Boston High School: Jordan Elster

Sutton claims boys' and girls' D4 state titles

November, 16, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Sutton was playing in a new division, but the result was the same. The Sammies completed an unbeaten season and won their third straight state title with a dominant 4-0 win over Cohasset in Saturday afternoon’s Division 4 final at Foley Stadium in Worcester.

Head coach Michael Elster, whose team had won the last two Division 3 titles, credited the experience of playing in the final for the Sammies (19-0-4) comprehensive victory.

“We’ve been there; we have a little history to it so we’ve built with that confidence and it’s helped us some,” said Elster.

Sutton was hardly troubled by the Cohasset attack with the Skippers (18-5-2) failing to record a shot on target in the game.

Elster continued, “The passing game was good today and, honestly, we had a little speed up front that they had a hard time with. Overall I thought we had the ball a lot today and it helped.”

The Sammies kept possession for the majority of the first half but it took 22 minutes to find the breakthrough. After a scramble on a corner, senior forward Ryan Elster found the back of the net to make it 1-0. Two minutes later, another Elster, Jordan, provided the assist on a free kick as sophomore Cole Acocelli looped a header over the stranded keeper.

Acocelli also scored the insurance goal 10 minutes into the second half. He took a feed from Riley Steele on the left-side of the box, cut in on his right foot, and coolly slotted home the third goal. His coach hopes that the young player will signal more success in the future for the Sammies.

“Cole has been working hard for me all season,” said Elster. “I respect him and it’s nice to have a sophomore do that for you because it bodes well for the future. He’s a very special player that works really hard.”

Acocelli admitted that the third goal gave Sutton the cushion it needed to feel comfortable in the second half. He noted, “We just needed one more. We were saying that as we went out that it was what we needed.”

After being part of his second title, Acocelli also reflected on the team’s three-peat, “It’s very, very special. We’ve put in a lot of work this season. We work hard and we deserve every one of them.”

When asked what has allowed Sutton to create a successful program, Elster responded, “One of the things that’s important, it’s clichéd in a way, but the kids really play for each other. I had a kid out there, Logan Nellis who is a senior and he didn’t even play in the state semi. They buy into that and by buying into that it gives us a chance.”

The coach remarked that he will take a little time to enjoy this year’s title, but that he will be back at work in search of title No. 4 soon enough.

“It never ends for me; I’m kind of a junkie when it comes to this stuff. I’m going to enjoy it but at the same time I’m losing nine seniors and what am I going to do next. I’ll probably try to relax until January.”

D4 Girls’ Final: Sutton 2, Austin Prep 1

The third time was the charm for the Sutton girls’ soccer team.

After two Division 3 state championship appearances in the past two years, the Suzies (20-1-2) finally brought home a trophy after a 2-1 victory over Austin Prep (18-2-3) on Saturday morning at Foley Stadium in their first year in D4.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Sutton head coach David Payne about taking home the title on the third attempt. “Today there was a little bit, ‘Hey, we’re back here. Can it be No. 2 again?’ There was a little bit of nerves, but also because of a little experience there was some, ‘Hey, we can do this.’ It was nice to get over the hurdle.”

Junior defender Eve Goulet, who has committed to play at Northeastern University, scored a first half brace for the Suzies. The first was on a corner to make it 1-0 and the second was on a rush upfield 10 minutes after Prep tied the game. Her first shot was blocked on the line, but she stayed with it to knock in the rebound.

“The second goal, I was in the right position at the right time,” said Goulet. “I followed the run up to the PK area and kept my head over the ball and I got it down into the middle of the net. Luckily, the defender got her foot on it and cleared it back out then I popped it back in with my head.”

Austin Prep tied the game in the 23rd minute. Kristen Swierk tapped in at the far post after Allyson Braciska’s cross was deflected off a defender and across the box. It was one of the few attacks that the Cougars mustered against a dominant Sutton midfield and defense.

Payne said, “Historically, over the course of our season, the only goals that we’ve given up have been off set pieces. We don’t give up goals from the run of play; our back line is very good. From an intensity standpoint, I think the girls got up a goal and felt so good about our possession…they let off a little bit.”

The second half was mostly absent of chances for either team, although Sutton did hit the bar twice in the final 10 minutes. Brianna Wason hit the bar from 25 yards and Rachel Fox nodded a corner down off the turf and up off the cross bar.

In the end, Sutton would not need a third goal. The title was finally theirs and Goulet was thrilled to take home the trophy.

“I knew coming into the game that if we came in with the right attitude of intensity and took advantage of every opportunity that we would score,” she remarked. “That’s what we’ve been doing all season; taking advantage of mistakes and punishing them for it.”

Bay State Games: July 13 recap

July, 14, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

Southeast 1, West 1

West clinched the Silver Medal by playing to a 1-1 tie with Southeast, who were hoping to put themselves in place for the silver, but ended up settling for Bronze.

Derek Bauer (Millis) drove in Steven Gilbert (Franklin) in the first inning as Southeast took a 1-0 lead and held it all the way to the bottom of the seventh inning, when West, down to their last out, tied the game when Tim Donahue (Westfield) came across the plate and forced extras.

Northeast 4, Central 3
Having already clinched the Gold Medal, Northeast took the field and held off a late Central charge to finish with a record of 4-0-1.

Northeast scored three runs in the third inning, thanks t otwo walks and two singles, the second of which a two-run hit by Nicholas Comei (Bradford). Colton Fontaine (Newburyport) scored in the third and then again in the fourth as Northeast took a 4-1 lead.

Central scored twice in the sixth inning through a two-run single by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville) to pull within a run, but Ryan McAuliffe (N. Reading) stranded two runners in the seventh to shut the door and collect the save.

Coastal 8, Metro 3
Coastal busted the game open in the fifth inning with three straight doubles, the last of which, by Kevin Huscher (Middleboro) drove in two runs. Mike Bruemmel added a two-run single in the sixth inning , while Cody Younger (Middleboro), who went 2-2 in the game, had a two-run single in the third.

Metro tied the game at 3 in the top of the fifth after falling behind. William Mitchell (Quincy) and Alex Joyce (Newton) singled and walked, respectively and Austin Johnson (Arlington) delivered a single to left field.

Final 2012 Bay State Games Baseball Standings:
1. Northeast (4-0-1)
2. West (3-1-1)
3. Southeast (2-2-1)
4. Coastal (2-3) – won the head to head vs. Central, 2-0
5. Central (2-3)
6. Metro (0-4-1)

Northeast 3, Southeast 0
Chris Donnolly (Woburn) opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a header from a corner and Conor Leahy (Beverly) doubled Northeast’s advantage with a shot from the left side in the 23rd minute. Paul Magazzu (Reading) capped the scoring in the 38th minute, taking a pass from Nick Atwood (Andover) and scoring from the right.

Metro 4, Central 2
Central got on the board first through Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) in the fifth minute, but Metro scored three times without answer, including a direct kick goal from Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) and the first of two goals on the day from Jadison Medina (Chelsea). Central pulled a goal back in the 60th minute when Tyler Martin (Charlton) converted a penalty kick, but Miranda’s second of the day three minutes later finished the game.

Coastal 1, West 0
The lone goal of the game came in the 56th minute, when Coastal’s Noah Martins (Dartmouth) curled a bending chip shot in from 12 feet out.

Central 5, Southeast 0
Tyler Martin (Charlton) scored the first two goals of the game, including coring a penalty I nthe 32nd minute and Central shutout Southeast. Ritzer added a goal and assist, Jordan Elster (Sutton) scored and Justin Asam (Milford) had a goal and two assists in the victory.

Northeast 3, Coastal 1
Coastal got on the board first when Timothy Amaral (New Bedford) scored in the 14th minute, but three second half goals, including tallies from Nick Atwood (Andover) and Sean Berube (Wilmington) delivered the comeback victory for Northeast.

West 3, Metro 1
West led 3-0 at halftime after goals by Nicholas Martinelli (E. Longmeadow), Jeff Danek (Ludlow) and Matthew Kolb (W. Springfield), before Metro’s Hilcias Palencia (Chelsea) pulled one goal back in the 51st minute.

Central 1, Metro 0
Central’s Cierra Dubinsky (Sutton) scored the lone goal in the 35th minute to deliver the slim victory to Central.

Southeast/Coastal 2, West 1
Three goals in the final four minutes of play decided this game, as Southeast/Coastal’s Stephanie Striglio (Hull) scored in the 66th and 69th minutes. West pulled back a goal in the final minute, but ran out of time to get a point out of the game.

Northeast 2, Central 0
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) got both the goals for Northeast, scoring in the 44th and 55th minutes. Sophie Draper (Andover) picked up the first assist, with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) assisting on the second goal.

Metro 2, Southeast/Coastal 1
Southeast/Coastal’s Kelly Couite (W. Bridgewater) scored in the 10th minute on a feed from MacKenzie Gillis (Abington), but two goals from Alexandra Curtain (Winchester) in the first half delivered the final score in favor of Metro.

Northeast 2, West 1
Northeast bookended a West goal with tallies by Carolyn Cook (S. Hamilton) and Megan Cullen (Amesbury), with Rebecca Mercuro (Saugus) picking up both assists. West’s goal came from Jordan Bates (Chicopee), with the assist coming from Natalie Caney (Belchertown).

Metro/Northeast 3, Central 0
Coastal 3, West 2
Southeast 4, Coastal 0

Boy’s 9-10 Basketball
Metro 71 Northeast 66

The Metro squad prevailed over the Northeast squad. The Metro team was led by Keith Burns from Belmont who had 21 points and Christian Lejuene from Waltham who contributed 15 points. The Northeast squad was led by Cody Broges from Dartmouth who had 16 points and Kareem Murrell from Dorchester who had 14.

West 60 Central 45
The West region was led by Jake Ross from Florence who had 18 points and Keith Natale scored 13 points.

Coastal 59 Metro 46
The Metro region was led by Adam Kleckner who contributed 9 points in a losing effort.

Northeast 67 Central 27
The Northeast squad was led by Kareem Murrell who had 18 points and Anthony Gilardi had 13. The Central squad was led by number 11 with 17 points.

Southeast 9, Metro 6

Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored three times for Southeast and Alex Pacitti (Foxborough) added two goals. Kyle Deluca (Weymouth) scored a goal and added an assist as Southeast scored three times in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie. Goalie Keison Cunningham (Weymouth) made 11 stops for Southeast and also helped his own cause with a goal. For Metro, Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) scored four gaols and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) pitched in a goal and an assist, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 23 stops in a losing effort.

Coastal 11, Northeast 5
Will Mare led the way with five goals for Coastal, who also got three goals and an assist from Ethan McCullough. Mike McCarthy and Sean McNamara combined to make 7 stops in goal.

Northeast was led by Evan Connolly (Peabody) who scored twice and also got single goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin), John Curcuru (Gloucester) and Ian Kennedy (Gloucester).

Joshua Nelson (Medford) was strong in goal, making 19 saves.

Southeast 10, Central 5
Righini scored six goals and tallied an assist, while Jack Vail (Franklin) scored twice and Jake Sargeant (Franklin) notched two assists. Cunningham and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined to make 9 stops in net.

Central got a goal and an assist from Michael Castellani (Nipmuc Reg.) and two assists from Nicholas Polutchko (Algonquin Reg.) and matched Southeast 2-2 in goals in the second and third periods. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made 13 saves.

Coastal 13, Metro 7
Will Moore (5 goals and 2 assists) and Joe Tyo (4 goals and 1 assist) paced the Coastal squad, with Ethan McCullough pitching in three goals and an assist. Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough) paced the Metro club with four goals, while Scott Powell (Swampscott) made four stops in net.