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Friday was a busy day in the lacrosse world with some big-time matchups and important wins for a variety of Eastern Massachusetts teams. Below are the outcomes from today’s games, including Lincoln-Sudbury topping Duxbury in a marquee Friday afternoon match-up.
Somerville’ Austin Pacheco netted the Highlanders’ lone goal on Tuesday in a 4-1 setback to Boston Latin. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
Austin Pacheco netted Somerville‘s lone goal of Tuesday evening’s tilt with Boston Latin late in the third period, but the late marker didn’t ignite a comeback, as the Highlanders fell to the Wolf Pack, 4-1, in the opening round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D2 North Tournament at Ryan Rink in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Tuesday’s loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders, which included a Mulloy Tournament championship six days ago when Somerville beat Essex Tech in Everett.
Boston Latin secured an early lead in the first period before Jeff Monahan and Frank Linso padded the Purple and White’s advantage with back-to-back tallies late in the second to provide the Wolf Pack with a 3-0 lead.
Damon Alexander extended Boston Latin’s lead to four goals early in the third period before Pacheco buried a feed from Chris DeSousa and Dylan Zracket with 2:30 remaining.
With the win, the Wolf Pack secured a date with Stoneham on Friday, March 1st in the quarterfinals. The game will be a rematch of last year’s D2 North championship, which saw Stoneham edge Boston Latin, 2-1.
Stoneham secured a rematch with the Wolf Pack by defeating Winthrop this evening in the opening round by a score of 6-2.
Somerville concludes its season with nine wins, which matches the Highlander squad from the 2014-15 that advanced to the postseason, but fell to Marblehead in the opening round.
Additionally, the Highlanders concluded its second season in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) with a 4-2-3 mark, which was good enough for 11 points.
“The boys played hard all game,” said Somerville coach Kevin Wilson shortly after his team’s 2018-19 season concluded. “(They) never gave up … I am proud of them for not giving up. It was a great learning experience.
“Latin played a good system, so hats off to them … again, it was a great learning experience.”
The Somerville varsity boys’ ice hockey team is headed back to the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan)
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Somerville boy’s ice hockey team is heading back to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournament, thanks to a 7-1 win last night over Everett on the opening day of the Mulloy Tournament.
With their six-goal win last night, the Highlanders improve to 8-6-5 overall to clinch the program’s first winning season since posting a 10-7-4 mark during the 2012-13 season.
Reaching the postseason has been a goal for third-year coach Kevin Wilson, who knew his team had a chance to clinch a playoff berth following an impressive 5-2 win last week over Hamilton-Wenham, which was highlighted by senior Chris DeSousa‘s 100th varsity point.
“They are all hard workers and have been busting their butts all week and all year long,” said Wilson when discussing his team’s desire to achieve its preseason goal of reaching the postseason this winter.
“This was a goal we all wanted,” he added.
Wilson came close to guiding the Highlanders to a postseason appearance last winter, but the Highlanders struggled down the stretch and finished five points shy of the 20-point mark, which would have secured them a spot in the MIAA D2 North Tournament.
One year later, Wilson and his crew are headed to the postseason, thanks to some impressive performances over the past few weeks.
Somerville is scheduled to compete against Essex Tech on Wednesday, February 20th in the Mulloy Tournament Championship – the game will be held at Allied Veterans Rink in Everett at 7 p.m. – before beginning hopefully a lengthy postseason journey next week.
Similar to Somerville, Essex Tech also secured a spot in the postseason last night with a 3-0 win over Northeast, which was highlighted by Chris Masta‘s 100th career point (two goals, one assist) in a Hawks uniform.
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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck
The end of December can be a busy time in the high school hockey world, which is why we have decided to highlight some Northeastern Conference (NEC) boy’s ice hockey games to watch over the next few weeks – there are lot of great match-ups, so hopefully you can attend one of them or at least follow along on social media.
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Watertown vs. Saugus (Wednesday, Dec. 19th | 4 p.m.): After recording a pair of ties in its first two contests, one has to think that these Sachems will find a way into the win column Wednesday when they skate against Watertown. Look for Joe Cross, CJ Graffeo and Anthony Cogliano to lead the Red and White in this one.
Somerville vs. Everett (Wednesday, Dec. 19th | 7:30 p.m.): The Highlanders rallied to tie the Lynn Jets in its season-opener, thanks to an impressive six point performance by Jeremy Procter. But despite their recent outcome against Latin Academy – the Highlanders fell to the Dragons, 3-2 – Somerville should find a way into the win column against their neighbors. Everett enters Wednesday’s tilt 2-1 overall, thanks to back-to-back wins over East Boston.
Danvers vs. Marblehead (Saturday, Dec. 22nd | 1:40 p.m.): This is always a must-see, must watch game, which will be taking place at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College. The Headers recently cracked the win column with a 4-1 victory over Medford earlier this month and should enter the marquee tilt with a second win against Weymouth when the two teams meet on Wednesday. Danvers will look to erase the memories of a 2-2 tie with Peabody from last week with hopefully a win over Medford on Wednesday before turning their attention to Marblehead.
Beverly vs. Gloucester (Wednesday, Dec. 26th | 6 p.m.):Derek Hopkins and EJ Field will be just two of many players to watch for Gloucester as the Fishermen will attempt to tame the Panthers in an opening round Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament contest. Beverly netminder Jack ten Hope will also be a player to watch in this one, as well.
Lynn vs. Swampscott (Wednesday, Dec. 26th | 6 p.m.): The Jets and Big Blue will meet on the opening day of the Lynn Christmas Tournament in what should be a great early season match-up. The winner will face Essex Tech-Northeast in Thursday’s championship. Let’s see how the Big Blue defense does with containing Lynn’s Brian Clougherty and John DiFilippo. Swampscott’s Conor Donovan should certainly be a factor in this game, as well – look for the junior forward to set-up a few goal scoring opportunities.
Essex Tech vs. Revere/Malden (Saturday, Dec. 29th | 12 p.m.): It has been a tough start for the Patriots, who struggled against both Bourne and Dartmouth earlier this month – they face-off against Swampscott on Wednesday before competing in the First Responders Cup against Methuen on Wednesday, December 26th. But no matter what happens in their next few contests, this should hopefully be a game that provides Revere/Malden with a spark heading into their early January clash with Somerville.
Winthrop vs. Lynn (Saturday, Dec. 29th | 1:30 p.m.): The Vikings are off to a good start – they have recorded recent wins over Portland (Maine) and Northeast – but despite falling to Mansfield last Saturday, they should regain some momentum heading into this NEC North vs. NEC South match-up. The Vikings will need to defend Lynn’s Brian Clougherty, who netted four goals against Somerville.
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