Boston High School: Thayer Academy

Boston College became the first Division 1 FBS school to offer Thayer Academy wide receiver Jordan Allen, yesterday, per head coach Jeff Toussaint.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Allen has a scattering of varying degrees of interest across the FCS and FBS levels, including Maryland, Virginia, Penn State, UCLA, Northwestern, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and North Carolina.

In eight games last fall, Allen caught 22 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

Player Perspective: Thayer G Bob McGovern

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Thayer Academy senior goaltender Bob McGovern has made a name for himself as one of the top netminders in New England the last couple seasons and, as a result, has drawn the interest of NHL scouts.

The imposing 6-foot-4, 245-pounder is an imposing figure in the crease and was ranked 25th among North American netminders in the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm report. McGovern is a self-described “battler,” who plays an aggressive style, which might have stemmed from his experience as a lineman on Thayer’s football team.

While he gave up the gridiron this year to focus on hockey, playing the Cape Cod Whalers’ U-18 squad in the offseason, McGovern’s mentality transfers to the rink, as we learned when we caught up with him after a recent game at the Canton Sportsplex.

The Tigers earned the No. 3 seed in the NEPSAC Elite 8 tournament and open with a quarter-final matchup today with No. 6 Berkshire, so we asked McGovern about the team’s pulse heading into the postseason in this Q-and-A:

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Scott Barboza/ESPNThayer Academy goaltender Bob McGovern helped the Tigers reach Salem last year, but the expectations are higher for the NHL Central Scouting Midterm prospect and the team as they begin play in the NEPSAC Elite 8 tournament today.
Q: Do you feel any pressure to perform after being ranked in the Central Scouting Midterm report?

A: “It’s definitely a little bit stressful, but you go into any game looking to win, that’s all you’re looking to do. But I just come to the rink every day to try to prove to people that I belong on that list.”

Q: What are the expectations for this team this year entering the playoffs?

A: “Last year, we had a magical run at the end. We really weren’t expecting to go .500 last year and we ended up in Salem. This year, we definitely had bigger expectations and we’ve done pretty good so far.”

Q: You also have football in your athletics background. How does that experience relate to playing goaltender?

A: “It teaches you to battle. Every shot is a one-on-one battle. In football, I was a lineman, so every snap is that one-on-one battle with the guy across from you. On the ice, every shot that comes at you is a one-on-one battle.”

Q: Which NHL netminder would you most associate you style with?

A: “I’ve always been a fan of Marc-Andre Fleury [points to the Pittsburgh Penguins t-shirt he’s wearing]. He’s always been one my favorites, but recently I’ve really enjoyed watching Mike Smith. I like the way he battles, the way he gets into the game.”

Q: What do you guys to hang out outside the rink?

A: “We don’t have a rink on campus, so the car rides from school to the rink are always fun. A lot of us are in the same classes, the same free periods, so we’re together a lot.”

Q: What is the most important thing your team can do to be successful in the tournament?

A: “We just have to outwork people. We have a great system, as we’ve shown the last two years, but it all comes down to outworking the guy across from you. This year we have a good mixture of skill and work ethic, so I think we’ll be ready to make the jump."

Recap: Thayer Academy 6, St. Sebastian's 3

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CANTON, Mass. -- Tony Amonte, the third-year boys’ hockey coach at Thayer Academy, likes to offer up comparisons between the ISL's Keller Division to that of the Southeastern Conference in football. Both present major challenges and nothing ever comes easy.

Friday night, Amonte's Tigers learned that lesson all to well. After jumping out to a four-goal lead, Thayer watched in vain as divisional foe St. Sebastian's mounted a flurry to close to within a goal. But the Tigers had enough ammunition in the end to withstand the onslaught and pull out 6-3 victory in the 17th annual Arthur T. Valicenti Cup game at the Sportsplex.

"In high school hockey there are no guarantees,'' said Amonte, his team improving to 13-3-0. "There are so many swings and ups and downs in every game. St. Sebastian's always brings it and we didn't expect any less than that. In this league every game is battle. You lose one and you could be out of a championship. It's that important every game and it's the team that can maintain that level that always wins the league every year."

Fresh off a loss to St. Paul's School only 24 hours earlier, no one could blame Thayer if they began this tilt a bit flat. But it was quite the opposite. The Tigers opened strong, controlling the opening 18 minutes by working the puck inside the Arrows' zone and keeping St. Sebastian's out of theirs.

For its reward, Thayer scored three times in span of 4:32 during the opening stanza.

Defenseman Steve Cochrane got things started by ripping a shot just a few feet in front of his blue line to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead at 4:20. Less than two minutes later, Kyle Peterson, another defenseman, wristed a rebound to an open right side of the net to make it a two-goal advantage. Thayer had no intentions of slowing down. Catching St. Sebastian's back on its heels a bit, the Tigers continued to instigate their quick up-the-ice strategy. Forward Lincoln Griffin made it a 3-0 game with a re-direct in front of Arrows goaltender Teddy Loughborough (20 saves), coming at 8:52.

The momentum Thayer had enjoyed during the opening frame carried into the second period. At 8:18, Neil Conway scored on a spin-around just to the right of Loughborough, upping the lead to 4-0. With their backs pushed firmly against the wall, the Arrows had a choice to make. They could either wave the towel or come back fighting. They chose the latter and, as a result, made things quite interesting.

"We did not play a good first period," Arrows coach Sean McCann said. "They were all over us and we couldn't do the things we wanted to do. We struggled moving the puck and just couldn't connect the dots going up the ice. In the second period we started to get some momentum and were making better decisions with the puck."

St. Sebastian's caught a huge break after a pair of TIgers were sent to the penalty box, giving them a 5-on-3 power play for 54 seconds. Working the puck inside Thayer's end, the Arrows sent two hard shots towards Tigers netminder Bob McGovern. The second one deflected off of McGovern's leg pad and out to junior forward Will D'Orsi, who quickly flipped a shot just under the crossbar at 13:55, putting the Arrows on the board.

"For a team as young as we are I think this was a great thing to battle like we did and compete the way we did," added McCann, whose team falls to 6-9-1 after starting the year 5-1-1. "We are a team that has to learn a lot. We have a lot of young kids playing crucial minutes for us. It's a good learning experience but I hate to use that term because nobody wants to hear about learning experiences, these kids want to win."

With time winding down in the middle frame, St. Sebastian's capitalize on a Thayer mental breakdown. With the Tigers trying to score another goal before intermission, they forgot to play defense. That allowed senior forward Corey Ronan to break out through the neutral zone and remain a full-step ahead of the defense. Skating in alone on McGovern, who opted to stay in the crease instead of coming out to challenge the puck-handler, Ronan was able to slip a shot past the senior just before the horn sounded and send the Arrows into the second intermission down by only two.

"We had a good first period," said Amonte, who played at Thayer in the late 1980s, prior to spending 16 solid seasons in the NHL. "There was a bit of lull in the second period. There was a coaching error on their second goal. We were thinking offense in the final seconds of the period when we should've been thinking protect that three-goal lead. But you are always looking for more. The way I coach, you really don't think about defense because I played forward and you are always thinking about getting that next goal.

“They made a great play and Corey Ronan is a tremendously fast player and made a great move. We also know you can't get into the box against good teams like St. Sebastian's. You have to be discipline, especially when you are already on the penalty kill and then you take another penalty. That's what hurts you."

Realizing it was now back in the hunt, St. Sebastian's drew a bit closer only a few minutes into the third. Nick Flanagan found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-3 at 11:01.

Suddenly, everything Thayer had built early on was now in jeopardy. Momentum had clearly shifted over to the side of the Arrows. Following Flanagan's marker, McGovern managed to fend off a couple more on-line assaults from St. Sebastian's.

But for how long?

"Our team has a good mixture of skill and work ethic," McGovern said. "Last year I don't think we won a game by more than two goals so we were dialed in the whole 54 minutes. This year we have been able to run away with some games so it is actually good for us to be in a tight game like this right up to the very end. Games like this will only help us."

The Tigers were then skating around in desperation mode, attempting to rediscover their scoring edge.

At 14:38, sophomore Christian Simeone provided it. The forward scored off a rebound to give the Tigers a little breathing space. Then, with a little less than three minutes remaining, Griffin sealed this one up with his second goal, slipping a shot between Loughborough's leg pads just before colliding with the senior. Officials awarded the goal to Griffin, stating the puck had crossed the goal line before there was impact.

"St. Sebastian's had a lot of momentum in the third period so we knew we needed to come back strong and finish," said Griffin. "The second period was probably our worst period by far. We knew we had to stick to our game plan, work hard and finish off checks. Once we started doing that again, we knew it would work out for us."
The National Hockey League's Central Scouting bureau released its midterm rankings for the 2014 draft today.

Once again, local-based skaters littered the rankings, with St. John's Prep and Cushing Academy product Shane Eiserman leading the class. The West Newbury native was 39th among the 200-plus ranked North American skaters.

There is also a goaltender in the mix, with Thayer Academy standout Bob McGovern ranking 25th among North Americans.

Here's how the locals stacked up:

(For a look at the complete rankings, click HERE.)

Skaters:
39 Shane Eiserman, Dubuque - USHL (U.S. NTDP, Cushing, St. John's Prep), C/LW, 6-1.5, 200
44 Johnathan MacLeod, U.S. NTDP (Kimball Union), D, 6-1.5, 200
54 Ryan Donato, Dexter School, C, 6-0.25, 174
83 Beau Starrett, South Shore Kings - USPHL (Catholic Memorial), LW, 6-4.75, 195
85 Miles Gendron, Rivers, D, 6-1.5, 173
121 Michael Turner, Cushing Academy, LW, 6-1.5, 192
123 Tyler Bird, Kimball Union (St. John's Prep), RW, 6-1.5, 202
146 Bobo Carpenter, Austin Prep, C, 5-10, 183
157 J.D. Dudek, Kimball Union, C, 5-11.25, 178
159 Michael Lee, The Gunnery, D, 5-11.25, 165
177 Max Willman, Williston Northampton (Barnstable), LW, 6-0, 180
188 Dominic Franco, Kimball Union, RW, 6-2.75, 183
193 Billy Sweezey, Noble & Greenough, D, 6-0, 190
204 Evan Smith, Salisbury School, C, 6-0, 190

Goaltenders:
25 Bob McGovern, Thayer Academy, 6-4, 245

All-ISL football team

November, 20, 2013
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The Independent School League today announced its All-ISL football team for this season

Coaches or league representatives, across all fall sports, are encouraged send their league All-Star lists to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) and Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com):

Belmont Hill
Evan Chaletzky, Jr. WR/K
Eric Gustafson, Sr. DB
Harry Kraft, Jr. QB
Joe LaLiberte, Sr. OL
Greg Plumb, Sr. RB

Brooks
Chris Cervizzi, Jr. RB
Geoff Fulgione, Sr. LB
Andrew Konovalchik, Sr. DB

BB&N
Patrick Champagnie, Sr. DB
Frankie Williams, Sr. RB
Dante Papas, Sr. LB
Matt Bonazzolli, Sr. RB
Connor Coady, Sr. OG
Mike McCaffrey, Sr. WR

Governor's Academy
Jesse Gwozdz, Sr. RB
Bug Carper, Sr. LB
Mark Hoffman, Sr. OL
James Leary, Sr. OL
Tyler Harrington, Jr. OL
Brandon Lopez, Jr. RB
Tommy Vailas, Sr. QB

Groton
Austin Stern, Sr. LB
John Beatty, Soph. RB

Lawrence Academy
Andrew Crane, Sr. DL
Kyle Howes, Sr. FS
Chris Garrison, Jr. WR
Austin Luckey, Jr. FB
Rocco Daigneault, Sr. LB

Middlesex School
Hasani Figueroa, Sr. RB
Charlie Owen, Sr. LB
George Morris, Jr. LB
Sam Carlin, Jr. LB

Milton Academy
Drew Jacobs, Sr. RB
Anthony Scurto, Sr. QB
Matt Morin, Sr. LB
Bobby Gilmore, Jr. OL
Peter Graves, Sr. DL
Luke MacDonald, Sr. LB
Justin Yoon, Jr. K

Noble & Greenough
Alex Beach, Sr. DL
Ryan Vultaggio, Sr. QB
John McCarthy, Sr. DB
Martin Williams, Soph. DT
John Keally, Sr. LB
Teddy Strzetelski, Jr. DE

Roxbuty Latin
Mark Goldstein, Sr. OL
Duncan Finigan, Sr. OL
Sean Lowrie, Jr. WR
Kevin Cohee, Sr. TE

St. George's
Sage Hill, Sr. RB
Jonathan Lumley, Jr. WR

St. Paul's
David Smith, Sr. WR
John Bews, Jr. TE
Colin Sequiera, Sr. QB

St. Sebastian's
Connor Strachan, Sr. LB
Dan Fulham, Sr. DE
Will Kenny, Sr. OL
Joe Kearney, Sr. DB
John McNamara, Sr. DL

Thayer Academy
Quentin Hall, Sr. OL
Jack Becker, Sr. QB

Local 'Ones to Watch' from NHL Central Scouting

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This morning the National Hockey League's Central Scouting Service released its preliminary "Ones to Watch" for the 2014 draft.

The New England region was well-represented with current and former high schoolers and prep schoolers making the grade.

Here's a breakdown of New England skaters:

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOLS
B Skaters
Ryan Donato, Dexter School, C/LW, 6-0.25, 174 lbs.
Miles Gendron, Rivers, D, 6-1.5, 173 lbs.

C Skaters
John-Claude Brassard, Noble & Greenough, D, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Bobo Carpenter, Austin Prep, C, 5-10, 183 lbs.
William Feeney, Dexter School, D, 6-1.75, 202 lbs.
Michael Turner, Cushing Academy, LW, 6-1.5, 208 lbs.

C Goaltenders
Bob McGovern, Thayer Academy, G, 6-4, 245 lbs.

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOLS
C Skaters
Tyler Bird, Kimball Union (St. John's Prep), RW, 6-1.5, 202 lbs.
J.D. Dudek, Kimball Union, C, 5-11.25, 178 lbs.
Dominic Franco, Kimball Union, RW, 6-2.75, 183 lbs.

CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS
C Skaters
Will Brophy, Westminster, D, 6-3.5, 193 lbs.
James Gobetz, Salisbury, D, 6-2, 188 lbs.
Mike Lee, The Gunnery, D, 5-11.25, 165 lbs.
Evan Smith, Salisbury, LW, 6-0, 190 lbs.
Mitchell Smith, Salisbury, LW, 5-11, 182 lbs.

C Goaltenders
Joseph Lissak, Taft School, G, 6-1.5, 203 lbs.
Sam Tucker, Choate-Rosemary, G, 6-1.25, 177 lbs.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
B Skaters
Shane Eiserman (U.S. NTDP/ Cushing Academy/ St. John's Prep), Dubuque, LW, 6-1.5, 200 lbs.

UNITED STATES PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE
C Skaters
Beau Starrett (Catholic Memorial), South Shore, LW, 6-4, 190 lbs.

Recap: Governor's Academy 6, Nobles 4

May, 15, 2013
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BYFIELD, Mass. – Governor’s Academy lost their first game of the season on Saturday to a St. Sebastian’s team who has been playing its best lacrosse in the second half of the season.

Gov’s midfielder Tate Jozokos knew that they needed to come out strong on Tuesday against fellow top ISL opponent, Noble and Greenough.

“We were down coming off that big loss but with the one practice he had in between we knew that it was going to make us better in the long run,” Jozokos said after the game.

In a defensively charged game, it was Governor’s Academy (12-1, 11-1 in ISL) who would come out on top as they held Nobles (11-4, 9-3 in ISL) to a season-low four goals to earn a 6-4 victory and remain tied at the top of the ISL with Belmont Hill.

“This was a big game and an important game for both teams,” Gov’s head coach Peter Bidstrup said. “We knew we were facing an excellent team today.”

Nobles would jump out to an early 1-0 lead as star middie Morgan Cheek scored in transition at the 7:29 mark in the first quarter.

Gov’s would net two goals in the final three minutes of the first quarter on scores from Jozokos and Teddy Bettencourt to take a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.

With both teams struggling to execute possessions early it was the work of both team’s defenses that kept each opposing offense at bay.

“We defended very well but they also defended very well,” Bidstrup said. “Toward the end of the season these games can get a little defensive between these good teams.”

Gov’s middie Drew Pirie would give the home team some minor breathing room as he scored with 7:10 remaining in the second quarter on a dodge from the top. He would also add another two minutes later on a man-up strike assisted from attack Larsen Bidstrup.

Nobles middie P.J. Bell would score a crucial goal on a beautiful dodge, with 24 seconds remaining in the half, to cut the Gov’s lead to 4-2 and give Nobles some much needed momentum headed into the half.

The third quarter would begin with a burst of rare offense as Gov’s would get goals from middie Jesse Gwozdz and attack Ben Stafford and Nobles would get one back on a strike from middie Parker McKee.

Gov’s goalie Eddie Gilman would do his best work in net in the second half and neither team would score in the final 15 minutes of the game as Gov’s would hold on for the narrow win.

Despite the loss the Nobles defense, led by sophomore goalie Teddy Strzetelski (14 saves), stood tall all evening. Strzetelski made numerous big saves to help keep Nobles in the game throughout.

Gov’s has three ISL games remaining on their schedule. They will take on Thayer, Brooks and Middlesex to conclude the season. Despite defeating Belmont Hill, 12-7, earlier in the season, Gov’s shares the top spot with BH as both squads head into the final stretch run of their schedules.

D-Middie Dominance: Gov’s controlled the possession edge in the game, winning 7-of-8 draws in the first half and 11-of-14 in the game.

Gov’s long-stick middies Andy “Bug” Carper and Eli Morrissey were instrumental in both the midfield defense and the faceoff edge.

“We definitely focused on our defense today,” Jozokos said. “On the faceoffs, we had our double poles going and wanted to put pressure on whoever was taking the faceoff for them. We were strong with the checks today.”

Jozokos, Bettancourt, Gwozdz and the rest of the Gov’s middies also did a great job of playing two-way midfield as they helped neutralize one of New England’s top midfield units of juniors Cheek (1 Goal, 1 Assist), Bell (1G, 1A), and McKee (1G) throughout the game.

“We are really athletic in the midfield,” Bidstrup said. “We are a group of guys who can play hard, tough defense and we did that today against a team that has a group of very good dodgers.”

Askew among locals on track for USHL

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While South Boston native Cam Askew already had been selected in the United States Hockey League's Draft last year, the Cushing Academy forward was tied to the top of Phase 1 of the 2013 Draft.

Holding the top pick in Monday's draft proceedings, the Indiana Ice decided to forego using their pick, instead signing a tender with the Boston University commit. Indiana had selected Askew with the 89th overall pick last May.

This is the second year of the tender system by USHL rules. All players signed to tenders guarantee that they will play in a minimum of 50 percent of their teams games in the upcoming season.

Here's a look at all the skaters with local connections who were selected during Monday's proceedings:

Round 1, Pick 11: Ryan Dmowski (Oakdale, Conn.), C , The Gunnery - Des Moines

Round 3, Pick 5: Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow), F, Boston Junior Bruins - Cedar Rapids

Round 3, Pick 15: Spencer Young (Brentwood, N.H.), D, Phillips Exeter - Dubuque

Round 4, Pick 3: Austin Rook (Shrewsbury), D, Rivers - Des Moines

Round 4, Pick 5: Cal Burke (Boxborough), C, Noble & Greenough - Cedar Rapids

Round 5, Pick 3: Callum Booth (Montreal, PQ), G, Salisbury - Muskegon

Round 5, Pick 15: Lincoln Griffin (Walpole), F, Thayer Academy - Dubuque

Round 6, Pick 5: Erik Foley (Mansfield), F, Tabor Academy - Cedar Rapids

Round 6, Pick 10: Liam Darcy (South Berwick, Maine), D, Berwick Academy - Green Bay

Round 7, Pick 15: Elijah Harris (Haverhill), G, Austin Prep - Dubuque

NEPSAC: Cushing 1, Avon Old Farms 0

March, 3, 2013
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SALEM, N.H. -- Cushing Academy coach Rob Gagnon doesn't root against Avon Old Farms – his alma mater – very often, but he did Sunday.

That's when Gagnon watched his Cushing team punctuate it season with a 1-0 victory over Avon to win the New England Prep School's Martin/Earl Tournament in the second of three NEPSAC championship games at the Icenter.

It was the third time Gagnon has coached against Avon. The teams skated to a 4-4 tie last season, and a 2-2 tie in December.

“Anytime you play your alma mater and win it makes it more special, but it's not about me – it's about my kids,” Gagnon said. “I'm proud of the way we competed.”

Junior forward Shane Kavanagh scored the game's lone goal 24 seconds into the contest. A shot from the point hit Kavanagh, who collected the loose puck and beat Avon goalie Cody Doyle with a shot from the right faceoff circle.

“It was a faceoff and we didn't execute defensively,” Avon coach John Gardner said. “We missed a defensive assignment. It happens. They're not pros.

“I thought there might be a lot of numbers [on the scoreboard] after that start, but the Cushing goalie played particularly well.”

Cushing senior Mike Dion made 31 saves. Doyle stopped 20 shots.

“The team played really good defense,” Dion said. “They kept everything to the outside. They didn't have many good scoring chances. It was a good way to go out.”

Gagnon said he thought it was Dion's best game in a Cushing uniform.

“His rebound control was very good,” Gagnon said. “In the first period he juggled some pucks, but swallowed everything after that. I expected this to be a 3-2 or a 4-3 game, but you never know – that's why you play.”

Third-seeded Avon was playing without two of its top forwards: senior Vincent Russo (high ankle sprain) and junior Daniel LaFontaine (broken collarbone).

Avon, which beat sixth-seeded Choate (8-0) and second-seeded Thayer Academy (3-2) to reach the championship game, completed it season with a 16-9-4 record.

“We didn't get done what we wanted to this season, to be honest with you,” Gardner said. “We battled through a lot of injuries. We have a lot of tough kids.”

The victory raised top-seeded Cushing's record to 21-7-4. Cushing posted victories over eighth-seeded Governor's Academy (4-2) and fifth-seeded Phillips Exeter (6-3) earlier in the tournament.

“We wanted to prove to the critics that we are a good team,” Gagnon said. “We wanted the kids to come together at the end – and that's what they did. It's great to bring a championship back to Cushing.”

NEPSAC: Thayer 4, St. Sebastian's 3 (OT)

February, 28, 2013
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CANTON, Mass. -- Jonathan Sheedy swooped around the goal, arms raised in the air. A look of incredulousness was written on the senior captain’s face as he looked for his nearest teammate to hug.

With the figures “5:05” emblazoned on the scoreboard, Sheedy stopped time, delivering a 4-3 overtime win for Thayer Academy Wednesday at the Canton SpotsPlex.

Reflecting on his game-winner against St. Sebastian’s in the NEPSAC Martin/Earl Tournament quarterfinal tilt between ISL rivals, all Sheedy could think of is the last couple seasons and how far the Tigers have come.

“We’ve had two losing seasons in the last three years,” Sheedy said. “The fact that we were in the tournament this year, I was wicked happy for that. Now, we get to go to Salem, play in the semifinals Saturday. It’s just amazing.”

Thayer held a 3-0 lead in the second, despite the Arrows carrying play in the period. But Seb’s kept at it and finally solved Tigers netminder Bob McGovern (29 saves), scoring three unanswered goals, including two goals from senior forward James McLaughlin, to tie it in the third.

It was a familiar script.

“It was almost a mirror image of the other day, it was the same kind of game that we played on Saturday,” Tigers head coach Tony Amonte said of his team’s 3-1 win over the Arrows in last weekend’s Valicenti Cup game. “They won the second period, the only difference today was that they won the third.”

The Tigers jumped to a 2-0 lead at 14:19 of the second with freshman Ty Amonte tallying his second of the game on the set-up from Lincoln Griffin off a 2-on-1 break. Thayer struck again exactly one minute later on defenseman Jack Judge’s blast from the point.

However, the Arrows countered with an important goal just 17 seconds later with Tommy Kelley ripping off a one-timer on Corey Ronan’s feed.

“We needed to get one before the end of the period,” St. Seb’s head coach Sean McCann said. “We were fortunate to have a bang-bang play near the crease. It was a nice play by our guys and that helped us carry momentum into the third period.”

After being held scoreless on five previous power-play opportunities, the Arrows found the back of the net for the first time with the man-advantage to start the third. McLaughlin scored his first of two goals at 6:10 of the third. He then scored the equalizer with 7:31 remaining in regulation.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
After being outplayed for the bulk of two periods, Thayer brought its skating legs to the overtime session. Spurred on a by a key save by McGovern in the opening minute of overtime, the Tigers began getting pucks to the Arrows’ net with greater consistency.

It was all part of Amonte’s message to his team at the break: don’t make it too fancy.

“How many pretty goals do you see in an overtime?” the 16-season NHL veteran and Thayer alum said. “A la today, there’s no pretty goals in overtime at any level. So I told them to relax, go out there, play their game and just get pucks to the net.”

As the Tigers advance to play Avon Old Farms in Saturday’s tournament semifinal at the The Icecenter in Salem, N.H. (5:30 p.m.), they feel as though they’re playing with house money.

“This is all gravy,” Amonte said. “For us, we didn’t even expect to make the tournament, so we’ll give it our best and see what happens.”

AN IMPOSING FIGURE
In Thayer’s net, McGovern presents a conundrum for opposing players. That is, where exactly can you shoot?

The 6-foot, 3-inch, butterfly-style netminder affords snipers little space to shoot. And, with his sound positional play in the crease, seldom will you find the Tigers’ backstop out of place.

McGovern’s effort in the last two games against St. Seb’s even drew the praise of the opposing coach.

“He’s played really well this year,” McCann said. “We played them on Saturday and he was outstanding. He was so good today, so going down three-to-nothing, we were a little concerned about what we were going to be able to do.”

Thayer's Griffin commits to Northeastern

February, 26, 2013
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Thayer Academy hockey sophomore forward Lincoln Griffin has given a verbal commitment to Northeastern, Tigers head coach Tony Amonte confirmed.

Griffin, a 1997 birthdate player, is expected to join the Huskies for the 2016-17 season.

"Lincoln is a player with an amazing work ethic and a player who, on daily basis, is always working on some aspect of his game," Amonte said. "He is the one player on my team that always seems to find a way to get the job done."

The Walpole native led the Tigers in scoring as a freshman last season and again leads Thayer in scoring for the 2012-13 season with 14-23-37 totals through 23 games played.

"I was shocked that he wasn't scooped up earlier," Amonte added. "You can just see the drive and passion in his game every time he steps on the ice."

Thayer hosts ISL rival St. Sebastian's Wednesday in a NEPSAC tournament quarter-final game at the Canton SportsPlex (3:30 p.m.).

Recap: Noble & Greenough 48, Thayer Academy 22

January, 5, 2013
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DEDHAM, Mass. -- As if winning 300 games wasn’t impressive enough, the way in which Nobles and Greenough girls' basketball coach Alex Gallagher has reached that milestone is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

When the Bulldogs bested visiting Thayer Academy, 48-22, on Saturday afternoon, the 40-year-old Gallagher picked up win number 300 in just his 16th season on the sidelines.

“You’ve gotta coach really talented kids,” Gallagher said. “I went to Weston for a couple years and have been the coach here for the last 12. 300 just means you’ve done it for a while and you had really talented kids. Today just makes me think of how blessed I’ve been.”

At Weston, he coached the Wildcat boys to three Dual County Championships, two North Sectional titles and the 1998 state title.
And his time at Nobles has been even better. The Bulldogs (9-0) have won nine straight ISL crowns. In fact, they haven’t even lost a league since 2006 – winning 64 straight ISL games.

“It’s always tough playing them,” Thayer head coach William O’Dwyer said. “Three years ago, we took them to overtime and it felt like it was a great thing, it felt like we won, because it’s very hard to compete with them on a consistent leve.”

The way Gallagher tells it, he’s had nothing to do with that sustained success throughout his career.

“He’s the best coach I’ve ever had – including my father, who also coached me,” said junior and reigning co-ISL MVP Lauren Dillon. “He likes to blame the wins on us and all the kids he’s coached, but it’s all him.

“It always been him. He created this program and we follow everything he does and that’s why we win games.”

The driving force behind the success Gallagher’s teams have experienced can be summed up with a series of what could be confused as clichés.

“We’re a defensive team that can score the basketball,” he said. “That’s who we are. We put a lot of pride into the way we play defense.

Our programs talks a lot about being a family and having each other’s back and we believe we send a message about having each other’s back on every single defensive possession. We go out and defend the basketball – it’s not ‘I gotta make sure my kid doesn’t score,’ it’s ‘I gotta make sure the other team doesn’t score.”

Cliché or not, it was clear yesterday that his girls have bought in. They used a smothering defensive attack to race out to an 18-2 lead and never looked back. They allowed just five points in the first half, and had the game sewn up before halftime.

“We really pride ourselves on we always show up to play,” Gallagher said. “The depth of our program – and we showed it a little bit today – we believe the fifteenth kid on the roster is as important as the first.”

Added Dillon: “All 15 players played today, and we couldn’t do it without everyone. Everyone has such big importance on this team and that’s what makes us great and helps us win all of those games.”

It’s not just getting everyone on the floor, Nobles and Greenough ultimately gets everyone involved. They had 10 different players score in the win over Thayer, led by 10 each from junior Kate Kerrigan and freshman Amy Duggan.

Freshman Katie Benzan added six points, senior and Amherst College-bound Hannah Peterson tallied eight, Kylie Mattox scored five and Jenn Maund chipped in four in the win.

What we do every day in practice is we want practice to be more competitive than what we’re going to see in games.

“I you want to come score 25 a game, this isn’t the right place to come,” Gallagher said. “If you want to come and have a chance to win every chance you go out, this is a great place to come. We’re going to play a lot of kids and share the basketball and we’re going to do the best we can to make each other as successful as possible.”

The effect of getting the whole team involved has been obvious.

“I’ve been on other teams – even here at Nobles, and the basketball team is different than anyone other program, and not just because of the level of success,” Peterson said. “Alex really tries to create a sense of family, and we’re so close as a team that we’d do anything to fight for each other and that makes a difference in tough games. “

On the other side of things, freshman Caroline Fitzgerald led the way with nine points and Lexi Windsor added eight for Thayer (3-5).

MHSFCA releases All-State Team

December, 29, 2012
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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

BC High's Luke Catarius commits to Bryant

December, 15, 2012
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BC High senior linebacker/fullback Luke Catarius gave a verbal commitment to Bryant University yesterday, he told ESPNBoston.com tonight.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Sandwich resident was named to ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team as a junior in 2011, after leading the Eagles to their second Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl in four seasons. In 10 games that season, he led the Eagles in tackles with 129, including 24 for loss, and also paved the way offensively as the lead blocker for running backs Preston Cooper and Deontae Ramey-Doe.

This past fall, Catarius suffered a hairline fracture to his right ankle in the Eagles' first preseason scrimmage, sidelining him for the first seven games of the season as the Eagles went 4-6 and missed out on the playoffs.

Catarius is the third Class of 2013 prospect from the Catholic Conference to commit to the Bulldogs. He joins teammate Brandon Owens, an outside linebacker/safety who committed last July, and Xaverian linebacker Hunter Taute, who committed this past Wednesday. Bryant also has commitments in the Bay State from Thayer Academy wide receiver Aaron Gilmer and Bishop Stang linebacker Charlie McKeeman.

"It is the right fit for me," Catarius said. "Brandon going and Hunter Taute committing really made my decision easy. They are both competitors just like myself, and we want to go to a program that can compete."

Barry, Bettencourt give lax commitments

December, 3, 2012
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The Laxachusetts club lacrosse team announced the verbal commitments for two of its players last week.

Defenseman Jon Barry committed to Providence while midfielder Teddy Bettencourt is headed to Michigan. Here's a little on each of the players:

Jon Barry, '14 D, Thayer Academy -- Also a hockey standout at Thayer under Tony Amonte, Barry was converted from middie to defense on the lacrosse field a year ago.

Teddy Bettencourt, '15 M, Governor's Academy -- Was a part of the Gov’s ISL championship football team and is widely regarded as one of the fastest 2015 middies in the country. He was selected a Maverick Showtime All-Star this past summer as well as starring for the Laxachusetts AA team at the Baltimore Kickoff, The Baltimore Crab Feast and the NSCLA championships.

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