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Newburyport routs East Boston in D3 North opening round

Olivia Coletti starts the Newburyport scoring

Maddy Felts (15) and Cricket Good (11) celebrate a goal

(Newburyport MA) The Clippers (10-6-3) scored early and often in their 11-0 Preliminary Round win over East Boston on Sunday afternoon.

The #17 Jets (10-8-1) struggled all game just to get into the #16 Newburyport half of the field.

Midway through the first half an EB long ball from midfield rolled to Newburyport keeper Anneliese Truesdale and the Clippers student section “cheered.”  Why?  That was the first and only ball that Anneliese handled during the entire half!

Meanwhile, down the other end, the Clippers applied pressure, pressure, and more pressure and the goals started adding up.

East Boston goalie Julianna Bonilla made some nice saves but also left some big rebounds.

Newburyport coach Kevin Sheridan had everyone on his bench in action in the first half and used reserves for most of the second half.

Molly Webster (2 goals) and East Boston GK Julianna Bonilla battle for a rebound

East Boston coach Richard LaCara took note: “Newburyport is very, very skilled.  We appreciate everything that took place here.  It could have been a lot uglier than it was.  There was no running up the score.”

The Clippers had nine different goals scorers.

Senior Cricket Good paced the home team with two goals and an assist.

Sophomore Molly Webster also had two scores.

“Other people had good shots,” said Molly afterwards.  “The rebounds were there for me to run into.”

Vanessa Rico (6) and Isabel Kirby (13)

The goals today were Molly’s 2nd and 3rd of the season.

Senior Olivia Coletti started the scoring for NHS three minutes into the game.  Denied a minute earlier, Olivia fielded a deflected shot by Kelsey Soule and cashed an open netter.

Five minutes later one captain (Molly Elmore) was set up by another captain (Cricket Good).

Another five minutes Cricket used her strong left foot from the left side to beat GK Julianna Bonilla to the far side.

Another five minutes Maddy Felts turned a rebound into a 4-0 lead.

This was the point at which Anneliese Truesdale finally had to field a long roller from midfield.

The Clippers added three more goals in the first half to lead 7-0 at intermission.

Katie Gallagher (2 assists) readies a corner kick

“The girls played well,” said Coach Sheridan after the game.  “Everyone had a chance to play.  There was quality time for everyone in a tournament game.”

Junior Matigan DeFeo had a goal and two assists while Norah McElhinney added a goal and an assist.

Newburyport is in the Cape Ann League while East Boston plays in the Boston City League.

“Our goal is always to win the city championship,” said Coach LeCara.  “Whatever happens after that happens.”

The Jets lost in the city semi-finals.

Anna Affolter (21) and Jennifer Sanabria (12)

Tuesday the Clippers will encounter #1 seed Stoneham in the First Round.  Trust me, “night-and-day” might describe the difference in competition Newburyport will face in that one.

At one point in the second half, the Jets had twelve players on the field before Coach LaCara realized it and got the attention of the extra player.

Soccer doesn’t have a mercy rule………or do they?  I believe that the second half (?) was played with running time.  Normally the clock stops after goals.

I did some last-minute homework on Newburyport girls soccer to see when the last time was that the Clippers were in the tournament.  Didn’t happen last year but in 2017 they reached the state semi-finals.  Who did they play in the First Round on November 4th?  East Boston.  Score?  12-0.  Two years ago at Stehlin Stadium.

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Cricket Good shoots for the far corner

East Boston threatens late in the game

Jets circle Liberty Palermino

Maddy Felts (15) watches her shot that turned into a goal

Molly Elmore (9) lines up a header

Molly Webster (19) and Matigan DeFeo (26) break in

Norah McElhinney (12) celebrates her goal

Olivia Coletti nearly scores early

Olivia Sullivan

Page Cole (24) dribbles by an EB defender

Sami Cavanaugh (10) sets to turn a corner kick into a goal

Sierra Leahy

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Triton holds off East Boston 36-27 in non-league girls basketball

Christine Ciccone heads for the basket.

Christine Ciccone heads for the basket.

Harley Wood (8 points) readies to rebound

Harley Wood (8 points) readies to rebound

(Byfield)  A run of nine unanswered points combined with clutch free throw shooting were keys in Triton getting past East Boston, 36-27, on a snowy Monday night of non-league action.

The Viking girls broke away from an 11-11 tie with a run of points that began late in the second quarter and stretched two minutes into the third quarter.  Their nine-point collection put the home team on top, 20-11.

Thereafter, strong Triton free throw shooting (eight-for-ten) was needed to hold off the fast-closing Jets.  The visitors would get within six (27-21) with 5 ½ minutes left in the game but that was the best they could do.

Megan Muldowney contributed five points in the nine-point run that gave the Vikings separation.  In there was an old-fashioned three as the sophomore went coast-to-coast down the left side and was fouled.

Amanda Colpitts and Hannah Canning trap Stephanie Rizzo

Amanda Colpitts and Hannah Canning trap Stephanie Rizzo

Freshman Christine Ciccone and sophomore Hannah Canning each had a basket in the important Triton run of points.

The hero of the free throw shooting was certainly senior co-captain Harley Wood.  Harley hit on all six attempts including a crucial four during the last 2 ½ minutes of this game.

The Jets were pesky on defense especially in the first half when they caused thirteen Viking turnovers.

A three by sophomore Daniela Villegas tied the Jets with Triton at eleven in the second period.

The teams had played at East Boston earlier in the season and Triton had been the winner, 26-20, so it was easy to imagine another tight game.  However, the nine straight Vikings points appeared, at the moment, to doom such a finish.

Chuckearah Johnson finishes a hook shot

Chuckearah Johnson finishes a hook shot

But the girls from the Boston City League put five straight points together in the fourth quarter (Daniela Villegas layup and free throw plus a Chuckearah Johnson hook) to make things interesting (27-21) with 5 ½ minutes left.

However,  Triton answered with a Hannah Canning layup, a free throw by Nikki Sullivan, and a jump shot from Kaitlyn Muldowney to restore their double digit lead (32-21) and take command.

Sophomore Jasmine Lemus (8 points) was high scorer for Eastie.

Harley Wood and Hannah Canning topped the Viking point producers.

Triton (2-12) will be at Georgetown tomorrow (Tuesday) night in Cape Ann League action.

Jasmine Lemus (8 points) takes a shot

Jasmine Lemus (8 points) takes a shot

East Boston (1-11) had its lone win over Snowden in the Boston City League.

Chuckearah Johnson (7 points) made the game’s highlight shot when she went into the lane and spun out nailing a nifty hook shot.

Triton boxscore

East Boston boxscore

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Daniela Villegas lines up a shot

Daniela Villegas lines up a shot

Amanda Colpitts defends Chuckearah Johnson

Amanda Colpitts defends Chuckearah Johnson

scramble

scramble

Marisa Dorman

Marisa Dorman

Megan Muldowney

Megan Muldowney

Nikki Sullivan surrounded by Jets

Nikki Sullivan surrounded by Jets

Kaitlyn Muldowney

Kaitlyn Muldowney

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Top-seed Masco gets easy win over East Boston, 3-0, in North Division 1 boys soccer quarterfinals

Keyon Olia (10) set up nicely by Chip Sherman for first Masco goal.

Chip Sherman (he had two assists) heads toward the Jets goal.

(Topsfield)  Now let’s get down to some serious soccer!

#1 seed Masconomet made easy work of the visiting East Boston Jets, 3-0, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon and moved on to a Thursday night matchup with #3 seed St. John’s Prep.

That Division 1 North semifinal contest (7:30PM at Manning Field in Lynn) on Thursday should be special.  The Prep is 16-1-2 (only loss to Weymouth on September 29th) and rated 3rd in the Boston Globe Top 20 teams. Masco (18-0-2) is rated #1 by the Globe.  The Chieftains last loss was in the Division 1 state finals to Ludlow.

But you’re reading this to find out about the Eastie/Masco game………sorry for the digression.

The Chieftains got a quick start in this Division 1 quarterfinal match by scoring (Keyon Olia) in the first 1 ½ minutes. The home team went on to kept the pressure on the #9 seed most of the game.

Chip Sherman earned the assist on the first goal with a terrific pass from the right into the middle where Keyon had time to line up a hard shot.

The Jets had a few shots toward Masco GK John Black but they were either long direct kicks or grounders.

Masco, on the other hand, came close often in both halves.  Their willingness to pass the ball, even when they were in close, set up countless near-misses from the front of the Eastie net.

Freshman goalie Edwin Avelar robbed Alex Gikas from point blank in front early in the second half.

Colby Farmer drills the second Chieftain goal.

One save that Edwin couldn’t make was off a shot from just inside the box by Masco’s Colby Farmer late in the first half.  Edwin had a very good look at the shot coming in, but at the last second teammate Eddy Umanzor slide across in front of him and deflected Colby’s shot inside the near post.  This gave the home team a 2-0 lead.

Chip Sherman earned his second assist in the second half on Goal #3.  Masco’s Max Craig was taken down near the box and Chip took the direct kick that resulted.  Instead of blasting a shot toward the goal, the Cape League Player of the Year fed teammate Adam Grammer all alone in close.  Adam had time to fake at least one shot before netting a score with seven minutes left.

Edwin Avelar makes a save for East Boston.

Despite the loss, Eastie displayed some impressive dribbling skills. They forced a lot of defensive misses going east to west.  Going north to south was much harder.  Masco’s fresh legs (they substituted frequently) gave Eastie few runs of any length.

Masconomet looked awfully good in this one.  Their positioning prevented East Boston from putting consecutive passes together.  And the Masco passing helped them buy control-time no matter what part of the field they were in.

Let’s see how they do against a very good St. John’s team.

I never can quite understand why schools don’t make rosters available especially during tournament games.  I ended up getting the Eastie roster from their coach.  I got the Masco roster because the parent of a player was willing to go across the field at halftime to get it for me.  (Thanks, by the way!)

A good crowd of Masco supporters attended.

I wonder if we’ll remember the result of this game or the Presidential election result longer.

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Eddy Umanzor (13) moves in to stop Paul Criscione in the second half.

Mike Ennis (8) breaks in

Mike Ennis escapes

Adam Grammer contests Ben Lara (4) in the air.

Masco goalie John Black takes in a long Eastie shot.

Paul Criscione

Adam Grammer (scored 3rd goal) sees an opening

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East Boston holds on to defeat St. John’s Prep (58-52) in boys basketball

Will March (16 points) fires from the corner

Steve Haladyna (31 points) gets a rare open shot.

(Danvers) East Boston spoiled the last regular season home game for St. John’s Prep with a 58-52 win at St. John’s.

The Jets took the lead for good (10-9) on an Ian Jones three late in the first quarter.  The EB spread would get as large as seventeen (41-24) with three minutes left in the third period before the Eagles rallied to make things very interesting down the stretch.

Senior Steve Haladyna had a memorable final home game (31 points) that was highlighted by fifteen points in the final period.  Those points were consecutive and at their end the Eagles trailed only, 52-49, with two minutes left.

Credit Eastie, they felt the come-backing heat in front of a raucous Eagle student section but had answers.  Consecutive points on a free throw by Pat Santos (1:57), a layup by Pat after a scramble (1:20), and a layup from Will March (48 seconds) and the Jet spread was eight (57-49) and in the books for the visitors.

I have seen a number of St. John games and am regularly impressed with their persistent defense.  This time the persistent defense belonged to East Boston.  Respecting the Jet speed, the Eagles settled into a zone with special coverage on Will March most of the game.  However, when the Steve Haladyna-led run got going it was heavy Eagle pressure that put a scare into East Boston.

Will March (16 points) and Kyle Fox (15 points) led the East Boston scorers.  Kyle drained three long ones.

Mike Carbone set up to tie the game

Mike Carbone (8 points) was set up for a three from in front of the student section with the Eagles down three with less than four minutes left.  That he missed that one was a surprise to me since I’ve seen him make so many for three seasons.  If that one had gone, St. John’s would have been all the way back………but it didn’t and Eastie had enough left to hold their lead.

Can an “incident” wake a team up?  That may have been the case in this one.  A scramble for a loose ball with three minutes left in the third quarter led to some pushing and pulling.  Before you knew it, the student section vocals picked up and the St. John’s players got riled up.

third quarter scramble

The glide-to-the-finish mode disappeared and the intensity on both sides picked up considerably.  Who benefited?  Definitely the senior-honoring Eagles.  Over the next 5 ½ minutes of playing time extending into the fourth quarter, the Eagles put a 21-7 hurt on the Jets and climbed to within two (47-45).

3 ½ minutes later, St. John’s was still one shot away (52-49) but Eastie didn’t cave in and came away with the W.

St. John’s (10-6) has qualified for the MIAA tourney but is a long way from last year’s team led by Pat Connaughton.  If Steve Haladyna can find some scoring help maybe the Eagles can make a run in the tournament.

East Boston (14-4?) was impressive.  Not too many teams perform very well in front of noisy Eagle partisans but Eastie jumped in front significantly early to take the crowd away.  And when things got close, and the fans got involved, Eastie was able to hold not fold.

The program provided had players’ numbers incorrect and at least one player unlisted.  Try identifying pictures with that handicap!

East Boston boxscore

St. John’s boxscore

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Kyle Fox (15 points) breakaway

Eagle student section

Jet coach Malcolm Smith

Algino Jean and Freddy Shove

Steve Haladyna gets 2 of his 15 fourth quarter points

Marcos Echevarria faces pressure from Pat Santos

Pat Santos

Steve Haladyna

Owen Marchetti

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