innocenzo (Medway), who also added an assist. Tyler Boardo (Weymouth) and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined for nine saves in goal.

Northeast got two goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin) and a goal apiece from Devlin Crane (Arlington) and John Curcuru (Gloucester). Evan Connolly (Peabody) made 13 stops in net and Joshua Nelson (Medford) spelled him for five saves.

Central 10, Metro 9
Joshua Daigle (Marlborough) and Alex Sabel (Algonquin) each scored twice and added an assist, while Thomas Whiting (Hudson) notched two goals as well. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made ten stops in the winning effort.

Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough), Brian Walsh (Lowell) and Joey Pescatore (Waltham) each scored twice for Metro and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) added a goal and two assists in a losing effort. Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 9 stops in the Metro net.


Northeast 8, Southeast 7
Metro 6, West 1
Central 12, Coastal 2
Southeast 8, Metro 2


Central/West 9, Metro 1
Southeast/Coastal 4, Northeast 2


Central 82, Metro 47
Central was led by Tyler Delorey (Worcester), who scored 22 points, including four three-pointers. Matt Mobley (Worcester) also chipped in 18 points, including two buckets from downtown.

Coastal 75, West 59
Coastal got 25 points from Chris Green (Taunton), including four three-pointers, while Paul Maurice (Taunton) added 22 points.

Central 89, Coastal 80
Central got 26 points from Delorey, who nailed three shots from downtown and also got 17 points from Jacek Louisville (Worcester). Tommy Keyes (Somerset) led the way for Coastal with 19 points.

Northeast 79, West 78
Northeast’s Devin Thompson (Winthrop) led all scorers with 22 points and two three’s in the fourth quarter. Anthony Smith (Springfield) was the top scorer on West with 17 points.


Central 68 Metro 64
Matt Grose led Central with 19 points and Bobby Flanagan put up 15. The Metro squad was led by Keith Burns (Belmont) with 22 points while Christian Lejuene (Waltham) added 14.

West 73 Coastal 41
The West squad was led by Keith Natale (Hatfield), who had 22 points and Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 15. The Coastal region had Tom Galanek (Plymouth) and Kent Mertz (Dennisport) score 8 points each.

Northeast 72 Coastal 60
Anthony Gilardi (Malden) led the Northeast squad with 24 points while Cody Broges (Dartmouth) picked up the slack with 16. Liam Gerrity (Barnstable) was the leading scorer in the game with 26 points and Pat Danner (Plymouth) had 10 points for Coastal.

West 67 Metro 40
West’s Keith Natale (Hatfield) had 20 while Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 11. The Metro squad had Jaewoo Chung (Arlington) score 11 points.


Northeast 73 Southeast 71
Northeast lead scorer Amanda Williams (North Andover) scored 13 points. Sarah Hood (Burlington) added 12 points to the scoreboard. Katie Lowerre (Sharon) led the way for Southeast with 18 points

Metro 72 Central 24
Melissa Baptista (Somerville) led the Metro region with 15 points. Kaila Duarte (Boston) score 13 points throughout the game which included making both of her free throws in the 4th quarter. Central was led by Kristen Smith (Littleton) chipping in 7 points.

West 66 Coastal 55
Keri Paton (Russell) contributed 17 points to West which included 13 points in the 4th quarter. Tea Spellacy (Belchertown) contributed 11 points to the scoreboard as well. Norma Waggett (Saugus) led Coastal with 25 points.

Southeast 68 Central 39
Lowerre led Southeast to victory against Central contributing 21 points. Montana Burke (Bromfield) and Abrielle Peltier (Leicaster) both chipped in 8 points for Central.

Metro 66 West 32
Metro got 14 points by Maggie Mulligan (Brighton) leading the team. Spellacy scored 11 points for West and Paton added 8 more to the scoreboard.

Northeast 62 Coastal 36
Hood tallied 14 points in Northeast’s last game against Coastal. Williams and Courtney Walsh (Windham) added to the scoreboard. Coastal’s Rachel Camara (Fall River) contributed 10 points and Brianna Camara (Fall River) chipped in 7.


Basketball, Lacrosse, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Chelmsford, Swampscott, Gloucester, East Longmeadow, Somerville, Burlington, New Bedford, Bishop Guertin (N.H.), Belchertown, West Springfield, St. Peter-Marian, North Andover, Courtney Walsh, Nick Bruno, Newburyport, Josh Medeiros, Paul Maurice, Kaila Duarte, Tyngsborough, Bay State Games, Colby Morris, Marlborough, Mary Edwards, Megan Cullen, Chris Green, Brian Walsh, Rachel Camara, Cam Hanley, Riley Steele, Amanda Williams, Matt Mobley, Jacek Louisville, Tyler Delorey, Devin Thompson, Andrew Noonan, Steve Righini, Zack Tower, Kenny Potts, Sean Scales, Austin Johnson, Jonathan Santana Arias, Justin Freeman, Christian Doskocil, Austin Salnitis, Phillip Jasek, Jake LaBranche, Andrew Mancini, Thayrone Miranda, Walter Guzman, Nick Savage, Lukas Ritzer, Ty Catunto, Mark Richards, David Serafino, Nicholas Martinelli, Alexa Cicolini, Lauren Farrell, Jennifer Delasco, Jordaan Bates, Kiley Baran, Jessica Murphy, Sharlotte Penice, Christina Ferriter, Brianna Voight, Conor Martin, Sean Williams, Nicholas D'Innocenzo, Tyler Boardo, Daniel Sprague, Derek Lawton, Devlin Crane, John Curcuru, Evan Connolly, Josh Nelson, Josh Daigle, Alex Sabel, Thomas Whiting, Jack Trottier, Joey Pescatore, Scott Powell, Tommy Keyes, Anthony Smith, Matt Grose, Keith Burns, Christian Lejuene, Keith Natale, Conner Eckstrom, Greenfield, Anthony Gilardi, Cody Broges, Liam Gerrity, Pat Danner, Jaewoo Chung, Sarah Hood, Katie Lowerre, Melissa Baptista, Kristen Smith, Keri Paton, Tea Spellacy, Norma Waggett, Montana Burke, Abrielle Peltier, Maggie Mulligan, Brianna Camara

Bay State Games: Day 4 Recap

July, 9, 2011
Courtesy Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:

New England Sports Center – Marlboro, MA

Boys Scholastic

Northeast 3, Metro 2
Northeast mounted a comeback to defeat Metro in a thriller, 3-2. Metro scored both goals with less than a minute to go in the first period. The first goal was scored on a perfectly executed two-on-one as Conal Lynch (Charlestown, Boston Latin) threw a centering pass to Kevin Cotrone (West Roxbury, Boston Latin) who finished it off for the first goal of the game. Just 40 seconds later, Northeast got an unfortunate bounce as Metro’s Brendan Kerrigan (South Boston, BB&N) fired a centering pass that deflected off a defenseman’s skate and into the net. Leading 2-1 going into the third period, Metro maintained its relentless fore check and kept Metro from sustained offensive pressure. With less than five minutes remaining, Northeast found momentum when Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Acton Boxboro HS) corralled the puck off the boards and drove the net, splitting both defenders and sliding the puck past the goaltender. Northeast continued the charge, scoring the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winning goal with two and half minutes remaining. Northeast was able to hold strong in the final minutes despite Metro getting numerous scoring chances, as Alex Buckley (Newburyport, Newburyport HS) stood tall in net.

Central 13, West 0
Central pulled away in the second period to defeat West, 13-0. West struggled to get an attack going after taking four first period penalties, but did play solid defense and only gave up one goal in the opening frame. The Central attack was led by the line of Tyler Kirby (Hudson, Hudson HS), Blake Seymour (Hudson, Hudson HS), and Kyle Griffin (Marlborough, Marlborough HS). Kirby tallied four goals in all. Seymour recorded three assists, and Griffin had a goal and four assists in the win. Nick Stasack (West Springfield, Loomis-Chaffee Prep) and Tommy McCarthy (Longmeadow, Longmeadow HS) combined for the shutout in net.

Coastal 5, Southeast 3
Junior forward Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Dartmouth HS) scored twice including the game-winner and added an assist to lead Coastal over Southeast, 5-3. Joe Kingsbury (Plymouth, Plymouth North), Jonathan Hart (Bridgewater, Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and Daniel Magalhaes (Fairhaven, Bishop Stang) rounded out the scoring for the winners. For Southeast, Jason Riley (Dedham, Dedham HS) tallied two points with a goal and an assist.

Metro 6, West 2
Sophomore Brendan Kerrigan (South Boston, BB&N) scored twice to help Metro beat West, 6-2. Connor Demore (Watertown, Watertown HS) and Colin Defrancisco (Lincoln, Lincoln-Sudbury Reg HS) added two points apiece in the winning effort. For West, Trevor Berman (Turners Falls, Turners Falls HS) and Corey Deres (Leverett, Amherst Reg HS) each collected two points with a goal and an assist.

Girls Scholastic

Southeast/Coastal 4, Metro/Northeast 0
Southeast/Coastal got two goals from Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Dexter) and Christina Frasca (Norwood, Norwood HS) pitched a shutout in net to guide their team to a 4-0 victory over Metro/Northeast. Haley Gaughan (Canton, Canton HS) and Emily Kelly (Norwood, Norwood HS) added tallies for the winners.

Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

Boys Scholastic

West 6, Central 0
West topped Central, 6-0, on Friday morning. Six different West team members scored in the outing. Goal scorers included: junior Kyle Cupka (Wilbraham, Minnechaug Reg. HS), junior Michael Pope (Springfield, Minnechaug Reg. HS), junior Jon Bzdel (West Springfield, Williston-Northampton), sophomore Ryan Dickinson (South Hadley, South Hadley HS), sophomore Edward Mercer (South Hadley, South Hadley HS), and sophomore Nate Fornier (Belchertown, Belchertown HS). In net for the West, goalkeepers junior Austin Lefebvre (Wilbraham, Minnechaug Reg. HS) and junior Tyler Stratton (Monson, Monson HS) combined for the shutout victory.

Metro 3, Northeast 2
Down 2-0, Metro made a strong second-half comeback to defeat Northeast, 3-2, on Friday. Junior John
Dumbuya (Medford, Medford HS) led the charge for Metro, scoring all three of the team’s goals, including the winning goal in the 58th minute. Sophomore Jack Heintzeman (Middleton, Masconomet HS) and junior Valerio Silva (Woburn, Woburn HS) each netted a goal for Northeast.

Southeast 0, Coastal 0
In what turned out to be a defensive deadlock, Southeast and Coastal played to a 0-0 draw. Both teams struggled to create scoring opportunities, as the defense on both sides was impenetrable. The goalkeepers on both sides turned in strong performances to help keep the contest scoreless. Sophomore keeper Alex Sarkis (Walpole, Walpole HS) anchored Southeast, while junior Mike Delgado (New Bedford, Greater New Bedford Voc. HS) and junior James Withers (Coyle Cassidy) split time in net for Coastal to secure the shutout.

Southeast 2, Metro 1
With all of the game’s goals coming in the first half, Southeast held on to take a 2-1 victory against Metro on Friday. Southeast scored two quick goals, as junior Jonathan Keys (Norfolk, King Philip HS) netted one in the 24th minute of play and sophomore Roy Butlin (Milton, Milton HS) made good on a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Metro struck in the 33rd, when junior Brent Lo (Arlington, Arlington HS) found the back of the net, but the squad was unsuccessful in its comeback attempt. Junior Colby Gavigan (Canton, Canton HS) recorded the win in goal for Southeast.

Northeast 5, West 3

Coastal 2, Central 0

Girls Scholastic

Metro 1, Southeast 0
With both teams deadlocked through 68 minutes of play, Metro scored with two minutes left to edge past Southeast, 1-0. A defensive battle for most of the game, the lone goal of the game was scored by sophomore Victoria Clancy (Dorchester, Boston Latin School) on a penalty kick in the 69th minute of play to lift Metro to victory. Sophomore Autumn Scanlon (Waltham, Waltham HS) recorded the shutout in net for Metro.

West 3, Central 0
West earned a decisive, 3-0, shutout victory against Central on Friday afternoon. Freshman Mary
Edwards (East Longmeadow, East Longmeadow HS) broke the game open for West in the 25th minute, when she found the back of the net on a penalty kick. The squad never looked back as sophomore Jordan Bates (Chicopee, Chicopee HS) added a goal of her own and Edwards struck again for the third and final goal of the game to seal the victory for West. Freshman Shelby Hall (West Springfield, West Springfield HS) and junior Briana Kubik (Blandford, Westfield HS) combined for the complete game shutout in net for the West.

Northeast 3, Central 2
Northeast edged past Central to secure a 3-2 victory on Friday afternoon. Central struck first, as junior Hannah Millea (Sutton, Sutton HS) found the back of the net in the eighth minute of play. Northeast retaliated, scoring three goals in a row. Sophomore Megan Cullen (Amesbury, Amesbury HS) scored in the 33rd and 65th minute, while junior Lanie Jowett (Atkinson, NH, Central Catholic HS) netted one to make it a 3-1 game in favor of Northeast. Miller struck again in the 68th minute for Central, but the squad was not able to tie it up before time expired. Junior Melissa Toomey (Saugus, Saugus HS) secured the win in goal for Northeast.

West 3, Southeast 0

ESPN Boston's MIAA Softball All-State Team

July, 1, 2011
All-StateAli Maloof, Sr. P, Norwood

The senior captain led the Mustangs to the D1 South finals with a 12-1 record and 0.59 ERA with 162 strikeouts in 82 innings. The Southern New Hampshire commit also hit .493 out of the leadoff spot for Norwood.
All-StateEmma Mendoker, Sr. P, Amherst
The Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year finished her high school career with 1,002 strikeouts, including 300 this season. The East Carolina commit went 23-2 leading the Hurricanes the D1 state final while posting a 0.17 ERA. She also batted .461 with three home runs and 23 RBI as Amherst’s clean-up hitter.

All-StateMeghan Rico, Jr. P, King Philip
Rico went 21-0 with a miniscule ERA of 0.15 and allowed just 29 hits over 144 innings thrown with 313 strikeouts and 24 walks. The George Washington University commit allowed only seven runs all season, three of which were earned, and threw two perfect games. Rico also threw four shutouts in the postseason on the Warriors’ drive to their repeat D1 title performance.

All-StateSarah Ropiak, Jr. P, Acton-Boxborough
The two-time Dual County League All-Star team went 13-2, including 10 shutouts, with a 0.60 ERA. Ropiak is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and American Leadership Council.
All-StateShannon Smith, Soph. P, Milford
The 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year returned with a fine second season, going 21-2 for the D1 Central champion Scarlet Hawks. Smith posted a 0.94 ERA while striking out 296 in 164 innings. Smith also contributed to her own cause, hitting at a .357 clip with three home runs and 25 RBI.

Katie Bumila, Sr. C, Coyle-Cassidy
The senior captain led a vaunted Warriors offense, hitting .536 with a home run and 22 RBI. The four-year starter was also entrusted by Coach Russell Hunt to call all the pitches behind the plate and was a three-year EAC All-Star. A star in the classroom as well, Bumila will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute next year.

Megan Congro, Sr. Sr. 1B, Sandwich
The URI commit led the Atlantic Coast League with a robust .661 batting average with two home runs and 30 RBI.

All-StateLauren Duggan, Sr. 3B/P, Norwood
At third base, the UConn commit delivered the ball from third to first just about as quickly as you'll ever see. Duggan's cannon arm also helped her boast 1.13 ERA in the circle, splitting time with Ali Maloof. She also led the Bay State League in home runs with eight, while batting .415 with 33 RBI.

All-StateQuianna Diaz-Patterson, Sr.
The UMass-Amherst commit was perhaps the most feared lead-off hitter in the state with a tremendous first step out of the box. The captain and three-year starter hit .559 with eight home runs and 40 runs scored. Diaz-Patterson also stole 31 bases this year and held the distinction of never having been thrown out once on an attempted steal during her high school career.

Olivia Godin, Jr. C, King Philip
As much as Meghan Rico garnered the attention of the softball world this year, it was the Warriors' junior backstop who helped call the games for the hurler. The defensive stalwart also managed to put up a .400 on base percentage along with three home runs and 18 RBI. The Plainville resident has a verbal commitment to UMass-Amherst.

Meg Kelly, Sr. 2B, Reading
Kelly was a triple crown winner in the Middlesex League this season, batting .628 with five home runs and 35 RBI. She also struck out just three times all season. The URI commit was also a standout out on the Rockets' soccer and indoor track teams.

Anna Kelley, Sr. 3B, King Philip
Kelley's defense at the hot corner and her bat were main contributions to the Warriors' second straight D1 title. The UMass-Amherst commit batted .375 with a slugging percentage of .697. She also led KP in RBI with 33.

Brianna Martin, Sr. CF, Central Catholic
The three-year Merrimack Valley League All-Star was as strong in the field as she was at the plate. Martin didn't commit an error in her senior year while adding three outfield assists. Martin hit at a .549 clip while setting a Raiders program record for slugging percentage at .985.

Jenn Robillard, Sr. SS, King Philip
The Sacred Heart commit set the table for the Warriors from the lead-off spot with a .467 average and .533 on base percentage. The senior captain also stole 15 bases while contributing strong defensive play in the field.

Kiara Amos, Sr., Malden
Emily Berardi, Sr., Boston Latin
Noelle Christmas, Sr., Plymouth South
Audrey Dolloff, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
Meg Donegan, Sr., Central Catholic
Trish Hansen, Jr., Mansfield
Courtney Lanfranchi, Sr., Burlington
Bridget Lemire, Sr., St. Peter-Marian
Emily Mailloux, Sr., Turners Falls
Kelly Norton, Sr., Abington
Shannon Orton, Jr., Case
Megan Rich, Sr., Chelmsford

Hannah Byrne, Sr. SS, Lynn Classical
Michelle Cooprider, Sr. P/OF, Hopkinton
Ellen Czuba, Sr. CF, Franklin
Alexis DeBrosse, So. 2B, New Bedford
Zoe Dillon-Davidson, Sr. C, Amherst
Amy Entel, Sr. P/OF, Somerset
Simone Frank, Sr. 3B, Amherst
Laura Kaminski, Sr. C, Amesbury
Nicole Lundstrom, So. C, Dighton-Rehoboth
Breanna Monroe, Jr. CF, Shrewsbury
Christina Raso, Jr. SS, Burlington
Reilly Weiners, So. C, Agawam

Dustin Belcher, Wahconah

ESPN Boston MIAA softball picks

June, 2, 2011
Before the MIAA state softball tournaments get underway this afternoon, we're breaking down the brackets and picking some winners.

Division 1
Favorites: Chelmsford (19-1), Lynn Classical (20-2), Malden (17-3)
Sleepers: Concord-Carlisle (17-3), Central Catholic (15-3), Acton-Boxborough (15-5)
Barboza's take: Chelmsford claimed the top seed after turning a nearly flawless (minus one hiccup against Methuen) regular season as MVC Large champions and enter the tournament as favorite. Lynn Classical looks to continue its storybook season while Malden will go as far as ace Kiara Amos can take them. Central Catholic could be the one to watch here as it may have the strongest pitcher in the bracket with Meg Donegan.
Prediction: Chelmsford over Central Catholic and Acton-Boxborough over Bishop Fenwick in the semifinals; Chelmsford over A-B in final.

Division 2
Favorites: Amesbury (18-2), Burlington (18-2), Reading (17-3)
Sleepers: Dracut (14-5), Tewksbury (14-6), Stoneham (11-9)
Barboza's take: Amesbury enters as the top seed, but you could say that Burlington, who finished atop the Middlesex League, is the favorite to come out of this sectional. Fellow Middlesex entrants Reading and Stoneham should also prove to be tough outs. Burlington's potential quarter-final matchup against Dracut could determine the winner.
Prediction: Reading over Tewksbury and Burlington over Saugus in semifinals; Burlington over Reading in final.

Division 3
Favorites: Whittier (18-2), St. Mary's of Lynn (18-2)
Sleepers: Marian (15-5), Latin Academy (14-6)
Barboza's take: Akin to their girls' hockey team, until someone unseats St. Mary's, it's their tournament.
Prediction: Whittier over Marian and St. Mary's over Shawsheen; St. Mary's over Whittier.

Division 1

Favorites: King Philip (20-0), Norwood (18-0)
Sleepers: Mansfield (18-2), Bridgewater-Raynham (17-3), New Bedford (13-7)
Barboza's take: King Philip and Norwood have been the two most dominant teams in Eastern Mass and went wire-to-wire ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively in our ESPN Boston Top 25 poll. We're looking for the matchup of KP ace Meghan Rico going head-to-head with the Mustangs' Ali Maloof and Lauren Duggan.
Prediction: King Philip over B-R and Norwood over New Bedford in the semifinals; KP over Norwood in the final.

Division 2
Favorites: Abington (19-1), Hopkinton (18-2)
Sleepers: Coyle-Cassidy (16-4), Bellingham (16-4), Dedham (14-6), Plymouth South (13-7)
Barboza's take: This section is stacked from seed No. 1 to No. 21 and might be the most intriguing in the state. South Shore champion Abington and TVL crown-winners Hopkinton take the top two seeds, but we see this one as wide open with the potent Coyle-Cassidy and Bellingham lineups able to tear through top-flight pitching. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Plymouth South emerge from the back the pack.
Prediction: Abington over Coyle-Cassidy and Plymouth South over Bellingham in semifinals; Abington over Plymouth South in the final.

Division 3
Favorites: Nantucket (17-3), Avon (16-4), Case (14-6)
Sleepers: Bishop Connolly (17-3), Bristol-Plymouth (13-4)
Barboza's take: It's always hard to pick against the alma mater, and Connolly's had a fine season, but we can't help but think this one comes down to Avon and Case. Nantucket will look to hold serve as the top seed.
Prediction: Avon over Nantucket and Case over Connolly in semifinals; Case over Avon in the final.

Division 1

Favorite: Milford (19-1)
Sleepers: St. Peter-Marian (17-3), Holy Name (14-4), Shrewsbury (15-5)
Barboza's take: We've pegged the Scarlet Hawks as the favorite from Day 1 and they've maintained the No. 3 position in our statewide Top 25 poll all season long. The question is whether St. Peter-Marian, Holy Name or Shrewsbury have enough to pull off an upset.
Prediction: Milford over Shrewsbury and St. Peter-Marian over Holy Name in semifinals; Milford over SP-M in the final.

Division 2
Favorite: Hudson (18-2)
Sleepers: Narragansett (18-2), Grafton (17-3)
Barboza's take: Much like D3 North is to St. Mary's, D2 Central is to Hudson. It's simply the Hawks' world and everybody else lives in it. We wouldn't be at all surprised if Hudson repeats at state champions behind Jurnee Ware.
Prediciton: Naragansett over Groton-Dunstable and Hudson over Grafton in semifinals; Hudson over Naragansett in the final.

Division 3
Favorites: Assabet (16-2), Uxbridge (16-4)
Sleepers: Hopedale (15-5), Worcester Tech (15-5)
Barboza's take: We're looking for the top seeds to bear out in this one, until the semifinals.
Prediction: Assabet over Hopedale and Uxbridge over Murdock; Uxbrudge over Assabet.

Division 1

Favorite: Amherst (19-1)
Sleeper: Agawam (16-4)
Barboza's take: Most, including us who had Amherst ranked No. 4 in the state to begin the season, thought the Hurricans would run away and hide this season. That is until Agawam dealt them a shocking defeat midway through the spring. Amherst later returned the favor, beating the Brownies in the teams' second meeting. Now, we're looking forward to a third.
Prediction: Amherst over West Springifled and Agawam over East Longmeadow in semifinals; Amherst over Agawam in the final.

Division 2
Wahconah (19-1)
Sleeper: Palmer (16-4)
Barboza's take: When in doubt, take the seedings.
Prediction: Wahconah over Palmer in the final.

Division 3
Turners Falls (20-0)
Sleeper: Ware (15-3)
Barboza's take: Turners Falls has been perhaps the most dominant team in the state, not named King Philip, throughout the season. And we don't see the defending D3 West champs taking a fall in this tourney.
Prediction: Turners Falls over Gateway and Ware over Mt. Everett in semifinals; Turners Falls over Ware in the final.