Bulletin Board: UMass lax rolls, 8-4
UMass outscored Harvard, 5-1, in the second half Saturday to earn an 8-4 men’s lacrosse victory at Garber Field in Amherst.
The 14th-ranked Minutemen went into halftime tied with the Crimson at 3-3 but used a stifling defensive performance in the final 30 minutes to limit Harvard to just one goal, helping the Minutemen win their home opener and remain unbeaten at 3-0 on the season.
Freshman Nick Mariano earned his second consecutive hat trick in the win, while Grant Whiteway added two assists and one goal. UMass took a 1-0 lead just 1 minute, 28 seconds into the game on a Connor Mooney goal, and the lead grew to 3-1 early in the second quarter. The score remained that way until the final five minutes of the first half, when Harvard tallied twice to tie things up heading into the break.
UMass came out of the gates and scored four consecutive second-half goals to take control of the game.
Zach Oliveri made 14 saves to backstop the defense, including eight second-half saves that helped UMass pull away.
The Minutemen head to Providence, R.I., Saturday to take on Brown University.
Northfield Mount Hermon School closed out the regular season with a 3-2 victory over Tabor Academy in a boys’ prep hockey game in Marion on Saturday.
Ben Freeman had a pair of goals (one on the power play and one shorthanded) for NMH, which improved to 20-9-2 and will play in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference quarterfinals against an opponent to be determined. Corey Moriarty added a power play goal in the win, and Conor O’Brien had a strong game in goal.
Vanessa Udoji scored 12 points over the weekend but NMH suffered a 69-32 loss to Tabor in a girls’ prep basketball game in Marion.
Tabor is the No. 1 ranked team in New England and led 33-17 at the half.
Ruthann Zientek and Tayler White each scored 7 points in the loss.
NMH will host Phillips Andover Academy in the first round of the Northeast 8 Tournament on Wednesday.
Frontier 5/6 unbeaten
The Frontier grades 5 & 6 Suburban League boys’ basketball team finished off an unbeaten season with a pair of wins over the weekend.
On Sunday, Gabe Gochinski scored 10 points while Owen Walkowicz added 8 points and 5 rebounds to lead Frontier to a 53-14 win over the EDGE at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Bennett Pitcher finished with 8 points and 5 assists for Frontier, which is 19-0 overall and won the Green Division regular-season title. Andy Pelc and Gabe Jones-Thomson each scored 6 points in the win. Colin Breechenser led the EDGE with 8 points.
• On Saturday, Pitcher scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Frontier to a 54-33 win over host Turners Falls.
Jones-Thomson added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the win, while Ben Morse collected 9 points and 7 assists. Peter Carey, Pelc and Corbin Blight each chipped in 4 points, and Brett Robinson netted 3 points.
Anthony Peterson led Turners Falls with 9 points. Marcus Sanders added 7.
Frontier 7/8 beats Turners
Ben Arnold registered 18 points to go along with 7 steals Saturday as Frontier trumped Turners Falls, 66-45, in a grades 7 & 8 boys’ basketball game in Turners Falls.
Brandyn Robinson and Aaron Landry each netted 12 points, while Ben Litskoski added 6 points and 5 rebounds. Hunter Campbell, Carsten Carey and Kalen Evans tossed in 4 points apiece for the winners.
The Erving Eagles grades 3 & 4 girls’ basketball team went undefeated at the Brattleboro Invitational Tournament to win the championship over the weekend.
In the title game, the Eagles defeated Brattleboro, 43-31. The Eagles’ backcourt combination of Sammy Thorpe and Rebecca Kucenski combined to score 22 points to pace the offense. Dylan Burnett finished with 2 blocks and 4 steals on defense, and Emily Fess and Jasmine Meattey each finished with double-digit rebounding numbers. Naomi Savage, Gracie Rosenberg and Katelyn Thurber also had strong all-around games in the win.
Montague Gray finished off a 7-1 regular-season record with a 29-28 victory over Erving Eagles in a grades 5 & 6 boys’ basketball game at Sheffield School in Turners Falls.
Bailey Young led Montague with 10 points while Jake Dodge added 8. Gram Pezzati tallied 6 points, Jacob Sak tossed in 3 points, and Brody Trott netted 2 points.
Justin Dobias paced Erving with 12 points, and Chase Novak dumped in 8 points.
Frontier CYO falls
Marie Diemand scored 5 points Sunday but Frontier suffered a 19-16 loss to St. Patrick’s of Monson in a Christian Youth Organization grades 5 & 6 girls’ basketball game.
Amelia Sobieski finished with 4 points in the loss. Mandy Fuller, Sierra Warren and Olivia Deane each scored 2 points, and Hunter Keller dumped in 1 point.
• On Saturday, Diemand scored 5 points but Frontier fell to St. John’s of Agawam, 13-12.
Kate Hickey finished with 3 points for Frontier. Lily Spencer and Keller each netted 2 points, and Erin Senn and Cassidy Bardwell played well defensively.
Dylan Martin finished with three goals over the weekend but the Frontier Evil Monkeys dropped a 8-6 decision to FC Mass in a Under-11 boys’ indoor soccer game at All-Sport in Northampton.
Rohan Edwards tallied two goals and two assists in the loss, Jake Whitney added a goal, and Dylan Robinson notched an assist. Payton Sladeski and Cameron Wrisley each played well defensively, while Martin and Jesse Johansmeyer combined to stop 39 shots in the Monkey’s goal.
The Montague Bluefish wound up the regular season Saturday in Athol with a 282-267 loss to the Athol Amphibians in an independent swimming meet at the Athol YMCA.
The Bluefish finished the season 6-5 overall and will compete in the Mid-Regional Championship meet on March 8 in Winchendon.
Karlie Porter had a strong day in the girls’ 11-12 division, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle (2:48.13), first in the 100 free (1:15.03), and second in the butterfly (38.53). Jade Tyler won the 50 fly (36.29), and finished second in both the 50 back (38.86) and the 100 free (1:15.17). Lucy Brock won the 100 individual medley in 1:31.46, while Matilda Hall placed second in the 50 free (33.09), 100 IM (1:33.26), and the 100 free (1:15.17). Karissa Olson took second in the 200 free (2:53.39), and Lily VanBaaren came in third in the 50 breaststroke.
On the boys’ side, Riley Porter swept three events, winning the 200 free (2:52.28), the 100 IM (1:26.39), and the 50 breast (43.31). Mosiayah Harvey-Ahmai won both the 50 free (34.56) and the 100 free (1:22.21), and Zach Sibley took first in the 50 back (51.36), second in the 50 free (39.96) and third in the 50 breast. Jiro Roma had three second-place finishes as he swam in the 200 free (3:10.75), the 50 breast (47.52) and the 100 free (1:28.09).
In girls’ 15-18 swimming, Lizz Saulnier won the 50 free (30.25), the 100 back (1:19.51) and the 100 free (1:11.14), while on the boys’ side, Jay Fritz won the 100 back (1:06.78) and the 100 free (57.46), while placing second in the 50 free (25.53).
In girls’ 8 & under action, Hazel Reeder won the 100 IM (2:03.75) and took second in the 50 breast (30.42), while Olivia Hammond won the 25 breast (29.81). Ainslee Flynn came in second in the 100 IM (2:06.42) and placed third in the 25 breast, Lucia Doulette took second in the 25 free (21.13), 50 free (51.17) and the 25 fly (29.44), and Sadie Rowan took second in the 25 back (24.53), and placed third in the 25 free and the 25 fly.
Ben Tardif won both the 25 free (31.46) and the 25 back (32.45) in boys’ 8 & under action. In the boys’ 9-10 division, Ryan Gleason won the 50 breast (1:06.63), and placed third in both the 50 free and the 50 back, while Rowan McKeon took second in the 50 free (36.83), the 50 back (48.79) and the 100 free (1:27.14).
In girls’ 9-10 action, Olivia Whittier won the 50 free (31.95), 50 breast (40.22) and the 100 free (1:12.26), while Charlotte Doulette won the 50 back (42.72) and took second in both the 50 free (35.33) and the 100 free (1:19.26). Veda Ruth Harvey-Ahmai won the 100 IM (1:38.32) and the 50 fly (47.37) and took third in the 50 breast, and Catherine Bezio came in second in the 100 IM (1:38.75) and the 50 fly (53.32). Abigayle Heathwaite came in third in the 50 back, Jillian Scott took third in the 100 IM, and Ilaria Roma came in third in the 50 fly.
Riley Drew made 27 saves Sunday but got little in the way of offensive support as Franklin County Hockey Association dropped a 4-1 decision to the Nonotuck Knights in a Greater Springfield League Peewee Division hockey game at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
Mike McGoldrick scored an unassisted goal for the lone tally in the loss.
Bantams win two
Cassidhe Wozniak recorded a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal as FCHA Gilmore & Farrell Insurance Warriors dumped the Nonotuck Knights, 5-2, in a GSL Bantam Division hockey game at Lossone Arena in Easthampton on Sunday.
Mason Whiteman added two goals and one assist for the winners, Alec Jordan tallied a pair of helpers, and Bryce Jordan and Christopher Urgiel each had one assist. Dalton Rice and Finnegan O’Connor combined to turn aside 22 shots in the win.
• On Saturday, Whiteman recorded a hat trick as Gilmore & Farrell beat Amherst, 6-2, at the Olympia in West Springfield.
Alec Jordan scored two goals and added one assist, and Bryce Jordan had one goal and one assist. Alex Malinowski picked up three assists, while Wozniak and Urgiel each had one helper. Rice and O’Connor combined to make 16 saves.
Matt Lavoine potted five goals Sunday to lead FCHA South Deerfield Polish Club to a 18-8 win over Wilbraham Twin Meadows in a GSL Mite Division game at Smead Arena in Springfield.
Devin Niles, Braeden Killeen and Talan Wissman each scored three times in the win, Shane Prusak added two goals, and Jayson Smith and Brady Booska each had one goal. Trevor Kuchieski played well in net for the Polish Club, which ended the regular season 14-3-2.
• On Saturday, Niles scored three times but the Polish Club fell to Westfield, 12-6, in Greenfield.
Prusak, Eathan Bryant and Booska each had one goal in the loss, and Lavoine stood tall in net.
Aidan Roche and Kyle Barnes scored two goals apiece as the FCHA Collura Chompers doubled up the Brattleboro Hawks, 4-2, in a GSL Squirt Division hockey game at Nelson-Withington Arena in Brattleboro, Vt. on Saturday.
Jillian Hopkins picked up an assist in the win, while Trevor Parkinson stopped 22 shots. Dylan Mahar and Cooper Barton each played well defensively.