The Methuen girls soccer team's dream season came to an end after No. 2 seed Masconomet won 1-0 in the Division 1 North quarterfinal, scoring 10 minutes into the second half before holding on for the win. Megan Langlois made 16 saves in the loss, and the Rangers finish 13-6-3.
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Girls Soccer, 11/08/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
NORTH ANDOVER — Once the MIAA massaged the matchups in the non-playoff side of things for this week in high school football, North Andover football coach John Dubzinski had no buttons to push.
His Knights drew Masconomet Regional, as in 40-year Thanksgiving rival Masco. As in longtime Cape Ann League nemesis Masconomet.
Yeah, North Andover would be up for this one.
"They're still a rival, it's a huge one," said Knights' senior Joe Samuelman, the bell-cow in North Andover's 313-yard rushing attack Friday night, leading his team over Masco, 20-8, before about 600 fans at Walsh Field.
"To get the win over our (former) Thanksgiving rival, even thought it's not on Thanksgiving, still means an awful lot. It was very emotional. It means a lot to walk out of here on Friday night at Walsh Stadium for the last time with a victory."
Samuelman set the tone for the Knights' night quickly. bursting off right tackle for 89 yards and the opening score. The former fourth-stringer would go on to carry 22 times in all for 192 yards and all 20 of the North Andover points (3 TDs, 1 2-point rush) in the win.
With next week's game tentatively slated at Lincoln-Sudbury and Thanksgiving morning's tussle with Andover, Samuelman now has a shot at a 1,000-yard season, having piled up 838 yards on 104 carries so far.
Still, Masco came to play, and when the Chieftains punched in with Declan Judge's two-yard dive and a conversion pass to Jason Slattery, these teams went to the half at 14-8.
Work had to be done in the Knights' locker-room. Masco bull Scott Foden had dominated the first half with 105 yards on 14 carries.
"We changed our reads, pulled the safeties up and got more guys in the box to defeat their run," said Samuelman, an assassin at linebacker all night long.
Foden just couldn't get it going with all that attention and managed just 12 yards on six carries after the break.
"Our defense did a great job," said Dubzinski. "Both teams came to play, and it was just a classic, physical high school game. Honestly, it's what I expected.
"I'm a product of high school football in Massachusetts. Having played in the Fitchburg-Leominster game, I know how big these rivalries are. You kick it up an extra notch. The rivalry kind of takes on a life of its own."
With the win, North Andover moves to 5-4, while Masco falls to 2-7.
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Football, 11/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Ashley Dykman scored team-highs in kills (15), aces (5) and digs (12) as No. 10 Central Catholic outlasted No. 7 Masconomet 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 15-11 in the Division 1 North first round. The Raiders travel to No. 2 Peabody on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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Girls Volleyball, 11/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Jillian Boyle had eight aces among her whopping 27 service points as North Andover's volleyball team outlasted Masconomet 3-2 on Senior Night. Catherine Flaherty had 13 kills and six blocks for the Knights.
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Girls Volleyball, 10/26/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Georgetown's Grace Sousa may be only a seventh grader, but she's one of the top runners in the Cape Ann League, proving as much on Wednesday when she finished second out of 90 runners against Masconomet and Lynnfield. Sousa finished in 20:25, and Jackie Simmons (seventh, 21:24) and Shea McFadden (ninth, 21:47) both enjoyed strong performances as well.
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Girls Cross Country, 10/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Georgetown boys cross country picked up its first win of the season by beating Lynnfield 27-30. Robbie Blythe got his first varsity win, running the 3 mile course in 17:50, and Charlie Mullen came in shortly behind in 18:42.
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Boys Cross Country, 10/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
BOXFORD - Pentucket made the plays they had to and withstood a tough Masconomet running attack to hang on for the 21-13 win to stay unbeaten.
The difference in the game was a blocked punt by Noah Malhi that gave the Sachems the ball at the Masco 1-yard line midway through the second quarter. On the very next play Liam Sheehy punched it in to give Pentucket the lead. Stevie Johanson booted the first of his three PAT's for a 7-0 advantage.
"That blocked punt by Malhi was a big momentum change," said Pentucket coach Steve Hayden. "As things turned out we only beat them by one touchdown. So we really needed a play like that."
Masconomet running back Scott Foden came up big on the ensuing drive, returning the kick 47 yards to the Sachems 41-yard line, and four plays later broke away from tacklers for a 34-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
The Sachems' punishing running game led by Kiernan Haley, Sheehy, and Brennan McGuirk gave them a 14-7 lead right after Foden's first touchdown run. Travis Bounsy had a long return, and a face mask penalty against the Chieftains moved the ball to the Masco 30-yard liine. On the next play Haley went all the way for the score, and at the half Pentucket led, 14-7.
Pentucket added another touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter when Haley went in from four yards out.
Masconomet answered with no time left in the third quarter when Pentucket's punt was partially blocked, giving the Chieftains possession at the Sachems' 28. Foden got the call four times in a row, capping the drive with a 3-yard run, but the PAT failed.
Pentucket is now 5-0 and will host Coyle-Cassidy next Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Football, 10/16/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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
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
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