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Lynnfield stuns Masco with 2-2 tie in Cape Ann League boys soccer

Devin Ralph, David Gentile (22) and Pioneers keeper Jack Campbell

David Gentile (22) above the crowd

(Boxford MA) Those who saw this coming are part of the same (very) small group that expected David Price to pitch so well against Houston.

Lynnfield gained a 2-2 tie with Masco this afternoon at Masco.

Surprising?  You bet!

When it comes to Cape Ann League opponents, Masco doesn’t lose.  Happened only once in the last 102 matches against CAL teams.  That’s no typo!

Tom Buston gets high fives from teammate Jon Luders after tying the game in the second half

There had been six ties.  Make that seven after today.

Back to the improbability of these teams tying.  The Chieftains earlier this season had defeated the Pioneers, on their field, 5-1.

“The difference today was that in the first half we managed to get out, 1-1,” explained Lynnfield coach Brent Munroe afterwards.

Understand that the Masco soccer field clearly has its good end and its bad end.  Defending the “bad” end involves looking directly into the sun, facing the wind, and being noticeably downhill.

Connor Fitzgerald lines up a free kick late in the game

“They had those advantages in the first half and we came out with a tie,” added Coach Munroe.  “We had the advantages in the second half and although we didn’t outplay them we were closer to even.”

Masco broke the 1-1 tie thirteen minutes into the second half after a lot of good chances.  In the first meeting, the Chieftains (13-2-1) went from there to score three unanswered.  Not this time.

The Pioneers (12-1-2) hung tough today and with sixteen minutes left turned a corner kick into the tying goal.

Alejandro Lynch (13) and Josh Rubin (44)

I expected the home team to turn up the pressure but instead it was the visitors with the better chances in the closing minutes.

“I felt like we wanted to go for the tie,” said Coach Munroe, but our assistant coach said that we can win this one.  I’m so happy not to lose to Masco.  The last time we beat them was 2010.  The fact that I know that will tell you how meaningful it is.”

Masco coach Jared Scarpaci came away concerned about conditioning and scoring chances: “Near the end I think that fatigue kicked in for some of our guys.  We left some good chances on the table.”

Coach Scarpaci added that his team needed to work on dead ball plays.  “Both their scores were dead ball plays, one was off a free kick and the other after a corner kick.”

Nathan Bass tallied the first LHS goal.  Nathan was at the heading end of a straightaway free kick.  “It was a long ball into the box,” recalled Coach Munroe.  “Nathan Bass, who wins tons of head balls for us even though he is 5-6, went up, won it and put it in.”  That was scored fifteen minutes into the game.

Masco celebrates their first goal

Masco senior Darren Cryan tied things sixteen minutes later.  “Devin Ralph got the ball in from the outside to Darren Cryan in the middle,” said Coach Scapaci.  “Darren shot through traffic and it went in to the side.”

The Chieftains pulled ahead in the second half after misfiring on several glittering chances.  The goal came off a direct kick from Connor Fitzgerald.  The kick was from straightaway and was high. Both Lynnfield GK Jack Campbell and defender David Gentile went for it.  The result was that neither of them dealt with the ball cleanly leaving a juicy rebound for Masco’s Harry Kessel.

“Harry came off the opposite side,” said Coach Scapaci.  “He followed the shot and headed it in.”

Jon Luders (4) and Harry Warshafsky (10)

The Pioneers had an answer to the Masco goal eleven minutes later.  Jon Luders took a corner kick and the LHS senior sent the ball to the far post where teammate David Gentile got a head on it.

“David Gentile hit the ball back across the goal,” remembered Tom Buston. “I was on the near post and it came right to my feet and I placed it in.  I had taken a wide run in on the corner kick and they (Masco) weren’t ready for me to be on the front post.”

Masco certainly had the upper hand in scoring chances, but Jack Campbell, in the Lynnfield net, made wise decisions.  “Their goalie had great positional play,” said Coach Scarpaci.

“Both of the kids that scored (Nathan Bass and Tom Buston) have about ten goals each,” said Coach Munroe.

Senior Jon Luders was excited about the Pioneers good showing. “We gave it 100%.  It was awesome.  We have so many great athletes on this team.  Every guy on the field is a special, special player.  I love the way we’re playing right now.”

Haolan Zhan (22) gets between GK Jack Campbell and defender David Gentile (22)

Jon told me that he has committed to going to Seton Hall next year to play baseball.  “Soccer too?” I asked.  “I’ll be sticking with baseball,” he said.

The D2 Chieftains have non-league losses to D1 St. John’s Prep and D2 North Andover.

The last time I saw the Masco boys play was in the 2016 D2 title game versus unscored on Nauset.  The Chieftains did get a score but lost 2-1 at Manning Field in Lynn.

Lynnfield is unbeaten in their last seven games.  The tie today ended an eleven-game win streak for Masco.

Josh Rubin (44) and Aedan Salvador (11)

Masco’s only loss in the last 102 matches against Cape Ann League opponents was in 2015 against Pentucket.

A key to the tie today for Lynnfield?  Keeping high-scoring Josh Rubin in check.  Josh has had several hat tricks this season including one against Lynnfield in their earlier meeting.

Nice weather for the last part of October.

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Mine!

Nathan Bass (8) had the first Lynnfield goal

Tom Buston

Aedan Salvadore (11) and Luke Martinho (9)

Aedan Salvadore (11) and Tom Hauser (2)

Connor Fitzgerald

Darren Cryan

Devin Ralph (6) and Jack Cleary (10)

Devin Ralph (6) dribbles and Matthew Juliano (3) defends

Chasing a lose ball

Jack Campbell saves

 

 

 

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Senior Paige Gouldthorpe shuts down Masco 12-0 on Senior’s Day

Pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe tossed to 1B Courtney Walsh five times in this game

The Clippers had baserunners all afternoon

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe made her last appearance at Pioneer Park a good one.

The Clippers (11-7) took Masco out, 12-0, via the mercy rule in the sixth inning on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Pioneer Park.

“Paige looked good on the mound, which was key to this win,” said NHS coach Bob Gillespie afterwards.

Paige registered eight strikeouts, walked none, and gave up only four singles.

Masco (5-14) was their own worst enemy in this one yielding thirteen walks and committing three errors during the game.

Surprisingly, Newburyport did not have a huge inning, although they were rolling in that direction in the sixth inning with four runs and counting as the game was called.

Liv Salvatore had five RBI including a bases-clearing double in the 2nd inning

Junior Liv Salvatore was the hitting star for the home team driving across five teammates.  Her bases-loaded double cleared the bases and gave Newburyport a 5-0 lead in the second.

Masco coach Frank Kowalski used three pitchers (Alex Locke, Olivia Molloy, and Liv Filmore) during the game.

The Clippers started their half of the first with four straight baserunners.  Meg Winn reached on an error (3B Vanessa Hurley) and the others were walked.  A run was forced in and a quick pitching change happened.

Olivia Molloy came on in relief and got three groundouts and the Clippers were held to a two-run inning.

An error by 3B Vanessa Hurley extended the second inning, loading the bases.  This was when Liv Salvatore drove home three unearned runs with a double.

Meanwhile, Paige Gouldthorpe was throwing hard with good control.  The senior scattered four hits and handled five grounders.  Masco had only one fly ball out in the game.

The Chieftains brought on Liv Filmore in the 5th inning and the Clippers batted around.  Three walks and three hits (Paige Gouldthorpe, Annie Siemasko, Callie Caponigro) led to three runs. The inning ended with the bases filled with Clippers.

The Clippers combined one hit with four walks and a Chieftain error in the 6th inning to get the four runs needed to end this game early.

Annie Siemasko reached base five times

Both Liv Salvatore and Annie Siemasko reached base all five times they batted.  Both had two hits.

Sophia Cicilla, Gabby McSweeney, Brianna Mellilo, and Sheila Caputo had the hits for Masco.

Callie Caponigro came off the Newburyport bench to get two hits and drive in two runs.

Paige Gouldthorpe on the game: “That’s two shutouts in a row for us.  It’s a confidence builder going into the tournament.”

Paige on Pioneer Park: “I started learning the game here.  I was in 3rd or 4th grade.  This is the mound where I started pitching from.  There are good memories here for me.”

It was Senior’s Day and I thought I would get recognized but instead they honored Paige, Courtney Walsh, and Sarah Linehan.

Masco senior Gabby McSweeney

In a nice gesture, the Clippers recognized the seniors on the Masco team before the game.  Paige sang the National Anthem.

Clippers coach Bob Gillespie: “We needed this one to get ready for the playoffs next week.  We hit the ball, played good defense and Paige was on her game.”

Newburyport had eight days off before today’s game and may have that many days off again before the tournament starts.  “Maybe we’ll get in an alumni scrimmage before the tournament,” said Coach Gillespie.

Good crowd on hand.  I suspect that many of them were connected to the NHS seniors.

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Lily Andrews

Double play

Mikayla Vincent

3B Vanessa Hurley chases a grounder

Paige Gouldthorpe slides into 2B as shortstop Gabby McSweeney takes the throw

Paige Gouldthorpe pitches

Third base coach Bob Gillespie sends Maddie Duford home

Trouble in the Masco infield

Courtney Walsh looks at a pitch from Liv Filmore

Callie Caponigro (11) off of 2B after driving in two runs

Seniors Paige Gouldthorpe, Courtney Walsh, and Sarah Linehan

 

 

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Bishop Fenwick edges Masco 33-32 in defensive struggle

Jennie Meagher blocks the final shot of the game

Bishop Fenwick celebrates the win

(Beverly MA) “This game literally came down to the last possession,” said Bishop Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis afterwards.

The Crusaders needed a stop against Masco and they got it to preserve a 33-32 win on Monday night in the finals of the McIntire Classic.

Mak Graves dribbled out Masco’s final fifteen seconds looking for an opportunity for some sort of shot but there were tall Crusaders inside and closely guarding Crusaders on the perimeter.  Mak ended up in the right corner with the tallest of the Crusader (Jennie Meagher) nearby and had her shot blocked as the game ended.

Sammi Gallant guarded by Mak Graves

“It was two tremendous defensive teams,” said Masco coach Bob Romeo.  “Every inch on the court was defended for thirty-two minutes. It came down to the play at the end.”

Junior Sammi Gallant had only three points but two of them were on a layup with twenty-one seconds left that turned out to be the game-winner.

“Unbelievable drive to the basket,” recalled Coach DeBaggis.  “Sammi’s so tough.  We hadn’t finished a number of drives, but we got that last one and it was huge.”

Close games have been part of the recent rivalry between the two teams. “Last year in the Xmas tournament we beat them 37-36,” said Coach DeBaggis.  “This year it was them 35-33, and now this game.”

Sammi Gallant tries to get by Cally McSweeney

The Crusaders (11-9) used a zone defense and had the size and quickness to protect the rim and the perimeter.  Masco was in a straight in-your-shirt, man-to-man defense.

BF was able to get to the foul line twenty-three times because of their willingness to drive to the hoop.  Another reason this game stayed close?  The Crusaders missed fourteen free throws.

The Chieftains had trouble getting good shots and got into trouble (twenty turnovers) forcing the ball in close to the basket.

There were twelve lead changes and six ties in this game.

Masco took a one-point lead (24-23) into the final quarter.

The team from Peabody ran the first seven points of the final quarter and led 30-24 with 3:21 remaining.  Liz Gonzalez had a layup and a free throw while Sammi Gallant added a free throw in this segment.  A crowd-pleasing three by senior Fredi DeGuglielmo ended the run of points for BF.

“We didn’t panic when we were down by six in the last quarter,” recalled Coach Romeo.

Morgan Bovardi (14 points) gives Masco the lead in the 4th quarter with this three

An NBA three by freshman Morgan Bovardi was followed by a Mak Graves steal that turned into two made free throws. Now down by one (30-29), Morgan put the team from Boxford in front with a three from in front of the Masco bench and suddenly they were ahead, 32-30, with 1:52 remaining.

The Crusaders didn’t panic either.  On two straight possessions they got the ball in close.  Jennie Meagher got a free throw out of one possession while teammate Sammie Gallant had the eventual game-winning down the right side with 21 seconds left.  Between those two possessions Masco had its 20th turnover.

Olivia DiPietro ended with ten points and was named the tourney MVP.

Jennie Meagher had only six points but her twelve rebounds and three blocks (including the one on the last shot) were important pieces in the BF win.

I was impressed by the way Masco freshman Cally McSweeney held her own against the older/taller Jennie Meagher.  “She’s our only true big player,” said Coach Romeo.  “We put her out there early and she didn’t give Jennie an inch.  She ended up with thirteen rebounds.”

Morgan Bovardi (14) and Mak Graves (12) were the top Masco scorers.  Morgan made the all-tourney team.

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Jaxson Nadeau, Sammi Gallant, and Jennie Meagher with the championship plaque

Olivia DiPietro (tourney MVP) with Larry McIntire

Morgan Bovardi (All-Tourney)

Morgan Bovardi shoots a three over Olivia DiPietro

Mak Graves heads to the hoop after a steal

Paige Amyouny (5) tied up in the lane

Jaxson Nadeau swarmed by Masco defenders

Olivia DiPietro (tourney MVY) in the lane

Mak Graves (12 points) takes a 3-pointer

Mak Graves defended by Jaxson Nadeau

 

 

 

 

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Masco edges Pentucket 74-73 in the final seconds

Spencer Pacy of Pentucket gets close in the final seconds

Will Schena (20) prepares to shoot two free throws with six second left in the game

Gus Flaherty (14) and Colby Jacques (2) chase a loose ball

(West Newbury MA) You thought the Super Bowl had an exciting finish?  You should have been at Pentucket tonight!

Masconomet was the opponent and the game came down to two clutch free throws and a missed layup just before the buzzer.

When it was over the Chieftains had a 74-73 win and qualified for the MIAA tournament.

“It was two good teams going at it,” said a relieved Coach Bryan Duplissie of Masco afterwards.  “Just a great game.”

The team from Boxford trailed by a point with twenty seconds left after missing a shot, but Pentucket turned the ball over giving the Chieftains time to organize with seventeen seconds left.

“We wanted the ball in his (Will Schena) hands,” said Coach Duplessie. “We ran a play for him and he got fouled.”

Will Schena (20) and the final score

Will drained both pressure-packed free throws with six seconds left giving the visitors a one-point lead. “He’s the guy we wanted in the clutch,” said Coach Duplessie. “He hit a three against Peabody to force overtime.”

Plenty of time for Pentucket.  Masco opted to double-team Nate McGrail to keep him from getting the inbounds pass.  That left Spencer Pacy with the ball.

“They took away Nate but Spencer is usually a good finisher,” said Pentucket coach Ed Hickey.  “We had the opportunity but just didn’t finish.”

Spencer dribbled the length of the court and into the lane with three defenders. He got off a shot that missed before the buzzer sounded.

The combination of the clock running down, and the lack of any shot-block attempt by the Chieftains’ defenders probably influenced Spencer’s shot.

“We got lucky,” said Coach Duplessie. “We told our players that when they go to the rim we have to step in and take a charge.  They went all the way to the rim and we were fortunate that the shot didn’t fall.”

Nate McGrail (24) gets to the basket

So you can see that the end was pretty exciting.  The rest of the game wasn’t too shabby either.

Pentucket put a 9-point run together in the first quarter to get ahead, 17-10.  In the final quarter, Masco used an 8-2 segment to create a, 62-54, margin.

Other than that this game was very tight.  In a 32-minute game there were EIGHTEEN lead changes and six ties.  There were six lead changes in the last three minutes of the game!

Both teams had players who could score and neither team was shy about taking the ball to the rim.

Both teams changed defenses frequently.

Battle around the basket

The Chieftains were better on the boards and had four second-chance baskets.  “It was a physical game,” said Coach Hickey.  “We needed to do a better job rebounding.  We have them too many extra opportunities.”

The Sachems had fourteen turnovers while Masco had twelve.  Two of the Pentucket miscues were in the final ninety seconds.

Division 2 Masconomet (10-4) has now won six of their last seven games. The Chieftains were 6-14 last season.

Division 3 Pentucket (10-5) had beaten Masco three straight times before tonight’s loss.

Masco and Pentucket will meet again in eleven days at Masco.  I suspect that it will be another close one.

It certainly didn’t help Pentucket’s chances of winning to miss six free throws in the final quarter including the front end of a one-and-one.

The Sachems have lost twice to another D3 team (Lynnfield) that is also in the playoffs.

David Hunter (16), Will Schena (15) and Daniel Monagle (14) led the Masco scorers.

Spencer Pacy guarded by Daniel Monagle

Nate McGrail and Gus Flaherty had fifteen points to pace the Sachems and Spencer Pacy added thirteen points.

(My stats disagree with the official scorebook but being old and stubborn I choose to think that my unofficial stats are right…..although I could be wrong.)

Pentucket box

Masco box

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David Hunter scores two

Colby Jacques (2) leads a break

David Hunter in the lane

Mike Budrewicz (11) passes as Gus Flaherty defends

Justin Snow (5) lets a three fly from the corner

 

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Masco defeats Newburyport 52-42 giving the Clippers their first loss

Krysta Padellaro runs into some serious Masco defense

Mak Graves (15 points) finds space in close

(Newburyport MA) The Newburyport girls basketball team started this season with seven straight wins.

But how good were they since they hadn’t faced Masconomet and Pentucket?

Tonight we found out.  Masco came to town and defeated the Clippers, 52-42, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

“We have things to work on,” said NHS coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.  “We gave up too many offensive rebounds and we missed too many layups.”

Masco coach Bob Romeo saw his team’s play early in the second quarter as the key to the win. “Our breakaway was quick and the separation from it stayed there the rest of the game.”

This was a tie game after six minutes before the Chieftains tallied the final three points of the quarter to lead 9-6.

Anna Hickman started the second quarter with a free throw.  You sensed that this game might stay close after Nicole Amyouny missed two free throws in the first minute.

But two minutes later, Newburyport (7-1) was in serious trouble.  Masco put a string of thirteen unanswered points together and separated 22-7.  The home team never recovered although they did get back to within six points in the third quarter.

Olivia Filmore

Morgan Bovardi

Two Masco freshmen (Olivia Filmore and Morgan Bovardi) sparked the breakaway segment.  “They were impressive,” said Coach Romeo.

Olivia converted a missed free throw into a layup and then when teammate Paige Anyouny tossed a 3-point air ball, Olivia was under the basket to turn that miss into two more points.

Morgan’s part was stealing the ball and getting a layup off the steal.  She followed those points with a three assisted by Mak Graves.

Mak Graves and Paige Anyouny collected the other two Masco baskets in the crucial 13-point run.

You take those disastrous two minutes out of this game and it becomes anyone’s.

Paige Amyouny and Krysta Padellaro

The best matchup of the night was between seniors Paige Anyouny and Krysta Padellaro.

“Paige is rock solid,” said Coach Romeo.  “Game in, game out.  She’s a rebounder.  She runs our offense and defends the other team’s top scorer.”

Both teams dug in on defense.  “It was two good teams going after each other for thirty-two minutes,” said Coach Romeo.

Sophomore Mak Graves led all scorers with fifteen points.  Her ability to dribble into open space and to make shots against taller opponents is remarkable.  “Makayla didn’t shoot the ball as well tonight as she typically does,” said Coach Romeo.  “But she draws a lot of attention and it allows other kids to make plays.”

The potential for a long night started early for the Clippers when starter Katie Hadden picked up two fouls in the first minute.  Out she came for most of the first half.  During Katie’s absence, the Chieftains (6-1) built the lead that the Clippers couldn’t overcome.

“That hurt us a lot not having Katie for all those minutes,” said Coach Dollas.

Abi Gillingham was called for a foul on this one. Don’t think so!

Because of the swarming man-to-man defenses by both squads, there was a fair amount of contact.  Fouls probably could have been called on every possession!  We might also still be at the Newburyport gym wondering when the game would end.

Masco lost to Pentucket this week, BUT Mak Graves didn’t play.  Pentucket will be visiting Newburyport on Monday afternoon (1PM).  The full-court, high-energy Sachems will certainly be another test for Newburyport.

We all got a chance to enjoy the impressive singing voice of Paige Gouldthorpe as she did the National Anthem.  That girl does not need a microphone!

Newburyport box

Masco box

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Anna Hickman splits Sara Fogarty and Morgan Bovardi

Mak Graves

Kyrsta Padellaro gets past Paige Amyouny

Nicole Amyouny at the line

Paige Amyouny squeezes between Abi Gillingham and Paige Gouldthorpe

Sara Fogarty launchs a three

Paige Amyouny gets past Krysta Padellaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Masco runs streak to eight in dominating 59-31 win over Newburyport

The Clippers had few openings inside against Masco

The Clippers had few openings inside against Masco

Mak Graves (15 points) finds a way to split two Newburyport defenders

Mak Graves (15 points) finds a way to split two Newburyport defenders

(Newburyport MA) No second-half comeback needed in this one.

Masco dominated from the get-go and routed Newburyport, 59-31, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Chieftains (12-4) had needed to rally after halftime in three of their previous four games to get a W.

Masco now has won eight straight.  They face North Reading and Pentucket next week.

Newburyport (8-8) has reached the seriously struggling stage having dropped six of their last seven.  Getting the ten wins needed to get to the tournament is going to require a major turnaround in quality of play.

Mary Erb at the line - Masco made 12-of-16 free throws

Mary Erb at the line – Masco made 12-of-16 free throws

The best the Clippers did all night was put five points in a row at the start of the second half. Unfortunately, by then they were already behind, 39-14.

In the first 3 ½ minutes of the game the visitors pulled away 9-2 on two rebound baskets (Marissa DeLucia, Grace Fahey), plus two free throws and a triple by Mak Graves.

How did Masco win?  They dominated the boards and were very accurate at the line and beyond the arc.

The Clippers were outrebounded by twenty (49-29).  The killer stat here was sixteen offensive rebounds for the team from Boxford.  Paige Amyouny was the board master with fifteen.

I have seen Newburyport twice now.  Free throws were a glaring problem in both games.  A one-point loss to Amesbury included missing the front end of two one-and-one’s in the last minute.  In tonight’s game, NHS connected just four times in fourteen tries.  Masco, on the other hand, was twelve-for-sixteen taking freebies.

Long range things followed the same pattern.  Masco clicked seven times from beyond the arc while Newburyport just once.

Paige Amyouny in for two

Paige Amyouny in for two

Mak Graves (twice), Grace Fahey, Paige Amyouny, and Andrea Faia were successful from long distance in the first half.

The Clippers trailed 18-10 late in the first quarter but the next seven points belonged to Masco.  That fifteen points lead was still in place (29-14) 2 ½ minutes into the second quarter.

The last four minutes of the second quarter were all Masco.  They tallied ten straight points, including the last five by Andrea Faia, and had permanent separation, 39-14, at the half.

First look for me at Masco.  Impressed with the defense and the rebounding.

Marissa DeLucia took on Newburyport’s best player (Krysta Padellaro) and held her to eleven points.

The Clippers were keen to get the ball inside to Katie Hadden and were able to.  However, once Katie had the ball an extra defender showed up and left the sophomore with little room to maneuver.

Marissa DeLucia shadowed Krysta Padellaro

Marissa DeLucia shadowed Krysta Padellaro

Turnovers were not a factor in this game.  Each team had seven, according to my stat collection.  There was full-court pressure by both teams but few miscues resulted.

Freshman Mak Graves (15 points) led all scorers.  Nice article today about her in the Salem News.  I was not sure which one she was during warmups tonight and was surprised to find out which one she was.  Mak was easily the shortest girl on the floor but convinced me that she belonged out there with the “big” girls.  Mak dribbled and passed well and even took in six rebounds.

Mak leads Masco with twenty-five three’s for the season.  She had three against NHS.

Mak was a Cape Ann League All-Star in field hockey.

Grace Fahey (12 points) and Krysta Padellaro were CAL All-Stars in basketball last season.  Paige Amyoung was a second teamer.

On January 4th Masco defeated Newburyport 43-35 at Masco.

Missing from the Newburyport team is sophomore Anna Hickman with a torn ACL suffered against North Reading.  The Clippers desperately missed her point-scoring ability and tight defense in tonight’s setback.

Thanks to Andy Tappin for two stat sheets.  No better place to get information on what is going on with Masco girls’ basketball.

Mak Graves covered by Sam Cavanaugh

Mak Graves covered by Sam Cavanaugh

Masconomet has now qualified for the state tournament THIRTY-THREE straight seasons.

Masco box from the game

Newburyport box from the game

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Mak Graves

Mak Graves

Katie Hadden floats in the lane

Katie Hadden floats in the lane

Katie Hadden tries to get between Lily Polakiewicz and Grace Fahey

Katie Hadden tries to get between Lily Polakiewicz and Grace Fahey

Late game action

Late game action

Grace Fahey (12 points) guarded by Maggie Pons

Grace Fahey (12 points) guarded by Maggie Pons

Lily Polakiewicz and Katie Hadden

Lily Polakiewicz and Katie Hadden

Sam Cavanaugh gets to the hoop

Sam Cavanaugh gets to the hoop

Paige Gouldthorpe

Paige Gouldthorpe

Katie Hadden looks for a pass with Stephanie Mini defending

Katie Hadden looks for a pass with Stephanie Mini defending

Plenty of Masco defense led here by Lily Andrews (2)

Plenty of Masco defense led here by Lily Andrews (2)

Krysta Padellar (11 points) in the lane

Krysta Padellaro (11 points) in the lane

 

 

 

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Nauset gives up 1st goal of the season but wins D2 title 2-1 over Masco

Nauset wins Division 2 state title

Nauset wins Division 2 state title

Nauset crowd erupts after James McCully's go-ahead goal in the second half

Nauset crowd erupts after James McCully’s go-ahead goal in the second half

(Lynn MA) It wasn’t a perfect season but it was perfect enough for Nauset as they defeated Masconomet, 2-1, to win the Division 2 state title on sunny Saturday afternoon at Manning Field.

The 23-0 Warriors came into the final game not having allowed a single goal all year.  That season-long shutout was put to an end by Masco’s Mike Budrewicz in the first half.

Mike’s goal tied the score and certified that the Chieftains could stay with the team from the Cape.

“Masco was the best team we faced,” said Nauset coach John McCully afterwards.  “They were athletic, matched up well, and had the good player (Bryan Gilbert) on top.”

Nauset scored first early (37:44) in the first half.  A direct kick from the left by Curtis Moore reached teammate James McCully unmarked out from the far post.  James’ quick shot buzzed by Masco GK Derek Davidson’s left. mana-a3-james-mccully-7-eyes-curtis-moores-direct-kickmana-a4-james-mccully-7-reacts-after-first-goal

Knowing the shutout record of Nauset and the quickness of the first goal, I assumed that things would go downhill for the team from Boxford in a hurry.  I was seriously mistaken!

Masco (21-3-1) was able to get into positions where a goal could happen numerous times.

At 25:38 of the first half, Masco evened things.  A wonderful pass by Bryan Gilbert from the right, set teammate Mike Budrewicz in the middle.  My picture shows Mike with a good look and Nauset GK Jack Avellar hidden behind a defender.  Mike kicked toward the left corner and Jack couldn’t see the shot at first and then couldn’t react fast enough when he did.mana-a6-mike-budrewicz-11-lines-up-a-shotmana-a7-mb-shot-heads-for-corner

The Nauset coaching staff considered calling a timeout after the goal but didn’t.  “We average five goals a game so even if we gave up one we figured that we still had a couple more in us, “said Coach McCully.

The game-winner occurred at 28:35 of the second half.  The ball got to James McCully (from Hayden Yakola) in the middle.  My guess is that James’ quick shot came from about thirty-five yards.  He hit is with his left foot and the hard grounder sped by Masco GK Derek Davidson.  Coach McCully thought that the shot had been deflected by a defender.  It may have been.

That one-goal lead with over twenty-eight minutes to go looked anything but safe.  Both teams pressed to score and both teams came close.

Sophomore Abdel Talabi blocked a second-half, Masco doorstep attempt that could have tied this game.

Abdel Talabi (#2) sticks a foot in front of Ben Lockhart's shot as Nauset GK Jack Avellar watches.

Abdel Talabi (#2) sticks a foot in front of Ben Lockhart’s shot as Nauset GK Jack Avellar watches.

But Nauset held on and won their first state title since 1979.  Coach McCully was on that team.

Coach McCully also holds the Nauset season-high goals record with 39.  His son James reached 38 with today’s two goals.  “We said that we would bench him if he tied the record,” joked Coach McCully afterwards.

Jake LaBranche and Mike Budrewicz

Jake LaBranche and Mike Budrewicz

Tremendous crowd representing both schools.  First time I’ve been to Manning Field where they opened up the stands behind the players’ benches for spectators.

This is the second straight time Masco has lost in the state title game.  They have won the D2 North championship three of the last four years.

Nauset scored 108 goals and gave up only one this season.

Nauset has won six straight Atlantic Coast League championships.  They have also qualified for the state tournament fifteen straight seasons.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Josh Polakiewicz (26) sets to pass

Josh Polakiewicz (26) sets to pass

Action in front of Nauset net

Action in front of Nauset net

Masco action in front of Nauset net

Masco action in front of Nauset net

Nauset defenders await a direct kick

Nauset defenders await a direct kick

Mike Budrewicz and teammates celebrate goal

Mike Budrewicz and teammates celebrate goal

Bryan Gilbert

Bryan Gilbert

Action in front of Masco net

Action in front of Masco net

Ben Mulholland (13) and Ben Lockhart (9)

Ben Mulholland (13) and Ben Lockhart (9)

Matthew Dzwil (8) battles in the air

Matthew Dzwil (8) battles in the air

 

 

 

 

 

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