It’s time for playoff soccer here in Massachusetts, and below is the pairing for the upcoming Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) playoffs for both the boys and girls soccer teams that will begin later this week.
We wish all teams participating in this year’s MIAA soccer tournaments best of luck!
A brand new season of Massachusetts High School Lacrosse is slowly set to begin – there are still a few play-dates and scrimmages scheduled for the next few days. Below are a few games we’re going to be keeping an eye on – of course, there will be others, too – but here are some games to watch, attend or follow on social media!
Westford Academy at Lincoln-Sudbury (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4 p.m.) – This will be a good test for the Grey Ghosts as they take on the two-time defending MIAA Division 1 Eastern Champions.
Xaverian Bros. at Belmont Hill School (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 10 a.m. | Scrimmage): We will be keeping both eyes on Tim Gardner‘s squad this season, which begins its 2017 campaign officially next Tuesday, April 4th when they host Walpole before entertaining Catholic Memorial three days later on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Duxbury vs. LaSalle Academy (Friday, Mar. 31st | 5:30 p.m. | Scrimmage): This will be the Dragons’ third consecutive scrimmage before hopping into regular season play next Monday (Apr. 3rd) against Whitman-Hanson.
Wellesley at Norwell (Monday, Apr. 3rd | 4 p.m.): The Norwell girls lacrosse team will attempt to win their third consecutive MIAA Division 2 crown, but don’t overlook a Wellesley Raiders squad that will certainly be in the mix for the Bay State Conference (BSC) crown this season.
Needham vs. Lexington (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 3:45 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets saw their run toward a MIAA Division 1 South Sectional crown fall short to Duxbury last season, but being a new season (and a new tam), one should not overlook Needham, which will begin its season against B.C. High next Tuesday (on the road). As for Lexington, they’ll look to rebound after falling to Lincoln-Sudbury last year in the MIAA Division 1 North Quarterfinals.
Needham vs. Franklin (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 6:00 p.m.): Before competing in a play-date with Westwood girl’s lacrosse on Saturday, the Rockets will look to commence their season against a talented Franklin squad, which captured the MIAA East Division 1 crown last season with a 7-6 win over Acton-Boxboro.
St. John’s Prep at Reading (Thursday, Mar. 30th | 4:00 p.m. | Scrimmage): The Rockets and Eagles will tangle in what will be a quality scrimmage before Reading commences its season on Saturday, April 1st against Acton-Boxboro.
Grafton vs. Shrewsbury (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 3:30 p.m.): Expect Grafton to make another run toward the MIAA Boys Central/West Division 3 crown, especially after defeating Mount Greylock – a team one should not over look, too.
Mount Greylock at Burr & Burton Academy (Tuesday, Apr. 4th | 4:15 p.m.): Mount Greylock should certainly be in the mix for a Central/West Division 3 crown this season – hey, maybe they actually get past Grafton and secure a spot in the state semifinals.
Cohasset at Newton North (Saturday, Apr. 1st | 12:00 p.m.): We highlighted this game earlier in an exciting tweet from coach James Beaudoin. The past two years have seen this game head to an extra session, so it is possible we could see a third this weekend.
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Newton North will be the host with the game is scheduled to commence at 12:00 p.m. at Newton North Dickinson Stadium.
As noted in this morning’s tweet, the past two contests have needed an extra session to determine a winner, so could we make it three-straight overtime meetings? We’ll have to wait and see!
Last season, Cohasset advanced to the MIAA Division 3 South quarterfinals before falling to Norwell by a score of 11-8, while Newton North advanced to the MIAA Division 1 South Finals where they lost to Boston College High School, 10-6.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which is in its second year of existence, has reached its midway point of the season. And with that being said, we’ve provided highlights and statistics from various Massachusetts collegiate baseball players, who’re currently excelling quite well thus far for their teams.
Here are just a few names to keep your eyes on before the season concludes in August.
Anyelo Roman, Lowell, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Dakota State University senior infielder currently leads the league, as well as his team with 25 RBIs. He’s also cranked six home runs, 26 hits, 18 runs, and four doubles in 23 games.
Sean Ryan, Norton, MA (Brockton Rox): The Wheaton College junior has been a major spark for the Rox this season, and currently ranks second in the league with a .373 average. Yet, he’s also tallied 13 runs, 28 hits, four doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs in 20 games. He also endured a seven-game hitting streak, which commenced on June 24 against the Pittsfield Suns and concluded against the North Shore Navigators on July 5. During that stretch Ryan registered 17 hits and eight runs.
Brendan Doonan, Cohasset, MA (Brockton Rox): Through six games this season, Doonan has tallied one win and one loss, but also owns a 1.04 ERA. The University of Rhode Island freshman recorded 8.2 innings pitched this season, but has also yielded three hits. Also, he’s recorded six strikeouts and five walks on the bump.
Bobby Dean, Danvers, MA (North Shore Navigators): Against the Rox on July 10, Dean retired 10 batters and surrendered three runs, while his offense tallied six points, which helped North Shore secure a critical road win. Dean’s 10 strikeouts were the most he’s thrown in a game this season, and currently, he leads the league with 36 strikeouts. The former Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic, as well as University of Rhode Island junior, has managed to earn one win on the bump this season. He’s pitched in six contests and has yielded 24 hits in 30 innings.
Chris Shaw, Lexington, MA (Nashua Silver Knights): The future Boston College Eagle has been a major contributor for his team this summer, as he’s recorded 17 runs, 33 hits, 10 doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs in 27 contests. He’s also averaged one run per game currently, (he’s tallied one run in the last four games) and leads his team in RBIs.
Junior Vasquez, Lawrence, MA (Seacoast Mavericks): The Merrimack College freshman is one of six pitchers that have mustered three wins. He’s started four games this season, pitched in six total, and has retired 17 batters. His best outing thus far occurred on July 1 against the Raging Tide, as he pitched five shutout innings and recorded six strikeouts.
Monday’s non-conference clash between Dover-Sherborn and Cohasset was certainly entertaining, as three members of the Raiders offense – Ben Newbert, Jared Spence and Billy Polk – each recorded a hat trick, which helped D-S defeat Cohasset, 10-5.
Here are a few takeaways and thoughts from the Raiders fifth consecutive victory of the 2012 season.
D-S head coach Brian McLaughlin on the play of Newbert and Polk: “This is [Billy’s] fourth year on the varsity, and Ben’s been on for three, so even from the youth on up they’ve played a lot of lacrosse together. They’re two of the best kids you want to know. Both [Ben and Billy] are going to great schools, [and are] smart kids, so they’re both just terrific kids – good lacrosse players, but even better kids.”
Newbert on the win, and field chemistry: Once the contest concluded, Newbert commended his offense, which attempted many shots throughout the four quarters, but also managed to tally 10 strikes.
“We had a few very nice goals [in the first half] with ball movement,” said Newbert. “We [just] wanted to keep moving the ball, and [use] all three of us on attack and our midfielders to kind of get wide open shots and not take hard ones.”
Newbert also discussed the chemistry that he and Billy Polk have built up over the past few seasons, too.
“I’ve been playing with him since youth lacrosse,” explained Newbert. “He makes things happen, and it’s just kind of playing with him constantly that you kind of just know where he’s going to be, and he knows where you’re going to be, so you just figure out things like that.”
Both players entered this particular contest having experienced a great deal of success in their prior match against Hopkinton, which featured four goals from Polk, and a pair from Newbert.
Cohasset’s impressive netminder: It’s been a tough few days for the Skippers, who’re currently sporting a 1-2 record and reside in the South Shore basement.
However, despite enduring their first road loss of the season, one positive takeaway was the play of sophomore netminder Jack Conte, who recorded 21 saves between the pipes.
“[He’s] a sophomore goalie,” stated Cohasset head coach Tom Flanagan. “I have two great goalies, and it’s a fun situation if one guy comes to practice 15 minutes early, the next practice the other guy is 20 minutes early, and the next guy is 25 minutes early. It’s great competition.
Conte certainly got stronger as the game progressed, but various saves in the third and fourth quarters didn’t exactly propel Cohasset to victory.
“Jack’s a sophomore, [and] he’s a great kid,” exclaimed Flanagan. “He played on his head [on Monday]. A lot of feeding right on the crease, right on the doorsteps, stepping in, taking control.”