Lynnfield Sports

Boy booters in state tourney for second straight year

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Boy booters in state tourney for second straight year

Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI  MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — On Monday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team was edged 2-1 at Manchester-Essex. With the loss, the Pioneers record dipped to 8-5-3 overall and 6-5-3 in the Cape Ann League. “We didn’t play well in the first half,” acknowledged Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We did play much better in the second half but couldn’t catch up.” The Hornets led 1-0 at the half and then scored early in the second half to lead 2-0. John Luders then scored in the 20th-minute of the second half assisted by Jack Cleary but the Pioneers couldn’t get the game-tying tally. Lynnfield goal keeper Jack Campbell made six saves. Last Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers shut out host Haverhill 2-0 in a non-league game. That win punched their ticket to the Division 2 state tournament for the second year in a row. “We played well from start to finish,” recalled Munroe, whose squad swept the season series against the Hillies. “We were very solid.” Tom Buston scored 12 minutes in, assisted by Tom Hauser. Ten minutes into the second stanza, Luders made it 2-0 with Cleary and Max Sieger both getting credit for the assists. Campbell only had to make one save to record his sixth shutout of the season. At North Reading last Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers were nipped, 2-1, as the Hornets were able to split the season series. “We came out poor in this game as well,” said Munroe, as his team trailed 2-0 at halftime. Buston had the lone Lynnfield tally, unassisted, with 15 minutes left in the game. Campbell made eight stops in that game. On Oct. 10, the Pioneers blanked visiting Triton 4-0 to complete the season sweep over the Vikings. Luders, who had two goals and one assist, scored the first-half tally. He then made it 2-0 early in the second stanza. Nathan Bass and Buston had the two other goals. “John has been playing great for us all year,” stated Munroe about his top scorer. Campbell made two saves in that game. On Wednesday after the Villager’s deadline, the Pioneers visit Pentucket. They then host Masconomet on Friday. Both of those games will start at 3:45 p.m. On Oct. 24, the team wraps up the regular season at home against Newburyport. That will be Senior Night with the four Pioneer seniors honored. That game is at 6...

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Pioneers outlast Ipswich in shootout, 54-29

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Pioneers outlast Ipswich in shootout, 54-29

Mortellite sets mark for career TD passes Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO IPSWICH — Friday the 13th turned out to be bad luck for the defenses in Ipswich last week, as the Pioneers and Tigers exploded for a combined 825 yards of offense, 32 first downs, 83 points, and 12 touchdowns. When the smoke had cleared, the undefeated Pioneers (3-0 CAL Baker, 6-0 overall) escaped the physical battle with their sixth straight win. The victory sets up a home showdown with undefeated Hamilton-Wenham next Friday night. A Pioneer win clinches their sixth straight CAL league championship and the top playoff spot in Division 5. The final margin is misleading as an inspired Ipswich team battled the Pioneers evenly for most of the night. The two teams took turns burning up the new turf at Jack Welch Stadium with the lead changing hands five times in a wild first half. The Pioneers trailed 29-20 late in the second quarter but scored late in the half to start a 34-point run to seal their 28th straight league win and 11th consecutive victory over Ipswich (3-3). “We get everyone’s best shot and everyone gets fired up to play us,” said Weidman. “Obviously getting the ball to start the second half and going down and scoring was something that we definitely needed.” Offensive fireworks The Pioneers piled up 462 yards of offense and scored on all eight of their possessions while Ipswich reached the end zone on four of their first six possessions. The Pioneer defense finally shut out the Tigers’ potent throwback veer offense in the second half. “We knew the veer was tough to stop,” said Weidman. “You don’t see it much and they’re good at running it. It’s assignment football and we were tentative because assignments change depending on the formation. We were catching a lot of blocks and ball carriers and not being aggressive. You can’t play that way.” Lynnfield’s 54 points was the most scored by the Pioneers since a 55-0 pasting of Masco in 1985. It was only the seventh time the Pioneers have cracked 50 points and only the second time they reached the mark since 1960. The 83 total points were the most ever scored in a Lynnfield game. Quarterback Matt Mortellite threw two more touchdown passes giving him 11 on the season and 32 for his career, breaking the record of 30 set by Gino Cohee from 2007-2010. The win may have come at a hefty price as two Pioneer starters were banged up in the contest. Middle linebacker captain Cooper Marengi, the heart and soul of the defense suffered a lower leg injury and lineman E. J. Umlah also left the game with an injury. Ndansi leads the way Ipswich scored on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Captain Anthony Murphy (12 carries, 71 yards, 2 TD’s) powered in from the eight to cut it to 7-6. The Pioneers took the lead after Peter Look recovered a Tiger fumble at the Ipswich 36. Captain Nick Kinnon rocketed to the one on a jet sweep and Tyler Murphy burrowed in for the score. Mortellite hit Jason Ndansi for the two and Lynnfield led 14-7. Ipswich went up 15-14 on a 72-yard march. The Pioneers answered with another Mortellite...

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Pioneer golfers impress at CAL Open

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Pioneer golfers impress at CAL Open

Get ready for D3N state  tournament Monday Published in the October 18, 2017 edition BOXFORD — The Lynnfield High School golf team were represented well at the CAL Open, as Jed Caswell and George DeRoche played in the tournament which took place at Far Corner Golf Course in Boxford.  Caswell shot an 81 on a par 72 (+9), placing fourth overall out of the top 22 players in the Cape Ann League.  “Coming into it I knew I was good enough to be able to play against the top players in the league because I was one of them, and the results show that,” Caswell stated. “My 15th club came in handy on the back nine as at the time I was +10 on the front and instead of falling down more, I just kept on playing my game and by not letting it get to me, I ended up shooting -1 on the back nine. I feel like if I were able to save a couple more strokes on the front nine, I could have won the tournament.” With Caswell placing 4th overall, he earned his spot on the first-team all star list, which are the top 8 players in the CAL Open.  George DeRoche placed ninth overall, only a couple of strokes behind Caswell, shooting am 85. He struck the ball well and crushed his irons, but had trouble around the green. “He is most definitely one of the most talented golfers within the last couple of years for Lynnfield golf,” said Caswell. “I knew that going into the season because he never gives up on himself and on the game. George pushes through to the end and next year he will excel even more.” The Pioneer golf team will now get ready for the Division 3 North state tournament which is Monday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. at Far...

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Girls’ soccer ties Masco, shuts out Amesbury and Ipswich

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ soccer ties Masco, shuts out Amesbury and Ipswich

Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team concluded last week with two big wins and a tie, improving the Pioneers’ overall record to 7-2-1. The Pioneers began last week tying Masco 2-2 on Oct. 2. Masco jumped out to an early 2-0 lead during the first half. With less than two minutes remaining before the break, senior Christina Bevenuto found the back of the net to cut the Chieftains’ lead to one. “It was a great goal,” said Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont. “Christina is a hard working player. She hit a great shot over the goalie’s head to make it 2-1.” The Pioneers tied the game at two after senior captain Kate Mitchell completed a corner kick and senior captain Liz Shaievitz had a header to tie the game at two. “It was an awesome goal,” said Vermont. Masco applied pressure on the Pioneers down the stretch, but Vermont said the locals’ “defense held up strong.” “It was a great game,” said Vermont. “The team showed great energy and kept fighting. Masco is a very talented and dangerous team, and it was great we were able to battle back.” Defeats Amesbury The Pioneers defeated Amesbury 3-0 Oct. 4. Shaievitz scored Lynnfield’s first goal with four minutes remaining before halftime. Sophomore Tori Morelli gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead two minutes before the break. Shaievitz was credited with the assist. “Tori did a nice job in the middle,” said Vermont. Senior captain Sydney Santosuosso scored Lynnfield’s third goal after coming up with a rebound off a free kick 11 minutes into the second half. “Sydney did a nice job getting that third goal,” said Vermont. Vermont said the Pioneers played well against Amesbury. “Amesbury is always a tough competitor,” said Vermont. “The girls worked hard to keep possession and finished their chances.” De-claws Ipswich The Pioneers kept rolling and defeated Ipswich 4-0 on Oct. 6. Senior Gracie Sperling scored the locals’ first goal 16 minutes into the first half. Mitchell was credited with the assist. Morelli found the back of the net 24 minutes into the first half, assisted by Mitchell. Santosuosso scored the locals’ third goal off a header a minute after Morelli scored. Mitchell was credited with the assist. Mitchell scored the locals’ final goal seven minutes into the second half. Sophomore Liz Sykes had the assist. “Kate was really locked in with a goal and three assists,” said Vermont. “Her consistency with her corners and free kicks is a great weapon to have.” Vermont was pleased with the locals’ performance against Ipswich. “We moved the ball well and were very dangerous on set plays,” said Vermont. “That is important as we start playing teams a second...

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LHS field hockey working their way up the CAL standings

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on LHS field hockey working their way up the CAL standings

Beats Amesbury, Ipswich and Peabody last week Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High field hockey team won its third game in a row last Friday afternoon as they blanked guest Peabody, 4-0, in a non-league contest. With that win, the Pioneers improved to 8-3 overall and are just two points away from qualifying for the Division 2 state tournament. Lily Rothwell was the story of this game as the sophomore recorded her second hat trick of her career. “She was quick to the ball and had some nice fakes,” said Pioneers head coach Mamie Reardon, about the forward. Ashley Barrett had the other Lynnfield tally as the Pioneers scored twice in each half. Lynnfield goalie Emily Dickey made four saves to go to 8-3 in net. Come back to beat Ipswich  Last Thursday night, the Pioneers played their Play for a Cure Game as they welcomed Ipswich. After a scoreless first half, the Tigers scored early in the second half. However, the Pioneers tied it up moments later and then scored again to win, 2-1. “I love seeing us come back after falling behind like that,” said Reardon. Senior captain Laura Bockoff scored the first goal assisted by Abby Buckley. The game-winning goal came off a broken corner as Rothwell scored assisted by Barrett and Hailey Castinetti with 20 minutes left in the game. Dickey made seven stops in that game. Not only was Reardon proud with the result but she was also proud of the fact that the Scare Away Cancer event, which was a fundraiser to fight breast cancer, raised nearly $4,000. “The parents did a great job in helping,” pointed out Reardon, whose team improved to 7-3 in the Cape Ann League with the win. Shut out Amesbury On Oct. 3, the Pioneers rolled at Amesbury, 6-0. Rothwell had two goals and one assist while Mia Lemeiux had one goal and one assist. Senior Alex Ross and Natasha Cushing both scored their first-career goals while Barrett had the other tally off a corner. Dickey did not even have to make a save in this game against the overmatched Indians. Third-place Lynnfield played second-place Triton on Tuesday after press time. This Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers host North Reading. They then travel to Manchester-Essex next Tuesday. Both games will start at 3:30...

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Boys’ soccer finding their stride

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Boys’ soccer finding their stride

Fourth in Kinney division after Ipswich win, Amesbury tie Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI  LYNNFIELD — Last Friday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team blanked visiting Ipswich, 5-0. With that victory, the Pioneers improved to 6-3-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the Cape Ann League. “It is the best game we have played all year,” stated Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We came out of the gates strong and scored four times in the first half.” John Luders had a huge game as the junior co-captain had two goals and two assists to finish with four points. “He was really awesome,” said Munroe, about the midfielder. “It was a breakout game for him.“ Nathan Bass, Tom Buston and Aidan Connelly had the three other Pioneer goals. Lynnfield goalkeeper, Jack Campbell, improved to 6-3-2 with two saves as he recorded his fourth shutout of the season. Tie Amesbury On Oct. 4, the Pioneers tied host Amesbury, 1-1. “The kids didn’t take them seriously enough,” admitted Munroe. The Indians struck first in the opening minutes of the game. They held that lead until midway through the second half when Buston scored assisted by Luders. Campbell made four stops in that game. “That game was a good wake-up call for us,” said Munroe. “We played much better against Ipswich.” The Pioneers hosted Triton on Tuesday after press time. This Thursday night at 7, the Pioneers visit North Reading. They then visit Haverhill on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in a non-league game. Lynnfield is looking for the season sweep against both teams. Next Monday afternoon Oct. 16, at 3:45, they visit...

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Spikers get back on track with wins over Ipswich and North Reading

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Spikers get back on track with wins over Ipswich and North Reading

Pioneers are 8-1 in CAL play Published in the October 4, 2017 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI LYNNFIELD — The LHS volleyball team continued the great start to their 2017 season with a 3-0 win over rival North Reading at Lynnfield High School on Monday night. It was the second win in a row as the team beat Ipswich 3-0 last Wednesday. Against the Hornets, Lynnfield controlled the first set from start to finish, winning it 25-9. “We came out really strong in the first set,” said head coach Michelle Perrone. North Reading would battle back in a highly-contested second set that saw the Hornets dig in to an early deficit and eventually tie it at 16. North Reading gave Lynnfield’s back line some trouble as the Hornets raced out to a 22-17 lead, forcing Perrone to call a timeout. “We got caught on our heels in the second set,” said Perrone. “We were a little lazy with our communication but we reintegrated our strategy during a couple of timeouts and got back on track.” The Pioneers picked up five straight points after that timeout thanks in large part to some great serving from sophomore libero Sofia Ciriello. The Hornets and Pioneers alternated points late in the set much to the delight of some rowdy fans from both towns as this match added another exciting chapter to the Lynnfield North Reading athletic tome. “That was a lot of fun,” said Perrone. “This was the loudest it’s been all season so it’s nice to play in that kind of atmosphere.” The Pioneers took the second set, 26-24. During the third set, the Pioneers got some early kills from junior Samantha DeGeorge and senior Emory Caswell to hang with a rejuvenated Hornet team. The Pioneers took back control to take a 10-6 lead after three aces from senior Ali McPherson, whose serves were too much for the Hornets to handle all match. Sophomore Samantha Lebruska followed that up with some great serves of her own to help Lynnfield maintain control throughout the second set, as the Pioneers won it 25-16. “One of the things we really focus on is serving,” said Perrone. “Everybody practices serving to hit certain spots and that really becomes beneficial during the matches. The Pioneers beat the Tigers in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-11 to break a two-game losing streak caused by North Andover and the CAL-leading Hamilton-Wenham Generals. Lynnfield hosts Newburyport on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and will get a shot at some revenge against the non-league North Andover Knights on Friday, 5:30 p.m. at LHS. Lynnfield is 9-2 overall and 8-1 in the Cape Ann League, which is good for second place as Hamilton-Wenham is currently undefeated at 11-0. The Pioneers will get a home matchup against the Generals on Wednesday, October 18, but for now, the focus will be to remain consistent throughout the back half of the schedule as they ready for a likely tournament appearance. “We want to build better consistency,” said Perrone. “Our goal is to make the tournament and make a solid...

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LHS field hockey falls to Masco

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on LHS field hockey falls to Masco

Hosts Ipswich Thursday for Play for a Cure game Published in the October 4, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI BOXFORD — Last Thursday afternoon, the Lynnfield High field hockey team was shut out by host Masconomet, 4-0, up in Boxford. With the defeat , the Pioneers record fell to 5-3 overall and in the Cape Ann League. “They are in first place in the league and have a good midfielder who sprays the ball around well,” said Pioneers head coach Mamie Reardon. The Chieftains scored two goals in each half to stay unbeaten in the CAL. “They have a thick grass field and the ball doesn’t roll much,” explained Reardon, whose team is 1-1 on grass surfaces so far this fall. “At Rockport, the grass wasn’t as thick and the ball rolled better.” Reardon was happy that the Chieftains did not score on any corners even though they had 18 overall. Masco outshot the Pioneers on net, 19-3, as Lynnfield goalie Emily Dickey made a season-high 15 saves. “She played well,” said Reardon as Dickey’s record fell to 5-3. This Thursday, the Pioneers host Ipswich at 6:45 p.m. It is the team’s Play for a Cure Game to raise money to fight breast cancer as fans attending will be able to donate. Lynnfield will be wearing pink tops and pink socks for that game. They then host Peabody on Friday and Triton next Tuesday to complete the three-game home stand. Those two games will start at 3:45...

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Girls’ soccer dismantles Pentucket, Georgetown

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ soccer dismantles Pentucket, Georgetown

Published in the October 4, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team won both of its games last week, improving the Pioneers’ overall record to 5-2. The Pioneers began last week dismantling Pentucket 5-1 on Sept. 26. Junior Emma Montanile scored the Pioneers’ first goal two minutes into the first half, assisted by senior Olivia Montanile. Senior captain Sydney Santosuosso found the back of the net with four minutes remaining in the first half, which gave Lynnfield a 2-0 lead at halftime. Pentucket scored its only goal of the game four minutes into the second half, cutting the locals’ lead to one. Undaunted, senior captain Kate Mitchell scored a goal nine minutes into the second half. Senior captain Liz Shaievitz had the assist. Shaievitz gave the Pioneers’ a 4-1 lead 14 minutes into the second half, assisted by Mitchell. Shaievitz scored her second goal with four minutes remaining in the contest. Mitchell was credited with the assist. Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont commended the Pioneers’ performance against Pentucket. “It was a good game,” said Vermont. “We played well and moved the ball well. Pentucket has a grass field, which we are not used to but we adjusted well.” Vermont commended Mitchell’s performance against Pentucket. “Kate was dominate as an outside player,” said Vermont. “She was able to get the ball wide and be dangerous.” Vermont said Santosuosso played a great game as well. “Sydney did a nice job in the middle for us,” said Vermont. Flushes Royals The Pioneers kept rolling and defeated Georgetown 3-0 Sept. 28. Shaievitz scored the Pioneers’ first goal two minutes into the first half. Sophomore Anna Ferrante had the assist. Ferrante gave Lynnfield a 2-0 lead 18 minutes into the first half. Shaievitz scored the Pioneers’ final goal five minutes into the second half. Mitchell was credited with the assist. “Liz’s two goals were huge,” said Vermont. Vermont said the Pioneers played a great defensive game against Georgetown. “I thought our defense played well,” said Vermont. “We are communicating better in the back and are playing better...

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Board of Trade’s 32nd Golf Open a huge success

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Board of Trade’s 32nd Golf Open a huge success

Posted on: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Middleton, MA — It was a record year for the Middleton Board of Trade’s 32nd Annual Golf Open on Friday, September 30th, at Middleton Golf Course. The event boasted a full field of 73 players (the most ever) from local businesses and the town of Middleton, and raised over $2,300 to benefit the Board’s Promotion Fund. It was the highest donation in the tournament’s 32 year history. The winners tied with a score of 46 (with the help of some mulligans). After matching cards, first place went to Ken Tremblay (Tremblay Heating), Tom Tremblay, Keith Ells (Auto Body Builders), and Mike Murphy. Second place went to Haven Sharaf, Nick Lazarakis, Glen Mcintire, and Tom Seder. Closest to the pin for the men was Jack Woods, and for the women Daiva Barrett. Special thanks goes out to Mike Brien, who won a pair of Bruins Tickets in the raffle, and put them up for auction, and to Richard Rowell, the highest bidder. Also, a shout out to all the players, who voted do donate the entire skins pool money back to the cause. Also, special recognition to North Shore Vacuum, Coldwell Banker, Make it Yours Boutique, Salem Metal Fabricators, Family Medicine, EA Stevens, Beechtree Florist, Pam Cote, Imbue Partners, Yellow Jacket Gymnastics, Auto Body Builders, Global Beer Products, DiMauro Dentistry, Peoples United Bank, Sol Bean Cafe, Tremblay Heating, and Brian Murphy (Crown Trophy) for their generous contributions to the success of the...

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