September 18, 2014
Volleyball:Athlete of the Week
The first volleyball Athlete of the Week for the Fall 2014 has been posted. Unlike the other sports, there will be only one AoW selection each week. This is due to the fact that there are currently only 5 schools with varsity volleyball programs, and thus only one division in the league.

As always, just click on the Athletes of the Week button above to see all of the latest selections, or head to the Volleyball page and click the same link. You can also see Athletes of the Week by school. Simply go to a school's page (in this case Lynnfield - hint hint), and select the "Snapshot" menu button.

September 18, 2014
Volleyball:Masconomet @ Lynnfield
Lynnfield played Masconomet on Wednesday to one of the largest crowds Lynnfield has seen in recent years. The Pioneers did not disappoint, with a 3-0 score, sets totaling 25-13, 25-8, 25-18. Emma Mancini again led the Pioneers in kills with 13 coming from setter Shannon Ryan, who totaled 18 assists. Jessica Dwyer led the team defensively with 18 digs. The Pioneers will play the North Andover Knights on Monday, at Lynnfield.

September 18, 2014
Field Hockey:Ipswich @ Lynnfield
Lynnfield grabbed control of the Baker Division on Wednesday with a convincing 3-1 win over Ipswich. Both teams came into the contest with identical 4-0 records, having beaten the same teams by roughly the same margin. Each team had only surrendered a single goal (both against Georgetown), and both teams had 7-goal scorers, Bailey Fanikos for the Pioneers and Julia Glavin for the Tigers.

It would be Fanikos that would get her team on the board first, drilling home her first goal of the day at 17:43. Play was focused in the Ipswich end of the field for most of the first half, as Ipswich had trouble clearing the ball. Just before the 9-minute mark, Leigh Guerra would score her first goal of the season to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead, with the assist credited to Fanikos.

However, momentum began to shift towards the end of the half as Ipswich went on the attack. At 8:02 Delaney Whooley scored on an assist from Nikki Pignone to cut the Lynnfield lead to 2-1. The Tigers continued to put more pressure on the Lynnfield defense into the second half, creating more opportunities in the offensive end.

Fanikos would strike once again, however, blasting her second goal past Ipswich keeper Sydney Pignone off a corner entry from Stefania DeAngelis. The goal came at 15:57 and provided the home team with a little breathing room. Play continued back and forth, and the final minutes of the game were a bit unusual as the Tigers were forced to play down two players for a brief time, due to a pair of yellow cards issued as frustration with the officiating began to emerge.

As the final horn sounded Lynnfield stood alone atop the Baker Division. It is still early in the season, but based on play to this point these two teams should find themselves high in the standings when they meet again in the final regular season game, scheduled for October 23rd at Ipswich.

Aside from Fanikos, who finished with a 3-point day, and Guerra, who scored the game-winner, Lynnfield coach Mamie Reardon praised the play of seniors DeAngelis and Alison Lyle, along with sophomores Lilli Patterson and Marianne Oliveri. In an extremely important game, Reardon got a focused, determined, and relentless effort from her team.

September 18, 2014
Golf:North Reading @ Newburyport
Newburyport fell to North Reading Wednesday afternoon 148-129, dropping to 1-4 overall and 0-4 in league play. The Clippers got outstanding play from David Sokol with 25 points, as well as steady scores from Ben Ventura (23) and Andrew Coulombe (23).

Newburyport plays Masconomet at home this afternoon.

September 18, 2014
Field Hockey:Masconomet @ Hamilton-Wenham
After starting the season with three ties, Masconomet has now earned three straight wins. The third win came Wednesday at Hamilton-Wenham as the Chieftains got goals from Sophie Adams and Alex Brann to defeat the Generals 2-0. Assists were earned by Adams and Katherine McVey, who had an incredible game on the midfield line, adding great skill work with her ball control and drives.

Hamilton-Wenham coach was proud of her team's effort, playing Masco to a scoreless tie until late in the game. Both teams will play at home on Friday, with Masconomet hosting Rockport and Hamilton-Wenham facing off against Georgetown.

September 18, 2014
Girls Cross Country:Manchester-Essex & Pentucket @ Masconomet
Manchester-Essex swept their second tri-meet to start the season, defeating Lynnfield 18-37 and Masconomet 23-32 to improve to 4-0. Olivia Lantz was the overall winner for the Hornets, finishing in 19:59. Eve Feuerbach (3rd, 21:08) and Meghan Clark (4th, 21:13) came across next for M-E, followed in sixth place by Holly Fossa (21:54) and Maura McCormick (12th, 22:56).

Masconomet managed a split on the day, defeating the Sachems 20-38. The Chieftains are now 3-2, while Pentucket drops to 1-3.

September 18, 2014
Golf:Amesbury @ Masconomet
Amesbury remained perfect on the year as they defeated Masconomet on the road 162-148. For the second straight day junior Dominic Tomkiewicz led the Indians, earning 31 quota points. Also playing well for Amesbury were juniors Brendan Foley (30 pts) and Fred Halloran (27), and sophomore Lowell Deschenes (27).

Masco's George May led all golfers with 36 quota points, and the Chieftains got 28 points from Brock Reardon and a personal best 27 points from junior Alex Gharabegian.

Amesbury (5-0) will host Rockport this afternoon, while Masconomet (3-2 CAL, 3-3 overall) plays at Newburyport.

September 18, 2014
Girls Cross Country:Ipswich & Newburyport @ Lynnfield
The Ipswich girls split their tri-meet at Lynnfield yesterday, narrowly falling to Newburyport 29-30 and defeating the host team 26-30. Emily DeMarco led the way for the Tigers (3-2), finishing first overall with a blazing time of 17:18, knocking more than two minutes off her previous personal best.

Caitlyn Scola (19:30) and Annie Zampitella (19:46) crossed the line next for Ipswich, followed by Lily Stewart, who all improved on their best times. Maggie Brown, Nora Hughes, and Tae Abuza rounded out the Tigers' top seven.

Ipswich coach Steve Bartholomew praised his team, saying "To come within a point of Newburyport is a testament to the amount of hard work the team puts in together on a daily basis."

September 18, 2014
Boys Cross Country:Manchester-Essex & Pentucket @ Masconomet
Manchester-Essex improved to 3-1 on the season as they swept Pentucket and Masconomet at Bradley Palmer State Park on Wednesday afternoon. Both meets were close, with the Hornets defeating Pentucket 24-31 and the host Chieftains 25-30.

Cam Holley was first across the line for M-E, finishing 4th overall with a time of 16:49. The Hornets then grabbed the 6-9 slots. Spencer Feuerbach completed the course in 16:54, followed by Nathan Evans (17:09), Charlie Davis (17:20), and Parker Malarkey (17:33).

In the other race, Masconomet beat Pentucket 25-34 to earn a split and move to 3-2. The Sachems drop to 2-2 on the season.

September 17, 2014
Game Summaries:
Check back tomorrow morning for summaries from Wednesday's action. There will also be pictures posted from the Ipswich @ Lynnfield field hockey game.

September 17, 2014
Field Hockey:League Leaders
Good Afternoon. League Leaders for Field Hockey have been posted - simply head to the Field Hockey page and then click on the Leaders button.

The Leaders page will be updated continuously, as information comes in, so look for there to be changes after today's games have been played and reported in.

September 17, 2014
Volleyball:Triton @ Hamilton-Wenham
The Generals continues their strong start to the 2014 season, defeating Triton 3-0 to improve to 4-1 overall and even their league record at 1-1. Standouts for Hamilton-Wenham from the service line were junior captain Jessica Reardon who collected 3 aces on her 16 serves, as well as sophomore setter Madison McCarthy. Junior middle hitter Kristina Renaud had 5 kills.

September 17, 2014
Boys Soccer:Manchester-Essex @ Ipswich
Manchester-Essex went to work early against a possession oriented attack from Ipswich, heading home with a 6-0 win. Despite the Tigers creating some attacking chances early, the Hornets struck first on a corner kick played in by Parker Edington and headed home by George Lantz.

Henry Rohner would strike next with a pair of goals, both coming on break-ins behind the Ipswich back line. Edington would score next set up by Ethan Andersen, followed by Lucas Firme on an assist by Lantz. Andersen would score the final goal on another assist by Edington.

Manchester-Essex (3-0-1) will host Georgetown on Thursday, while the 2-2 Tigers will play at Lynnfield.

September 16, 2014
Field Hockey:Athletes of the Week
Tuesdays evenings were meant for naming Athletes of the Week for Field Hockey, and our first two recipients have been posted. Simply click the 'Athletes of the Week' button above to see all of the most recent selections. You will find the same button on the Field Hockey page, as well as the other sports pages. To see Athletes of the Week for each school, visit the 'Snapshot' link from the school pages.

September 16, 2014
Boys Soccer:Masconomet @ North Reading
Masconomet came away with a 2-0 win over North Reading in a well played game by both sides. The Chieftains were able to score once in each half, with Justin D'Orlando sending Masco into the half with a one goal lead.

North Reading battled hard in the second half, and were only kept off the board due to some key saves by Chieftain goalie Steve Heintzelman. Aiden Harte knocked in a Shane Collins corner kick with about 12 minutes remaining, providing a little breathing room for Masco.

September 16, 2014
Girls Soccer:Triton @ Pentucket
Facing a 2-0 deficit on the road at Pentucket, Triton scored five unanswered goals to boost their record to 3-2. The Sachems' McKenna Kilian scored twice early to provide the two goal lead, but the Vikings would answer back with two of their own as the teams went into the half tied.

The second half would belong to Triton, as they would take the lead and then add a pair of insurance goals later in the game. Freshman Meredith Kennedy and captain Cara Orlando each scored a pair of goals, with Morgan Snow finishing out the scoring for the Vikings.

Triton got strong games from Rylee Culverwell, Lily Dow, Skyler Accomando, and Dayna Rybicki, who filled in at goalkeeper. Pentucket coach Jesse Craddock was thrilled with the play of senior goalkeeper Kassidy Kennefick, as she replaced sophomore Ashley Riter for medical purposes. Kennefick ended up with 12 saves in the game with the majority coming in the second half.

September 16, 2014
Golf:Pentucket @ Amesbury
Amesbury got big days from four junior as they successfully defended their home course against Pentucket, 165-143, to improve to 4-0 in league play and 5-0 overall.

Dominic Tomkiewicz (33 quota points), Kyle Patterson (30), Paddy Flahardy (28), and Fred Halloran led the way for the undefeated Indians, who travel to Turner Hill tomorrow to take on a strong Masconomet team.

September 16, 2014
Boys Soccer:Amesbury @ Georgetown
Ryan Dunleavy played a huge part in Georgetown's return to .500 on Tuesday afternoon. He scored three times and added an assist as the Royals beat Amesbury 6-1 to improve to 2-2.

Also netting goals for Georgetown were Ryan Slack, David Casson, and Mike MacRae. Slack also earned two assists, with additional assists going to MacRae, Will Soucy, and Chandler Shores. Jeff Lundquist and Scott Conte shared keeper duties for the Royals.

September 16, 2014
Girls Soccer:Ipswich @ Manchester-Essex
After conceding two first half goals to Manchester-Essex on their home field, Ipswich fought their way back to take another close game, 3-2. The Hornets would jump out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from senior captain Carly Sheriff and freshman Hadleigh Richard, with assists credited to Maggy Delisio and Bella Mastendino.

However, spearheaded by the leadership and effort of senior Natasha Vasiliades and sophomore Rachel Jaegar, the Tigers battled back. Jaegar would score a goal and freshman Carolina Ivanov would score twice for Ipswich, including the game winner.

Ipswich improves to 3-0-1 and will host Lynnfield on Thursday. The Hornets fall to 0-4, but continue to improve and will look for their first win at Georgetown.

September 16, 2014
Boys Soccer:Pentucket @ Triton
Both Triton and Pentucket played stingy defense today, so when the Sachems' Connor Beaton had a chance to beat a defender inside the 18, he took it and finished left-footed to the far post. David Greene got the assist on what would be the only goal and the game winner.

Pentucket coach Christian Langlois praised Beaton and the other midfielders, Gary Dwyer, Seth Malonson, and Morgan Capener, for moving the ball quickly throughout the entire game. In addition, he credited the back line of Dylan Wright, Evan Burke, Ryan Beaton, David Greene, and Liam McDonough for not allowing a single shot on goal.

Today's Varsity Games

Field Hockey
Rockport @ Masconomet3:45 PM
Georgetown @ Hamilton-Wenham3:45 PM
Manchester-Essex @ North Reading3:45 PM
Ipswich @ Newburyport3:45 PM
Lynnfield @ Triton3:45 PM
Amesbury @ Pentucket3:45 PM
Triton @ Saugus4:00 PM
Masconomet @ Gloucester7:00 PM
Newburyport @ Ipswich7:00 PM
Greater Lawrence @ Manchester-Essex7:00 PM
Boys Soccer
Rockport @ Innovation Charter4:15 PM
Girls Soccer
Innovation Charter @ Rockport6:00 PM
North Reading @ Hamilton-Wenham5:15 PM
North Andover @ Masconomet5:30 PM