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Knights fall to Masco in North final

LYNN — As members of North Andover High boys soccer huddled and consoled one another yesterday after the Division 2 North championship, you have to wonder if senior Mike Skarbelis leaves the team as the greatest player in program history.

Skarbelis scored the 1-1 equalizer 59 seconds into the second half, but Masconomet’s Kevin Gilbert fired in a free kick from a remarkable 52 yards out to lead Masco 2-1 over North Andover at Manning Field, handing the No. 1-seed Knights their first loss of the season.

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Boys Soccer, 06/23/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights continue rolling

NORTH ANDOVER — Although the Scarlet Knights' girls lacrosse squad looked slick while winning last night's Division 1 North semifinal, the word out of North Andover wasn't grease — it was a synonym for atonement.

"We want redemption," senior captain Erin Kelley said after helping North Andover to an easy 17-10 victory over Masconomet, sending the young squad to its second consecutive North finals. "We are so ready for this. We are not going to lose that game."

That game would be the North final, the same round the Knights' season ended last year in a six-point loss to Westford Academy. Top-seeded North Andover (20-1-1) will find out this year's foe after today's matchup between No. 2 Andover and No. 3 Winchester.

"It's going to be a tough opponent in the North," coach Meredith Prior said after her squad won its 12th straight. "Although we've played Andover twice and beaten them (by a combined 18-11), it doesn't mean anything."

When asked if she thought atonement would be the motivation in Thursday's championship at a site to be determined, Prior agreed with her captain.

"It's way different this year," Prior said. "It's a completely different team. It's very young, and we're a very fast team. They have very high lacrosse IQ ... We just talked about redemption. We want to win the North and then see someone from the south (in the Eastern Mass title match)."

North Andover's speed and balance was evident yesterday. After twice spotting fourth-seeded Masconomet early one-goal leads, the Knights took command, scoring three straight en route to a 7-2 run that opened up an 8-4 lead late in the opening half.

"We get kind of tentative on defense to start (games) off with," Kelley said. "We have two defenses that we run, and we're more comfortable with one than the other ... But once we get through the first five minutes, we get more comfortable with each other. That's when it really turns out well for us."

Five different players scored at least one goal in the first and it was more of the same after intermission with six players finding the back of the net. The Knights did most of their damage off the free-position setup following Masco penalties with six such goals in the second.

"We work on free positions all the time," Prior said. "It should be a free goal, and we like to get our girls in position. On the other side (on defense), we don't want them scoring on those plays. That's what we work real hard on in practice."

Kelley, the only senior with a point yesterday, and Michelle Poirier paced the offense with four goals each while Leah Chittick and Abbie Karalis added three apiece. Colleen Chittick scored twice and Julia Morandi had one goal. Sophomore goalie Lauren Hiller did her part with 11 saves, allowing only four free-position scores.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/02/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warriors roll on

 

Andover's girls tennis team romped past Masconomet 5-0 in the Division 1 North semifinals to advance to the North finals against Westford. The Warriors, now 20-0, didn't lose a set against Masco.

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Girls Tennis, 06/02/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Shutting down Masco

 

Andover's boys lacrosse team gave up only one goal in the first half and went on to knock off Masconomet 11-5 in Division 1 North action. Jake Lakos scored five goals, George Cardillo added four, Jesse Greaves stood out on faceoffs and Walter Pappas was excellent in net for the Warriors (16-6), making 18 saves.

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Boys Lacrosse, 05/31/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Excellence from Emma

Emma Johns played a stellar defensive game and Lauren Hiller made 11 saves as North Andover whipped Masconomet 15-6. Michelle Poirier scored five goals.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Royal upset

 

Georgetown's baseball team pulled off the win of the year, knocking off unbeaten Masconomet 5-4 behind the arm and bat of junior Alex Bornholdt. He pitched three innings of relief, allowing just one hit, and delivered the winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh with a long sacrifice fly, driving in Mike Goddu. In the last 11 innings over four days, he has two wins and allowed only three hits.

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Baseball, 05/12/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket Power

The Pentucket girls and boys track teams combined for the coed championship at Friday's Triton Henry Sheldon Classic.

Ellison Seymour's winning 400 hurdle time of 71.0 is a personal best and qualified her for states. 

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Boys Track and Field, 05/11/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hornet rally

 

North Reading's softball team remained on a roll (7-1) thanks to two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and a run in the bottom of the ninth in a 6-5 victory over Masconomet. Tarah Reilly (3 for 3) had an RBI double for the game-winner and freshman Cassidy Gaeta had a two-run homer.

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Softball, 04/25/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Left on base

 

Pentucket's softball team lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, to Masconomet despite a one-hitter thrown by Carley Desjardins. Pentucket, led by Tyler Feeney and Maddie Binding with three hits apiece, left 11 runners on base.

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Softball, 04/16/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

2 girls, 11 goals

Abbie Karalis scored six goals and Leah Chittick added five goals as North Andover beat former league rival Masconomet 13-8 in girls lacrosse action.

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Girls Lacrosse, 04/14/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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