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Mass. High Schools: The Greater Boston League Returns

NS GBL

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The Greater Boston League (GBL) is back in business.

As confirmed through a press release this morning, the league is ready to begin a new era with five schools beginning next school year.

The five schools that will make-up the GBL are EverettMaldenMedfordSomerville, and Revere.

All five schools currently compete in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) but elected to reform the GBL following a two-year trial merger, which began in the spring of 2017.

Prior to merging with the NEC, the GBL was considered one of the state’s top leagues, which featured some impressive competition at all levels that would be represented in both the college and professional sports worlds.

The league’s reformation certainly has excited many, including the coaches, student-athletes, and administrators, who are ready to restart the competition between the five communities this fall.


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New England HS Notebook: Can Reading Repeat As MIAA D2 State Champions?

NE HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It finally feels like spring in New England, which means a brand new season of high school lacrosse is set to begin for a few squads later this week – are you excited?

This spring, Noontime Sports will be producing some features and notebooks on New England high school lacrosse, which we are super-excited about – we hope you are, as well.

Let’s begin our coverage with our initial notebook of the season with some news and links from the world wide web and social media!

  • Mike Tobin and the Reading Rockets will begin their title defense next Monday, April 1st when they host Marblehead for a 4:30 p.m. face-off. Tobin should once again be the player to watch on Reading this spring before he heads west to compete for the University of Massachusetts. Tobin and the Rockets were recently featured in The Boston Globe last week – can they make it back-to-back seasons as champions? We’ll have to wait and see.

    In addition to facing Marblehead next Monday, Reading is also scheduled to compete next Friday, April 5th against Austin Prep (4 p.m.). Five days later, Reading will entertain Watertown before hitting the road for a late week tilt with Wakefield.

  • After falling short of reaching the championship game last spring, the Greenwich girls lacrosse team will attempt to reach that stage later this spring, thanks to 20 returners from its 2018 squad.

    As noted in the piece on Greenwich, four players will continue their career at the next level, including Olivia Cann, who will compete for Johns Hopkins University. Fans can spot Cann this spring on the defensive end.

  • Catherine Manning, Alex Houlden and Alyssa Saraceni will captain the Peabody girls lacrosse team this spring, as noted in the Daily Item. All three seniors were captains for the Tanners last spring, which should bode well for Peabody, which hopes to erase memories of a postseason setback to Reading.

    Peabody will entertain Gloucester next Wednesday, April 3rd with opening draw set for 4 p.m.

  • A new era of high school lacrosse is set to begin in Nashua, New Hampshire as both the boys and girls’ teams will have new coaches this season, according to The Telegraph.

    Nick Sampson will oversee the boys lacrosse team – he is a New Hampshire native that competed for Daniel Webster College – while Heather McKillop and Kristen Peterson will be co-coaches for the girl’s team.

  • Bridgewater-Raynham boys lacrosse has established a winning tradition over the past few years, but the Trojans must find a way to continue it without 12 seniors from last year’s 16-3 unit.

    For B-R to continue its previous success, they will need to rely on its defense to fuel its offense. The team’s four captains, including James MacDermott, is confident in the defense but optimistic about what they should see from the offense this spring.

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Mass. High Schools: Boston Latin Tops Somerville In MIAA D2 North First Round

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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.”

NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th)

NEC Boy's Hockey WK3

By NEC High Schools | @NEC_HighSchools

Luke Evangelista‘s hat trick against Marblehead helped Winthrop defeat the Headers for an important Northeastern Conference (NEC) win on Saturday, which provided the Vikings with the top spot in this week’s poll.

Marblehead held the top spot in the first two polls, but will look to regroup on Wednesday when they face sixth-ranked Saugus in another important NEC North clash.

GloucesterDanvers and Lynn remain in the third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively, while Medford and Somerville each moved-up. The Mustangs’ tie with the Sachems helped the Blue and White secure the seventh position, while a pair of NEC South wins over Revere/Malden and Swampscott helped the Highlanders move-up two spots. The Highlanders, who haven’t lost since falling to Cambridge last month, will look to continue their current momentum on Wednesday when they host Watertown.

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NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th, 2019)

1. Winthrop

6-2, 3-0 NEC North

Last Week: No. 2

2. Marblehead

7-1, 3-1 NEC North

Last Week: No. 1

3. Gloucester 

6-2-1, 4-0 NEC South

Last Week: No. 3 

4. Danvers 

3-1-2, 2-1-1 NEC North

Last Wee: No. 4

5. Lynn 

4-2-1, 2-1-1 NEC South

Last Week: No. 5 

6. Saugus  3-2-3, 1-0-2 NEC North Last Week: No. 6
7. Medford  1-3-1, 1-3-1 NEC North Last Week: No. 8
8. Somerville  3-2-2, 3-0-1 NEC South Last Week: No. 10
9. Swampscott  2-5-1, 1-3 NEC South Last Week: No. 7
10. Beverly  1-5-1, 1-3-1 NEC North Last Week: No. 9 

On the Rise: Everett (3-5, 0-3 NEC South)


Previous Polls: Week One | Week Two


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NEC High Schools: Girl’s Ice Hockey Top 5 Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th)

NEC GIRLS WEEK 3

By NEC High Schools | @NEC_HighSchools

For the second-straight week, Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading secured the top spot in our weekly Northeastern Conference (NEC) Girl’s Ice Hockey Top Five poll, while Beverly/Danvers made its initial appearance on the list, checking-in fifth overall.

The Panthers make their debut on our weekly poll following recent wins over Wakefield (8-7) and Falmouth (4-1). Beverly/Danvers faces Andover on Wednesday and Marblehead on Saturday – we will be keeping our eyes on both of these match-ups.

Masconomet switched spots with Winthrop, checking-in second overall with a 2-1 win over the Vikings yesterday.

Make sure to stay connected with us on Twitter by following @NEC_HighSchools, while also tossing a follow to @NoontimePuck, which is keeping you updated on the New England hockey world.


NEC High Schools: Girl’s Ice Hockey Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th, 2019)

1.Peabody/Lynnfield/ North Reading

6-1-1, 4-0-1

Previously No. 1

2. Masconomet

3-2-2, 3-0-2

Previously No. 3

3. Winthrop 

6-2, 3-2 

Previously No. 2 

4. Medford/Malden 

2-4-1, 2-2-1

Previously No. 4

5. Beverly/Danvers

2-5, 0-4 

Previously NR

On the Rise: Marblehead (1-6, 0-4) 


Previous Polls: Week One Poll| Week Two Poll


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