Boston High School: T.J. Noonan

T.J. Noonan flicked on the television Wednesday night, saw the reports of Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer’s domestic violence arrest –- the latest in a string of such arrests, another black eye in one of the NFL’s worst weeks ever –- and decided he’d had enough.

“It’s something I feel really passionate about, because it directly affected my life,” the Wellesley High senior football captain said.

Thursday morning, Noonan approached head football coach Jesse Davis about doing something for the next night’s game against Newton North to raise awareness on the issue. With next month being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, purple its color of choice, and seeing the runaway success of the previous weekend’s “Red Bandana Game” at Boston College, Noonan settled on purple bandanas.

Davis instructed him that this would have to be put on by the entire team, or nothing at all. By Thursday afternoon, 60 bandanas had been dropped off for the team. The result was this:

And boy did the movement catch on. Friday, 100 bandanas were sold during school. Students, teachers and parents came out to the game in an assortment of purple gear -– beads, hats, scarves, and ribbons.

“There’s actually no purple bandanas left in Natick, Wellesley or Framingham, so don’t bother trying,” he laughed.

In all, $280 was raised, which the school’s business club then donated to Mary’s House, a family shelter in Waltham.

“It was great for our team to see what kind of impact a football team, or a sports team, can have on an entire town,” Noonan said. “It was awesome seeing people come up and say, ‘I’ve got my purple’, or teachers wear purple ribbons, every football player wearing their bandana the exact same way. It was awesome.”

So while the Raiders came out on the losing end, a 28-23 decision to the surprising Tigers, the night was still a success in more ways than one.

“It’s had an impact on my life, so seeing all this stuff happen made me want to make an impact. If we can raise awareness and help one person’s life, then it’s worth it,” Noonan said.

Coaches Cup final: No. 14 D-S 8, No. 9 Wellesley 7

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The fifth annual Coaches Challenge Cup concluded on Saturday at North Andover High School. After a full week of action-packed lacrosse, pitting eight of the state’s top lacrosse programs against each other, it would be Wellesley and Dover-Sherborn who would take the field in the Championship game.

In a classic duel of conflicting lacrosse styles it would be Dover-Sherborn who would claim the Championship as they defeated Wellesley, 8-7.

D-S, which defeated North Andover, 15-4, in Thursday’s semifinal, likes to play at a faster pace than the calculated and defensive oriented Wellesley team, who defeated Concord-Carlisle, 8-5, in Thursday’s other semifinal game.

With the game tied at 6-6 at the half, Dover-Sherborn would hold Wellesley to just one second half goal. The D-S defense buckled down behind the stellar play of goalie Jack Fontaine and the stingy defensive team led by the close defensive group of Rogers Boylan. Chase Hyde and Mark Czeisler.

“Coach [Gene] Zanella is the defensive mastermind for us”, D-S head coach Brian McLaughlin said after the game. “He is the one who tells them where to go. I think we may have been out-thinking ourselves at the beginning and then we went back to our base defense, started sliding regular and did a better job in the second half.”

In a true back and forth first half that saw 12 tie or lead changes, both teams had their shining moments offensively.

Wellesley received big first halves from John Caraviello and Kerry Lyne as the duo hooked up on two separate occasions with Caraviello scoring on two pretty goals, both assisted by Lyne. Lyne also added his own score to help spark the Wellesley offense early.

D-S was led offensively by middie Chris Williams and attack Grant Gregory, who each netted a pair of first half goals and continued their explosive weeks for D-S.

“Early in the season the offense was still looking for our identity,” Gregory said. “I think after that game we regrouped, found ourselves and we are really starting to click right now.”

Gregory (4G, 1A) would score both D-S goals in the second, with the first one coming early in the third quarter on a pass from Will Spangenberg (1G, 1 A) to tie the game at 7-7. Gregory would also add the eventual game-winner late in the third quarter.

The Boston University commit has taken his game to another level this season after returning recently from an early season injury.

“It is nice to have him back, that is for sure,” McLaughlin said of his star attackman. “He was dialed in out there for us today.”

Gregory concluded his three game Coaches Cup week with 11 goals and three assists. Williams, freshman attack Bailey Laidman, and Spangenberg also had high output weeks for D-S.

Wellesley received strong efforts on the day from middie Matt Dziama (2 G), LSM Sean Mathews, and defenseman T.J. Noonan.

In earlier Coaches Cup action, North Andover defeated Concord-Carlisle, 8-7, in the third place game. Attack Matthew Moody paced the North Andover offense with four goals and Pat O’Connor had a strong game in the cage for the Scarlet Knights.

Lincoln-Sudbury defeated Hingham, 9-3, in the fifth-place game and Andover squeaked out a 7-6 win in the seventh place match-up.

D2 lacrosse: Wellesley 4, Concord-Carlisle 3

June, 1, 2013

WELLSELEY, Mass. -- If a defensive lacrosse battle was what you were looking for then there was no better place to be on Friday night than Wellesley’s Sprague Field.

No. 6 seed Wellesley and No. 11 Concord-Carlisle locked horns in another pivotal post-season matchup as the Raiders outlasted C-C to win, 4-3, and advance to the quarterfinals of the Eastern Mass. Division 2 tournament.

“In a 4-3 game, if one team blinks, that game goes the other way,” Wellesley head coach Rocky Batty said after the game. “All the credit in the world to Concord-Carlisle. You can’t score on them.”

Two of the top programs in Massachusetts Division 2 lacrosse, both programs pride themselves in their ability to control the pace of the game and to use their defensive strengths to wear teams down.

“They did a better job of taking the air out of the ball and they valued the ball better than we did today,” Concord-Carlisle head coach Tom Dalicandro said.

Wellesley (16-4) would score first as attack John Caraviello beat his man and finished at the cage to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Wellesley middie Andrew Volkmann would then score the next two goals as the senior captain stayed aggressive and beat C-C sophomore goalie Andrew Kielar to give Wellesley a 3-0 lead after one quarter.

C-C (13-6) changed goalies early as they went to freshman Aidan Long to try to stem some of the early momentum. Long would do just that as the young C-C netminder came in and made an immediate impact.

“Aidan [Long] stepped in and was unbelievable,” Dalicandro said after the game. “It is great for him and we have great competition for the next two years.”

Concord-Carlisle got on the board with their first goal, midway through the second quarter, as middie Will Blumenberg let one rip from the top of the box to beat Wellesley goalie Mike Riskind with a man-up score.

C-C seized temporary momentum as senior defender Evan Boynton made a nice play on the ball deep in the C-C field of play and carried the ball the length of the field in transition. He found attack Charlie Painter (2 assists), who hit fellow attack Steven Armanetti to cut the lead Wellesley lead to 3-2.

Wellesley would get a big goal before the half as Kerry Lyne would score to make it 4-2 and give the Raiders a two-goal advantage heading to the half.

Defensive Finish: Both teams struggled out of the half, as each team’s defense buckled down and denied each other’s offense numerous potential scoring opportunities.

“The goalies were great, the defenses were great and I do not know how the middies could run any harder for both teams,” Batty stressed.

The Wellesley defensive unit of Matt Bomes, Will Hartnett and T.J. Noonan all did a magnificent job controlling the tempo of the game and shutting the C-C offense out through most of the second half.

“Every minute counts and you cannot take any turns off,” Bomes said after the game. “We were ready to go today. Four-to-three is a close one, not a lot of scoring, and we just had to hold it down.”

The Wellesley defensive midfield also did a great job of limiting C-C’s transition opportunities and negating the effectiveness of the early offense. Trailing by two goals with time winding down, C-C middie Jack Barrett scored on the run to bring C-C to within one goal at 4-3 with 2:53 remaining in the game.

Despite the goal and the newfound momentum, Wellesley’s defense and Riskind denied C-C the comeback attempt. Riskind came up with a critical save with under one minute remaining in the game to seal the win.

“We had all the momentum in the fourth quarter,” Dalicandro said. “We just needed to bury some shots and we just didn’t. They are a very good defensive team and their goalie made some saves.”

The Concord-Carlisle senior defensive unit of Boynton (Amherst-football), Sam Barrett (Washington and Lee) and Javier Flores (St. Mary’s College) also played equally well in the loss. The all-Dual County League veteran unit will be missed as they transition to college athletics.

“They did a great job,” Dalicandro said. “They are three all-league guys and we are going to miss them. We are going to be a really different team next year. We graduate a lot of seniors. It was great to see them step up and play championship lacrosse.

Wellesley advances to the quarterfinals and will take on the winner of No. 3 Reading and No. 19 Melrose. Both Middlesex league rivals will play their first round game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Reading High School.

The Bay State Conference has announced its 2013 boys' lacrosse All-Stars, including its Most Valuable Player -- Nico Panepinto of Needham.

Here's the full list, per Newton North athletic director Tom Giusti:

Editor's note: League all-star lists may be sent to editors Scott Barboza ( or Brendan Hall (

Most Valuable Player – Nico Panepinto, Sr. A, Needham

First Team
Nico Panepinto, Needham, Senior Attack
Joey Mariano, Newton North, Senior Attack
Danny Farrell, Norwood, Sophomore Attack
Anthony Wyse, Newton North, Junior Attack
Chris Frye, Walpole, Senior Attack
John Caraviello, Wellesley, Junior Attack
Sam Burrington, Brookline, Senior Midfield
Joe Igoe, Framingham, Senior Midfield
Mike Stearns, Framingham, Senior Midfield
Mikey Panepinto, Needham, Junior Midfield
Mikey Elcock, Needham, Junior LSM
Ned Connolly, Needham, Senior Midfield
Ryan Quinn, Newton North, Senior Midfield
Andrew Volkmann, Wellesley, Senior Midfield
Jack Delaney, Needham, Senior Defense
Zach Kohl, Needham, Junior Defense
Cody Mosgrove, Needham, Junior Defense
Matt Bomes, Wellesley, Junior Defense
T.J. Noonan, Wellesley, Sophomore Defense/LSM
Ryan Andrew, Framingham, Senior Goalie
Jack Curran, Needham, Senior Goalie
Mike Riskind, Wellesley, Senior Goalie

Honorable Mention
Jake Cotton, Framingham, Junior Attack
Brendan Kelley, Milton, Senior Midfield
Mike White, Natick, Junior Midfield
Jack Walsh, Needham, Junior Midfield
Kerry Lyne, Wellesley, Sophomore Attack
Emmett McNamara, Norwood, Senior Attack
T.J. McNicholas, Newton North, Senior Midfield
Ryan MacNeil , Weymouth, Senior Midfield
David Driscoll, Walpole, Senior Defense
Jordan Bayer, Brookline, Senior Midfield
Nick Romig, Dedham, Senior Midfield
Troy Tenaglia , Braintree, Senior Attack