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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.

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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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Masco runs streak to four with 15-14 win over Triton

Josh Anderson (47) brings down Lewi L'Heureux to finish the game

Josh Anderson (47) brings down Lewi L’Heureux to finish the game

Time left on the clock when the game resumed

Time left on the clock when the game resumed

(Byfield MA) Josh Anderson of Masco stopped one Triton drive with a fumble recovery and ended the game by tracking down elusive Vikings’ QB Lewi L’Heureux.

Josh’s heroics on Saturday night were part of the resumed ten minutes of the Cape Ann League matchup.  The night before thunder/lightning put an immediate halt to the game with over ten minutes still left.

Triton (5-2) started the resumed play with the wind in its face and a 4th down on their own ten yard-line.  A gutsy pass play worked between Lewi L’Heureux and Tom Lapham to extend the possession for the Vikings.

In that extended possession, however, Lewi L’Heureux fumbled the exchange and senior Josh Anderson made the recovery.

Tim Beliveau (23) followed excellent blocking for two first downs late in the game.

Tim Beliveau (23) followed excellent blocking for two first downs late in the game.

Masconomet (5-2) followed with several clock-killing first downs aided by a nice scramble by QB Declan Judge and some well-blocked runs by Tim Beliveau.

Triton did get the ball back on downs in the last minute but the combo of wind and Masco’s prevent defense would not allow the home team to get out of the own end.

The game concluded with Lewi L’Heureux scrambling left and then right before Josh Anderson caught up to him and ended the contest.

I was impressed by the number of folks who came out on a cold/windy night to watch ten minutes of football.  The final ten minutes lasted only twenty minutes.

Will Hanson (28) chases Tom Lapham out of bounds

Will Hanson (28) chases Tom Lapham out of bounds

The Chieftains have now won four straight.

Hard to figure: Masco loses to Newburyport and defeats North Reading while Triton defeats Newburyport and loses to North Reading.

Masconomet was 4-7 in 2015.

Last season Triton topped Masco by a point.

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Triton QB Lewi L'Heureux runs for his life on the last play of the game.

Triton QB Lewi L’Heureux runs for his life on the last play of the game.

The celebrating begins for Masconomet

The celebrating begins for Masconomet

Tom Lapham gets a first down in front of Masco's Danny Monagle

Tom Lapham gets a first down in front of Masco’s Danny Monagle

Ball on the ground with Josh Anderson (47) set to recover

Ball on the ground with Josh Anderson (47) set to recover

Ball on the way to Danny Monagle (10) with Lewi L'Heureux defending

Ball on the way to Danny Monagle (10) with Lewi L’Heureux defending

Declan Judge (11) breaks away from John Falasca (75)

Declan Judge (11) breaks away from John Falasca (75)

Tim Beliveau (23) heads up the middle

Tim Beliveau (23) heads up the middle

Lewi L'Heureux (19) gets great protection from Kenny Shute (59), John Falasca (72), and Jack McCarthy (58).

Lewi L’Heureux (19) gets great protection from Kenny Shute (59), John Falasca (72), and Jack McCarthy (58).

 

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Paige Amyouny (23 points) stars in Masco’s 45-27 win over Pentucket

Paige Amyouny, here guarded by Maddi Doyle, had almost everything to do with Masco's win over Pentucket

Paige Amyouny, here guarded by Maddi Doyle, had almost everything to do with Masco’s win over Pentucket

Pentucket had 32 turnovers including this one.

Pentucket had 32 turnovers including this one.

(Topsfield MA) Sophomore Paige Amyouny (23 points/8 rebounds/5 steals) was awesome everywhere leading Masconomet to a surprisingly easy 45-27 win over Pentucket on Sunday afternoon.

There was plenty of in-your-shirt defense all over the court but on this rainy afternoon it was Pentucket that flinched recording a stunning thirty-two turnovers by my count.

In a 32-minute game that was too many miscues to overcome even for the previously undefeated Sachems (7-1).

Masco (5-3) never trailed. The Chieftains were much better in the offensive end with Paige handling in almost every possession. They did have their own troubles with the ball (24 turnovers) but they had enough productive possessions to pull away early from the less-productive visitors.

Masco triple team

Masco triple team

In a low-scoring game, Masco’s six points in the last minute of the first quarter (two layups Paige, one by Kailey Crothers) were big as they put the Chieftains ahead, 14-7.

Pentucket was still within comeback range (19-12) with just under three minutes left in the second quarter.

The next ten minutes of playing time, extending into the third quarter, did in the Sachems. Masco outscored the visitors, 13-1, and the hopes of staying competitive vanished. Pentucket had eight turnovers and one Carolyn Modlish free throw to show for the disastrous segment.

The 32-13 score didn’t lessen the defensive pressure by either team no matter what players came into the action.

The rest of the way Pentucket did get 3-pointers from Bella Doyle, Maddi Doyle, and Jess Galvin but eight of ten free throws by Masco kept the lead from shrinking very much.

This was my first look this season at either team. I could really see the value of a go-to player. Masco had Paige and Pentucket does not have that player yet. A year ago, Kelsi McNamara would dribble well against pressure, make shots, and get to the foul line. With Kelsi at St. Joseph’s in Standish (ME) the Sachems have to find a replacement when they face the strong defensive teams ahead.

Pentucket block by Jilliam Hegarty

Pentucket block by Jilliam Hegarty

I appreciated getting a stat sheet from Masco GB website director Andy Tapparo.

Stephanie Mini was unavailable for this game.

Kailey Crothers had eight rebounds for the Chieftains.

Next for Pentucket is an away game at Georgetown on Tuesday. On the same night Masco is at Amesbury.

The non-stop energy on the court is this game is certainly no surprise with the non-stop energy exhibited by the two coaches; John McNamara and Bob Romeo.

Masco boxscore

Pentucket boxscore

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Lily Polakiewicz draws two defenders

Lily Polakiewicz draws two defenders

Long afternoon on the Pentucket sidelines

Long afternoon on the Pentucket sidelines

Kailey Crothers guarded by Taylor Moore and Riley Holden

Kailey Crothers guarded by Taylor Moore and Riley Holden

Boo Torrisi covered by Paige Amyouny

Boo Torrisi covered by Paige Amyouny

Game on!

Game on!

Bella Doyle (#14) on the move

Bella Doyle (#14) on the move

Lily Polakiewicz heavily defended

Lily Polakiewicz heavily defended

Taylor Moore guards Paige Amyouny

Taylor Moore guards Paige Amyouny

 

 

 

 

 

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Manchester-Essex (girls) and Masco (boys) win Cape Ann League XC championships

Masconomet captains with 2015 championship plaque

Masconomet captains with 2015 championship plaque

Manchester-Essex: 2015 Cape Ann League cross country champions

Manchester-Essex: 2015 Cape Ann League cross country champions

Maddie Quigley (Triton) finishes first

Maddie Quigley (Triton) finishes first

(Topsfield MA) The Manchester-Essex girls and the Masconomet boys came out winners at the Cape Ann League cross country championships held Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park.

Maddie Quigley (Triton) and Joe Molvar (Newburyport) were the top finishers in each division.

The ME girls edged arch-rival Hamilton-Wenham in several head-to-head races within the race to get the title, 40-50. During the regular season HW got by ME by a one slim point to keep their dual-meet streak (129 straight) alive.

The Masco boys had too much depth for the rest of the CAL field. Newburyport took the top two spots (Joe Molvar and Jack Carleo) but the Chieftains still won, 60-73. Masco’s Daniel Cosgrove finished third.

Senior Maddie Quigley was behind fast-starting Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) for part of the race but had a good lead over Eve Feuerbach (ME) at the finish. Maddie finished 7th in 2014.

Joe Molvar near the finish

Joe Molvar near the finish

Senior Joe Molvar trailed teammate Jack Carleo for part of the boys’ race but also ended up with a commanding lead over his Clippers’ teammate at the end.

An important last-second rally by ME’s Holly Fossa got her past HW’s Olivia Horgan and into sixth place.

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Boys top finishers

Boys top finishers

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar

HW coach Steve Sawyer gets "special" award

HW coach Steve Sawyer gets “special” award

Maddie Quigley comes forward to get award afterwards

Maddie Quigley comes forward to get award afterwards

Grace Sousa (Georgetown) 10th

Grace Sousa (Georgetown) 10th

Girls top finishers

Girls top finishers

Jack Carleo (Newburyport) 2nd

Jack Carleo (Newburyport) 2nd

Daniel Cosgrove (Masco) 3rd

Daniel Cosgrove (Masco) 3rd

Eve Feuerbach (ME) 2nd

Eve Feuerbach (ME) 2nd

Grace Moroney (HW) 4th

Grace Moroney (HW) 4th

Evelyn Lantz (ME) 5th, Olivia Horgan (HW) 7th, Holly Fossa (ME) 6th

Evelyn Lantz (ME) 5th, Olivia Horgan (HW) 7th, Holly Fossa (ME) 6th

Hailee Gibadlo (Amesbury) 9th

Hailee Gibadlo (Amesbury) 9th

Chris Chabot (Amesbury) won the boys JV title

Chris Chabot (Amesbury) won the boys JV title

Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) 10th

Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) 10th

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Strong second half gets Masco a win over Newburyport 59-33

Emily Pettigrew saw plenty of Masco defense

Emily Pettigrew saw plenty of Masco defense

Meghan Collins had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals for the Lady Chieftains

Meghan Collins had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals for the Lady Chieftains

(Newburyport MA) Masconomet ran away from Newburyport in the second half and defeated the Clippers, 59-33, on Friday night in Cape Ann League play.

The Newburyport (0-2) deficit was only six (22-16) after junior Emily Pettigrew (16 points) broke free thanks to a nice pass by Shelby O’Brien early in the third quarter.  However, consecutive three’s by senior Lauren Sorel (13 points) sent the Lady Chieftains off on a 24-6 run that stretched into the final quarter.  Senior Meghan Collins (18 points) added nine points in the breakaway segment.

Newburyport was hurt badly by turnovers……twenty-two by my count.  At least half of the TO’s were unforced.

The Clippers wanted to get Emily Pettigrew (6′) as many touches as possible.  Emily had 24 points in the Clippers opening game loss to North Reading.  Masco’s Kate Kitsakos (16 points) covered Emily tightly and, despite giving away five inches, made passes inside difficult.

Meghan Collins (First team CAL All-Star last year) had a terrific second half for Masco.  Meghan had twelve points in the final quarter hitting from long range and driving to the basket.  The 5-7 senior guard also collected twelve rebounds for the Lady Chieftains.

Neither team played very well in the first half.  Masco (1-1) led 18-13 but had eight turnovers.  The Clippers had eight turnovers in just the first quarter and struggled to run offense that would turn up high-percentage shots.

Lauren Sorel (13 points) had 3 more 3-pointers for Masco

Lauren Sorel (13 points) had 3 more 3-pointers for Masco

Masco continued with the solid man-to-man defense in the second half and when their shots started falling the Clippers were doomed.  Masco’s good outside shooting forced the home team to expand their defense opening up drives to the basket for the visitors.  Meghan Collins and Kate Kitsakos were quick to take advantage.  The Lady Chieftains ended up with twenty-eight points in the paint.

Meghan Collins found foul trouble in Masco’s loss in their opener to Pentucket but not this time.  Teammate Stephanie Mini had three fouls in the first half versus Newburyport and saw her playing time limited as a result.

Both teams were underwhelming at the free throw line.  NHS was 9-for-19 while Masco was 6-for-16.

Emily Pettigrew (16 points) drives on Kailey Crothers

Emily Pettigrew (16 points) drives on Kailey Crothers

Lauren Sorel clicked three times from long range against Pentucket and Newburyport.  Someone better start yelling, “Shooter!” when she gets the ball.

Thanks to Andy Tapparo, who runs the Masco Girls Basketball website, for help with statistics.

Next game for Masco is home on Monday against Triton.  Newburyport will be on the road versus undefeated Pentucket on the same evening.

The Clippers of Coach Gregg Dollas were 13-7 last season while Bob Romeo’s Lady Chieftains were 21-2.

 

Newburyport box

Masconomet box

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Stephanie Mini gets to the basket

Stephanie Mini gets to the basket

Morgan Johnston and Lauren Sorel (13 points) look for a rebound

Morgan Johnston and Lauren Sorel (13 points) look for a rebound

Kate Kitsakos (16 points) looks to shoot over Emily Pettigrew

Kate Kitsakos (16 points) looks to shoot over Emily Pettigrew

Olivia Olson gets fouled by Mary Erb

Olivia Olson gets fouled by Mary Erb

Amy Fogarty drives the lane

Amy Fogarty drives the lane

in bounds play

in bounds play

 

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2014 Cape Ann League All-Star softball team (pictures)

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Autumn Kligerman

Autumn Kligerman

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

Hannah Travers (#20)

Hannah Travers (#20)

Paige Zeval

Paige Zeval

Julianna Kostas

Julianna Kostas

Alex Mendelsohn

Alex Mendelsohn

Kylie Currier

Kylie Currier

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Ashley Hodge

Ashley Hodge

Catcher Sophia Warner

Catcher Sophia Warner

Kassidy Kennefick

Kassidy Kennefick

Maddie Binding

Maddie Binding

Kayla Parisi

Kayla Parisi

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

(Annika Han, Melanie Carter, and Jackilyn Murphy also made the team.)

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2014 Cape Ann League All-League softball team (pictures)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Carolyn Lynch

Carolyn Lynch

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly

Carley Siemasko

Carley Siemasko

Cassidy Gaeta

Cassidy Gaeta

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Tyler Feeney

Tyler Feeney

Hannah Lorden

Hannah Lorden

Jess Collins

Jess Collins

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

(Jackie Whelan of Lynnfield also made the CAL 2014 All-League team.)

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