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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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Hamilton-Wenham wins tie breaker in 2014 EMass Division 5 XC over Newburyport

Nick Carleo cruises home with the D5 title by 44 seconds

Nick Carleo cruises home with the D5 title by 44 seconds

(Wrentham MA) Senior Jack Blatchford turned out to be the key runner for Hamilton-Wenham at Saturday’s EMass Division 5 Cross Country Championships.

Jack finished 40th but after the totals of the first five runners for both HW and Newburyport were 72 the cross country tie-breaker kicked in.

What is that tie-breaker, you ask?  The matchup between both teams’ 6th runner.  On this sunny morning it meant that Jack Blatchford’s 40th place finish bested Newburyport’s Jackson Kesley’s 61th place finish and gave the Generals the EMass D5 Boys’ title.

xc A11 D5 Boys initial totalsWhen the results of D5 Boys was first posted at Wrentham they reported that HW had won, 68-69.  They also posted the list of finishers.  Some untrusting soul decided to add up the totals for themselves and realized that the closing totals should have been, 72-72.  Somewhere I recall a math teacher in my past telling me to check my work!

Newburyport’s Nick Carleo departed from the D5 pack in the first 100 yards and ended up with a 44 second lead over Pentucket’s Alex Demeule when the 5K was over.

Nick will be running in the Division 2 championship on Saturday at Franklin Park.  There will be challengers to push him in that event.

Getting back to the tie between HW and Newburyport.  Watch the battle for 4th place between HW senior Mike Allara and Clippers sophomore Jack Carleo down the stretch.  If that battle ends differently the outcome is different.  You have to remember that in team results no one person ever loses it for their team.  Too many other variables that could have changed things…..but it was exciting.  xc A4 D5 battle for 4th Michael Allara (1672) and Jack Carleo (1723)xc A5 Battle 2xc A6 Battle 3xc A7 Battle 4

Hamilton-Wenham swept boys and girls in D5 while another Cape Ann League team (Manchester-Essex) did the same thing in Division 6.  Expect the CAL to do very well in the Division 2 championships.

Official results from XC EMass championships

(This blog is easily edited.  If I have made a mistake (spelin) let me know.)

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Jeanine Zheng

Jeanine Zheng

Pat McCue (223), Patrick Guinee (380), Cameron Holley (381)

Pat McCue (223), Patrick Guinee (380), Cameron Holley (381)

Nick Carleo smiles after race

Nick Carleo smiles after race

Maddie Quigley (Triton) with lead pack

Maddie Quigley (Triton) with lead pack

Peter Conway

Peter Conway

Joe Molvar

Joe Molvar

Emily Weigand (5th in D5)

Emily Weigand (5th in D5)

Vivian Burke (653)

Vivian Burke (653)

Maria Sterling

Maria Sterling

Kristen Mackie (Newburyport) and Bella Doyle (Pentucket)

Kristen Mackie (Newburyport) and Bella Doyle (Pentucket)

Alex Demeule finished 2nd in D5

Alex Demeule finished 2nd in D5

Nick Carleo with big lead at the finish

Nick Carleo with big lead at the finish

Colin Brennan (Triton), Mark Landergan (Newburyport), Drew Capener (Pentucket)

Colin Brennan (Triton), Mark Landergan (Newburyport), Drew Capener (Pentucket)

 

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Strong first half gets Ipswich past Manchester Essex 4-1 in girls soccer

Katie Monahan goes down after firing a shot that became the second Ipswich goal.

Katie Monahan goes down after firing a shot that became the second Ipswich goal.

Sydney Law (#17) had two goals for the Tigers

Sydney Law (#17) had two goals for the Tigers

(Ipswich MA) Manchester Essex was the better team over the final thirty minutes.

However, the first fifty minutes belonged to Ipswich as their girls soccer team downed the Hornets, 4-1, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Cape Ann League Division 2 action.

Ipswich (2-0-2) pressured ME so much in the first half that their goalkeeper (Hannah Lynch) never touched the ball.

Meanwhile, the Tigers tallied three times in the first half, twice by sophomore Sydney Law and once by senior Katie Monahan.  Two of the Ipswich scores came in the last two minutes of the first half.

Deven Smith breaks in early in the second half

Devin Smith breaks in early in the second half

Devin Smith added a fourth IHS goal at 32:20 of the second half.

The rest of the way the Hornets carried the play getting a goal from Bridgett Kiernan six minutes later.

The visitors came close several times in the second half but the Ipswich defense had answers when they needed them.

Manchester Essex (0-3-1) lost most of the one-on-one battles in the first half.  The Tigers, however, had trouble stringing passes together so their scoring chances were good but not great.

Bridgett Kiernan scored the ME goal with a header

Bridgett Kiernan scored the ME goal with a header

That changed when Ipswich coach Nancy Waddell put in fresh legs after the first ten minutes.  Sophomore Sydney Law was one of the new entrants.  An Ipswich throw-in led to a good shot and a juicy rebound that Sydney drove home at 29:22.

You thought more goals would come quickly but they didn’t thanks to the ME defense led by Kelly Moore.

However, late in the half, senior Katie Monahan drilled a shot past GK Aisling Batchelder’s left.

Not long after Katie’s second goal of the season, Sydney Law registered a her second goal of the half.  This time Sydney broke into open space to get off a shot.  The shot was blocked but Sydney put home the rebound.

Those goals gave Ipswich a 3-0 lead after a half.

Devin Smith broke in on the left, in the first part of the second half.  The senior ripped a shot high and hard that the ME GK had no chance on.

Kelly Moore, Aisling Batchelder, and Emily Folan eye a corner kick

Kelly Moore, Aisling Batchelder, and Emily Folan eye a corner kick

Give credit to the Hornets.  Now down, 4-0, they started to play better.  The key?  They made their short passing game work.  Instead of kicking the ball hard to no one in particular, they began to find teammates.  (It was fun to watch.)

The Hornets were able to get into the Tigers side of the field with some frequency and turn up some scoring chances.

Freshman Bridgett Kiernan picked up the lone ME goal by being in the right place at the right time.  Senior Sarah Lewiecki launched a long shot from the right that was deflected to the far post.  Bridgett was parked in the area and headed home the rebound.

Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch catches a Hornet shot in traffic

Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch catches a Hornet shot in traffic

The Hornets put on pressure the rest of the way but couldn’t get a second goal.

I was impressed with the defensive work of ME’s Kelly Moore.  The senior kept things from getting much worse in the first half by clearing away numerous Ipswich scoring chances.

Sydney Law also caught my eye.  Besides being tireless, the sophomore has the skills to create openings for herself.  She should score a lot of goals in 2013.

The Tigers next opponent will be a very good Lynnfield Pioneers team.  Ipswich will start the game in Lynnfield at 3:45PM on Thursday.

The Hornets will host Georgetown on the same day at the same time.

Sophie Marsh and Hornet GK Aisling Batchelder eye a loose ball

Sophie Marsh and Hornet GK Aisling Batchelder eye a loose ball

The Tigers (11-5-7 in 2012) are looking to make the state tournament for the fifth straight year.  They have been 44-21-20 during the last four seasons.

The Hornets (2-15-1 in 2012) are looking to qualify for the tournament for the first time in seven years.

Tigers coach Nancy Waddell told me that former Ipswich soccer star Courtney Long is at Gettysburg.  Courtney was a girl with a shot.

The Tigers had only scored a total of two goals (Emily Evans and Katie Monahan) in the first three games.  Coach Waddell was a goal scorer at Princeton and she told me that more than a few people have asked her why she can’t develop scorers.  She may have one in Sydney Law.

The weather was terrific……sunny and in the high 60s.

Thanks to both teams for providing me with rosters.

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action in front of the ME goal

action in front of the ME goal

Emily Evans tries to escape Sarah Lewiecki and Megan Clark

Emily Evans tries to escape Sarah Lewiecki and Megan Clark

Sydney Law and Phoebe Biggar

Sydney Law and Phoebe Biggar

Emily Brengle and Sydney Law try to contain Bridgett Kiernan

Emily Brengle and Sydney Law try to contain Bridgett Kiernan

Maria Balzer

Maria Balzer

Sarah Wallis and Sydney Christopher

Sarah Wallis and Sydney Christopher

Sarah Lewiecki

Sarah Lewiecki

Hannah Lynch

Hannah Lynch

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Manchester-Essex Ousted by Undefeated Cohasset 50-40 in D4 Championship

Meredith Kelly (19 points) defends Lizzy Ball (14 points) in the key matchup of the game.

(Boston) Meredith Kelly led Cohasset (25-0) to the Division 4 title on Tuesday afternoon at the TD Garden as the Skippers defeated Manchester-Essex (13-13), 50-40.

Meredith led all scorers with nineteen points but that was only half the story.  The defensive job she did on ME’s main scoring threat, Lizzy Ball, was the game decider.

Lizzy ended up with fourteen points but they’ll be the hardest points she’s ever gotten.  She made six free throws (6-for-8) but only 3-of-18 from the floor and nothing (0-for-3) from long range.  Credit Meredith and the Skipper help defense, which stepped in when Lizzy broke free.

The final score in this one is misleading.  The Hornets were very much in contention (trailing only 15-14) with 5 ½ minutes left in the first half.  Julia Martz (11 points) had eight of those points in what looked like anyone’s game.

However, ME’s chances slipped through the cracks over the next 7 ½ minutes of playing time, stretching into the second half.  The Hornets came up pointless in the next fourteen possessions while the Skippers produced twelve points over the same span.

Seven turnovers by the Hornets during that scoreless segment were the chief contributors to the resulting 27-14 deficit 2 ½ minutes into the second half.  ME would carry that double-digit deficit for the rest of the game.

Undefeated Cohasset (25-0) poses with D4 championship trophy

Cohasset had the senior leadership with the lead to be patient on offense and used the clock.  They settled for high percentage shots (their last six baskets were layups) and prevented ME from getting into any kind of comeback rush.

The final score is also misleading since ME scored the last seven points of the game over the last three minutes after Cohasset had turned things over to its reserves.

I saw St. Mary’s of Lynn defend Pentucket star Erin McNamara out of her normal game in the D3 North tournament (held to 9 points after averaging 20) but have teammates pick up the slack and carry the Sachems to victory.  Lizzy Ball faced the same defensive situation versus Cohasset, but on this day, the talented junior found teammate help wanting.

Samantha Christopher, Alicia Volpe, and Lizzy Ball watch the closing seconds from the bench

( All stats are unofficial. )

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