It’s official. St. Mary’s can now look toward defending its Division 1 state hockey title.
The Spartans took that step Saturday night at McVann-O’Keefe rink with a 3-2 win over a stubborn Bishop Fenwick team.
“They are a much-improved team and they play everybody tough,” said coach Mark Lee.
The Spartans qualified for the state tournament with the win. Nick Napolitano, Brady Carpenter and Jared Coppola scored the goals.
Lynn 4, Revere 4
The Jets punched their ticket to the state tournament with a draw on Saturday. Brian Clougherty netted all four goals for Lynn, while his brother Mike Clougherty had three assists. Quinn Brinkler added two assists and John DiFilippo had one assist.
Lynn (8-4-3) will host Essex Tech on Wednesday at Connery Rink.
Revere (7-6-3) is now in crunch time, needing three points over its final four games to make the tournament. The Patriots now have an extended break of 10 days before getting back in action on February 14 against Beverly at Bourque Arena.
Danvers 6, Winthrop 1
Needing only one more point to get to his 100th, Conor Purtell wasted no time as he scored the first goal of the game just 2:12 into the first period to hit the milestone. Purtell finished with one goal and three assists in the win, while Nic DiScuillo had two goals and one assist. Jared Mscisz and Matt Taylor each had one goal, Tom Mento (who reached the 100-point milestone earlier this season) had three assists and Colin Desmond and Owen Desmond each had one assist.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 13-1-0 overall and remain unbeaten (11-0-0) in Northeastern Conference play. Danvers will play on the road against Saugus at Kasabuski Rink on Wednesday.
Winthrop’s lone goal in the game came from Mike Lane. The Vikings (8-6-1) need three more points over their final five games to make it into the state tournament. They’ll attempt to get two of those points on Wednesday when they host Beverly at Larsen Arena.
St. John’s 2, Cath. Mem. 2
Jack Gilligan scored his first career varsity goal for the Eagles as the Prep skated to a draw on Saturday afternoon. David Sacco added the other goal.
St. John’s Prep (8-3-3) hosts Austin Prep at Essex Sports Center on Wednesday.
Medford 10, Peabody 1
The Mustangs earned a state tournament bid with a big win on Saturday. Medford (9-3-3) will host Norwell at LoConte Rink on Wednesday.
Peabody (0-14-0) will host Marblehead on Wednesday at McVann/O’Keefe Memorial Rink.
Newburyport 2, Lynnfield 0
The Pioneers dropped to 9-3-1 with the loss on Saturday. Lynnfield will be right back at Graf Rink in Newburyport on Wednesday when the Pioneers take on Triton.
Marblehead 1, Saugus 1
Marblehead’s Will Shull scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to steal a point away from Saugus on Saturday. Brendan Locke and Stephen Pappas assisted on the Shull goal. The Magicians (1-11-4) will travel to Peabody on Wednesday.
Saugus got a goal from Ryan Groark on an assist from John Torres. This was potentially a big missed opportunity for the Sachems (5-6-5) as they now need five points in their final four games to earn a tournament bid. Saugus will host Northeastern Conference powerhouse Danvers at Kasabuski Rink on Wednesday.
Somerville 4, Gloucester 3
Chris DeSousa had a hat trick, including the eventual game-winner on a penalty shot, to lift the Highlanders to victory at home on Saturday. Nolan Roche had the other goal. Somerville (6-9-1) hosts Latin Academy at Allied Veterans Rink on Wednesday.
Gloucester (8-4-3) will play Rockport at Talbot Rink on Wednesday.
Marblehead 55, Medford 48
At Marblehead, the Magicians (10-5) clinched a spot in the Division 2 North tournament with the win.
They spotted Medford a 4-point halftime lead, “but we came out in the third quarter and shut them down,” said coach Mike Giardi.
Dewey Millett led all scorers with 15 points, and also had 13 rebounds. Point guard Shamus Keaney scored 13 points and six assists.
Bishop Feehan 57, St. Mary’s 48
The Spartans dropped to 11-5 despite a 17-point performance from sophomore Gabby Torres. Pam Gonzalez, who is still eying the 1,000 career-point mark, scored 13, and needs 17 points to reach the milestone. She’ll try again tonight when the Spartans travel to Cathedral.
St. John’s Prep 42, Springfield Cathedral 30
Franklin 57, St. John’s Prep 11
St. John’s Prep 37, Shawsheen Tech 35
The No. 11-ranked Eagles finished in third place at the Dual Meet State Championship in Franklin on Saturday. The Prep took down No. 7 Springfield Cathedral in the quarterfinal round before falling to top-ranked Franklin in the semifinal round. St. John’s then sealed its third-place spot with a win over No. 6 Shawsheen in the consolation round.
Two Eagles wrestlers went 3-0 in their respective weight classes on the day, with Ryan Garlitz going unbeaten at 132 pounds and Zach Alexander going unbeaten at 138 pounds.
St. John’s Prep closes out the season with a 30-5 record as a team.
In the Cara A. Buckwell Catholic Central League meet, Bishop Fenwick took second place overall.
The Crusaders finished first in four events: Rowan Emerson 50 Free (24.84) and 100 Breaststroke (1.04.07); and Sophia Lumino 200 IM (2.19.15) and the 500 Free (5.20.83).
Catherine Christuk was named the Catholic Central League female MVP and for breaking the Girls CCL League meet record in the backstroke (58.79)
“It was a meet very close to the heart for many of the swimmers, coaches, and families as it was named in honor of Bishop Fenwick High School’s Former Coach Cara (who died last year of cancer),” said Fenwick coach Kiersten DeWyngaert. “It was amazing to see all the swimmers wearing something purple, (which was) Cara’s favorite color.”
For St. Mary’s, Gabby Marchese picked up four ribbons. She was fourth in the 200 free and second in the 100 butterfly. She also was part of the winning team in the 200 free and 200 medley relays, along with Thiago Pereira, Danny Rodriguez and Puis Nguyen.
Nguyen picked up a ribbon in the 100 free, as did Rodriguez.