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.

 

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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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Hamilton-Wenham rallies to defeat Triton 51-44 in season opener

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Max Zegarowski (14 points) defends Nick Venora (12 points)

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

Nolan Wilson (15 points) gave Triton trouble inside

(Byfield MA) Hamilton-Wenham went down by eleven in the first quarter but rallied back to defeat Triton, 51-44, in the season opener for both squads in the Cape Ann League on Tuesday night.

The Vikings shot well early and played the Generals even in the second half but had a nightmare segment in between.  Triton went from a 15-4 lead in the first quarter to a 29-17 deficit in the third quarter during just under twelve minutes of playing time.  Nine Vikings’ turnovers played a big part in the lengthy drought.

Newcomer Nolan Wilson (transfer from Landmark) paced HW with fifteen points.  Nolan is 6-5 and at least 200 pounds and Triton (with 6-4 Ellsworth Rogers injured) had trouble matching up.  The Generals seemed to look to get the ball inside on each possession.

Max Zegarowski finished with fourteen points.  The 6-5 sophomore nailed four 3’s in the Generals’ 25-2 surge.

Senior Cam Armand (13 points) keyed Triton’s fast start with ten points in the first quarter.

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Corey Parsons (15 points) eyes the hoop

Triton was down by twelve (29-17) early in the second half but Corey Parsons (15 points) and Nick Venora (12 points) carried the team to within four points in the final quarter.

Nikos Lara enabled the visitors to preserve their lead down the stretch with an old-fashioned 3-point play at the three-minute mark and minute later converting his own miss for a basket.

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) was solid playing point guard for HW.  The sophomore made a couple of quick drives to the basket in the first half.

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell in heavy traffic

Jimmy Campbell finished with six points but had at least five assists.  In the end game he was matched up on Triton’s Corey Parsons.

The Vikings Kevin Clark didn’t score any points but he did a pretty good job covering the Zegarowski brothers.

Both teams resume play on Friday night.  HW hosts Pentucket while Triton travels to North Reading.

Jimmy Campbell was a Cape Ann League first team All-Star last year.  Ellsworth Rogers, Cam Armand and Marcus Zegarowski were on the second team.

HW       7   15   13  15   51
Triton  15   2   13   14   44

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Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Marcus Zegarowski (11 points) launches a three

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Nikos Lara shoots in the lane

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

Kevin Clark defends Max Zegarowski

loose ball

loose ball

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Corey Parsons double-teamed by Nikos Lara and Max Zegarowski

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

Cam Armand (13 points) keyed the Vikings fast start

opening tip

opening tip

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

Ellsworth Rogers (blue sweater) watches

 

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Julian Dunn leads undefeated Newtown past Masuk 28-7

Julian Dunn crosses the goal line into the Connecticut state record book with his 48th touchdown reception

Julian Dunn crosses the goal line into the Connecticut state record book with his 48th touchdown reception

Julian Dunn gets his 49th touchdown reception

Julian Dunn gets his 49th touchdown reception

(Newtown CT) “Julian Dunn has done some amazing things for Newtown football,” said Nighthawks coach Steve George on Tuesday night after the game.

It’s probably a line that the NHS coach has used regularly when asked about the talented senior.

Julian was key to the Newtown victory over Masuk, 28-7, in the rescheduled Thanksgiving Eve game.

In the midst of a terrific catching/kicking/defending performance, Julian slipped into the Connecticut high school record book.  He entered the game tied with Aaron Hernandez (Bristol/Florida/Patriots) on the all-time list of touchdown catches with 47 but by game’s end had added two more to his total.  With at least one more game left, and possibly two, his totals could increase.

Julian Dunn picks off pass intended for Joe Capodagli

Julian Dunn picks off pass intended for Joe Capodagli

The final score in this game was very misleading.  At first glance you’d suspect that undefeated Newtown dominated 7-4 Masuk.  You would be wrong……….at least during the first half.  The second half?  All Newtown.

Because Newtown was in the South-West Conference championship game on Saturday, they only had a few days to get ready for Masuk.  The Panthers, on the other hand, had over a week.

“Joe Lato (Masuk head coach) is one of the best coaches in the state,” said Coach George.  “We knew he was going to have some funky stuff going on.”

Nick Dellapiano (7) sweeps right for 7-yard TD

Nick Dellapiano (7) sweeps right for 7-yard TD

And sure enough he did.  It seemed to me that Newtown spent most of the first half trying to figure out where to line up defensively against a variety of formations.  Underdog Masuk was not only able to move the ball but also overwhelmed the Nighthawks defensively with an assortment of blitzes.

Things got so bad that after one lengthy first-half Masuk drive, their fans began to chant, “Over-rated, Over-rated.”

Jacob Burden leaves at halftime with trainer

Jacob Burden leaves at halftime with trainer

In that dismal first half, Newtown QB Jacob Burden was sacked and injured.  Sophomore Justin Dunn came on and his first pass bounced off of the normally reliable hands of his brother Julian.  Things were that bad!

Masuk threatened to score in the first quarter but the drive petered out at the Newtown 19.

In the second quarter the Panthers took the lead.  A fake punt by Newtown failed and the visitors from Monroe had a short field to work with. The big play in the scoring drive was a nifty 25-yarder by quarterback Zach Kaufman.  Zach started left and then cut back across the middle of the field. Sophomore Nick Dellapiano finished the job for Masuk running a reverse to the right from seven yards out at 8:16.

Masuk coach Joe Lato

Masuk coach Joe Lato

The second half was a whole new ballgame!  Masuk’s 7-0 halftime lead vanished on Newtown’s first possession and the Nighthawks had answers for the Panthers “funky” formations thereafter.

Julian Dunn jumped ahead of Aaron Hernandez in TD receptions on that first series.  Julian lined up on the right and slanted into the middle.  His brother Justin’s pass hit him in full stride.  Julian (6-3/230) bounced off safety Bryan Acevedo for the 16-yard record-setting tally and the score was tied after the extra point.

With the score now tied, Masuk took a huge chance on 4th down deep in their own territory.  Coach Lato said afterwards that, “he saw the momentum changing and wanted to stop it.”  Keeping a drive alive at the Masuk 34 on a 4th-and-one seemed do-able after a great first half, but after a timeout, an inside run was stopped cold.

Newtown quickly capitalized on the field-position gift with a nice run by sophomore Hunter Cobb setting up the Nighthawks at the Masuk 10.  It wasn’t hard to figure out what would happen next: Julian Dunn slant over the middle.  Newtown was now up 14-7 with 6:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Nick Rubino (34) gets 13th touchdown

Nick Rubino (34) gets 13th touchdown

Masuk had bad field position most of the second half.  A short punt early in the final quarter, followed by a long Hunter Cobb run, had the Panthers on the Masuk doorstep.  Two straight runs by Nick Rubino got him into the end zone for his 13th TD of the season.

Worse field position set up another punt for Masuk on their next possession.  Senior Ethan Carpenter collected Bryan Acevedo’s punt at the Masuk 39 and shot straight up the wide-open middle.  He was instantly alone and ended up with two blockers nearby, with no one to block, as he streaked across the goal line.

Ethan’s TD was at 7:29 and put the Newtown at the final score of 28-7.

Running back Jaret DeVellis was in uniform for Newtown but didn’t play.  “Jaret could have played but we wanted to do the right thing with him and give his ankle more time to heal,” said Coach George.  I watched Jaret in pregame and, despite his best efforts, he still wasn’t running without limping.

QB Jacob Burden didn’t return after his injury to his non-throwing left shoulder in the second quarter.  “Jacob could have come back,” added Coach George.

Julian Dunn and Zach Kaufman after the game

Julian Dunn and Zach Kaufman after the game

Good to see the players from both teams interacting pleasantly after the game.

Coach George downplayed Julian’s record breaking by saying that, “the type of person he is is even more important as far as I’m concerned.”

Weather was cold but with no wind.

The impending snowstorm led to the game date change.  Coach George broke the news to his team afterwards that there wouldn’t be any school Wednesday.

I continue to be very impressed with the performances of the Newtown dance team and cheerleaders.  Their state-wide recognition is well deserved.

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Touchdown signaled

Touchdown signaled

halftime show

halftime show

Bryan Acevedo (3) and Ethan Carpenter (1) sky for a pass

Bryan Acevedo (3) and Ethan Carpenter (1) sky for a pass

Nick DeLorenzo (34) breaks free early

Nick DeLorenzo (34) breaks free early

Chris Lindquist

Chris Lindquist

Coach Steve George and Ethan Carpenter

Coach Steve George and Ethan Carpenter

Ethan Carpenter finishes a punt-return touchdown

Ethan Carpenter finishes a punt-return touchdown

jump ball

jump ball

Tim Krapf and Jake Lambert lower the boom on QB Zach Kaufman

Tim Krapf and Jake Lambert lower the boom on QB Zach Kaufman

Hunter Cobb (30) finds daylight

Hunter Cobb (30) finds daylight

Newtown defense makes crucial stop

Newtown defense makes crucial stop

 

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Georgetown beats Winthrop 2-0 and takes Division 4 North girls’ soccer title

Georgetown captains and Coach Colleen Gibbs with Division 4 North trophy

Georgetown captains and Coach Colleen Gibbs with Division 4 North trophy

Jen Migliaccio pops the ball over the onrushing goalie Poli Tsiotos

Jen Migliaccio pops the ball over the onrushing goalie Poli Tsiotos

(Lynn MA) Two second half goals gave the Georgetown girls soccer team all they needed to win the Division 4 North title defeating Winthrop on a cloudy/cold Sunday afternoon.

Senior Jen Migliaccio had an assist and a goal for the 11-5-6 Royals.  Jen was part of the 2011 team that also won the D4 North crown.

The Georgetown Royals girls’ soccer program has never won a state semi-finals game.  They’ll get the chance to correct that flaw in their history when they face South champ East Bridgewater on Wednesday night (5PM) at Manning Field.

East Bridgewater was the #1 seed in the South and sports an impressive 18-1-3 record.

Mollie Swanton chased by Holli Benson

Mollie Swanton chased by Holli Benson

Winthrop, out of the Northeast Conference, made the post-season tournament thanks to the Sullivan Rule.  But once in as the 16th seed, showed that they belonged bringing a six-game win streak to the title game with Georgetown.

The Vikings (10-10-2), however, were facing a team that had a winning record in the Cape Ann League and had a string going of three straight shutouts.

You knew something had to give and what did give, for a half, was runs to scoring position.  More passes were kicked out-of-bounds then connected to teammates on the field.

But one advantage that G’Town had, in my opinion, was speed.  Jen Killian, Cayla Durkee, and Mary Laut put game-long pressure on the Vikings’ defense with their speed.

Cayla Durkee moves in for a shot that produced the first Royals goal

Cayla Durkee moves in for a shot that produced the first Royals goal

That pressure paid off at 30:21 of the second half when junior Cayla Durkee took a pass from Jen Migliaccio and ran into space on her right.  Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos stayed back in the net and Cayla was able to pick the left corner on the ground to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later Poli made a remarkable save on a blast from straight away by Jen Killian.  I thought, at the time, that the save might be memorable if Winthrop came back to tie the score……..and they nearly did.

Senior GK Kaylie Sapienza ended up with a shutout but nearly was burned shortly after the big save by her counterpart.  How?  Amy Sena launched a high shot from the right at Kaylie.  It had the makings of a routine save but the ball went through the G’Town GK’s hands and right to the Vikings Holli Benson in close.  Holli shot quickly and the ball sailed over the top of the G’Town goal.  Very close to a tie game.

Junior Cayla Durkee

Junior Cayla Durkee

Royals’ coach Colleen Gibbs called both of her team’s goals, “smart goals.”  “Winthrop’s defense was very strong especially in the net,” said Coach Gibbs.  “Cayla couldn’t have placed that ball any better.”

Jen Migliaccio explained how she scored the second Georgetown goal.  “When I had the ball coming in (from the right) I wasn’t sure what the goalie would do.  If she stayed in net I’d go for the corner but she came out and I just popped it over her head.”

Jen’s goal gave the Royals a two-goal lead with 7:35 left.  The 4th straight shutout was preserved the rest of the way.

There was plenty of contact in this game.  Right away you could see that the Winthrop players were bigger than most of the Royals.  Many of the 50-50 balls ended up with someone on the ground.

I was very impressed with Amy Sena of Winthrop.  The senior was all over the field.  She may have taken at least ten throw-ins.

Nikki Tsiotos and Mary Laut tangle

Nikki Tsiotos and Mary Laut tangle

The hustle of GTown freshman Mary Laut was noticeable.  She had a bunch of runs down sidelines.  She was a big part of the pressure of speed on the Winthrop defense.

Georgetown had a win and a tie against North Division 3 champions Lynnfield in the Cape Ann League.

It I gave out “stars,” I would have given the #1 star to the Royals Jensena Moner.  The midfielder showed up in many of my pictures in different areas of the field.  Jensena was sent flying by several Vikings including one time onto the surrounding track.  Each time she got up, and played on often dribbling into openings or passing to teammates.

Both teams were smart enough to go to their locker rooms during halftime.  The rest of us had to spend ten chilling minutes coveting a warm place.

I saw Jen Migliaccio play on the 2011 Georgetown team.  At first sight I was sure that she had to be Nicoline Holland’s little sister.

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Jen Migliaccio gets in close in the first half

Jen Migliaccio gets in close in the first half

Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos

Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos

Georgetown GK Kaylie Sapienza

Georgetown GK Kaylie Sapienza

Winthrop captains and Coach Tracey Martucci with runnerup trophy

Winthrop captains and Coach Tracey Martucci with runnerup trophy

Amy Sena

Amy Sena

Nicole Hogan

Nicole Hogan

Heidi Benson and Jensena Moner on the run

Heidi Benson and Jensena Moner on the run

Mackenzie Chiudini gets a yellow card

Mackenzie Chiudini gets a yellow card

Cayla Durkee near miss in first half

Cayla Durkee near miss in first half

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Lincoln-Sudbury wins D1 North girls’ soccer finals 1-0 over Chelmsford

Lincoln-Sudbury captains and coaches with Division 1 North trophy

Lincoln-Sudbury captains and coaches with Division 1 North trophy

Freshman Izzy Ross netted game-winner

Freshman Izzy Ross netted game-winner

(Lynn MA) With forty seconds left in the first half freshman Izzy Ross was presented with a golden opportunity.  The Chelmsford goalie was down, the ball was at her feet, and half the net was uncovered.

“I just tried to focus on the goal,” said Izzy afterwards recalling the setup and the score that enabled Lincoln-Sudbury to oust Chelmsford, 1-0, and give the Warriors the Division 1 North girls’ soccer title.

Lincoln-Sudbury will face Whitman-Hanson in the D1 state semi-finals on Tuesday night (5PM) at Manning Field in Lynn.

Scoring goals on Chelmsford (14-4-4) has taken some doing all season.  The Lions had given up just four goals going into the game with LS including shutouts in their last seven games.

“We knew that they had a great defense,” said LS coach Kate Berry.  “We worked a lot on crossing and finishing.  We wanted to make sure we got in front of the goal.”

That they did on the decisive goal.  In the last minute, sophomore Jenna Barnes dribbled free on the right side and had defender Mary Lupoli and CHS goalie Claire Markey in front of her.  Instead of taking the shot, Jenna kicked the ball across the front of the net.  LS junior Emily Gorman broke down the middle and GK Claire Markey slid over to cover her.  The ball, however, went past both of them to Izzy Ross who got to the front of the net and converted the dream setup.chls A3 goal 1chls A4 goal 2chls A5 goal 3chls A6 goal 4chls A7 goal 5chls A8 goal 6chls A9 goal 7

Chelmsford had scored thirty-six goals during the season and they had three golden chances against Lincoln-Sudbury.

Caitlyn McCabe and Caleigh Simons

Caitlyn McCabe and Caleigh Simons

In the first half (8:00), Caitlyn McCabe sent a rocket from the left toward the goal.  Warriors’ goalie Caroline Fahey had the shot in her sights.  Junior Ellie Paolucci, however, flew in from the right and just missed tipping Caitlyn’s shot past the LS goalie.

In the second half (20:34), Caitlyn McCabe launched another fast-moving shot from the left.  This shot sailed over GK Caroline Fahey and glanced off the crossbar.  “I’ve developed a great relationship with the crossbar,” joked Caroline afterwards.

The third Chelmsford near-miss was described by Warriors coach Kate Berry as “the play of the game.”  At 17:20, Ellie Paolucci from the right put a long pass on the foot of teammate Patricia Blumeris in the middle.  Patricia redirected the ball but right to GK Fahey who had moved out from the goal.  “It was an amazing save,” said Coach Berry.

For the second straight playoff win, LS was able to keep the ball in the opponent’s end of the field in the closing minutes.

incoming

incoming

I was impressed with the soccer skills of both teams.  Their ability to control the ball in tight spaces was excellent.

Lincoln-Sudbury’s only state title was in 2003 when they ended Winchester’s 41-game win streak to do it.

The Gatorade bath was all set up for Coach Berry during the celebration afterwards.  However, Warriors’ senior Hannah Rosenblatt nixed the idea saying that they should wait until two games from now.  That would be to celebrate the state title on Saturday at WPI.

It was a cold night for sure.  The good news was that there wasn’t any wind.

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shot off crossbar

shot off crossbar

Ellie Paolucci

Ellie Paolucci

Chelmsford captains

Chelmsford captains

corner kick

corner kick

Jenna King and Michelle Materna

Jenna King and Michelle Materna

Mary Lupoli

Mary Lupoli

Chelmsford GK Claire Markey

Chelmsford GK Claire Markey

Jenny Crowell

Jenny Crowell

Jenna Barnes - Big goal vs Central Catholic - Big assist vs Chelmsford

Jenna Barnes – Big goal vs Central Catholic – Big assist vs Chelmsford

 

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Pingree cruises to 9-1 win over Marianapolis in NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

(Hamilton MA) Pingree overwhelmed Marianapolis, 9-1, in the NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals on a cloudy/sunny Wednesday afternoon.

Hat tricks by Charlotte Esty and Hannah Lejeune powered the Highlanders to their 13th straight victory and a matchup with Lexington Christian Academy at home on Saturday.

Today’s rout is a game Marianapolis will want to forget as quickly as possible. The highlight of Knights’ season was this past Saturday when they edged rival Wheeler, 1-0, to win the SENE tournament at home in Thompson, Connecticut in front of a large crowd .

In this one the Highlanders had only two goals after thirty minutes of the first half but added a killer goal in the final thirty seconds to take a more formidable, 3-0, halftime lead.

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

On that decisive third goal, with time running out, Pingree launched a long shot at Marianapolis goalie Jordan Desaulnier.  Jordan was unable to hold onto the ball and hustling Taylor Landers drove the rebound into the net.

Pingree returned from halftime and added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half in a dominating performance.  The rest of the way was hugs and happy faces for the home team.

The Highlanders (15-1-1) played Lexington Christian Academy during the regular season but this time it will be the Class C semi-finals on Saturday at home.  The Highlanders defeated LCA, 3-1, in September.  Junior Charlotte Esty had the hat trick for Pingree in that one.

The Knights did get a goal five minutes into the second half after a scramble in front of the Pingree net resulted in the ball getting behind Highlanders GK Nicole Khachadourian.  Freshman Sage Auger was credited with the score.

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

A key to the Pingree win was containing junior Caroline Soucy.  Caroline, formerly of nearby Ipswich, had a record-setting (40 goals) season but on this day could never get the ball with time and space.  That time-and-space thing was not a problem for Pingree.  The combination of speed, dribbling ability, and unselfish teammates created openings for various Highlanders all afternoon.

Kerri Zerfoss (going to Northeastern) was trouble for Marianapolis every time she controlled the ball.  I saw her score one goal (Pingree’s first) but someone with better eyes than mine said she had a second as well.

The #2 seed Highlanders are the defending Class C champions.  They will need to win two more games to get there again.

loose ball in the box

loose ball in the box

Marianapolis (18-4-1) brought several busloads of students and they were quickly into the, “I believe that we will win,” chant.

Both teams were undefeated in their leagues this season.

The bottom-line difference between the two teams was Pingree’s ability to maneuver into high percentage scoring opportunities.  On the other hand, the Highlanders’ defense allowed little.

Freshman Hannah Lejeune converted a header in a crowd on an assist by Charlotte Esty.  Charlotte recorded her 100th point during this game.

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long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

freshman Hannah Lejeune

freshman Hannah Lejeune

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

senior Elizabeth Sisko

senior Elizabeth Sisko

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Megan Foye takes a spill

Megan Foye takes a spill

Kerri Zerfoss

Kerri Zerfoss

last run for Marianapolis

last run for Marianapolis

 

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Lincoln-Sudbury girls defeat Central Catholic 1-0 to reach D1 North soccer finals

Sophomore Jenna Barnes (10) scored the only goal of the game assisted by senior  Hannah Rosenblatt (17)

Sophomore Jenna Barnes (10) scored the only goal of the game assisted by senior Hannah Rosenblatt (17)

The Warriors rush to celebrate semi-final win

The Warriors rush to celebrate semi-final win

(Lynn MA) The third time was the charm for the Lincoln-Sudbury girls’ soccer team.

After being knocked out of the Division 1 North tournament two straight years by Central Catholic, the Warriors found revenge with an exciting, 1-0, win on a tropical (for November) Tuesday afternoon.

The victory on Veterans Day puts LS in the D1 North finals on Saturday afternoon (4:15 PM) versus Chelmsford.

Chelmsford may have done Lincoln-Sudbury a huge favor by defeating #1 seed Acton-Boxboro in today’s other D1 North semifinal.  Why?  LS played AB twice in the Dual County League and lost both times.

The Warriors (16-3-1) scored early (34:20) in the first half and played just enough defense the rest of the way to get the job done.

Senior Hannah Rosenblatt dribbled through traffic from her left and found teammate Jenna Barnes in the middle.  Jenna side-stepped one defender for a clean look beating CC goalie Amanda Fay to Amanda’s right.

I asked Jenna about the goal afterwards.  She confessed/laughed that the shot was a “toe ball but that she’d still take it.”

This is the picture sequence of the LS goal:lice A4 Hannah Rosenblatt (17) in heavy Central Catholic trafficlice A5 Hannah Rosenblatt passes into the middle to Jenna Barneslice A6 Jenna Barnes cuts back on Nicole Wiggins to open spacelice A3 Jenna Barnes (10) launches the game winner

That that one goal held up was a surprise to me because both teams were skilled and fast.

Central Catholic (11-5-4) was led on the attack by freshman Elayna Grillakis.  Elayna had the speed to really pressure the LS defense.  “Our defense was terrific in recovery,” said LS goalie Caroline Fahey afterwards.

The best of the CC chances was in the first half with about six minutes left.  Elayna broke down the left sidestepping both Jenna King and Emma Garrett to get in on Caroline Fahey.  Caroline slid into a block and deflected the ball away from Elayna at the last second.

Here is the picture sequence of Elayna’s break in: lice A10 Elayna Grillakis in on LS goalie Caroline Faheylice A11 GK Caroline Fay slides to blocklice A12 ball loose

The Raiders Jenna Martin had several collisions with the LS goalie chasing balls lobbed into the box but couldn’t put on a finishing touch.

Hannah Rosenblatt shadowed by Sarah Regan

Hannah Rosenblatt shadowed by Sarah Regan

Hannah Rosenblatt was shadowed by Sarah Regan.

Central Catholic had an incredible number of throw-ins because of the pressure they put on the outside lanes.

Hannah Rosenblatt drilled a long direct kick but it was right at CC goalie Amanda Fay in the second half.

Who ever heard of November weather in the upper 60’s?  Next week only six states are supposed to avoid snowfall!

One of the referees arrived late.

Lincoln-Sudbury has qualified for the post-season in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

(This is a blog so if any of the information is incorrect, please let me know.)

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

Izzy Ross (2) well set up in the second half

Izzy Ross (2) well set up in the second half

Jenna King (11) closes on constant threat Elayna Grillakis (12)

Jenna King (11) closes on constant threat Elayna Grillakis (12)

Heavy traffic in front of Warriors goal

Heavy traffic in front of Warriors goal

Hannah Rosenblatt

Hannah Rosenblatt

LS coach Kate Berry

LS coach Kate Berry

Jenna Barnes

Jenna Barnes

Erin Dwinell

Erin Dwinell

Danielle Cicolina (15) and Izzy Ross (2)

Danielle Cicolina (15) and Izzy Ross (2)

Caroline Fahey

Caroline Fahey

Jenny Crowell (6) and Ashley Raphael (17)

Jenny Crowell (6) and Ashley Raphael (17)

Amanda Fay

Amanda Fay

Alessandra Sadler

Alessandra Sadler

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