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Thoughts & Observations From The First Two Weeks of Mass. High School Football

Arlington Catholic quarterback Isaiah Osgood threw one touchdown last Saturday in his team’s first Catholic Central Large (CCL) meeting of the 2021 season. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Two weeks of Massachusetts high school football are in the books. And a third is set to begin this evening with a few games to watch, including Natick (2-0) at Milford (2-0) — the game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. 

Before we officially begin the third week, allow me to share some thoughts and observations from the first two weeks.

  • This week, we’ll be making the trek to Medford (1-1) — the Mustangs will host their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) tilt of the 2021 season by welcoming Revere (1-1) to Hormel Stadium for a 6 p.m. 

    Both teams scored week two victories with Revere beating Chelsea while Medford outlasted Cambridge. Medford’s win over Cambridge was their first on their home turf in three seasons. 

    As of this morning, Medford and Revere are two of four teams in the GBL that boast a 1-1 record, however, the Patriots and Everett both own identical 1-0 marks in conference play. 

    Lynn English, Malden, and Somerville are seeking their first wins of the 2021 season — could that happen this week? 

  • Last Saturday, I had the chance to watch two Catholic Central Large (CCL) teams compete at Hormel Stadium with Bishop Fenwick scoring an impressive 48-7 win over Arlington Catholic

    The game was highlighted by an impressive ground attack that was led by Troy Irizarry, who scored three touchdowns. The Crusaders’ defense was also fun to watch — they certainly did not make things easy on a Cougars offense that registered just one score after recording 30 points one week earlier against Lowell Catholic

    Arlington Catholic quarterback Isaiah Osgood has tossed three touchdowns this season — his third occurred last Saturday against Bishop Fenwick on a long toss down the far sidelines to Andrew Sullo
  • While it was only one game, I certainly believe the Crusaders are going to be a team to watch this fall, despite graduating some key pieces from its Fall II squad earlier this spring. Bishop Fenwick graduated 18 seniors last spring, but one might not know that by the way, this team has played in the first two weeks. 

    Bishop Fenwick quarterback Steven Woods will continue to be a signal-caller to watch — the same could be said for Costa Beechin (wide receiver/defensive back), Chris Faraca (wide receiver/defensive line), and Troy Irizarry (running back/defensive end). 
  • Going back to Medford-Revere, here are a few players I am looking forward to watching on Friday: Dominick Terranova (Medford | QB), Alvin Legros (Medford | WR), Isiah Blake (Medford | RB), Osman Elkouram (Medford | LB), Augusto Gonsalves (Revere | DE), Wilmer Rodriguez (Revere | RB), Davi Barreto (Revere | RB), and Max Doucette (Revere | LB).

  • Kipp Academy Lynn Collegiate football coach Jim Rabbitt joined me this week on the Noontime Sports Podcast — you can hear the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, as well as on other platforms, too.

    Jim and I discussed a variety of topics, including his playing days at Framingham State, his path to becoming the head coach of the Panthers, and what he and his team learned from their 2019 campaign, which saw Kipp Academy fall short of advancing to its first-ever state championship at Gillette Stadium.

    This week, Kipp Academy, which has won its first two contests, will look to continue its early season momentum when they travel to Georgetown for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Royals enter the week three clash with a 1-1 record.

  • There are quite a few teams that boast a 2-0 record, but here are the squads — well, programs, to be exact — that I am interested in watching this week to see if they can pick up their third-straight win:

    East Bostons: The Jets soared past Brighton last Friday and appear to be the team to watch in the Boston City League.

    North Reading: The Hornets are averaging 47.5 points per game but will they be able to score six or seven touchdowns tomorrow against 2-0 Pentucket?

    St. Mary’s (Lynn): Keep your eyes on the Spartans tomorrow evening as they travel to Bishop Feehan for a battle of 2-0 squads.

    Malden Catholic: The Lancers have scored back-to-back wins to start their season against Gloucester and Weymouth, but face a tough test tomorrow against Scituate, which lost a heartbreaker last Friday to Duxbury.

    And a few more: Billerica, Chelmsford, Lunenburg, Wakefield, Marblehead, North Quincy, Ashland, Norwood, Dover-Sherborn, Norton, and Cathedral.

Noontime Football Postgame: Bishop Fenwick 48, Arlington Catholic 7

Bishop Fenwick’s Costa Beechin and the Crusaders leaned heavily on the run game to beat Arlington Catholic on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

MEDFORD, Mass. — After relying on its passing game to score an opening day win over South Hadley last Friday, Bishop Fenwick turned to its rushing attack on Saturday to score an impressive 48-7 victory over Arlington Catholic at Hormel Stadium.

Troy Irizarry highlighted his team’s initial Catholic Central Large (CCL) win by rushing for three touchdowns, including two scores in the opening session.

Costa Beechin (25-yards) and Luke Connolly (13-yards) each rushed for one score, as well, while Steven Woods tossed his fourth touchdown of the season early in the opening frame when he capped a two-play, 28-yard drive with a 21-yard strike to Chris Faraca on the left side.

Arlington Catholic, which outlasted Lowell Catholic last Friday, registered its only score at the end of the first quarter when quarterback Isaiah Osgood located Andrew Sullo down the far side for a 27-yard touchdown.

The touchdown was Osgood’s third of the season.

While Osgood’s touchdown did provide somewhat of a spark for the Cougars in the second quarter, it quickly disappeared late in the session when Bishop Fenwick’s Michael DiFelice pounced on a loose ball with two minutes remaining. Woods appeared to have mishandled the snap on his opponent’s one-yard line, but luckily DiFelice fell on the loose ball quickly — for a moment, it appeared as if maybe Arlington Catholic’s Niko Ceppi had recovered the loose ball, but the head referee flung his hands into the air shortly after the play had ended to signal it was a touchdown, not a touchback.

Bishop Fenwick is back in action next Friday, September 24 when they host Austin Prep at 7 p.m. while Arlington Catholic will visit Archbishop Williams for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Mass. High Schools: Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Rankings (May 13th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

Happy Monday, everyone – hopefully everyone had a great weekend, including an awesome Mother’s Day, too.

Monday’s usually mean a brand new set of ranking for Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse, so below are our latest Top 10 polls, as well as our ‘teams on the rise.’

As always, stay connected with @NoontimeLax for game updates, scores and more on Twitter!


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 13th, 2019

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury
  2. Medfield
  3. Concord-Carlisle
  4. Hingham
  5. Winchester
  6. St. John’s Prep (Danvers)
  7. Xaverian Brothers
  8. Acton-Boxborough
  9. Duxbury
  10. Needham

On The Rise: Austin Prep, Billerica, Bishop Fenwick, Boston College High School, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Franklin, Foxborough, Hopkinton, Marblehead, Marshfield, Melrose Natick, Newton North, Norwell, Reading, Silver Lake, St. Mary’s (Lynn), Wayland, and  Westwood. 


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 13th, 2019

  1. Westwood
  2. Walpole
  3. Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
  4. Franklin
  5. Norwell
  6. Needham
  7. Concord-Carlisle
  8. Lincoln-Sudbury
  9. Wellesley
  10. Dover-Sherborn

On The Rise: Chelmsford, Cohasset, Duxbury, Foxborough, Lexington, Ipswich, Manchester-Essex, Marblehead, North Andover, Reading, Swampscott, Wayland, and Weston. 

Mass. Lax Notebook: Games To Watch This Week (May 6th-11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

We’re headed into the home stretch of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse regular season, which sounds crazy, but the state tournament will be here before we know it.

But before we turn our attention to the state tournament later this month, let’s highlight some games to watch, beginning with a must-see match-up in Westwood tomorrow when the Wolverines host Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in a very important girl’s lacrosse game.

Girl’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) at Westwood (Monday, May 6th at 5:15 p.m.): The Cougars and Wolverines will meet in a very important non-conference clash on Monday with the opening draw set for 5:15 p.m. Both teams enter the game as two of our top five teams in Eastern Massachusetts, so if you’re nearby Westwood High School tomorrow, consider stopping by for what will be a great girl’s lacrosse game.

Boy’s Lacrosse: St. John’s Prep (Danvers) at Xaverian Brothers (Monday, May 6th at 7 p.m.): The Hawks enter the new week with a ton of momentum, thanks to some impressive wins recently, including a non-conference victory over New Hampshire’s Bishop Guertin last week. St. John’s Prep edged Xaverian, 9-8, earlier this spring, so expect this game to come down to the final possession.

Boy’s Lacrosse: Walpole at Needham (Tuesday, May 7th at 4 p.m.): The Rockets will be eager to erase the memories of a two-goal setback to Hingham with a win over the Rebels on Tuesday before heading down the road to face Brookline on Thursday.

Girl’s Lacrosse: Norwell at Cohasset (Tuesday, May 7th at 4 p.m.): Two of the top South Shore teams will meet in what should be a tremendous girl’s lacrosse game. Since falling to Notre Dame Academy, the Clippers have scored back-to-back wins over Rockland (14-3) and Mashpee (15-2). Notre Dame Academy is the only Massachusetts team that has beaten Norwell this season as their other setback came earlier this spring to Cambridge (Georgia). Cohasset enters the game on a seven-game winning streak.

Boy’s Lacrosse: Medfield at Westwood (Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m.): The Warriors have not lost a single Tri-Valley League (TVL) contest this season and will attempt to record a season-sweep over Westwood, whom they beat earlier this season by a score of 18-6.

Girl’s Lacrosse: Needham at Notre Dame Academy (Friday, May 10th at 5:45 p.m.): One day after entertaining Andover, the Cougars will welcome a Rockets squad to Hingham, which enters the new week with a great deal of momentum. Needham has scored some impressive wins lately against Hingham (17-5) and Wellesley (11-5) but faces a tough challenge earlier this week when they visit Walpole on Tuesday for an important Bay State Conference (BSC) clash.


3rd Annual Harlem Lacrosse – Boston High School Showcase (Saturday, May 11) 

  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Newburyport (9:30 a.m.)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Concord-Carlisle (9:30 a.m.)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Concord-Carlisle vs. Manchester-Essex (12 p.m.)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Hingham vs. Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) (12 p.m.)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Hingham vs. Walpole (2:30 p.m.)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Harlem Lacrosse (N.Y.) vs. Harlem Lacrosse (Boston) (2:30 p.m.)

More Games to Watch This Week

  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Medfield at Wellesley (Tuesday, May 7th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Concord-Carlisle at Hopkinton (Tuesday, May 7th)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury at Concord-Carlisle (Thursday, May 9th)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Andover at Notre Dame Academy (Thursday, May 9th)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Westwood at Medfield (Thursday, May 9th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Winchester at Melrose (Friday, May 10th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: North Andover at Dracut (Friday, May 10th)
  • Girl’s Lacrosse: Longmeadow at Cohasset (Saturday, May 11th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Duxbury at Longmeadow (Saturday, May 11th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Westwood at Acton-Boxborough (Saturday, May 11th)
  • Boy’s Lacrosse: Bishop Fenwick at Boston Latin (Saturday, May 11th)

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports lacrosse coverage by following @NoontimeLax on Twitter! 

Massachusetts Lacrosse Notebook: Monday Polls & Links

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Monday,  everyone!

Monday’s usually mean polls and links, so here is our latest Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse polls (boys and girls lacrosse), as well as some news and links from the past few days.


Eastern Massachusetts Boy’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll | Monday, April 29th, 2019

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury
  2. St. John’s Prep (Danvers)
  3. Acton-Boxborough
  4. Xaverian Brothers
  5. Duxbury
  6. Hingham
  7. Medfield
  8. Concord-Carlisle
  9. Reading
  10. Winchester

On The Rise: Bishop Fenwick, Boston College High School, Braintree, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Foxborough, Franklin, Lexington, Marshfield, Marblehead, Natick, Needham, Newton North, Silver Lake, St. Mary’s of Lynn, and Westford Academy


Eastern Massachusetts Girl’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll | Monday, April 29th, 2019

  1. Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
  2. Norwell
  3. Westwood
  4. Wellesley
  5. Walpole
  6. Lincoln-Sudbury
  7. Needham
  8. Franklin
  9. Reading
  10. Concord-Carlisle

On The Rise: Braintree, Cohasset, Dover-Sherborn, Duxbury, Lexington, Manchester-Essex, Marblehead, Masconomet, Newton North, North Andover, Rockland, Swampscott, and Wayland 


News and Notes from the Massachusetts Lacrosse World 


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