Boston High School: Scituate

Memorable weekend for CM at Chowda Cup

April, 20, 2014
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SCITUATE, Mass. -- Midway through Saturday afternoon’s Chowda Cup Championship game between Catholic Memorial and Scituate, the question wasn’t who as going to hoist the trophy after the game, but which Knights player would be awarded the tournament MVP.

Catholic Memorial opened up an 8-2 halftime lead over the Sailors, en route to a 14-8 victory and their first Chowda Cup title. For the Knights it was their fourth appearance in the title game since they joined the annual tournament five years ago.

Senior attackman Zach O’Brien scored six goals in the win and found the net 10 times during the duration of the tournament and seemed like a lock for the MVP award. But the superb play of Joe Zegarelli between the pipes earned him the award given to the top player in the two-day tournament.

“I wasn’t expecting to get the award,” Zegarelli said. “I thought it was going to go to Zach O’Brien, he really deserves it with all the goals he scored.”

Zegarelli didn’t see the quantity of shots that he did Thursday evening in the semifinal win over Cohasset, but for the sophomore goalie it was quality over quantity.

In the third quarter, Zegarelli robbed Scituate’s Frankie Ragge from deep down low in the zone to highlight to phenomenal day.

“We were focused on playing good solid one-on-one defense and I thought Zegs made the saves when he need to, really a team defense approach,” CM head coach Kevin Lynch said.

The Knights owned a heavily lopsided possession battle throughout the game and Colin Casey was the reason why. The freshman was 17-for-23 on faceoffs, giving his team a big possession advantage.

The beneficiaries of Casey’s big day on the faceoffs were O’Brien and Frank Cosolito, who combined for 10 of the Knights 14 goals.

“It really started with Colin Casey our freshman,” O’Brien said. “He was getting the ball to us on offense and constantly getting the win on faceoffs and getting the looks we needed and finishing.”

Scituate struggled throughout the game, looking like a shell of the team that took the field in Thursday night’s overtime win over Marshfield. The Sailors were sloppy with the ball, turning it over and airmailing passes through the zone.

“As good as we played against Marshfield, we just couldn’t get that same level of energy up,” Scituate head coach Mark Puzzangara said. “You can just tell when we needed that big play, it’s a dropped pass or a lost stick or throwing the ball out of bounds, we were just getting caught up in the moment.”

Thursday Thriller: The headliner of the Chowda cup semifinals was the matchup between No. 14 Catholic Memorial and No. 18 Cohasset. But it was the second game of the evening between No. 22 Marshfield and Scituate that stole the show.

With the Rams holding a 5-3 lead with less than two minutes remaining and Marshfield goalie Trevor Scollins pitching a shutout in the second half, the Rams were in prime position to advance to the title game.

But the Sailors’ Trevor Ciessau scored two goals in the final 1:45 of the game, including the equalizer with just two seconds left on the clock to force overtime.

Less than a minute into the extra period, Ragge netted the game winner from the right wing to advance the Sailors into the title game.

“We showed tremendous heart and courage and they really rebounded and rallied around each other and put together an effort we all knew they could,” Puzzangara said after Thursday’s game.

A coaching milestone: Lost in the wild finish of Scituate’s overtime winner was the milestone hit by Sailor coach Puzzangara. The win was No. 200 of his career was achieved in dramatic fashion.

“I think winning a state championship is pretty big but that was a heck of a game to get it in overtime against a team like that, its pretty sweet,” Puzzangara said.

Pair of heavyweights: The premier matchup of the day got the seventh annual Chowda Cup underway with the Knights pulling past Cohasset 10-8.

CM went on a 4-0 run in the third quarter to separate from the Sailors and advance to the title game.

Zack O’Brien was the star of the game, netting four goals in the win, but nearly missed out on the game, showing up right before the game started.

“I put Scituate High School in my phone and didn’t look at what state it was in, drove all the way to Rhode Island and saw the sign and had to turn around and showed up late,” O’Brien said of his blunder.

Cosolito scored three times and Gunnar McKenzie added two more goals in the win for Catholic Memorial.

Soccer Roundup: Silver Lake routs New Bedford

November, 8, 2013
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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.

TOURNAMENT NOTES:
  • 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 ESPNBoston.com 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.

Soccer Tourney Roundup: Needham gets revenge

November, 6, 2013
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NATICK, Mass. – The only blemish on Needham girls’ soccer’s regular season schedule was back in the second game of the season in a defeat to its Division 1 South quarterfinals opponent, Natick. The Rockets are much healthier at this point in the season and, on Tuesday night, turned the tables to reach the sectional semifinal.

Kira Oberle scored the winner and Rachel Kingston added a late goal on the break, as No. 5 seed Needham pulled out a 2-0 victory over No. 4 seed Natick on a cold evening at Natick High.

Needham head coach Carl Tarabelli praised the depth on his squad as crucial to the Rockets (12-1-7) having the energy to stay with the Herget division champions, especially coming off an overtime win in the first round and with one day less rest than the Redhawks.

He explained, “I went 18 deep into my bench today and it was a team effort; it was a complete team effort. Although I have some very, very talented players, our strength is our depth and we had to use it tonight.”

Natick head coach Lisa Wilkins admitted that there were no secrets between league rivals and it was clear from the start that Needham had a specific game plan to attack the Redhawks (12-3-4). The Rockets used width, especially down the Needham right, to avoid Herget MVP Carly Wilkins at the heart of the Natick defense.

In the opening three minutes, Kingston sped down the far side line and cut the ball back to the edge of the 18 for Oberle, who set herself but struck the post going for the bottom corner. A few minutes later, it was Alanna Bollas getting down the right side for the Rockets and she picked out Kingston, but the sophomore struck a shot just wide.

Defensively, Needham pinpointed Herget division leading scorer Haley Reddish as the person that spearheads the Redhawks attack and had Natalie Wong shadow her throughout the game. Just four minutes in, Natick had a big chance, but midfielder Danielle Ranucci’s shot from close range was closed down and blocked by Rockets keeper Emily Bowers.

Natick keeper Devan Malcolm was called into action 12 minutes before halftime. She dove low to her right to palm aside a shot from Kyra White. Wong also headed a chance narrowly wide off of a late free kick. Tarabelli was concerned with all the missed opportunities.

“I was a little nervous,” he said. “We hit the post and then we had a sitter that went wide. I was just thinking that this can’t be a re-creation of the game against Bridgewater-Raynham.”

Needham stormed out of the gates in the second half with Kingston getting several chances in the first 10 minutes out of the break. Natick turned up the pressure on the Rockets, especially after a cramp forced Wong to the bench for a few minutes midway through the second half.

With her marker on the bench, Reddish finally found a little room and sent in a corner that tipped off the bar, before a corner from the other side found her on the edge of the box and she again struck the woodwork. Ranucci also had a chance that went narrowly wide for the Redhawks.

“I thought we played outstanding in the second half,” said Wilkins. “The first half we were a little disorganized, but in the second half I thought we had equal opportunities for each team and they just capitalized and we didn’t.”

Not long after having its cross bar rung twice, Needham took the lead. Again pressure down the right touchline caused problems for the Natick defense and gave the Rockets a dangerous free kick. Kayla Steeves, who became increasingly dominant in midfield over the course of the game, found the head of Oberle and she placed into the corner to make it 1-0.

Wilkins noted, “I basically knew when we got into the second half that whoever gets the goal was going to win; that it was going to be 1-0. Their second goal was because we were pushing for the tying goal.”

With only three minutes remaining, and Natick becoming increasingly desperate to find an equalizer, Needham struck again. Sophomore Emma Spector picked out her classmate with a through ball and Kingston made no mistake with a shot across the keeper to wrap up the victory.

Kingston, who missed a large portion of the regular season with an injury, scored the overtime winner in the first round and was a consistent threat to the Natick back four. Tarabelli would not single her out after the game; he said that all of his forwards are a threat in every game and that is what makes Needham tough to defend.

“She’s just one piece,” he said. “They all bring something different. I go six deep up top. She’s fast and she’s talented, but I got six strikers and you can’t pick one because if you do then one of the others will get you.”

Statewide tournament notes from Tuesday:
  • Needham will advance to play the top seed in D1 South, Franklin, on Thursday in Medway. The other side of the bracket includes No. 2 Bishop Feehan and the Cinderella story of the tournament thus far, No. 19 Walpole. The Rebels advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of penalty kick victories, both after scoreless games, but on Tuesday afternoon beat No. 6 North Attleborough, 2-0, on the road. Steph Lund and Lauren Regan had the goals for Walpole, which needed to win on the final day of the regular season just to qualify.
  • While Walpole’s win was impressive, it was not the biggest upset of the day. The top-ranked team in the ESPNBoston.com state wide girls’ soccer rankings was beaten in the D1 North semifinals. A lone first half goal by Acton-Boxborough’s Alex Spangler, which was described on Twitter as a bicycle kick, was enough for the Colonials to beat undefeated Central Catholic. It was the fifth goal allowed in the last three games for the Raiders, after allowing only one in their first 17 games. The win by Acton-Boxborough also denied a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup in the sectional finals against Newton North, which eased past Masconomet, 5-0, in the early game on Tuesday.
  • On the boys’ side of D1 North, Acton-Boxborough was unable to reach the sectional semifinal after a 1-0 overtime defeat to No. 2 seed Madison Park. The Boston City League team advances to the semifinals to take on last year’s D1 North finalist, St. John’s Prep. A rematch of last year’s final is still in the cards after top seed Somerville continued its stellar play with a 4-0 win over a talented Brookline team thanks to a Thayrone Miranda hat trick. The Highlanders will need to go through No. 13 Malden in their quest to repeat as sectional champs, after Malden beat No. 12 Lowell, 3-2, in overtime.
  • D1 South has a pair of marquee matchups in the semifinals with Top 10 opponents squaring off on both sides of the brackets, although in the case of New Bedford just barely. The Whalers, the No. 4 seed and fifth-ranked team in the Top 25, needed a goal by Klisman Sousa in the final three minutes to cancel out a goal by Franklin’s Joe Kalil and send the game to overtime. After a nerve-wracking 20 minutes of sudden death and another six rounds of penalty kicks, New Bedford advanced to face top seed and No. 1-ranked Silver Lake, which has outscored teams 11-2 to get this far. On the opposite side, Needham and BC High will get a rematch of their meeting during the Bay State Conference/Catholic Conference tournament, which ended in a 1-1 tie.
  • Several marquee teams are still alive in Division 2 as well. Caitlin Harty continued to build her resume for Player of the Year with a hat trick to lead Beverly over Woburn and into a semifinal against Concord-Carlisle. Masconomet, which dropped down to D2 this year, also won 3-0 to advance to the semifinals. Both were teams that exceled in D1 last season and will be hoping to make similar waves in D2.
  • The first of the 2012 state champions to be knocked out was the Medfield girls. The Warriors scored the opening two goals of the game against top seed Scituate, but the Sailors stormed back with four goals to advance in the D2 South sectional. In fact, there will be a completely new D2 South final this year after Dartmouth defeated Duxbury, which was ranked in the Top 5, 1-0. Scituate will face No. 5 Sandwich in the semifinal and the Indians will take on No. 2 seed Notre Dame (Hingham), which survived overtime against Holliston on Tuesday.
  • Shocking news came today for the Palmer boys’ team in D3 West after it was determined that the team had accumulated five cards during its first round game with Hampshire. Palmer had won the game 2-0, but because of an MIAA rule that limits the amount of cards a team can get in a single game, it will forfeit the victory. Hampshire advances to the sectional semifinal and will take on top seed Belchertown. MassLive.com had the initial report.

OA, Scituate on move in girls' soccer Top 20

October, 24, 2013
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Central Catholic took on the top team in Rhode Island, La Salle Academy, in Providence over the weekend and then came home to take on Lowell. Back-to-back games are very difficult, but it would be hard to tell as Central picked up two more wins with 10 goals scored and another two clean sheets.

Oliver Ames and Scituate have both moved into the Top 10 after strong weeks and inconsistent play by Lincoln-Sudbury and Beverly. Algonquin was another big mover, as it jumps up four spots after handing Westborough its first loss of the season.

Whitman-Hanson will be a team to watch for the playoffs, but the Panthers dropped out of the rankings after a tough few weeks. They are replaced by Wilmington, which is cruising in the Middlesex League and has won 12 games in row.

Minnechaug and Needham also moved back into the Last 10 Out as teams position themselves ahead of the tournament.

There's only a few games left in the regular season and then it will be time to throw the records out the window once the playoffs get going.

For this week's full poll, click HERE.

Newton North makes jump in girls' soccer poll

October, 17, 2013
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Central Catholic continues its run at the top of our statewide MIAA girls' soccer Top 20 poll after extending its perfect run to 12-0. The Raiders have allowed a preposterous one goal in 12 games this season, and that was way back on Sept. 9.

There was a lot of shake-up in the rankings this week after several big games between ranked teams on Saturday.

In one marquee match, Newton North shockingly beat up on Beverly and jumps into the No. 2 spot because of it. The 5-0 win was enough to allow the Tigers to move ahead of a Belchertown team that's similarly dominant out west. Nashoba also added a big victory over Lincoln-Sudbury, and the Chieftains, a perennial power in D1, move up into the Top 5.

Also jumping up into the Top 5 is Duxbury, which swept the season series with Whitman-Hanson and clinched its first Patriot League title since 2007. The Dragons beat Scituate, Whitman-Hanson, and Quincy in the past week and all without injured striker Emily Weimer, who has nearly 20 goals on the season.

Two teams dropped out of the rankings this week: Medfield and Needham. Both will be considered teams that no one wants to play in the tournament, but both have struggled to get victories in the last week.

Jumping into the Top 20 are Medway, which is near the top of the TVL, and Algonquin, which tied Nashoba on Tuesday.

The parity in the girls' game is impressive as a number of teams could be considered Top 20-caliber (i.e., Canton or North Attleborough from the Hockomock or Wilmington and Winchester of the Middlesex) and this should lead to a lot of excitement and more than a few upsets come tourney time.

For this week's complete Top 20 poll, click HERE.

ESPN Boston boys' lacrosse All-State team

July, 1, 2013
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FIRST TEAM
G – Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
In his first season starting between the pipes for the Dragons, Marrocco was named an Eastern Mass. All-American while averaging 13 saves per game. Also a standout hockey player during the winter season, Marrocco is committed to Georgetown and was named Most Valuable Player of the bostonlax.net All-American game.

D – Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
One of the galvanizing forces behind the Hawks’ run to the program’s first state lacrosse title, the Eastern Mass. All-American was tasked with shutting down the opponent’s top attacks.

D – Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Named the Tri-Valley League’s Defensive Most Valuable player, Cox was a four-year member of the lacrosse team and part of back-to-back MIAA Division 2 state championship lacrosse teams. During the winter, Cox finished second on the Warriors hockey team in scoring, posting 12 goals for 38 points in 21 games. He will continue his lacrosse career at the University of Vermont.

D – John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Notre Dame commit was a jack of all trades for the Warriors this season, taking faceoffs, playing on man-up situations and providing lockdown defense. Sexton was named an Eastern Mass. All-American and is a three-time Dual County League All-Star.

LSM – Nick Brozowski, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
A ground ball machine, the Maryland commit was named an Eastern Mass. All-American in addition to Dual County League All-Star honors.

M – Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
The Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 38 goals and 20 assists while leading the Warriors to a Division 1 final appearance. Delaney will continue his lacrosse career at Fairfield University next year.

M – Keegan Dudeck, Sr., Longmeadow
The Lancers captain closed out his career on a high with a five-goal outburst in their Division 2 state championship win over Medfield. Dudeck tallied 38 goals and 17 assists for his senior season.

M – Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Turning in a dazzling offensive display at Harvard Stadium, Wheeler was a key component to the Hawks’ first-ever lacrosse championship. The Boston University commit and Eastern Mass. All-American tallied 42 goals with 15 assists this year.

A – Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Among the state scoring leaders in each of the last two seasons, Drapeau ripped off 71 goals in 2013. The Loyola commit was an ESPN Boston MIAA Lacrosse All-State second-teamer last year and also was a Hockey All-State Honorable Mention during the winter season.

A – Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
The Eastern Mass. All-American helped lead the Warriors back to the Division 2 state championship game. Melvin will continue his lacrosse career at Bates College.

A – Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Named ESPN Boston’s third annual “Mr. Lacrosse” winner last week, the Fairfield University signee finished his high school career with 179 goals and 159 assists. Panepinto, also a standout on the football field for the Rockets, was a two-time Eastern Mass. All-American and ESPN Boston All-State selection.

Specialist – Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Osbahr was an offensive weapon for the Eagles at the faceoff X as the best draw-winner in Eastern Mass. Also a member of Prep’s Super 8 hockey squad, the Eastern Mass. All-American will continue his lacrosse career at Bentley University.

SECOND TEAM
G – Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
D – Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
D – Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
D – Ian Yanulis, Sr, BC High
M – Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
M – Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly
M – Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
M – Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
A – Hunter Burdick, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
A – Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover
A – Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Specialist – Drew Kelleher, Jr., Longmeadow

Honorable Mention
Dom Abate, Sr. M, Beverly
Tommy Bannan, Sr. G, Hingham
Kevin Bletzer, Jr. M, Catholic Memorial
Rogers Boylan, Sr. D, Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr. D, Concord-Carlisle
Mike Carbone, Sr. A, Marshfield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr. A, Scituate
Matt Comerford, Sr. G, Reading
Pat Cronin, Jr. A, BC High
Matt Crowell, Jr. M, Medfield
Mark Dente, Sr. A, Reading
Kevin Farrell, Sr. FOGO, Billerica
Chris Frye, Sr. A, Walpole
Andrew Gallahue, Jr. A, St. John's Prep
Henry Guild, Sr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr. M, Wayland
Keifer Heckman, Sr. A, Peabody
Eamon Hunter, Soph. LSM, Lincoln-Sudbury
Joe Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
Reid Leveillee, Jr. D, Longmeadow
Giles Ober, Sr. G, Algonquin
Kieran Presley, Sr. M, Amherst
Brian Rotatori, Sr. M, Grafton
Drew Smiley, Jr. A, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
D.J. Smith, Sr. G, Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr. G, Medfield
Luc Valenza, Sr. D, Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr. D, Andover
Sam Wheaton, Sr. G, Minnechaug

Coach of the Year -- Ryan Liebel, Longmeadow
The Eastern Mass Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its boys' lacrosse 2013 All-Americans.

Here is the list:

FIRST TEAM
ATTACK
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Pino, Sr., North Andover

MIDFIELD
Mike Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly

DEFENSE
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Rob Breed, Sr., Xaverian
Jack Ullrich, Jr., Hingham
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury

SPECIALIST
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle

GOALIE
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica

SECOND TEAM
ATTACK
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Andrew Gallahue, Jr., St. John's Prep
Mark Dente, Sr., Reading
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

MIDFIELD
Dom Abate, Sr., Beverly
Roby Williams, Jr., Wayland
Matt Crowell, Jr., Medfield
Eric O'Brien, Sr., Reading
Joe Igoe, Sr., Framingham

DEFENSE
Luc Valenza, Jr., Foxborough
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Rogers Boylan, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle

SPECIALIST
Kevin Farrell, Sr., Billerica
Derek Osbahr, Sr., St. John's Prep

GOALIE
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Tommy Bannan, Sr., Hingham
The Patriot League recently announced its softball All-Star teams.

Here's a look at the list, as provided by Silver Lake athletic director Martha Jamieson:

Editor's note: League all-star lists may be sent to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) or Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com).

Keenan Division:
Abby Alexiades, Jr. 3B, Silver Lake
Angelina Avitabile, Soph. C, Quincy
Alex Barone, Sr. C, Silver Lake
Maddie Barone, Frosh. P, Silver Lake
Saxon Bresnahan, Soph. P, Quincy
Emily Colton, Jr. SS, Silver Lake
Brianna Connolly, Sr. OF, Duxbury
Christina Curley, Sr. SS, Duxbury
Caitlin Hughes, Soph. C, Whitman-Hanson
Alyssa Kates, Sr. 3B, Duxbury
Micaela Lannon, Jr. P, Duxbury
Heather McIntosh, Frosh., Hingham
Caroline McSherry, Sr. C, Duxbury
Jess Smith, Jr. 3B, Silver Lake
Devon Varmahmoodi, Sr. CF, Quincy
Maxine Vincent, Frosh. 3B, Whitman-Hanson

Fisher Division:

Katie Albanese, Jr. LF, Scituate
Sophia Czarowicz, Sr. P/OF/Inf., Hanover
Kelsey Hardiman, Sr. LF, Middleborough
Hannah Johnson, Soph. 2B, Middleborough
Liz Kelly, Sr. SS, North Quincy
Jackie Kielty, Sr. P, Middleborough
Callie MacDonald, Frosh., Hanover
Molly MacNeill, Sr. SS, Hanover
Malinda McCartney, Frosh. 3B, Pembroke
Michelle Muriph, Sr. SS, Pembroke
Traci Perry, Sr. CF, Middleborough
Natasha Saulter, Jr. P, North Quincy
Katherine Skordinski, Sr. 3B, Hanover
Sydney Stoddart, Jr. C, Pembroke
Janet Taylor, Sr. C, Hanover
SCITUATE, Mass. – Marshfield’s victory in Saturday’s Chowda Cup Championship game bore multifold benefits.

First and foremost, of course, was the hardware. The Rams ran through Scituate before besting No. 7 Catholic Memorial, 11-10, in overtime to claim the Cup. Second, and perhaps more importantly, there was the matter of proof in the quality of Marshfield’s opponent in the final. After an up-and-down 2012, the Rams are off to a 5-0 start and have now claimed a win against a Top 10 opponent.

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Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comMarshfield goaltender Pat Burchill made 12 saves, including seven in the second quarter, to help the Rams to an 11-10 victory over Catholic Memorial in the Chowda Cup championship.
Marshfield again found success on Saturday behind a patient, balanced possession game, bolstered by Mike Carbone’s four-goal game. Carbone also tallied the overtime game-winner.

Robbie Keuther also added a four-point game (2 G, 2 A) while goaltender Pat Burchill collected 12 saves to keep the Knights (4-2) at bay. Meanwhile, tournament MVP Joe Parnell tallied two goals and was a demon on faceoffs, winning 17 of 26 draws.

The team battled to a 5-5 tie at the half, in large part due to Burchill’s seven saves in the second quarter.

“If Pat [Burchill] wasn’t such a strong goalie, that game would’ve been over fast,” Carbone added.

After CM sophomore attack Tyler Bogart notched his third goal of the game for a 7-6 lead, Marshfield strung together three straight tallies to open the fourth quarter on goals by Jack Shaw, Parnell and Carbone.

CM rallied to score the next three to force overtime. The Knights did so with goals by Zach O’Brien (2 G, 1 A), Bogart (his fourth) and Kevin Bletzer (2 G, 2 A) in the final three minutes, eight seconds of regulation. Bletzer tied the game with just 36 seconds remaining.

Carbone tallied the game-winner after a controversial possession call, when referees awarded the ball to Marshfield on a footrace to the end line. Following the call, Tim Colleta strafed down the middle of the field and found a cutting Carbone for the dramatic win.

DOING THE DIRTY WORK
It’s not often that face-off men get their due, but Parnell was handsomely rewarded for his efforts in the tournament, taking home the championship plaque.

After a dominating performance against Scituate, Parnell again owned the draws. He was at his best against CM in the fourth quarter, winning six of the seven faceoffs he took.

“The face-off X is an absolute battle,” Rams head coach Jake Jones said. “I wouldn’t have anybody but Joe [Parnell] in there, scrapping it up. He’s doing a great job with the faceoffs and he’s being extremely smart with the ball.”

When describing his success this weekend, Parnell doffed his cap to his brother, Kenny Parnell, who was waiting at the wings.

“I started off with the clamp and he was wrist-breaking, so then I went with the jump and it ended up working,” Parnell said of Saturday’s matchup. “My little brother did a great job getting in on the wing, and he helped me win a lot of those.”

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
With Cohasset taking a convincing 14-3 win over host Scituate in the consolation game, another successful tournament wrapped up with the naming of the All-Tournament Team.

Here’s a look at the list:

Catholic Memorial – Kevin Bletzer, Tyler Bogart, Kameron Gingras, Scott Spangenberg.

Cohasset – Jack Conte, John Mills, Tommy Ryan,

Marshfield – Pat Burchill, Mike Carbone, Jimmy Connors, Joe Parnell, Jack Shaw.

Scituate – Tucker Ciessau, Jake Reynolds.

MIAA boys' lacrosse preseason All-State Team

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Attackmen:
Tyler Bogart, Soph., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Jay Drapeau, Jr., Westford Academy
Brandon Jaeger, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
C.J. LoConte, Sr., Duxbury
Andrew Melvin, Sr., Medfield
Nick Menzel, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Nico Panepinto, Sr., Needham
Robbie Pisano, Sr., Needham
Tyler Reilly, Sr., Grafton
Andrew Smiley, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

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Scott Barboza/ESPN Army commit C.J. LoConte will look to shoulder a bigger part of the offense for defending Division 1 state champion Duxbury.
Midfielders:
Kevin Bletzer, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Will Blumenberg, Soph., Concord-Carlisle
Caleb Brodie, Jr., Hingham
Alec Brown, Sr., Wakefield
Tucker Ciessau, Sr., Scituate
Dan Delaney, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Henry Guild, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Carson Hart, Sr., Wayland
Davis Kraft, Sr., Algonquin
Matt LaCroix, Sr., Westfield
Drew O’Connell, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Mikey Panepinto, Jr., Needham
Kieran Presley, Sr., Amherst
Bryan Rotartori, Sr., Grafton
Jack Wheeler, Jr., Xaverian

Long-stick Midfielders:
Nick Brozowski, Jr., Concord-Carlisle
Mike Elcock, Jr., Needham
D.J. George, Sr., Arlington Catholic
John Sexton, Jr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Defensemen:
Evan Boynton, Sr., Concord-Carlisle
Tim Gillis, Soph., Cohasset
Brian Uva, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Luc Valenza, Sr., Foxborough
Jay Walsh, Sr., Duxbury
Tyler Weeks, Sr., Andover
Ian Yanulis, Sr., BC High

Goaltender:
Andrew Blood, Jr., Walpole
Matt Comerford, Sr., Reading
Ryan Goodall, Sr., Dover-Sherborn
Nick Marrocco, Jr., Duxbury
Giles Ober, Sr., Algonquin
Jake Reynolds, Jr., Scituate
D.J. Smith, Sr., Billerica
Robert Treiber, Jr., Medfield
Tighe Van Lenten, Sr., Masconomet

D2 EMass: Brighton 55, Scituate 52

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BOSTON -- No way, no how was Malik James going to let his team go down without a fight. Even if that meant taking the risk of performing in crunch time with four fouls.

The Brighton guard had picked up that foul with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter and went to the bench. Meanwhile, Scituate was in the process of trying to blow the game open, continuing a big run at the start of the fourth quarter that saw them take what seemed like a commanding, 47-36 lead.

After spending most of his time on the bench demanding to be put back in, James came back on the floor and promptly made his mark with a bucket on a putback with 4:37 remaining. The junior took control of the game from that point on, scoring 14 of his 21 points over those final minutes as the Bengals roared back to life with a 14-3 run, capped by a Daivon Edwards 3-pointer and a James free throw which tied the game at 50-50 with 1:13 left to play.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNMalik James scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter -- all with four fouls -- and converted a three-point play with 1.8 seconds left to cap an unforgettable finish. Brighton trailed by 11 with four minutes to go.
The Sailors next, and last, points came on a pair of David Cox foul shots, but James wasn't done yet. He calmly sank two free throws with 8.4 seconds on the clock, then knocked the ball loose as Scituate tried to come upcourt. The ball landed in the hands of Bengals teammate Nate Hogan, who quickly sent it right back to James, who raced in for what would end up as the game-winning layup.

James was also fouled on the play, but he sank the freebie and Scituate's desperation heave fell way short, allowing Brighton to escape with a 55-52 victory in the Div. 2 state semifinals at TD Garden.

"I wasn’t supposed to be in the game but I told my coach to put me in because if we were going to lose, we were going to lose with me on the court,” James said, describing the final play. “At first there was confusion because coach was saying zone, but it was eight seconds so I was like, ‘What are we in?’ He finally said man and I had four (fouls) so he said don’t reach."

“I played defense on the baseline and I tried to turn the guard and actually he did turn," James went on. "He spun around and, not listening obviously, I reached and I got the steal this time, a deflection to my teammate who passed it for the outlet, and I finished.”

What got the Bengals (20-6) back in the game was a combination of a shift away from their beloved three-point shot and a collection of players doing the little things. Guards Edwards and Mark Mojica each contributed key steals in the run, while Nick Simpson (16 points) and Prince Unaegbu controlled the glass. Once James returned to the floor, Brighton began attacking the basket rather than settling for outside shots.

"I appreciate every little thing that the guys do," praised Brighton coach Hugh Coleman. "And it is about the little things. It's not if (James) scores 20 or someone hits five threes. It's the charges, the loose balls, the steals. Those are the little things that make the difference and you know what? It proved right today."

It was Simpson who did the bulk of the work in the first half, scoring ten of his points. Edwards (11 points) contributed a pair of 3-pointers and Mojica scored his four points in the second as the Bengals took a 27-21 lead.

Scituate (21-4) turned things around the third, holding Brighton to just six points while putting in 18 of its own with Noma Okundaye getting nine of 17 points in the frame to lead the charge. The Sailors caught and passed Brighton, taking a 39-33 lead into the fourth, which they extended to an 11-point lead before James sparked the comeback.

"We just did not take care of the ball at the end of that game. No one lost that game. We've won together, we've lost together. We lost our first game of the season by 25. All we did was work hard. All I've ever asked these people to do is sacrifice and give everything they have all the time. I've never had better practices, I've never had better people, I've never had a better experience."

A year ago, Brighton fell just short of its dream of bringing a state trophy back to the city for the first time in school history. This time, they hope to finish the job.

"The goal is absolutely to win it," Coleman stated emphatically. "From the jump, from practice starting tomorrow, everything we do - game film, game prep. Us coaches really like to give things to God. We feel like, if we do what we're asked to do in His eyes, He is going to give us what we deserve and what we're blessed with."

ESPNBoston.com's State Semifinal Hoop Picks

March, 11, 2013
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EASTERN MASS. FINALS

Boys

D1: Mansfield (24-2) vs. Central Catholic (21-5)
Brendan Hall: Whatever the fourth-quarter lead is, you might as well double it. Both squads are terrific finishing teams. Still, it’s hard for me to go against The Illuminati. Pick: Mansfield
Chris Bradley: The way Central Catholic is playing defensively, they can’t be beaten by anybody in the state. Tyler Nelson is on another level from pretty much any guard in the state in terms of playmaking, while his backcourt mate Lucas Hammel is great on-ball defender. Pick: Central Catholic

D2: Brighton (19-6) vs. Scituate (21-3)
Hall: Last month I said that whoever came out of the D2 North tournament would be battle-tested enough to run the table. Brighton came back stronger than ever after last season’s disappointment, and they are playing as well as any right now. Malik James has been playing his way into Super Team consideration at this current clip. Pick: Brighton
Bradley: Brighton’s toughest tests of the Division 2 tournament have passed—the Bengals beat Melrose and North Andover, two of the best teams in the state. A great season by Scituate, but I can’t see any of the teams left in the Division 2 field hanging with Brighton. Pick: Brighton

D3: Danvers (22-2) vs. Martha’s Vineyard (18-5)
Hall: Save a bad weekend at the Comcast Tournament, Falcons have survived every test given to them this season. With the Vineyard, there is always the element of the great unknown. We know the Vineyarders can run, but so can the Falcons. Pick: Danvers
Bradley: What a run by the Vineyard, beating Wareham in the D3 South final. That being said, Danvers has proven that they are hands-down the best team in the state. Expect a few treys each from Nick McKenna, Nick Bates, and Vinny Clifford. Pick: Danvers

Lynnfield (16-7) vs. Bishop Connolly (18-6)
Hall: Pulling for Scott Barboza’s alma mater to get some hardware here. Pick: Connolly
Bradley: Connolly has a slew of quick, athletic guards who can score and put a lot of pressure on opposing teams defensively. I foresee Lynnfield struggling with that pressure. Pick: Bishop Connolly

Girls

D1: Braintree (24-2) vs. Central Catholic (20-5)
Hall: Defense wins championships, and the Wamps have one of the best defensive players around in Bay State Conference MVP Bridget Herlihy. Four of the Wamps’ five starters are sophomores or younger, including Herlihy, yet this is one of the tallest lineups in the state. Gonna be fun to watch this crew the next few years. Pick: Braintree.
Bradley: Make it another sweep for Central Catholic boys and girls in the state semifinals. I’m calling upset here, expect a huge game from Casey McLaughlin. Pick: Central Catholic

D2: Reading (23-0) vs. Medfield (24-2)
Hall: Would be cool to see one of the state’s finest athletes Jen Narlee bring home a state title in two sports this calendar year, but you don’t get to 48 straight wins without some role players stepping up. Rockets’ workhorse Olivia Healy will get hers, but the hero will once again be someone else. Pick: Reading
Bradley: Well, I don’t have the guts to pick against an Olivia Healy-led team. Anybody who does--feel free to raise your hand. Pick: Reading

D3: Archbishop Williams (21-5) vs. Pentucket (24-1)
Hall: Does this qualify as an upset if I go with Pentucket? Sachems have been quietly waiting in the grass all season long. Monday night, they will strike with a first-round haymaker. Pick: Pentucket
Bradley: A great run by Archbishop Williams here in the final stretch of the season. I know this has been a highly-anticipated matchup all year, but I’m going to pick what some may call the “upset” and go with Pentucket, but expect an absolute thriller Pick: Pentucket

D4: Fenway (14-7) vs. Greater New Bedford (20-4)
Hall: Tajanay Veiga-Lee was the hero last year against this same GNB squad, but I like the Bears getting their revenge Monday night. Pick: Greater New Bedford
Bradley: Fenway's girls are battle-tested and on quite a roll right now, as they've won seven games in a row. Pick: Fenway

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CENTRAL/WEST FINALS

Boys

D1: Springfield Putnam (22-1) vs. Milford (20-3)
Hall: I love the way Putnam plays so inspired, and their whipping of Springfield Central in Saturday's D1 West Final might be the Beavers' high water mark of the season. Look for big games out of KayJuan Bynum and David Murrell. Pick: Putnam
Bradley: Putnam has more talent and more speed than Milford, but during their tournament run the Hawks have displayed the type of toughness and poise that it takes to go to the state finals. Milford doesn’t have a go-to guy, but they have a team full of kids who aren’t afraid to take the big shot-which is why they’ll beat Putnam and give Central a run for their money in the state finals. Pick: Milford

D2: St. Bernard's (19-4) vs. South Hadley (16-7)
Hall: Bernardians made it this far last year, only to meet a disappointing end. They're back again, and more determined. Pick: St. Bernard's
Bradley: The Bernardians will have a significant size advantage, as well as one of the better scorers in Division 2 in John Crawley. Count on St. Bernard’s to punch their ticket into the D2 state finals. Pick: St. Bernard's

D3: Smith Academy (21-3) vs. Littleton (24-1)
Hall:
Here's a team we missed the boat on. Smith took the D3 field by storm, and from what I understand they're a loaded bunch. I like their chances in this one. Pick: Smith Academy
Bradley: Littleton hasn't lost a game since December, thanks mainly to a high-scoring attack and exceptional play from senior guard Chris Murray. They certainly weren't the favorite in a tough D3 Central field, but they made it out alive. Pick: Littleton

Girls

D1: Holy Name (22-2) vs. Chicopee (16-7)
Hall: Junior center and Providence commit Brianna Frias is a monster on the boards, and my pick for Defensive Player of the Year. Long-time Naps coach Barry Finneron has his best shot at a state title in a while. Pick: Holy Name
Bradley: Holy Name is on quite the run and couldn’t be any higher emotionally after absolutely blowing out Wachusett in the D1 Central final. Sophomore Gigi Gunther is a future star. Pick: Holy Name

D2: Nashoba (21-2) vs. Hoosac Valley (19-5)
Hall: Going with strength of schedule in this one, and the Chieftains delivered powerhouse Tyngsborough its first-ever loss within Central Mass. to get to this stage. Pick: Nashoba
Bradley: All five of Nashoba’s starters could be considered go-to scorers, they’ve had such an even scoring attack all year. Their balance offensively is going to give Hoosac plenty of problems. Pick: Nashoba

D3: Lee (18-5) vs. University Park (23-1)
Hall: Death, taxes, and the Lee Wildcats on the DCU Center floor competing for a state title. Pick: Lee
Bradley: Lee is clicking at the right time, beating favored power Sabis in the Western Mass. Division 3 finals. Not only that, Stephanie Young has shown several times this year that she can break 20 or 25 on any given night. Pick: Lee

D2 South: Medfield 57, Scituate 41

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BROCKTON, Mass. -– A look at the rosters showed that No. 2 Medfield held a distinct height advantage over No. 6 Scituate when they squared off at Massasoit Community College in a Div. 2 South Sectional semifinals showdown on Wednesday night.

In fact, the Warriors' five tallest players each had at least one inch on the tallest player suiting up for the Sailors.

Sophomore Payton Ouimette made sure that advantage was put to good use on both ends of the floor as she led the Warriors to an impressive win, 57-41, sending Medfield to Saturday’s Sectional title game against No. 4 Duxbury at UMass-Boston at 2 p.m.

The 5-foot-10 Ouimette poured in a game-high 17 points while pulling down a whopping 16 rebounds to pace Medfield’s attack.

“It might be a mistake [for teams to not focus on Payton],” said Medfield coach Mark Nickerson. “She’s a beast. You saw that today. She’s a real gamer. She’s come up big for us when we’ve needed her and we really needed her to today. We would’ve been in a lot of trouble offensively if we didn’t have her today.”

Ouimette had plenty of company on the glass as Medfield out-rebounded Scituate 41-21 in the win.

20 of those 21 boards came on the offensive end, giving the Warriors plenty of extra chances to score. They also forced Scituate’s defense into pressured situations, resulting in 32 trips to the free throw line for Medfield.

“It would’ve been nice to finish those possessions a little bit earlier,” said Nickerson. We talked about having the size advantage and trying to work the ball into the paint. They made it difficult for us by putting pressure on our guards. We struggled to get it in there, but once we did they worked real hard to finish or get to the line.”

The Warriors connected on 23 of the free throws, led by Lauren Petit’s 11-for-14 performance from the charity stripe. Petit finished with 16 points in all, added five rebounds as well.

Medfield also got strong showings from Jen Narlee (10 points) and Kristin Fechtelkotter (seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks).

Perhaps equally as important to Medfield’s success in knocking off the defending sectional champ was their defensive work against Stonehill commit Kelly Martin.

The 5-foot-8 guard had to fight for everyone of her points -– and she wound up with 15 of them. She connected on just two field goals, scoring the rest of her points by getting the foul line.

“Kelly Martin was a handful for us,” said Nickerson. “We tried chasing her, we tried trapping them, we tried a little bit of a man-to-man, it was just tough stopping her off the dribble. We tried to keep her out of the paint, we chased her –- we had three or four different players chasing her around trying to keep the ball out of her hands as much as possible. We know she’s a great shooter, but she’s probably even better off the dribble.”

She also added seven rebounds, three blocks and four assists in the final game of her high school career.

Sarah Hoffman helped keep Scituate (19-4) in the game, scoring 14 points and grabbing four rebounds in the final game of a season that surprised many people as they won the Patriot League Fisher Division before another impressive tourney run.

“Those seniors carried the team all year,” said Scituate coach Matt Lewis. “I think that we proved a lot of people wrong. A lot of people thought, because of the players we graduated last year, that this would be something of a rebuilding year. I think they really proved their critics wrong and got us back to this point.”

D2 South: Scituate 83, Sharon 79

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TAUNTON, Mass. –- Six-foot-five John Foster is set to play football at Cornell next fall, but his monster basketball performance on Tuesday night proved he's far from done at Scituate High School.

The senior captain poured in 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the top-seeded Sailors beat Sharon 83-79.

“He’s just so strong,” Scituate head coach Matt Poireir said. “I watched what he did preparing for football. He’s worked so hard and you see the results and the strength right here. I’m extremely proud.”

It was a game of momentum swings, as Sharon took complete control in the first quarter (outscoring Scituate 26-18) only to have Scituate rally in the second quarter (outscoring Sharon 19-12). The Eagles were able to steal momentum heading into halftime as junior Jimmy Fritzson’s fall away three-pointer gave Sharon a 38–37 lead at the break.

Scituate came back out swinging in the third quarter to regain the lead 58-56 heading into the final frame. Despite only making three field goals in the fourth quarter, the Sailors shot 19-of-24 from the free throw line in just the final frame on their way to the win.

“Obviously it was a great high school basketball game,” Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman said. “We certainly couldn’t handle Foster. He was just a load inside and we tried everything we could defensively inside.”

It looked as though Sharon was going to have a chance to tie or take the lead with 31 seconds left, but Foster had other plans. Scituate’s Matt McRae missed both of his free throws, but Foster came up with a monster offensive board before being fouled himself. He was able to hit one of two to extend the lead to three. On the other end, Sharon was unable to convert a layup and lost the rebound out of bounds. A free throw from Tarran O’Toole made it 83-79.

Despite his potential game saving offensive rebound and his scoring, Foster refused to take any credit.

"It’s all because of my teammates,” Foster said. “We knew going in that they were a little undersized so they were going to feed it to me down low. I just had a lucky night and it went in for me.”

Even after battling over two Sharon players for the big rebound, he still didn’t take the credit.

“Their big man had fouled out at that point so I knew there was a size advantage but there was a lucky back rim bounce and it came to my hands,” he said.

The Sailors were able to weather an unbelievable offensive performance from Fritzson, who dropped 34 points in the loss. Classmate Brian Mukasa added 20 points.

"We had certain things we tried to do to contain because you can’t stop good players from being good players,” Poirier said. “They’re a very good team, they can shoot, they can run.”

The game was marred by fouls, especially in the fourth quarter. Both teams found themselves in the double bonus less than halfway through the quarter. There was a total of 35 free throws shot in just the fourth quarter. Scituate’s Noma Okundaye and Sharon's Ian Beach, Kevin Bartis, and Fritzson all fouled out in the game.

Scituate’s David Cox added 14 points, O’Toole had 11, with 7 of them coming off free throws in the fourth quarter, Okundaye finished with 10 and Ben McLarey notced 9 points. Beach was the only other Eagle in double figures with 15.

Scituate will now play the winner of Milton and Wellesley on Saturday at UMass-Boston in the D2 South Finals. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00.

A BRIGHT FUTURE
Sharon will graduate eight seniors, but both Mukasa and Fritzson will return to the Eagles next year. Mukasa has been a rock for Sharon for the past two seasons, but Fritzson has had a breakout season, mostly in the second half, that has opposing teams worried.

The two combined for 54 of the Eagle’s 79 points and are both incredibly talented shooters.

“With Fritzson and Mukasa coming back, along with Erik Kushner, who’s a real good vocal leader, we have a real good nucleus,” Jackman said.

MHSFCA releases All-State Team

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The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) released its "Super 26" All-State Team yesterday. Selections are below as follows:

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Zach Bartak, Greenfield, 6'1" 200
Mackay Lowrie, Roxbury Latin, 6'5" 210
Nick Peabody, Barnstable, 6’4" 225

Running Back
Vincent Burton, Blue Hills, 6’2” 200
Dylan Oxsen, Plymouth South, 5’9” 185
Quron Wright, Holy Name, 5’6” 165

Wide Receiver
Will Heikkinen, Andover, 6’1” 196
Brian O’Malley, St. Sebastian’s, 6’3” 195

Offensive Line
Aaron Dyke, Auburn, 6’4” 305
John Foster, Scituate, 6’5” 260
Rob Kosharek, Duxbury, 6’6” 265
Jack McDonald, B.C. High, 6’5" 275
John Montelus, Everett, 6’5" 325

DEFENSE

Defensive Line
Matt Comerford, Reading, 6’5” 275
Terrel Correia, Nantucket, 6’7” 275
Joe Previte, Brockton, 6’2” 260
Maurice Hurst, Xaverian, 6’2” 290

Linebacker
Cam Hanley, Walpole, 5’11” 210
Sha’ki Holines, Springfield Commerce, 6’4” 240
Zack Hume , Nashoba, 6’2” 235
Bryan Vieira, Thayer Academy, 6’3” 190

Defensive Back
Brendan Flaherty, Beverly, 6’1” 185
Kiivone Howard, Foxborough, 6’1” 185
Dylan Mann, Masconomet, 5’10” 180
Alex Moore, St. John’s Prep, 6’1” 195
Justin Mount, Westford Academy, 6’2” 205

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