Clippers get no hit

Newburyport baseball couldn't touch Masconomet pitcher Andrew Manni, who pitched a no hitter in his first career start to beat the Clippers 1-0 on Friday. Casey McLaren was the tough luck loser after pitching five shutout innings, striking out seven while allowing only two hits and two walks on the day. The Clippers bats remained quiet on Saturday too, when the team was beaten 8-1 by Lynnfield.

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Baseball, 04/13/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights surge


Trailing at the half, North Andover's girls lacrosse team scored four straight to surge to a 12-10 win over Masconomet. Julia Silk, Leah Hurley and Jill Good all had hat tricks, Dana Swartz had two goals and five assists and Kelly Corrigan and Kelcey Dion stood out with draw controls.

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Girls Lacrosse, 04/09/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders hold on

Up 5-3 at the half, the Central Catholic girls lacrosse team used four goals from Ciera Licare and three goals from Caroline Pinho to hold off Masconomet for the 10-9 season-opening win.

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Girls Lacrosse, 04/03/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen/Tewkksbury surges into first state title game

WOBURN — Kelly Golini was furious.
With a trip to the TD Garden on the line, the Methuen/Tewksbury star had just seen Masconomet tie the game early in the third period. And she simply would not let it stand.
“I was honestly very, very mad they got that goal,” said Golini. “For them to score that goal at that point made me so angry. I just wanted to throw in back in their faces. So I got the puck and something in me told me I needed to get to the net and my shot had to go in.”

Golini picked up the puck near center ice and broke towards the goal. She deked one defender, flipped the puck to her backhand to out-maneuver another, then slid the puck just outside the goalie’s skate to give Methuen/Tewksbury the lead with 9:21 to go in the game. 
From there, the No. 4 Red Rangers held strong to take a 4-2 victory over No. 9 Masconomet in the Division 1 state semifinal at O’Brien Rink in Woburn in front of a jam-packed estimated 1,000 fans.

“It’s amazing,” said Golini. “I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s so much adrenaline. Senior year, doing this is everything I could have asked for and so much more. This is all going exactly how I wanted it to.”
With the win, Methuen/Tewskbury advances to its first state title game in the program’s six-year history, at the TD Garden on Sunday (time TBA).
The Red Rangers will take on No. 2 Woburn (23-0-2). The Tanners beat No. 3 Austin Prep 2-1 in the earlier semifinal Monday night. Methuen and Woburn did not meet in the regular season.
“I can’t even put this feeling into words,” said Methuen/Tewksbury head coach Sarah Oteri. “The kids battled so hard. They did everything we asked them to. It was a good battle tonight. Masco was a good team. But we never gave up and we just kept battling.”
Methuen’s Brenna Greene set the tone just minutes in on Monday, delivering a monster open ice check on a Masco forward. The sophomore was not called for a penalty.
But it was Masco that struck first, as Erin Irons took a pass from sister Kate Irons and scored to give the Chieftains a 1-0 lead 5:38 into play.  
“I think the nerves of the big game and the crowd of the big game got to us a little early,” said Oteri, a former Andover High star. “But it just came down to making a few good plays and getting the confidence that we could do this.”
Red Rangers goalie Kaia Hollingsworth went to work after that, making a few huge saves to kill a Masco penalty that ended the first period. Her best was when she stopped a shot with her chest, then lunged to cover the rebound.
After one goal was disallowed, Methuen/Tewksbury tied the game 3:49 into the second. Golini gathered in a rebound in front of the goal and hammered it home to make it 1-1. Assists went to Greene and Lydia Pendleton.
Just over two minutes later, Kaylen Taddia gave the Rangers the lead, taking a pass in the left faceoff circle and firing home a shot from an impossible angle. Greene and Golini had the helpers.
“That was huge,” said Oteri. “We had been working on the power play, which I think is a strength. Kaylen is battling a sickness, so for her to get that on the power play was huge.”
Masconomet tied it up 4:23 into the third. But Golini needed just 1:16 to give the Red Rangers the lead for good with her highlight-reel score.
“It was a beautiful goal,” said Oteri. “Kelly has a great deke. It was Kelly with her tic-tac-toe goal for sure. It was huge.”
Masco had a few opportunities late, but Hollingsworth (26 saves) would not let another in. With just over 30 seconds left, she squashed the one final attempt, blocking the right post with her skate as Chieftain tried to hammer it past her. 
Cassidy Gruning scored in the final seconds, setting off a huge celebration for the Rangers. 
“It’s amazing,” I am honestly so excited to play at the Garden. I can’t wait to do everything and see everything and experience everything about the state title game. It is something none of us will every forget.”

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Girls Ice Hockey, 03/12/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

O'Malley, Rangers beat Methuen in double OT

CHELMSFORD — Playing 3-on-3 in the second overtime session, Masconomet surged for one chance before Methuen charged up ice and scored to take a 5-4 win in the first round of the Division 2 North sectionals.
Connor O’Malley got the game-winner to send the Rangers into the North quarterfinals. They’ll play Boston Latin Friday at 5:40 p.m. at Chelmsford Forum.

Chieftains coach Andrew Jackson said, “Some of our guys thought they heard a whistle, but it is what it is.”

The Rangers (11-7-3) led 2-0 early before surrendering the next three goals to the Chieftains (11-6-4).

The scoring started quick for the Rangers when senior Brett Blackwell buried a shot just over three minutes in. The Rangers quickly doubled that lead with a tally from sophomore Matt Horan.

The Chieftains weren’t down for long, though. Freshman Logan Campbell got one back just 19 seconds after the second Rangers’ goal — and that’s when Masconomet took over.

Campbell scored under three minutes later to tie the game after an onslaught of shots from the Chieftains on Rangers goalie Devin Coonradt.

Will Major took a pass from captain Garrett Young and banked it off the goalie and in to give fifth-seeded Masconomet a 3-2 lead with 6:24 left in the second period. But the Rangers persisted and earned a late power play.

Blackwell — the son of head coach Bill Blackwell, who formerly coached the Chieftains — carried the puck down low and passed it, then forced in a rebound to tie the game. 
It wasn’t ruled a goal at first, but after a lengthy review it was determined the Rangers had indeed tied the game with 25 seconds left in the frame.

Masconomet leading scorer Andrew Gotts took a rebound on the near side of the crease and got it past the outstretched leg of Coonradt to lead 4-3 with just over five minutes left in the game.

With 1:19 left following a Methuen timeout, Blackwell netted his third of the game to tie it, 4-4. 

The first overtime had plenty of chances for both sides, but a late shot from Connor O’Malley found twine and sent the Rangers to the next round.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/27/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Red Rangers lose to Masco in shootout

NEWBURYPORT — It’s not often that the Masconomet co-op team’s Clipper contingent gets to play at its own Graf Rink.

So it was quite the happy homecoming for the Newburyport High students who skate for the Chieftains Tuesday when they advanced to the Newburyport Bank Classic final by edging Methuen-Tewksbury in a shootout.

The game officially goes down as a 2-2 tie with Masco (13-4-2) extending its unbeaten streak to six and the Red Rangers’ own streak moving to 14 as they go to 17-1-2 overall.

A shootout was then staged to determine which team would face Winchester in Thursday’s championship game. Masco’s Charisse Flanagan scoring the only goal and Molly Elmore kept all four tries out of her net.

“It feels like coming home because I played here all through youth hockey. Being in the Newburyport Bank tourney is always really fun,” said Elmore, a Newburyport High sophomore who made 18 saves. “We were really excited for his game because they’d beaten us earlier this year (2-0 on Dec. 27).”

Elmore and Methuen/Tewksbury’s Kaia Hollingsworth, also a sophomore, traded saves throughout the final minutes. Both squads created chances both off the rush and through rebounds but neither could light the lamp.

“It turned into a goalie battle. Kaia was incredible and I’ll take any point I can get at this stage of the season,” said Masco coach Ryan Sugar. 
Elmore’s best stop was a back door denial of sniper Kelly Golini, who scored earlier in the game and has more than 150 career goals. At the other end, Hollingsworth stayed square on a 2-on-1 break to stop Abby Gendron and later made a flashy glove save to rob Flanagan on a similar rush.

“I saw the other goalie coming up really big and I wanted to do the same thing,” Elmore said. 

Masco had the lead twice in each of the first two periods only to see the Rangers strike back. Freshman Erin Irons opened the scoring by slipping a backhand inside the post late in the first. That lead lasted only 78 seconds before Golini sniped her team’s first goal top corner.

Senior Sami Kelleher, another Newburyport student, scored early in the second.
Lydia Pendleton evened the score 2-2 when Golini’s rebound found her at the far side of the crease with 1:59 left in the second.

Methuen/Tewksbury will face St. Peter Marian in Thursday’s consolation at Graf (5 p.m.) while Masco faces defending champ Winchester in a rematch of last year’s final (7 p.m.).
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Girls Ice Hockey, 02/20/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Denoncourt is Interscholastic champ

Andover junior Jason Denoncourt beat out five St. John's Prep standouts to win the North Shore League's Interscholastic Meet. Denoncourt had quite a day at Bradford Ski Area with a combined slalol/giant slalom time of 44.31, to beat runner-up Jeff DiNitto (45.29) by nearly a full second.
The Prep easily won its 10th straight Interscholastic title with North Andover in second. Cole Masterson and Mitchell Flaherty went 7-8 overall to pace the Knights.

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Boys Skiing, 02/14/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

High 5: Knights dynasty continues

The North Andover domination continued. The five-time regular-season North Shore League champs won their fifth straight Interscholastic (league meet) title. Maria Cavallaro, who is nursing a knee injury, placed second overall with a 46.29 (combined slalom and giant slalom). Masconomet's Faith Stanton was the overall champ in 45.75.
Other top Knights were her twin sister Rachel in third and Sydney Schwalm in eighth. Andover's Anna Souter and Cayley Denoncourt placed fourth and seventh, respectively. Haverhill's Jana Laurendeau, a Billerica High student, placed 11th.

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Girls Skiing, 02/14/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

5-peat for Knights

North Andover girls skiing wrapped up its fifth straight unbeaten season in North Shore League action. Coach Jerry Marchegiani said that's never happened before in the 45-year history of NS League girls skiing. The 14-0 Knights got another first from Maria Cavallaro while Sydney Schwalm tok third and Rachel Cavallaro seventh.

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Girls Skiing, 02/08/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Balanced attack

Pentucket got offense from all over its lineup, but the Sachems fell one-point short in Monday's 74-73 loss to Masconomet. Gus Flaherty and Nathan McGrail led the way with 15 points each, Sam Stys had 11 points and Spencer Pacy added 10.

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Boys Basketball, 02/06/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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