Boston High School: Boston Latin
Attleboro's inconsistent form has dropped the Bombardiers out of the top 20 along with Nauset, Somerville, and Westborough. Amherst, which is now 5-0 on the season, has moved into the No. 13 spot, while Milford, Braintree, and Wachusett have all earned spots in the Top 20.
There is a very close race for the final few spots in the top 20 with unbeaten teams like Duxbury and Boston Latin sitting in the last 10 out and several teams, such as the four that moved out of the rankings this week, that have the potential to make a charge up the standings if they can find a run of good results.
For this week's complete poll, click HERE.
This week's poll by conference:
Bay State - 3
Big Three - 2
Catholic Conference - 2
DCL - 2
Midland - 2
Smith - 2
Cape Ann - 1
Dual Valley - 1
Hockomock - 1
MVC - 1
Old Colony - 1
Patriot - 1
TVL - 1
An enlarged field of 16 teams (12 boys’ and 4 girls’) will participate in this year’s event held at Concord-Carlisle High School’s Doug White Fields. Since its inception, Kicks for Cancer has raised more than $130,000, including more than $33,000 during last year’s event, for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The event began in 2007, after Lois Wells, mother Concord Carlisle assistant coach Steve Wells, succumbed to cancer.
“Kicks for Cancer is a true grass roots event that began when the kids just wanted to do something for Coach Wells,” Concord-Carlisle boys’ soccer head coach Ray Pavlik wrote in a release sent to local media on Monday, “but it’s grown into an important benefit. The soccer is always great, but obviously, it’s about so much more than that.”
The schedule of game action is as follows:
11:30 a.m. - Reading vs. Woburn
11:30 a.m. – Acton-Boxborough girls vs. Bedford girls
2:00 p.m. - Lexington vs. Wakefield
2:00 p.m. - Bedford vs Boston Latin
4:30 p.m. – Lincoln-Sudbury girls vs. Concord-Carlisle girls
4:30 p.m. - Brookline vs. Newton North
7:00 p.m. – Lincoln-Sudbury boys vs. Concord-Carlisle boys
7:00 p.m. – Acton-Boxborough vs. Wayland
Admission to see all games is $5 for children and $10 for adults.
For those who are unable to attend the event, but still wish to make a donation directly to the Dana Farber Institute and the Jimmy Fund on behalf of Kicks for Cancer, please use our donation web page www.myjimmyfundevent.org/2014/kicksforcancer.
Defending champion Lynn English headlines the boys field, which includes Andover, Everett and St. John’s Prep. The girls division will be contested by Boston Latin, Central Catholic, Newton South and Whittier Tech.
The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, Feb. 16
2 p.m. – Boston Latin vs. Whittier Tech girls
3:45 p.m. – Newton South vs. Central Catholic girls
5:30 p.m. – Andover vs. Everett boys
7:15 p.m. – Lynn English vs. St. John's Prep boys
Monday, Feb. 17
2 p.m. – Girls consolation
3:45 p.m. – Boys consolation
5:30 p.m. – Girls championship
7:15 p.m. – Boys championship
A player from each team will receive a scholarship. Since starting the tournament in 2011, IAABO Board 130 has awarded $10,000 in scholarships.
“We want to be able to help student-athletes while showcasing some great talent," said Board 130 President Mark Shapiro of Swampscott.
IAABO Board 130 is an Essex County-based chapter of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. The organization has more than 400 members who officiate basketball games from the youth to collegiate levels.
Here's a look back at the day through fan photos, and that of my lens and correspondent Phil Garceau:
Lincoln-Sudbury goaltender Derek Ashe braved the cold temps with a Red Sox touque over his mask.
Shadow-play ... Jane Dudley celebrates her game-winning goal with her Dragon teammates ... pic.twitter.com/Qtq18vZBD2— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
Duxbury D Ally Hammel was presented with the "Dragon" given to the Dragons' player of the game.
The sticks were stacked by the stockings with care ... pic.twitter.com/xjzw6MOR35— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
And the jerseys hung in the Red Sox clubhouse as MC waited to take the ice ... pic.twitter.com/7pjtfDwCfd— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
Lancers equipment manager Bob Reppucci made some last-minute stick adjustments ... pic.twitter.com/KE5uvntAk8— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
WJC and Kendrick Lamar in the Red Sox, errr ... Malden Catholic "room" pic.twitter.com/4P7CR2tIM4— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) December 31, 2013
As the Lancers warmed up outside the dugout ... pic.twitter.com/5mQfDbcMAg— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
Then, it was game time ... pic.twitter.com/snDRVYPRYu— Scott Barboza (@ESPNScottB) January 3, 2014
The Fenway Sports Group unveiled a MIAA tripleheader for New Year's Eve that will kick off with Boston Latin boys' hockey playing DCL/MVC rival Lincoln-Sudbury at 10:15 a.m. South Shore girls' hockey rivals Duxbury and Hingham will square off at 12:15 p.m.
That all leads to the premiere matchup in which three-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic will tangle with Catholic Conference rival St. John's Prep at 2:30 p.m.
On Jan. 8, the focus shifts to ISL hockey with a full slate of four games.
St. Paul's and Governor's Academy girls will skate at 1:30 p.m. followed by three boys' games.
Brooks School and BB&N face off at 3:15 p.m., followed by Groton School and St. Mark's at 5:30 before Belmont Hill and St. Sebastian's close out the night at 7:45.
Officially committed to Stony Brook!!! #SeaWolvesBaseball— Malcolm (@malcolm_mbn24) July 26, 2013
As a senior in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 195 pound Nachmanoff was named to the "Starting Nine" of ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team this past spring after earning MVP honors in the Dual County League’s Large division. He hit .507 with 26 RBI and five home runs, and also recorded a 1.45 ERA in 53 innings pitched. He is headed to Loomis Chafee (Conn.) next year for a post-graduate season, before heading to Stony Brook. When he arrives, he will join Lynn Classical's Kyle Devin and Salisbury (Conn.) Prep's Ryley MacEachern among the Massachusetts natives on the roster.
Nachmanoff, a South End resident, last visited the Stony Brook, N.Y. campus late last month, before heading down to tournaments in Georgia and Florida with the North East Baseball summer club. He gave a verbal commitment to the Seawolves late yesterday afternoon. He also had interest from Northeastern, Albany, Quinnipiac and South Carolina-Upstate at the time, but he says it basically came down to Stony Brook and Northeastern.
"It was so close, it was the hardest decision I'll ever make," Nachmanoff said of weighing the two schools. "I visited both schools, and when I visited Stony Brook I just liked the rural feel. I've lived in Boston my whole life, so it's good have that [rural feel] for four years, and I love the new facilities and all the new buildings they have at Stony Brook. One of my best friends is Kyle Devin, too, and he always has great things to say about it."
Nachmanoff said that in his most recent conversation with head coach Matt Senk two days ago, the coach told him that while there is depth at the outfield positions, Nachmanoff has the hitting tools to "contribute in the lineup right away".
In his first two varsity seasons at Latin, his freshman and sophomore years, Nachmanoff started at third base, with brief dabbles at second and shortstop as well. He moved to left field in 2012, then played centerfield this past spring.
"Hopefully I'm in the outfield, but I'm a versatile player," he said. "I just want to find a way to play right away."
In Nachmanoff, the Stony Brook coaching staff feels there is plenty of potential, though he realizes there is some work to be done.
"A lot of coaches like my upside and the leverage I get on balls," Nachmanoff said. "I have kinda just raw ability. I really haven't had a serious hitting coach with me, so I'm excited to work with [assistant coach Joe] Panucci and see what he can do with my swing. A lot of coaches like what I'm able to do without having had any hitting technique taught to me, but I know I have a lot of work to do with my swing. A lot of coaches said I'm a little long, so that's something I want to work on, too."
RHP – Tommy McDonald, Sr., BC High
The ace and the workhorse of BC’s rotation, which saw the Eagles make their first D1 South Final appearance since 2009, McDonald often went late into games to pick up a win. He was 7-0 on the season, with a 1.90 ERA, five complete games and just 10 walks. The Quincy resident will continue his career next year at UMass.
LHP – Ben Bowden, Sr., Lynn English
The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Bowden is a repeat selection, having also made the starting rotation of the All-State Team in 2012. On the season he was 4-2 with 84 strikeouts in 52 innings, with just 10 walks for an ERA of 0.67. He also recorded a .459 on-base percentage at the plate, with 13 RBI. Bowden will play at Vanderbilt next year.
LHP – Scott Tully, Sr., Reading
Another repeat All-State selection, Tully dominated the Middlesex League en route to winning the Liberty division’s MVP. For the season he went 7-1 with 96 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.54. For his career, he has 29 wins and over 400 strikeouts. Tully is headed to Notre Dame next year.
RHP – Evan Flanagan, Sr., Hingham
The Patriot League’s Co-MVP saved his best stuff for the playoffs, as the Harbormen won their first Division 2 state title in school history. On the season he was 6-2 with 79 strikeouts in 56 innings, with five complete games, a 1.75 ERA and a WHIP of 0.93. Flanagan will continue his career next year at the University of Rhode Island.
LHP – Mike Gaughan, Sr., Walpole
One of the state’s most elusive lefties, Gaughan helped lead the Rebels to the No. 1 overall seed in D1 South. He was 10-2 on the season with 117 strikeouts and a 1.88 ERA, and held opponents to a .180 batting average. Gaughan is headed to Division 2 Rollins College (Fla.) next year.
C – Joe Freiday, Jr., Bridgewater-Raynham
One of the state’s leaders in runs plated, Freiday finished the year batting .425, with a .573 on-base percentage, 31 RBI and five home runs. He also drew 21 walks and struck out just 10 times. Freiday is fielding interest from an assortment of Division 1 programs.
INF – Nick Bragole, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Part of one of the state’s most prolific hitting lineups, Bragole put up .403/.532/.758 totals with 21 RBI and six home runs, along with 10 stolen bases, as the Eagles captured the No. 1 seed in D1 North, won 22 straight games and made an appearance in the D1 North final. Bragole is headed to Division 2 St. Anselm College (N.H.) in the fall.
INF – Kenny Michael, Sr., Norwood
Michael catalyzed the Mustangs late in the season when they snatched the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division title in the last week of the regular season. He was named the Herget MVP as he hit .429 with 27 RBI and a home run. Michael will continue his career at Division 2 Southern New Hampshire University.
INF – Alex Toomey, Sr., Beverly
Toomey beat out a number of high-profile players to take the MVP in the Northeastern Conference’s Large division, and deservedly so. For the season he his .431 with eight doubles, 31 RBI and five home runs, only striking out five times. On the mound, he went 6-2 with a 1.33 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Toomey is headed to Salem State University next year.
INF – Brandon Bingel, Sr., St. John’s Prep
This year’s recipient of the prestigious ESPN Boston Mr. Baseball Award, Bingel was a force in all three phases of the game to take Catholic Conference MVP for the second straight year. He batted .302 with 20 RBI and two home runs, and went 9-0 on the mound with 76 strikeouts in 58.2 innings, walking just 10 batters, for a 0.97 ERA. Bingel will continue his career at Bryant University.
OF – David MacKinnon, Sr., Oliver Ames
MacKinnon took Hockomock League MVP honors after hitting .500 with 16 RBI. One of the best pure athletes of the bunch, MacKinnon is also an All-American soccer player, and will play both sports at the University of Hartford.
OF – Ian Strom, Sr., Hopedale
Strom was a monster on both the mound and at the plate as the Blue Raiders reached the Division 3 State Final. He hit .514 on the year with 21 RBI and 15 stolen bases, and didn’t strike out all season. On the mound, he was 9-2 with 107 strikeouts in 67.2 innings, for a 1.45 ERA. Strom will continue his career next season at UMass-Lowell.
OF – Mike Bruemmel, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
The Co-MVP of the Old Colony League saved his best stroke for last, carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Trojans to their first Division 1 state title in school history. On the season he batted .341 with a .505 on-base percentage, with 21 RBI and 11 stolen bases. On the mound, he was 6-1 with 69 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, with a 1.82 ERA. Bruemmel is headed to Wheaton College next year.
DH – Malcolm Nachmanoff, Sr., Boston Latin
The Dual County League’s MVP of the Large division, Nachmanoff carried a heavy bat, hitting .507 with 26 RBI and five home runs. He also recorded a 1.45 ERA in 53 innings pitched. Nachmanoff is headed to Loomis Chafee (Conn.) next year for a post-graduate season.
BEST OF THE REST
OF – Dan Avery, Sr., Blackstone Valley Tech
Avery excelled both ways for the Beavers, recording .492/.579/.689 totals at the plate with three triples, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. On the mound, he was 7-2 with a 1.02 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 62 innings, with just eight walks. He will play both football and baseball at Massachusetts Maritime Academy next year.
3B – Ryan Baldwin, Sr., Fairhaven
One of the state’s leaders in home runs, Baldwin hit eight and batted in 34 runs, to finish the season with a .500 average and take South Coast Conference MVP honors. Baldwin will continue his career next year at Barry University (Fla.).
2B – Tommy Buonopane, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Another key cog to the Eagles’ impressive hitting order, Buonopane registered .354/.457/.585 totals with 21 RBI and three home runs, as the Eagles won the Catholic Conference outright. Buonopane is headed to the University of Rhode Island next year.
.354/.457/.585, 21 RBI, 3 HR
2B – Dan Connors, Sr., Danvers
A three-time Northeastern Conference All-Star, Connors captured the Small division’s MVP award after hitting .390, as the Falcons were the top seed in Division 2 North and reached the district final. Connors, a career .365 hitter, will enroll at UMass-Amherst in the fall.
LHP – Mac Curran, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
A repeat selection, Curran was once again a force on the mound, going 5-2 with a 0.98 ERA as the Warriors captured the Eastern Athletic Conference outright. He also batted .402 with a home run. Curran is headed to Niagara University next season to continue his career.
C – Kyle Devin, Sr., Lynn Classical
One of the state's best arms behind the plate, Devin threw out eight of 12 steal attempts and also had 11 pickoffs. He also hit .410 with 16 RBI, five doubles, two triples, a home run and six stolen bases for the Rams. Devin is headed to Stony Brook next season to continue his baseball career.
SS – Isan Diaz, Jr., Springfield Central
One of the top defensive talents outside of Eastern Mass., Diaz showed off quite a bit with his bat as well, plating 19 runs and registering three home runs as the Golden Eagles once again reached the Division 1 West tournament.
RHP – Drew Foster, Sr., Nashoba
One of the steadiest starters in Central Mass., with a 4-1 record and 0.97 ERA, Foster led the Chieftains through a loaded Division 1 Central field to capture their first district title in program history. Foster is headed to Ohio University next year, where he intends to play club hockey.
RHP – Dustin Hunt, Sr., St. John’s Prep
Arguably the state’s top closer, Hunt embraced the role as the Eagles reeled off 22 straight wins before falling in the D1 North Final. On the season he struck out 31 batters in 27.1 innings, with a 1.54 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Hunt, an Andover resident, is headed to Northeastern University next season.
RHP – Thomas Jankins, Sr., Quaboag
Jankins was dangerous on the mound and in the batter's box this season for the Cougars. He hit .473 with 19 RBI and two home runs, and was 5-3 with a 0.53 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. Jankins will continue his career next season at Quinnipiac University.
OF – Tom Landry, Sr., BC High
Landry registered .348/.378/.493 totals at the plate and added 16 RBI and two home runs for the Eagles, who reached their first D1 South Final since 2009. He also struck out just 11 times and drew four walks. Landry will play for Wheaton College next year.
SS – Steven Lee, Sr., Braintree
Lee manned the middle of the Wamps’ order for the last three years, and put up impressive numbers in his senior season. He batted .376 with 26 RBI, one home run, 27 runs scored and 10 stolen bases as Braintree captured its fourth straight Bay State Carey title. He also committed just five errors in the field. Lee is headed to Stonehill College next year.
RHP – David Longstreeth, Soph., Smith Academy
Longstreeth is already over the 300 career strikeout mark, with 21 wins, in his still-blossoming career for Smith. On the season, he went 11-2 with 132 strikeouts in 80.1 innings, as the Falcons reached the Division 3 West Final.
RHP – Mike Lundin, Sr., Silver Lake
Lundin helped lead the Lakers to a Patriot League Fisher division title with his proficiency on the mound, going 7-2 with 86 strikeouts in 65.1 innings with a 0.67 ERA. Lundin will continue his career at Massasoit Community College next season.
OF – Tyler Lyne, Sr., Agawam
Lyne was a catalyst for the Brownies, who won the Valley League and reached the Division 1 West Final. For the season, he registered 16 RBI and two home runs. Lyne will continue his career at Merrimack College next year.
RHP – Donny May, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
The other overpowering ace for the Warriors’ staff, May went unbeaten as they captured the Eastern Athletic Conference outright. He was 11-0 on the year, with a 0.44 ERA and 89 strikeouts, along with a .438 batting average at the plate. May is headed to Fordham University next year.
SS – David Murphy, Sr., Plymouth North
The Atlantic Coast League’s MVP helped the Blue Eagles to another league title, hitting .429 with 29 RBI and three home runs. He only struck out twice all year. Murphy will take his talents to Massasoit Community College next year.
SS – Noah Parker, Sr., St. Mary (Westfield)
One of the more underappreciated talents across the state, Parker was the catalyst for the Saints, who reached the Division 3 West quarterfinals. Parker registered 28 hits, 20 RBI and two home runs on the season. He will head to Seton Hall University next season as a preferred walk-on.
OF – Anthony Perriello, Sr., Norwood
A powerful hitter manning the middle of the Mustangs’ order, Perriello led the Bay State Conference in batting average (.507) and added 15 RBI and a home run.
RHP – Alex Person, Sr., Xaverian
The Foxborough resident manned the top of the rotation, as the Hawks tried to defend their D1 state title. On the season he struck out 52 batters in 51 innings, going 5-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Person will continue his career at Southern New Hampshire University next year.
C – Matt Phelan, Sr., Northbridge
Phelan was a force at the plate for the Rams, who reached their fourth straight Division 2 Central Final. On the season he hit .484 with 28 RBI and four home runs, and on the mound was 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA. Phelan is headed to St. Anslem in the fall, where he will play football.
RHP – Brendan Ryan, Sr., Newton North
Ryan earned MVP honors in the Bay State Conference’s Carey division, after going 7-1 with a 1.64 ERA and six complete games. Ryan also batted .347 with 17 RBI. He will enroll at the University of South Carolina in the fall.
RHP – Endy Sanchez, Jr., Holyoke
Another member of the 100-K club, Sanchez had one of the best strikeout-to-ratios in Western Mass., fanning exactly 100 batters in 62 innings pitched for the Purple Knights.
RHP – Kevin Superko, Sr., Wellesley
Following in the footsteps of his brother Tim, Superko carried on the name holding down the front of the Raiders’ rotation. On the season he recorded 67 strikeouts in 49 innings, with a 1.02 WHIP and holding batters to a .184 average. He will do a post-graduate season at Philips Andover next year.
RHP – Ryley Warnock, Sr., North Reading
Warnock was dynamic both on the mound and on the basepath for the Hornets, who captured the top overall seed in D3 North. On the mound he was 10-1 with a 0.44 ERA and 72 strikeouts, and at the plate he was .360 with 17 stolen bases. Warnock will continue his career next year at the University of Rhode Island.
LHP – Cody Younger, Sr., Middleborough
Younger came on in the second half of the season and led the Sachems through a gauntlet en route to the Division 3 state title, their first since 1997. On the mound, he was 4-2 with 53 strikeouts and a 1.90 ERA, and delivered wins over the top two seeds in D3 South. At the plate, he had .415/.482/.507 totals with 27 RBI. Younger will do a post-graduate season at Bridgton Academy (Maine) next year.
RHP – Zach Zona, Sr., St. Peter-Marian
Zona led the top of the Guardians’ rotation as they came on late in the regular season to make the Division 1 Central tournament. On the season he was 5-2 with 64 strikeouts in 46.2 innings, with a 1.05 ERA and two no-hitters. Zona will continue his career next season at UMass-Lowell.
No. 5 seed Boston Latin led No. 4 Central Catholic, 3-1, during the bottom of the third inning, but with the bases juiced, Leavitt did not miss jump-starting the Raiders to an 11-4 victory in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.
The sophomore third basemen connected and drove the ball deep into center field, clearing the bases.
“I thought we did a good job there because that was [right after Boston Latin] had come out and scored three runs,” Central Catholic head coach Stacey Ciccolo said. “Karoline [Leavitt] unloaded a nice double to clear the bases, and I think everyone relaxed a little bit after. It got a little bit contagious. Nobody had hit the ball hard up until that point really, and we were struggling to get a piece of ball. We were getting on base before that, but after that the girls really relaxed.”
Leavitt’s three-run double highlighted a seven-run inning. Olivia Ciccarelli and Leslie Moore also had RBI in the Raiders big inning.
“We were able to get that lead, but [Central] came right back and it the ball hard,” Boston Latin coach Tim Holland said. “They hit the ball hard where we weren’t, when they didn’t hit it hard it fell in, and they made us pay for a couple mistakes.”
Antczak got roughed up in the third inning, but she stayed in the game to pitch the fourth with no problems. She was battling several symptoms, including a queasy stomach.
“We didn’t think she was going to make it through [the fourth inning],” Ciccolo said. “I thought she showed some real toughness making it through that inning.”
Meg Sears was called from the bullpen to finish off the Wolfpack (17-5), and she did just that. Sears had little problems only allowing one run in her three innings of work.
“Our team has been so good these past couple games, so I was really just ready to go,” Sears said. “It felt great [to get the win].”
Krista Maloney helped add to the Raiders lead in the fifth inning by blasting a solo shot over the right-center field fence. Maloney was only playing in her second game after returning from a concussion.
“It’s very nice [to have her back],” Ciccolo said. “It’s just more comfortable to the rest of the girls [having her back] because she has been hitting leadoff for the past two years. She is very comfortable there, and she is a very smart player.”
Central Catholic (18-4) will face off against No. 1 Concord-Carlisle (21-1), Thursday in the Division 1 North semifinals. They will square off at 7:30 p.m. in Lowell at Martin Field.
B-R takes the top billing from Milford, which saw a 35-game win streak go by the wayside in a 1-0, 10-inning loss to new No. 2 North Attleborough. It also marks the first time since the midway point of last season that Milford wasn't No. 1. The Red Rocketeers jump 10 spots from No. 12 following the win over the defending Division 1 state champions.
The shakeup at the top wasn't the only movement in this week's poll, however, as six new teams enter the rankings.
COME ON DOWN
Among those six teams entering the Top 25 this week, five are making their season debuts. Sandwich checks in at No. 17, in their first appearance of the season, bolstered by the three no-hitters spun by Julia Sullivan during the first month of the season.
Danvers makes its first-ever Top 25 showing, sporting a 10-0 record in the Northeastern Conference and check in at No. 20. Methuen and Nashoba -- also making first-time Top 25 appearances -- follow at Nos. 21 and 22, respectively. Leister returns to the poll at No. 23, while Dual County League power Boston Latin cracks the poll for the first time this season at No. 25.
Megan Colleran, Jr., North Attleborough
Anna O'Neill, Sr., King Philip
Lauren Ramirez, Sr., Dracut
Kendal Roy, Jr., Grafton
Shannon Smith, Sr., Milford
Tori Constantin, Sr. 2B, King Philip
Stephanie Cornish, Sr. 3B, Abington
Alexis DeBrosse, Sr. SS, New Bedford
Caroline Fairbanks, Sr. 3B, Milford
Nicole Lundstrom, Sr. C, Dighton-Rehoboth
Bella Picard, Sr. SS, Blackstone Valley Tech
Madi Shaw, Jr. SS, Bridgewater-Raynham
Dakota Smith-Porter, Sr., P/SS, Turners Falls
Reilly Weiners, Sr. C, Agawam
Olivia Antczak, Soph. P, Central Catholic
Allie Colleran, Jr. SS/OF, Concord-Carlisle
Megan Cook, Jr. P, Bellingham
Haley Currie, Sr. 3B, Burlington
Sara Dawson, Soph. P, Bridgewater-Raynham
Kaleigh Finigan, Sr. 3B, St. Mary's (Lynn)
Bridget Furlong, Sr. 2B, Malden
Courtney Girouard, Jr. P, Fairhaven
Galen Kerr, Sr. P, Concord-Carlisle
Taylor LeBrun, Soph. C, Milford
Rachel Levine, Sr. CF, Milford
Michaela Mazure, Soph. INF, Burlington
Shannon McLaughlin, Jr. P, Tewksbury
Paige Mulry, Jr. C, Boston Latin
MacKenzie Navarro, Jr. 1B, Taunton
Alicia Reid, Sr. CF, Abington
Kelsey Saucier, Jr. P, Holy Name
Rachael Smith, Jr. P, Winchester
Lauren Tuiskula, Sr. P, Leicester
Jurnee Ware, Sr. P, Hudson
With 7:22 remaining in the championship game and the score tied 1-1, Boston Latin senior forward Joe Gillespie turned with the puck against the near boards. Heeding his coach’s advice, Gillespie flipped the puck towards the net where it ricocheted off the stick of a Coyle-Cassidy defenseman, past goalie Brent Petrowski, and into the far post.
In tight games, sometimes it is the bad bounce that decides the outcome. In the tournament final, the Wolfpack was the beneficiary of a fortunate bounce and turned it into the trophy-winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
It may not have been the prettiest of goals, but following the trophy presentation Boston Latin head coach Frank Woods was not complaining.
“We have a lot of kids that work hard and we preach throw the puck at the net because you never know what can happen,” he explained. “It’s just kind of our game. You give yourself a chance to bang an ugly one or two in, in games like this with competitive teams it’s usually the difference.”
When asked about how unlucky the final goal was, Coyle head coach Dave Borges simply smiled and shrugged.
“Like we told our guys, come next week those are the kind of pucks that go in the net,” Borges said. “You have to get pucks to the net in tight games and you never know what can happen. That’s a perfect example. Unfortunately, we’re on the short end, but I thought it was a great game.”
The Wolfpack (11-6-3) made a conscious effort to get the puck to the net as frequently as possible. Boston Latin dominated the first period, outshooting Coyle ,14-5, and opened the scoring with just 15.9 seconds remaining. Senior captain Ryan Dougherty made a great move through the Coyle defense and punched the puck in on the second attempt.
In the second period, the hosts asserted themselves. Coyle (13-5-1) outshot Latin 10-6 in the period and had a number of scoring chances before finally finding the equalizing goal. Nick Cambria laid the perfect pass in the path of captain Ryan Jones. The forward outskated the defenseman to the net and finished with a backhand over the pads of goalie Michael Murray before following the puck into the back of the net.
Borges praised Petrowski for keeping the team in the game and giving them the chance to turn the game around.
“I told Brent before the game that it’s their style,” Borges said. “They like to throw the puck at the net and he did a great job of either holding them or kicking the rebounds out to the corners.”
He added with a chuckle, “It was a great game…other than losing.”
Boston Latin won both games in Raynham by 2-1 scores (the first was on Tuesday against Franklin) and Woods feels that this will give his team plenty of confidence ahead of the state tournament.
“we have a group of seniors that have had a lot of success with this team, been in tournament games and won the league, but it’s good to get wins with this particular group,” Woods said.
CANTON 3, FRANKLIN 2
The consolation game featured Hockomock League division champions No. 24 Canton and Franklin meeting for the third time this season. The teams had split the opening two games so, in addition to finishing third in the tournament, the game would give one team the edge in the season series.
After losing third period leads in each of its last two games (including Tuesday’s overtime loss to Coyle), Canton (15-3-2) held off a late Franklin (13-7-2) flurry to win 3-2 and clinch the top seed in the upcoming Division 2 South sectional.
Bulldogs head coach Brian Shuman understood the importance of his team managing to hold on and get the victory over its league rival.
“In the third period against a good team, you need a lot of things to go right,” he remarked. “You’ve got to give credit to Franklin, they’re a phenomenal team, two very even teams and we just scored one more goal than them tonight.”
Canton stormed out of the gates and jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Just 2:50 into the game, senior captain Pat Ward scored his third goal of the tournament as Franklin goalie Devon Maloof was caught too deep on his line and the puck squeezed across the line at the near post. The first goal was fortunate, but the second was a great shot from J.C. Marcone just underneath the crossbar.
At this point, it seemed like Canton would cruise to victory, but Franklin showed the heart of a team that has been to consecutive state finals.
The Panthers got on the board on a redirected shot by sophomore Alec Borkowski, who got his stick to a shot by defenseman Kyle Filbert and sent it through Rich Nee’s five-hole. A minute later, captain Mike Patjane pounced on a rebound to make it 2-2 and give the Panthers momentum.
The momentum was short-lived as Canton fully controlled the second period, outshooting Franklin, 14-1. After Maloof robbed Brian Brooks, the Bulldogs got the go ahead goal from junior Ben Lodge, who found space in the slot and fired into the top corner.
Franklin head coach Chris Spillane emphasized the need for his team to play a full 45 minutes if they hope to be successful in the state tournament.
“It’s sort of been the season for us,” Spillane said. “We haven’t played three periods. We always take a period off and tonight it was the second. We had one shot on goal and the puck was in our zone the entire time and it takes a lot of gas out of you.”
Canton withstood a strong third period from the Panthers and Shuman was pleased to see that other players besides his top two scorers (Brooks and Ward) got on the scoreboard.
He said, “We had our second power play out there, which doesn’t get much run because our first line is pretty talented. They just kept it simple. We always say to win this time of year, you need twenty-four guys. You need those second and third liners contributing and we got it tonight.”
Coyle head coach David Borges noted that the tournament, which was named in honor of former Warriors coach Joe Quinn, who passed away this summer, meant a lot more to the Coyle program than just the chance to play good teams.
“The guys that played for him can’t say enough about how much he gave of his time, his money… it means a lot to us,” Borges said. “These guys [the current Coyle team], even though they haven’t been around him, we’ve tried to convey the history of Coyle hockey and they wanted to win for Joe tonight.”
Quinn was the head coach of Coyle for 35 years and won 11 division titles during his tenure, before stepping down in 2005. He founded the program and financially supported it while coach.
“He owned the shirt on my back when I played here,” Borges said.
Coyle (13-4-1) rallied to earn an overtime win over Canton (14-3-2) in the nightcap.
But, until the game-tying goal went in, the Bulldogs were dominating. This is the time of year when one mistake or one slip can turn a game around and send a team home and the Bulldogs saw that firsthand in 3-2 loss.
Leading 2-1 in the third period, Canton’s top line created four great scoring opportunities, but failed to finish any of them.
First, senior captain Pat Ward had the puck roll off his stick in front of an open net after slipping past two Coyle defenders. Then leading scorer Brian Brooks missed short side on a breakaway chance. Minutes later, Ward rifled a shot off the post. Finally, senior Michael Denehy had his one-timer in the slot saved by Warriors goalie Brent Petrowski.
Coyle made Canton pay with 4:13 left in the third period. Senior captain Ryan Jones flicked a pass from behind the net to a wide open Greg DiBona and the senior forward roofed his backhand to make it 2-2. Coyle had chances to win it in regulation but Canton goalie Rich Nee made several great stops to send it to overtime.
In the overtime, both goalies were tested before a slip by Bulldogs senior defenseman Stephen Mullaney gave Coyle an opening. Nick Cambria fired in a wrister just under the crossbar to win the game for the Warriors.
“We sensed desperation down 2-1, but once we scored that goal, we had the confidence that we could keep doing that,” Borges said about changing his team’s approach in the third period from carrying the puck to chipping it in deep. “That’s a great Canton team. They’re disciplined, they work hard, and they make you earn every inch of the ice.”
As far as the MIAA is concerned, the game finished in a 2-2 tie. This is the second consecutive game that Canton has allowed a third-period lead slip to a D2 tournament team.
That is a pattern that head coach Brian Shuman is working hard to change.
“I think one of the things that we have to learn is when we don’t get our scoring opportunities, or when we miss our chances, that we still have to pick up defensively,” he explained. “What you saw there was guys get frustrated that they couldn’t bury the puck and they lose their defensive responsibility. We’ve got to figure out a way to close out games.”
Jones had the opening goal of the game for Coyle on an assist from DiBona. Ward scored twice in the opening period, including a blistering slapshot into the top corner, to give Canton the lead which the Bulldogs held until the final period.
BOSTON LATIN 2, FRANKLIN 1
The cliché says, “You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
That was especially true for Boston Latin (10-6-3), which had two deflected goals in its 2-1 win over Franklin (13-6-2) in the tournament opener.
The opening goal came with 5:28 remaining in the first period as defenseman Brian Forgione carried the puck into the attacking zone. The senior had few options so he fired a shot at Franklin goalie Devon Maloof. The puck ricocheted off the post and off the goaltender to make it 1-0.
Following a Troy Donahue short-handed goal that tied the game at 1-1, Wolfpack forward Greg Penella turned and fired a hopeful shot towards the Panthers net. The puck deflected off the skate of a Franklin player and past Maloof to make it 2-1.
Boston Latin head coach Frank Woods admitted after the game that these are the types of goals that his team has to score to be successful.
“That’s how we score,” he said. “We don’t have a very skilled team this year. We have a bunch of kids that work hard and we preach put the puck on net and go get the ugly goals or bang in a rebound.”
Despite trailing by a goal, Franklin was outshot in the third period, 12-2, and Panthers head coach Chris Spillane was disappointed that there was no reaction from his team to get back into the game.
“You expect everyone to step up and have a little extra offensive jump in your step and we didn’t see that,” he said. “We were content just backing up. Anytime that you put the puck on net in a close game, it’s a good shot and we just didn’t do that.”
Spillane added, “I guess if you’re going to have a bad game it’s better to have it this week than next week. We still have an opportunity to play a good team on Thursday. If we come out and play a good solid hockey game, we’ll go into the tournament feeling comfortable.”
Thursday night, Hockomock League rivals Franklin and No. 24 Canton will face-off for the third time this season in the consolation game at 6 p.m. and No. 21 Coyle will take on Boston Latin in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
“We have been down before, and we know how to keep our composure out there,” Tewksbury head coach Derek Doherty said. “It doesn’t matter if you are up or down a goal because we just have to keep playing hard out there.”
Petti finished with four points on the night as he scored twice and dished out two highlight reel assists. His first goal of the game proved to be the game winner.
“It took a little bit to get him jump-started in the third [period] because they were keying in on him,” Doherty said. “We spoke about it in between periods, and he realized he was going to have to play through it. That is what he did.”
Kyle Paquette stopped 13 shots to record the win in goal for the Redmen, and on the other end of the ice Latin’s Michael Murray turned away 14 of 17 shots (2 empty net goals).
Latin (8-6-3, 6-3-2) drew first blood as freshman Jimmy O’Leary fired a rebound into the Tewksbury goal on the man advantage.
“We had our second power play unit out there, and we just kept throwing the puck to the net,” Boston Latin head coach Frank Woods said. “Jimmy [O’Leary] got a rebound, and it was just really basic hockey.”
Tewksbury (13-2-1, 9-1-1) was struggling to create much of an offensive rhythm in the first period, so Tewksbury turned to its third line to create some energy.
Alex Hamilton lined up a gigantic open ice hit that with just under 1:30 remaining in the period, and, just 45 seconds later, the Redmen were able to get on the board.
“We play better when we are physical,” Doherty said. “We expect our third line to play physical, and keep the puck out of the net.”
Petti found his younger brother Ryan in front of the Latin goal, and the younger Petti smashed the puck home to draw things even heading into the second.
“We were one a two-on-one, so I knew that if I slid it over to Ryan he would put it in the goal,” Derek Petti said.
In the second period, both teams locked down on the defensive side of the puck not allowing either team to create many opportunities. Tewksbury’s Matt Donovan had one of the best chances of the period blasting a one-timer in on Murray, but Murray was able to slide over to ward off the shot.
Latin turned on the forecheck early in the third period, which led to Joe Gillespie sneaking one in past Paquette.
“We chipped the puck, and we were able to get down low on the forecheck,” Woods said. “We created a turnover, and Joe was able to put it home.”
Only a few minutes later and trailing, 2-1, Doherty called a timeout as the Redmen got a power-play opportunity.
On the power play, Derek Petti once again showed off his smooth playmaking skills by setting up Patrick Doherty for a back door one-timer that Murray had no chance on.
“It was a set play by coach to go to Pat on the back door, he has no problems finishing,” Derek Petti said.
With less than two minutes remaining, Derek Petti went into hero mode. He flew up the right wing and used his quick release to rifle the puck past Murray.
“I have been trying to use the defense as a screen all year, and I was able to use the defense as a screen to get a good shot off,” Derek Petti said.
The Wolf Pack went into desperation mode in the final minute of the game by pulling Murray. But Derek Petti and Patrick Doherty both added their second goals of the game hitting the vacated goal.
Lynch, who's playing a postgraduate year at Phillips Andover this year, will enroll at Tufts in the fall and join the Jumbos for the 2013-14 season.
“Tufts really just came naturally to me,” the Charlestown native told ESPN Boston Sunday night. “I know people who have graduated that had great experiences and also people who go there now having good experiences. When their coaches offered me the chance to be part of the school and program I had to decide between Tufts and a few other NESCAC schools. I went with my gut and I know I made the right decision.”
In his senior season with the Wolfpack, Lynch captained Latin to a DCL/MVC Division 2 league title. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward finished second among all MIAA Division 2 scorers last year with 35 goals and 18 assists for 53 points. Lynch was also an ESPN Boston All-State second-team selection last season.
Bavaro, a senior at St. John's Prep, received an offer from Dartmouth after attending a football camp there last summer. An offer from Colgate was also on the table, but the Dartmouth coaches asked Bavaro to give them a decision no later than early November.
“It really came down to Colgate and Dartmouth,” Bavaro said. “They wanted me to go early decision, so I think they needed an answer by November 5, but I didn't even need the deadline. Every day I became more and more confident with my decision.”
Bavaro, who plays tight end and an outside linebacker/strong safety hybrid position for St. John's Prep, committed to the Big Green earlier this month. He will play safety in college.
Several other Ivy League schools showed interest in Bavaro, as did FBS schools like Boston College and Connecticut. Bavaro said BC asked him to attend prep school for a year before enrolling, but he had no interest in going that route. He said Ivy League football – and an Ivy League education – had a special appeal.
“My dad [former NFL tight end Mark Bavaro] said football is not forever,” Bavaro said. “I was also thinking about life after football.”
Bavaro, an 18-year-old Boxford resident, will join former Everett High School quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso at Dartmouth next season. DiBiaso is currently attending Phillips Exeter Academy.
“When [Dartmouth] made the offer I was ecstatic,” Bavaro said. “Location was one of the factors. It's like a six-hour ride to Colgate. Dartmouth is about two hours.
“I thought about this decision every day. It feels great to get it over with.”
PINKERTON'S RISING STAR
Pinkerton Academy (Derry, N.H.) running back Manny Latimore will likely be the top-rated recruit in New Hampshire next season.
Latimore ran for 177 yards and scored two touchdowns – one on a 78-yard punt return – in Saturday's 31-21 loss to Exeter in New Hampshire's Division I championship game. Latimore rushed for 1,477 yards and 27 touchdowns during his junior season.
Latimore also starts in the defensive backfield for a Pinkerton team that has reached the Division I title game in each of the last three seasons.
“I think I've been around this long enough to know if a kid can play in college, and football is in Manny's future,” Pinkerton Academy coach Brian O'Reilly said. “I think he'll be a running back. He can run inside and he can run outside. He can also catch the ball.”
Matt Jordan (UMass), Ryan Mihalko (Notre Dame) and Joe Segreti (Holy Cross) are among the Pinkerton Academy running backs who have played in college.
“Manny has track speed and he has football speed,” O'Reilly said. “Sometimes that track speed doesn't always translate. A lot will depend on what camps he attends this summer.”
As reported on ESPN Boston earlier this week, Tabor Academy quarterback Miles Wright received a scholarship offer from UMass last weekend.
Wright transferred to Tabor Academy from Boston Latin, and is repeating his junior year. UMass has one QB in its current recruiting class: Todd Stafford of The Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn. Stafford, a three-star recruit, committed in March.
Wright is a dual-threat quarterback who scored 23 touchdowns (12 passing) in eight games for Tabor this season.
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