Boston High School: Blake Seymour

D3 boys' final: Hudson 5, Medway 1

March, 19, 2012
3/19/12
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BOSTON -- It’s been roughly three decades since Hudson boys' hockey hoisted some MIAA hardware, as the Hawks snapped their 34-year drought by defeating Medway, 5-1 in Sunday's Division 3 state final at TD Garden.

“The kids took me on a magical ride,” Hudson head coach Mike Nanartowich said. “It’s like a dream come true right now.”

“It seemed like we were always missing something,” added Nanartowich. “We couldn’t get by that state semi-final game, and we finally got past that little hurdle [to get us to the TD Garden].”

Hudson’s “hurdle” began back in 2010, as the Hawks lost to Longmeadow by three goals, and then Westfield in the same round a year later. However, the Hawks eventually avenged their loss to the Lancers this past season, as they handed Longmeadow a 3-1 thrashing, which catapulted them to the title match.

“As a senior, I knew how it must have felt losing like the guys in the past did,” said Hudson senior Tyler Kirby, who finished the game with two goals and one assist. “We have a lot of returning guys, so everybody knew what it felt like, and we knew this was probably was our last year as a team to be able to get this far, and we knew what we had to do. We’ve been here so many times, so we know that one bad bounce can change the game."

Medway began the game with a quick strike, as senior Jake O’Rourke stole the puck from Hudson senior Tom Fahey in the Mustang zone, and then rushed down the ice to record the first goal of the afternoon.

“[The puck] hit my pads, just hit the board, and it was a blocked shot that I kind of got lucky, a lucky bounce, and it was off to the races and I was able to put it home,” O'Rourke said of his team’s only score.

The Mustangs attempted to extend their one-goal advantage a few minutes later when sophomore Josh O’Toole connected with freshman Mike Boldy, but Hawks junior netminder Shane Barry denied the opportunity.

Hudson then endured two consecutive power plays before they lit the lamp at 12:00, as junior Bryan Carter sent a back-handed pass to senior Tom Fahey, who deposited the puck past Mustangs goaltender junior Mike Narducci for the score.

That particular goal provided the Hawks with all the momentum for the remainder of the day, as Hudson registered four more strikes – one in the second and three in the third, which came off the sticks of Kirby, Carter and senior Blake Seymour.

“We wanted to throw the puck down, wanted create some chaos, as we talked about this the past couple of days – creating chaos in front of the net,” Nanartowich said. “I told these kids, they took me on an unbelievable ride, and I told them it was something that they’ll never forget, and I’ll never forget.”

“Obviously a disappointing result here tonight, but we knew going in that Hudson was an amazing team, and they showed it tonight,” Medway head coach Chris Ross said. “I’m extremely proud of my boys, and the whole coaching staff, and this is the furthest Medway’s has ever been and [I’m] just extremely proud of this year in general.”

Despite loss, it was an ‘Unbelievable Journey’
Sunday’s crushing loss was probably not exactly what the Mustangs envisioned once they punched their ticket to the state title match on Wednesday, Mar. 14, but according to senior captain Jake O’Rourke, it was certainly an “unbelievable” journey that he and his senior teammates won’t ever forget.

“It’s the best thing that I’ve ever been apart of [in] my high school career,” O'Rourke said. “[I’ve] played a few sports, been on a lot of teams, been around lot of guys and this is the best team by far, head and shoulders above anything. The journey has been unbelievable, and to get here is just unheard of and uncharted waters, which coach [said] and it was an unbelievable experience, and sucks it has to end like this, but that’s what it is [because] someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose.”

Even head coach Chris Ross harped about his team, as well as the wonderful support by the community when he stated, “The town’s definitely been buzzing. Former players and parents and coaches and just people in the town really rallied around this team, and really came out, sent us off on the game [Sunday], but just showed their support all week long to these guys.”

Getting Past Longmeadow
Hudson senior Tom Fahey remembers quite vividly the night the Hawks lost to Longmeadow in the 2010 Div. 3 semi-finals.

“It’s very special [that we finally beat them],” he said. “I remember sophomore year, skating off the ice and I remember the minute I stepped off the nice, it was just like 'ugh.' So just to get over that hump was a big deal.”

Nanartowich said his team's recent struggles but eventual triumph over their Western Mass rivals provided Hudson with enough momentum to reach the Garden.

“The real momentum ride was the courage that my kids showed against Wachusett Regional [and] being down 3-0 at the end of one, and coming into the locker room, I told them I believed in them, I told them I loved them and I told them from that point forward we’ve got to do this together, and we came all the way back, won it 45-seconds into overtime and I think that I kind of propelled us,” said the head coach. “I think that was the spark we kind of needed.”

Following the win against Wachusett, Hudson spouted off 12 consecutive wins, which helped them earn their first state championship since 1978.

“It’s been a long ride,” added Fahey. “Two state semi-games, which we lost, [and] we were down in the dumps the next day, so it’s like a weight being lifted off because we wanted this for so long.”

MIAA hockey championships primer, picks

March, 16, 2012
3/16/12
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All eyes will be on the TD Garden Sunday as championships will be decided in six divisions of MIAA hockey title games.

We'll have you covered all day long, but until then, we provide to you a breakdown of each of the game and our prediction:

GIRLS’ FINALS Division 2
No. 1 Duxbury (21-0-1) vs. No. 7 Falmouth (16-4-1), 11 a.m., TD Garden
The Breakdown: If the Dragons win this game, they make a strong argument that they were the strongest girls’ hockey team in the state, regardless of division, with the potential for an undefeated season. As any strong hockey squad goes, the Dragons are built from goal out with sophomore goaltender Rachel Myette (0.91 GAA) looks for her second state title in as many seasons as starter. Duxbury’s blue line corps is regarded as the deepest in the state, led by ESPN Boston Ms. Hockey contender Martha Findley (4-19-23). Of course, Duxbury has plenty of offensive firepower to go along with their strong defensive play with junior forwards Hannah Murphy (18-27-45) and Lily Connolly (18-20-38) as leading scorers. Falmouth has been one of the stories of the tournament, making a run behind first-year head coach Erin Blood. The Clippers have also received strong play from a young goaltender in freshman Maddie Scavotto (1.26 GAA). Falmouth is also deep and experienced on the blue line with senior captain Brenna Callahan and junior Alexx Good. The Clippers have received scoring punch from a pair of freshman forwards in Kelly Ferreira (13-9-22) and Madison Haberl (11-12-23).

The Pick: The defending Division 2 champion Dragons spent half the season as the No. 1 team in our poll. We’re not about to go against them now. Duxbury, 4-1.

Division 1 No. 3 St. Mary’s (Lynn) (21-3-1) vs. No. 4 Arlington Catholic (20-3-1), 9 a.m.
The Breakdown: If two regular season meetings between these Central Catholic powers weren’t enough, we get a rubber match for all the marbles on Sunday. The Lady Spartans came away with two wins in the teams’ regular season series, including a defining 5-2 decision by St. Mary’s on Feb. 1 after they’d been upset by crosstown rival Winthrop/Lynn. Can’t underscore the coaching in this game enough, as Frank Pagliuca has turned in perhaps his finest performance behind the bench and Maggie Taverna has vaulted the Cougars back onto the state’s biggest stage in Year One. Taverna has been helped by one of the state’s most dynamic scorers in senior Natalie Flynn (19-15-34). Adrieana Rossini (8-14-22) has also come up with some huge postseason goals. On the blue line, AC has one of the state’s best in senior Rebecca Zappala. First-year transfers Kaleigh Finigan (30-goal season) and Brittani Lanzilli (25-28-53) have not disappointed while Alison Butler (team-leading 61 points) has taken a huge step forward. The Spartans blue line is airtight with preseason All-Stater Rachel Donahoe leading the group. Lauren Skinnion (7 SO) has been strong as a first-year starter in nets.

The Pick: Third time’s a charm? Not so. Spartans are too strong. St. Mary’s, 4-2.

BOYS’ FINALS Division 3
Medway (19-6-1) vs. Hudson (21-1-1), 1:30 p.m.

The Breakdown: This marks the return of one of the state’s great public hockey programs to its biggest stage in Hudson (seriously, look it up), with the Hawks making their first state finals appearance since 1978, when they took the Div. 1 title from Burlington. The Central sectional champions are strong up front with a trio of 30-point scorers in seniors Tyler Kirby, Tim Murphy and Blake Seymour. The Mustangs are paced by one of the state’s top snipers in Jake O’Rourke (43-13-56). This matchup will also feature two of most dominant D3 goalies in the state with Hudson junior Shane Barry and Medway junior Mike Narducci facing off with sub-2.00 goals against averages.

The Pick: We’re going with the storyline and perhaps the most consistent D3 team throughout the season. Hudson, 3-2.

Division 2 Wilmington (15-4-5) vs. No. 1 Franklin (19-2-3), 3:30 p.m.
The Breakdown: This might be the most intriguing matchup of the day. Both of these teams were among four Division 2 teams on the Mass. Hockey Coaches Association’s initial Super 8 Watch list a month ago and haven’t disappointed in the tournament. Franklin was here a year ago, when they had their hearts broken by Tewksbury in an overtime stunner. Many observers, including us, had last season pegged as the Panthers’ opportunity to break a nearly three-decade long drought, but Chris Spillane has showed why he’s one of the state’s premier coaches. It also hasn’t hurt that Franklin has received tremendous senior seasons from Adam Hall (17-25-42) and Nick Bertoni (25-15-40). Sophomore netminder Mike Donadio (1.64 GAA) has been a revelation. The Wildcats offense has taken off since Cam Owens’ (14-19-33) return to the lineup, while senior captain Dalton Rolli (9-16-25) is an underrated two-way presence. Junior forward Jake Rogers (12-6-20) has come up with some timely goals in the postseason. Sophomore netminder Drew Foley (1.69 GAA) has played his best when it’s counted most, carrying a three-plus game shutout streak into the Wildcats’ North sectional final with Winthrop.

The Pick: The last time the Panthers hoisted the trophy Coach Spillane skated. Unfortunately for the hockey hotbed, this isn’t the year either. Wilmington, 2-1 (OT).



Division 1 Burlington (17-2-6) vs. Milton (19-3-3), 8:15 p.m.
The Breakdown: The Red Devils pulled off a tough feat, bouncing back from a Super 8 play-in game loss (and a very competitive one at that) to pull themselves into the D1 championship. The Middlesex League champions have plenty of speed to burn, and senior assistant captain Trevor Cimino (17-22-39) is about as good a two-way forward as you’ll find. Along with Joe Berardi (22-13-35), Brett Romkey (17-3-20) and C.J. Grinnell (6-14-20), Burlington can score in piles. We’ve also come away impressed by their defensive corps led by Steve Mattos, in addition to Cody Crocker, Adam Crowley and Brien Diffley. The Wildcats ran the Bay State League gauntlet in the South sectional tournament to get to the Garden. Paul Curran (26-33-59) is one of the best pure scorers in the state, and along with top-liners Brian Higgins (23-29-52) and Terrance Walsh (16-33-49), Milton provides matchup problems. Blue-liner John Murtagh is a rock, logging boatloads of ice time, and senior netminder Jay Hankard is peaking at the right time

The Pick: Red Devils are simply too potent, but they’re the pick mostly because of the way they’re playing defensively right now in front of Derek DeCastro. Burlington, 6-3.

Division 1A No. 5 BC High (13-6-5) vs. No. 1 Malden Catholic (19-1-4), 6 p.m.
The Breakdown: After beating another Catholic Conference rival, St. John’s Prep, to advance to the final, Eagles head coach John Flaherty said he’s had a special feeling about this group. That feeling might have developed after BC High skated to a 2-2 tie with MC on Jan. 25, a game in which the Eagles in some regards out-played the Lancers. This will be the fourth meeting between these teams, with MC taking two wins, including a 3-1 win in the Super 8’s round robin last week. The crucible for BC High is which of their defensive units shows up: The out-of-sorts group that surrendered a 7-spot earlier this season to MC, or the cohesive group that bounced Prep and its top line? Of course, that all starts with junior goaltender Peter Cronin (2.00 GAA), who has turned in another solid tournament. Brian Furey leads a much improved blue-line group. The Eagles are also disciplined in their own zone, with Matt Sullivan (12-16-28) providing as much defensively as he does offensively. Everyone knows of the Lancers top line of Brendan Collier, Ryan Fitzgerald and Mike Iovanna, but freshman center Ara Nazarian has been the breakout star of the tournament, filling the scoresheet in every game and tallying five goals. It’s not just offense with MC, however, as you’d be hard pressed to find a deeper, more dynamic top three than Casey Fitzgerald, Colin MacGillivray and Brendan White. If netminder Connor Maloney plays as he did against Central Catholic in the crossover round, that’s game, set, and match.

The Pick: Doin’ it for CS5. MC, 5-3.

D3 semi: Hudson 3, Longmeadow 1

March, 15, 2012
3/15/12
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Two years isn't a very long time to forget.

Thursday night, the Hudson boys' hockey team extracted some sweet revenge after posting a 3- 1 victory over Longmeadow in the Division 3 Central/West state semifinal held at the MassMutual Center.

Two years ago the Hawks fell victim to the Lancers by a count of 6-3 in this very same game. Longmeadow went on to capture the state title. Last year, Hudson was upended by Westfield in the state semifinal.

So "the third time is the charm'' theory fits well here.

The Hawks (22-1-1) will meet Medway (19-6-1) Sunday at TD Bank Garden (1:30 p.m.) for the state championship. The last time Hudson reached this plateau came back in 1978 when it defeated Burlington for a Division 1 crown. For Medway, which defeated Wayland in the North/South state semifinal Wednesday, this marks its first title appearance. No stranger to one another, these two teams met on Dec. 28th with the Hawks coming out on top 3-1 in the Metro West Tournament.

"It was a great hockey game and I have the utmost respect for Longmeadow," Hudson coach Mike Nanartowich said. "Playing in a state final is something that is very special. We go up against Medway now and all we can do is move forward and see what happens."

In last evening's affair, Hudson came out the aggressor from the opening face off and never backed off. A solid mix of physical checks at both ends of the ice never allowed the Lancers (12-6-4) to get comfortable, resulting sloppy puck possession, numerous turnovers and missed passes in the neutral zone as it became a constant struggle moving the puck around once inside the Hawks' zone. Even when Longmeadow had the man-advantage the Lancers failed to convert finishing 0-for-4.

"Hudson has got such a deep team," Longmeadow coach Jim Joyce said. "They're a team with a lot of seniors which brings different leadership and different dynamics. We knew coming in it was going to be a battle for us to win this because of their overall depth and us playing with a relative short bench."

Jeff Hamelin and Blake Seymour put the Hawks on the board first, both scoring a minute apart for an early 2-0 lead. But with just six seconds left in the initial frame, freshman Charlie Kelleher fired a laser past goaltender Shane Barry brining the Lancers back to within a goal.

Early in the middle frame while on the power play, Hudson pushed its advantage out to two goals after John Dutney tipped in a shot at 1:42.

"Playing in the Boston Garden is something I've always dreamed about," Hawks junior defenseman Bryan Carter said. "We knew Longmeadow is a very good team but I felt we were very well prepared tonight. We really did a good job defensively in tying them up and shutting them down."

Bay State Games: Day 4 Recap

July, 9, 2011
7/09/11
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Courtesy Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:

ICE HOCKEY
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.


SOCCER
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

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