Lacrosse girls are first-ever league champs...

May 24, 2018 by

Next stop playoffs for 11-5 Melrose Published in the May 25, 2018 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High girls’ lacrosse team made history last week by becoming the first-ever Middlesex Freedom League champs after sweeping the league undefeated and improving to 11-5 overall, which matches their program-best record in 2016. The playoff-headed Lady Raiders made it official with a 17-8 victory over Burlington on Thursday, May 17. The victory served as a regular season finale and kept Melrose unbeaten at 5-0 against all Freedom League opponents as they head into the Div. 1 North playoff field.  The win is especially impressive for first-year coach Matt Galusi, who took over coaching duties this year with hopes to return the team to playoffs, and possibly, take a league title. Done, and done.  “We wanted to qualify...

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League champ lacrosse team can’t be stopped now...

May 24, 2018 by

15-1 Melrose has eyes beyond Div. 2 North Published in the May 25, 2018 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—An early glance at the 2018 spring schedule of the Melrose High boy’s lacrosse team revealed some must-see play action against a few division foes late in the season.  That included a highly anticipated contest between Div. 2 North power Marblehead, who have bested Melrose for close to ten years. On Monday, Melrose beat the Magicians for first time ever in an overwhelming 14-6 contest. The Red Raiders remains a near-flawless 15-1 on the season with their season finale slated for Friday when they resume play against Wakefield (called short in previous play with 6-1 Melrose lead) at 3:30 p.m. “That was our best win since Winchester,” head coach Matt James said of the Marblehead effort. “There is very little negative...

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Tourney time for Lady sluggers

May 24, 2018 by

Comeback win over Wakefield earns Melrose a postseason Published in the May 25, 2018 edition By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—The Melrose High softball team is returning to playoffs after clinching a spot with a 10-8 comeback win over rival Wakefield on Wednesday, May 16 at Vet’s Field in Wakefield. Melrose remains 9-7 on the season with contests against Wilmington and non-league Malden remaining.  Getting to playoffs is an impressive feat for first-year coach Tawny Palmieri, who earlier this season indicated a desire for Melrose to both qualify and make an extended run in the postseason.   “Wakefield was a tough game,” says Palmieri. “Both teams were hungry. Jill pitched the entire game and kept her head when things got tough, she did exactly what a good pitcher should do. [Colette] Skinner and [Sam] Farrell came up with some...

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