North Reading, Masconomet

NORTH READING — Matt McCarthy scored on runs of 75 and 34 yards and Masconomet missed a game-tying PAT in the waning seconds as North Reading pulled off the shocker, 14-13.

McCarthy had scored go-ahead with 1:25 left but there was still a lot of football to play. Paul Baker made things interesting on his late 10-yard TD run.

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Football, 10/02/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights return to title game

NORTH ANDOVER — While the Scarlet Knights didn't finish off the regular season looking real fit and spruce for the postseason, the North Andover girls lacrosse team has proven more than ready for another strong playoff push.

Less than three weeks removed from a heart wrenching triple-overtime loss to third-seeded Masconomet, the second-seeded Knights took command in the second half last night for a 14-9 victory over the Indians in the North semifinals. It was the second straight year North Andover defeated Masco in the semis and the third straight season the Indians had their season squashed in the same round.

The Knights (17-5) go after their second consecutive North title at 4:30 Thursday at top-seeded Billerica. A second straight championship, however, looked improbable after North Andover closed the regular season losing to both Billerica and Masconomet.

"We have a lot of heart this year," said North Andover coach Meredith Prior, whose squad finished 21-2-1 last year after losing in the state semifinals to Westwood. "We went through a few things that we didn't want to go through at the end of the season.

"But we had the heart to come back to win it (after being tied at halftime). That shows their composure and their smarts. I'd rather see the adversity in the regular season and then see them come out like they've done in the playoffs."

After falling behind by two early, North Andover rallied late to first take a lead before going into intermission tied at 5.

"The draws are the most important thing in the game," said Prior, who watched Masco win seven of the game's first 10 faceoffs. "In the first half, we weren't winning them. But our (defense) kept us in the game. It was phenomenal in the first half, and then they played even better in the second half."

One reason for the offensive spurt, was Prior inserting Abbie Karalis on the draw as the junior won two of the final four before half and four of the first five after the break.

That allowed the Knights to forge a 9-6 lead as Michelle Poirier (two), Leah Chittick (who had three in the first half) and Colleen Chittick each scored goals.

"My focus was just to get the ball for our team," said Karalis, who combined with Emma Johns to win seven of the first 12 draws after intermission. "I wanted to win this game so bad because of losing to them in the regular season. We got ourselves together and realized how much we love our seniors and how it's our year to win the whole thing."

Karalis helped finish off the Indians by scoring three of the Knights' five goals the final 12 minutes when NA turned a 9-8 lead into a 14-8 advantage. Goalie Lauren Hiller ensured her teammates effort would stand, making several critical saves on eight-meter penalty plays.

After falling behind 8-5 early in the second, Masconomet (15-5-1) rallied to within one with goals by Sammy Dindo and Molly Gillespie, who scored twice in a 15-second span after winning draws and streaking down field each time. Both Dindo and Gillespie scored three goals while Meghan Collins had a pair and Grace Fahey had five assists — four in the first half.

"We're an explosive team, and it's just that they got a couple breaks," Masconomet coach Alan McCarthy said. "We lost a few assignments and (the Knights) are too tough. We had to play 50 minutes at the top of our game, and that didn't happen over the course of tonight's game.

"Lacrosse is a game of runs, and unfortunately they put a strong one together. Draws are normally our strength, but we lost three or four possessions there that proved key."

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Masco stuns Knights

Leading by a goal with seconds to play in double overtime, the North Andover girls lacrosse was stunned at the buzzer as Masconomet scored the game-tying goal with under a second to play before going on to win the game in triple overtime. Leah Chittick, Courtney Karelas and Julia Morandi led the Scarlet Knights with three goals each.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/20/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachem thriller

Ben Brackbill and Max Jackson fought off three match points in the third set and won a wild 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) match at second doubles to give Pentucket a 3-2 win over fellow CAL power Masconomet. That clinched Pentucket's second straight CAL Kinney Division title. Another highlight was Connor Aulson winning 6-2, 6-0 at first singles over Alex Fizz, who beat him two weeks ago.

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Boys Tennis, 05/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Valenti fuels Hornets


Junior Julia Valenti cleared a school record 12-6 and won four events, including the shot put in 35-2 in her first try at the event, to pace North Reading's girls to a sweep on Ipswich and Masconomet and their second straight Cape Ann League title. Freshman Meredith Griffin won the mile in 5:28 for the Hornets, who are 17-0 in meets over the last two years.  

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Girls Track and Field, 05/13/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Irons saves win

Kate Irons tracked down a deep fly in center field for a terrific running catch in the seventh to preserve a 3-2 Georgetown victory over Masconomet.

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Softball, 05/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Masco mauling

Zach Duval and Kyle Kowalski were sharp on the mound, pitching Masconomet past North Reading, 12-4, in Cape Ann League action.

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Baseball, 04/16/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Freshman fantastic

Freshman Gabby Vaccaro starred in her first career varsity start, making 12 saves as Andover rolled over Masconomet 16-3 in the season-opener for both teams. Nikki Christopulos scored four goals and three other Warriors had hat tricks to make new coach Cat Gross a winner in her debut game.

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Girls Lacrosse, 03/30/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights hold on


North Andover's boys lacrosse team took a 6-2 halftime lead and then held on for an 8-7 victory over Masconomet. Matt Moody had four goals for the Knights and, in his first start in goal, sophomore Jack Perry had 11 saves.

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Boys Lacrosse, 03/30/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies rally


Haverhill's wrestling team rallied for a 43-33 victory over Masconomet to end its dual meet season with a 16-7 record. Heavyweight David Rizzotti had a pin at 1:23 to put the Hillies in the lead for the first time and Nick Tejada clinched the win with a pin at 106.

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Wrestling, 02/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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