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Masco dominates Newburyport 57-30

Mak Graves (16 points) heads to the basket after a steal

Good Masco defense

(Newburyport MA) “Stay solid on D and execute on offense.”

That’s what Masco coach Bob Romeo wanted, and he certainly got it as the Chieftains routed Newburyport, 57-30, on a chilly Friday night of Cape Ann League girls basketball.

The Clippers (8-7) scored the first basket (Meg Winn) but it was all downhill for them from there.

“They got the first hoop and went up 2-0 and I started thinking that this could be a tough night up here,” said Coach Romeo. “But we got that hoop back and had a whole bunch of stops.  Once we were up, 11-2, everyone relaxed.  Makayla got off to a great start.”

Paige Richardson looks to pass

Masco (12-4) had unanswered point streaks of eleven, eight, and sixteen before Coach Romeo permanently benched his starters with three minutes left in the third quarter.  The Chieftains had a 49-14 lead at the time.

The first Masco run of points (eleven) answered NHS’s two-point start.  A three by Mak Graves (16 points), a drive by Morgan Bovardi (16 points) and three baskets set up by Morgan sent Masco ahead, 11-2.

The second run of points (eight) happened soon after the first one.  Free throws by Paige Richardson started it and that was followed by two Mak Graves drives and a Morgan Bovardi drive.  This collection of points put Masco on top, 22-5, early in the second period.

Mak Graves gets an open three

Masco was able to get to the basket with ease.  Lacking for the Clippers was any sort of help defense.  Mak Graves hit from long distance and got to the hoop for twelve first-period points.  Mak had only two points in the first meeting.

On this evening it was quickly obvious that the Clippers would have their hands full trying to defend the Clippers.  Sometimes a team can score enough points to make up for it.  Didn’t happen tonight!

The Newburyport offense had an even tougher night than the defense did.  Anyone connected to NHS basketball may want to skip the next paragraph.  Consider yourself warned!

Alex Locke (33) and Sadie Vandenberg (22) battle for control

Two free throws late in the second period by Maggie Pons put the score at, 33-14, with 1:50 left.  The Clippers didn’t score for the next eight minutes of playing time (a full quarter of playing time).  The visitors tallied sixteen points in a row.  Morgan Bovardi had eleven of the points.  The worst part of it all for Newburyport?  They had thirteen turnovers during this trying time for them.

From where I was watching, most of the turnovers were bad passes in their half-court offense.  The Masco defenders jumped passing lanes with great success.

The deadly combo of less-than-the-best offense/defense left Newburyport down, 49-14, with plenty of playing time remaining.

The Clippers totaled twenty-nine turnovers for the night.  Masco had eight.

Olivia Filmore (24) covers Jess Rosseau (25)

“We play a team defense,” said Coach Romeo.  “Everyone is helping.”

“We executed some good stuff and we had some good looks,” added Coach Romeo.  “It’s that time of year.  We should be executing.  We’ve been in the gym for two months.”

Newburyport has two more tough games in the next six days; Amesbury and Pentucket.  The games are at Newburyport.  Pentucket had a two-point win over Amesbury on Tuesday.  Pentucket has a win over Masco.  Pentucket & Masco have a rematch this month at Masco.

Pretty impressive rendition of the National Anthem by a Newburyport freshman.

Newburyport box

Masco box

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Tie-up in the lane

Jenna DiPietro guarded by Anna Hickman

Lily Troupe to the hoop

Lucy Palmer (2) catches a lob pass beyond Sami Cavanaugh (5)

Meg Winn (14) into the lane guarded by Jess DeLucia

Meg Winn guards Mak Graves

Morgan Bovardi gets an open look

Morgan Bovardi (16 points) gets to the basket

 

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Gia Bramanti’s big final quarter leads Andover past Masco 45-41

Plenty of tough defense on display

Gia Bramanti (19 points) was huge in the final quarter for Andover

(Boxford MA) Andover’s Gia Bramanti came alive in the final four minutes and led the Warriors to a, 45-41, win over Masco on Sunday afternoon.

“Gia is a special player,” said Masco coach Bob Romeo afterwards. “Great players find ways to make big shots.”

Who could argue?  The 6-1 senior shouldered the scoring load for AHS after Tatum Shaw’s 3-pointer put the Warriors close, 35-34, with 3:48 left in the non-league contest.

In the next 2+ minutes, Gia put five points on either side of a Morgan Bovardi triple and the visitors pushed ahead, 44-38, with 1:39 remaining.  Masco had enough possessions thereafter to catch up, but the Andover defense wouldn’t allow it.

Gia Bramanti in the lane

“Gia made the big plays when she had to,” said Warriors’ coach Alan Hibino.  “She wasn’t surprised by the moment.  She wants the ball in those situations.”

Gia paced the Warriors with nineteen points.  Morgan Bovardi led Masco with seventeen points.

The defense for both sides was tenacious.  Open shots vanished after warmups.  “Our kids played hard on defense,” said Coach Romeo.  “There was nothing easy for either team.  Andover is used to it every night in the Merrimack Valley Conference.  We don’t see it as often in the Cape Ann League.”

Gia Bramanti turned out to be the shooting star at the end but for almost three quarters the Masco defensive combo of Marissa DeLucia and Cally McSweeney limited her to six points.  But then in the final seconds of the 3rd quarter, Gia drained her first three as the quarter ended tied at 29-29.

Shea Krekorian (2) made shooting difficult for Mak Graves (3)

This game had six ties and six lead changes.

The Chieftains (10-4) went up by seven (21-14) in the second quarter, eight (24-16) in the 3rd, and six (35-29) early in the final quarter.  Sophomore Morgan Bovardi (17 points) had a part in each of the Masco point surges.

Andover, however, was always able to put streaks of offense together and recover. They put eight straight in place in the third (two drives Taylor Landry, free throw Gia, triple Tatum Shaw) and ten unanswered in the fourth (two free throws Sarah Sullivan, triple Tatum Shaw, triple & layup Gia Bramanti).

A key to the Warriors’ win?  The defensive job junior Shea Krekorian did on Masco’s top scorer, Mak Graves.  Mak averages fourteen points per game and had two 3’s in the first quarter and a layup in the first two minutes of the second quarter.  After that?  Nothing.

“We’ve seen them (Masco) play a couple of times,” said AHS coach Alan Hibino.  “Mak is the engine that makes them go.  Shea Krekorian did a nice job on her.”

Morgan Bovardi (17 points) takes on three Andover defenders

The Warriors showed a zone defense in the last quarter.  Normally Masco’s shooters make that into a bad idea.  “Our shooters can make outside shots but Mak and Morgan need space and their defenders had length,” said Coach Romeo.

“I have no regrets on our level of effort,” added Coach Romeo.  “Andover averages close to 70 points per game.  Our kids played so hard on defense.”

Coach Hibino expected a tough game. “Coach Romeo reached out to us this summer to play this game.  It’s nice to go out of conference and play an opponent of Masco’s caliber.  Mak and Morgan are fantastic players.”

Gia Bramanti: “It was hard work out there.  Masco is very good.  Their two guards are definitely going to play in college if they want to.”

Hard screen

Andover’s thirteen wins give them more wins than any other team in Division 1 North.  Masco, also in D1, has already qualified for the post-season.  Plenty of D1 coaches in the crowd getting a look at two possible tournament opponents.

I asked Gia about her plans for next year: “I am looking to do a post-graduate year.  I haven’t really decided where yet.”

Regarding her late-game heroics Gia said, “It always feels great when I can connect.  It was when it really mattered.  The adrenalin kicked in and I knew that I had to make a few shots.”

Taylor Landry scored ten for Andover and Tatum Shaw added eight including two 3’s.

Paige Richardson and Mak Graves each had eight for Masconomet.

Andover box

Masco box

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Olivia Fillmore (24) shoots

Paige Richardson defends Taylor Landry

Saran Sullivan (22) gets into the lane

Taylor Landry (10 points) breaks in

Cally McSweeney guards Gia Bramanti

Floor pass

Mak Graves covers Taylor Landry

 

 

 

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Maddie Doyle’s defense sparks Pentucket in 39-27 win over Masco

Mak Graves (3) chased by Maddie Doyle and Angelina Yacubacci

Tight defense was on full display

(West Newbury MA) The girl didn’t score a point yet afterwards her coach was singing her praises.

“I told the team afterwards that Maddie (Doyle) did a fantastic job,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara.

Maddie’s terrific defense on Masco’s Mak Graves was a key piece in the Sachems, 39-27, win tonight in Cape Ann League action.

“Mak is one of the best, if not the best, player around,” said Coach McNamara.  “Maddie battles and battles.  Our other defenders were ready to help but Maddie was front and center.”

Mak Graves finished with twelve points but her only open shots were at the foul line.

Mak Graves (12 points) gets inside

The final score in this one will fool you because Masconomet dominated the first half.  The Cheiftains (5-2) put eleven unanswered points together and turned an early 3-2 deficit into a 13-3 advantage at the 6:30 mark of the second period.  Mak Graves had both of her three’s in this segment.  One of them was a remarkable step-back three.

The visitors led, 17-11, at the half.

“I thought that in the first half we were terrific,” recalled Masco coach Bob Romeo.  “We came out of the gate flying.  Maybe we should have had a bigger lead.”

One thing that probably prevented a bigger lead was the limited floor time for sophomore Morgan Bovardi.  Morgan (“She’s one of our bigger scorers” – Coach Romeo) was a foul magnet all night and was on the bench longer than she played.

Pentucket (7-1) turned things around in the second half.  “We needed to play better defense and slow down on offense,” explained junior Angelica Hurley (15 points) afterwards.

Megan Reading (33) tries to block Mak Graves’ shot

The Sachems tallied so few points in the first half that the chances to flash their full-court pressure had been minimal.  In the second half, that changed.

After Mak Graves boosted the Masco lead to 19-11 with a layup through traffic, the Sachems went on a 10-point run.  Senior Jess Galvin started things with a triple.  Later, Angelica Hurley (15 points)  converted an offensive rebound and added three free throws.  Junior Angelina Yarabacci (13 points) contributed two free throws.  The streak of points gave Pentucket a 21-19 lead halfway through the third quarter.

Credit Masco.  They hung in there and at the end of the period the scored was tied at 24-24.

In a game when points seemed to come only in bunches, it was the next “bunch” that turned tonight’s game Pentucket’s way.

“We decided not to settle for the outside shot but instead get to the rim,” said Coach McNamara.

Angelina Yacubacci (13 points) finds an opening

The first 3 ½ minutes of the final period combined a point-producing offense with a shutdown defense.  The Sachems put nine unanswered points together and raced ahead 33-24.  Their shutdown defense didn’t allow a Masco point for the first 5 ½ minutes of the last period.  That combination almost always leads to a happy ending for the team doing it and that was what happened.

Pentucket had three points in the first quarter while Masco had three in the fourth quarter.

Masco had twenty-one turnovers by my count.  Twelve of them came in a first half in which they ended up with a 17-11 lead.  Pentucket finished with ten TOs with only four of them in the comebacking second half.

Marissa DeLucia stops Angelica Hurley

Bob Romeo: “Credit them.  We couldn’t get any offensive rhythm. They played great defense.”

John McNamara: “It is always a war with Masco.  They came out and took it to us.  It was nice to see us respond.  Any time you beat Masco it is a good win.  We’ll enjoy it while we can.”

Angelica Hurley: “Maddie (Doyle) did a great job on Mak Graves.  She’s a very good shooter.  Morgan (Bovardi) being in foul trouble made a difference.”

Bob Romeo: “I had no problem with out kids’ effort.  We held them to 39 points.  They had been averaging close to 60.  We’ll make more shots when we play them again in February.”

Watching Maddie Doyle and Mak Graves battle was a treat.  They both are relentless.

Full house at Pentucket and they got their money’s worth.

Casey Hunt (now of Bradford Christian) was in the house.

Masco box

Pentucket box

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Angelic Hurley tries to go under and up

Jess Galvin and Morgan Bovardi dive for a loose ball

Liv Cross (32) tightly guarded

Sara Fogarty (12) and Angelica Hurley (24)

Liv Cross (32) tightly guarded by Sara Fogarty

Mak Graves (3) trying to get open

Mak Graves shoots free throws

Olivia Filmore (24) and Jess Galvin (12)

Olivia Filmore shoots a free throw

 

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Masconomet uses home-field advantage to oust Winchester 4-1 in D2 North q’finals

Matt Dzwil and Aedan Salvador realize that the first goal has just been scored

Joe Clark slides down and Josh Rubin (44) keeps going

(Boxford MA) Slip, sliding away.

Plenty of bad footing for both teams at Masco this rainy/sloshy afternoon but the Chieftains were used to it.

In fact, the #2 seed in Division 2 North chose to play on their grass field when they could have opted for a turf location.

Visiting Winchester was slow to acclimate to the uncertain surface and fell, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon in the D2 North quarterfinals.

Winchester GK Francisco Lara saves in traffic

Matt Dzwil, Josh Rubin, Harry Kessel, and Matt O’Brien scored for Masconomet.  Aras Kaya tallied for Winchester.

Masco will now face #3 Concord-Carlisle on Friday night (6PM) at Woburn High School.

“Masco is very, very good,” said Sachems coach Vin Musto afterwards.  “They don’t have any holes.  We knew it would be a tough battle.”

The conditions, rain and mud, certainly affected Winchester.  “It was a tough place for us to play,” Coach Musto added.  “We like to keep the ball on the ground, possess, and connect passes.”

The Chieftains had two goals in the first half as Winchester tried to navigate through the worst of the field’s mud down the other end.

Harry Warshafsky (10) heads against James Kingston (7)

“We weren’t affected by the conditions and they were a bit,” explained Masco coach Jared Scarpaci.  “We capitalized because you can move the ball in this if you’re not afraid of it.  They were a little cautious.”

The Sachems (11-6-3) were a different team in the second half.  “We started to use the wings more because Masco is huge in the middle,” said Coach Musto.  “We attacked the wings.  We got behind them, and we had our chances.  We just didn’t capitalize.”

Credit Masco goalie Zach Rock. Three times in the final fifteen minutes of the second half the Sachems had golden chances.  “We had them on the ropes,” said Coach Musto.

Defender Harry Warshafsky: “Zach has been strong for us all year.  Our starting goalie (Mike Duest) went down with a concussion earlier in the year.  Zach stepped up and has been great.  He did the same thing last year in the states.  He continues to amaze us every day.”

Both teams had good chances to score.  “We play a formation that gives a lot of offense,” explained Coach Scarpaci.  “But at times we sacrifice some defense which can be risky.  Today it worked in our favor.”

Matt Dzwil scored first eighteen minutes into the game.  Josh Rubin had a corner kick and the ball caromed back to him.  He avoided one defender and put a high shot at the far post.  Both Matt Dzwil and teammate Aedan Salvador were on that post, but it was Matt doing the finishing.

Josh Rubin (44) lines up a shot as Will Rappole (5) comes to defend

Eleven minutes later Josh Rubin was in the box with several teammates during a throw in.  “We crashed the net and I was in the right place at the right time to put it in,” said Josh describing his part in Masco’s second goal.

Winchester called a timeout and I heard Coach Musto yell, “They don’t get a third goal!”  The team got the message.

The Sachems made adjustments at halftime that made them more of a threat to score.

“We felt in the second half that a third goal was going to be needed to stun the momentum if they got a first one,” said Coach Scarpaci.

Senior Harry Kessel took care of that.

Aedan Salvador found Harry to his left uncovered and set him up for a good look twelve minutes into the second half.  Harry’s goal put the Chieftains ahead 3-0.

Harry Kessel (7) shoots past Nate MacDonald notching Masco’s 3rd goal

Six minutes later the team from the Middlesex League got a goal.  It came off a direct kick by Will Hofheinz.  Aras Kaya turned that DK into a quick shot to the near side.

The next ten minutes Winchester knocked at the scoring door several times but GK Zach Rock kept them off the scoreboard.

“Zach had two that should have been goals,” said Coach Scarpaci.  “A good goalie has to make one or two saves like that to keep you alive and in it.  Zach did that today for us.”

Josh Rubin: “Zach saved us for sure.  One of their chances was a breakaway.”

Masco’s 4th goal, scored in the last minute, fortunately didn’t decide the game.  Matt O’Brien sent a 35-yard shot toward Winchester GK Francisco Lara.  Looked harmless enough.  Francisco came out to catch it on the fly and was victimized by the footing.  Down he went, and Matt’s shot sailed into the net.

Matt O’Brien shoots

Francisco Lara slips and a harmless shot goes in

Masco goalie Zach Rock at halftime

Masconomet (17-2-2) is undefeated in their last seventeen games.  They haven’t lost since September 12th.  One of the teams they lost to (North Andover) is the #1 seed in D2 North.  Those two could meet in the D2 North finals next Monday.

The numbers don’t lie.  Masco has a very good soccer program.  Since 2012, the team from Boxford is 113-16-9.

Winchester lost to Masco in the D2 North semifinals in 2016.

College plans?

Josh Rubin: “I have applied for early-decision to Colby.  I would like to play soccer there. I am really interested in doing something related to math.”

Harry Warshafsky: “I am not planning on playing soccer in college.  I am interested in business.  I have taken some business classes here at Masco and loved them.  I am interested in attending Syracuse, UMass, or possibly George Washington where my sister goes.”

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Aedan Salvador (11) about to set up teammate Harry Kessel (7)

Aras Kaya (17) scored for Winchester

Coach Jared Scarpaci

Devin Ralph (6) turns the corner

Harry Kessel (7) celebrates goal with Aedan Salvador and Josh Rubin

John DeOliveira

Josh Rubin (44) leaps to avoid the sliding tackle of Sony Bizure (11)

Loose ball in the box

Masco captains – Josh Rubin, Matt Dzwil, Connor Fitzgerald

Nate MacDonald (4) between Matt O’Brien (12) and Aedan Salvador (11)

Pressure in the Masco end

Masco mud

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport sweeps the CAL cross country championships

Lindsay MacLellan of North Reading (first)

Sam Acquaviva of Newburyport (first)

(Amesbury MA) The Newburyport Clippers had a big day at Woodsom Farm taking the Cape Ann League cross country titles in the boys and girls division.

Led by Sam Acquaviva and John Lucey, the Clippers added the CAL championship to their undefeated regular season.

“Sam is Sam,” said NHS coach Don Hennigar of his CAL championship repeat winner.  “That was the best race of John’s life.  To finish second in this league is so good.”

The misty/muddy conditions worried Sam although he ran most of the race alone.  “There was a lot that could go wrong in the conditions.  I always assume that the other runners will come back.”

On teammate John Lucey finishing second?  “It was nice to have John behind me.  It was unexpected.  He had a great race.”

John Lucey (2nd)

Newburyport won the race by forty points: (1) Sam Acquaviva, (2) John Lucey, (6) Dreese Fadil, (9) Cam Lasson, (17) Peter King.

Other top ten finishers: (3) Tyler Stranc, (4) Peter Lopata, (5) Sebastian Gilligan, (7) Will Kenny, (8) John Astrofsky, (10) Keegan Ritchie.

The totals in the girls’ race were much closer: Newburyport (68), Triton (76), Hamilton-Wenham (80).

The point scorers for Newburyport were; Ellie Schulson (4th), Lindsey Roberts (7th), Lucy Gagnon (14th), Olivia D’Ambrosio (20th), Caroline Wilson (23rd).

Clippers coach Don Hennigar: “Ellie Schulson (4th) and Lindsey Roberts (7th) were above and beyond today.  This was probably the best race Lindsey has ever had.”

Junior Lindsay MacLellan of North Reading was the upset winner.  Last year’s winner, Eva Feuerbach of Manchester-Essex, finished second.

Eve Feuerbach (2nd)

Don Hennigar: “That girl from Manchester-Essex doesn’t get beat very often and the girl from North Reading (Lindsay MacLellan) won by a lot.  Most people would call that an upset.”

I asked Lindsay MacLellan how she won the race.  “A lot of mud.  A lot of heart.  I’m a hilly person so this was the kind of course I like.  I gained separation (from Eva Feuerbach) at 2.75 miles.”

The win by Newburyport avenged a meet loss they had to Triton during the regular season.

Other top ten finishers; (3) Ellie Gay-Killeen, (5) Phoebe Rubio, (6) Lana Crosson, (8) Ava Cote, (9) Jemma Shea, (10) Sarah Harrington.

The race was held at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury.  Originally scheduled for Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park but the weather forced a change.  The weather actually wasn’t all that great at Woodsom today.

Second-place finisher John Lucey: “It was a tough race for everyone.  I was able to plot the best course through the mud in some sections.  Coming down the hills was dangerous in some places.”

John ran much of the race with no one near him ahead (Sam Acquaviva) or behind (Tyler Stranc).  How do you stay tuned in?  “I kind of get delusional.  Then I keep going because I think someone’s right behind me.”

Excellent job done by Amesbury AD Glenn Gearin and his staff handling the parking and other logistical issues.

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Newburyport’s Katherine Sheehy and Annie Siemasko accept the first-place trophy

Girls start

Ellie Gay-Killeen (Triton) 3rd

Ellie Schulson (Newburyport) 4th

Phoebe Rubio (Pentucket) 5th

Lana Crosson (Masconomet) 6th

Lindsey Roberts (Newburyport) 7th

Ava Cote (Hamilton-Wenham) 8th

Jemma Shea (Hamilton-Wenham) 9th

Sarah Harrington (Triton) 10th

Boys start

Sam Acquaviva shows off the Woodsom Farm mud

Tyler Stranc (Triton) 3rd

Peter Lopata (Pentucket) 4th

Sebastian Gilligan (Masconomet) 5th

Dreese Fadil (Newburyport) 6th

Will Kenny (Manchester-Essex) 7th

John Astrofsky (Lynnfield) 8th

Cam Lasson (Newburyport) 9th

Keegan Ritchie (Triton) 10th

 

 

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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.

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

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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