It took every last second, but the St. John’s Prep lacrosse team closed out its regular season with a 13-12 win over Medfield Tuesday to earn a berth in the Division 1 North tournament. It’s the first time the Eagles have made it into the tournament field since 2014.
The Eagles didn’t start on a great note, falling into a 6-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter, before rallying back to pull within one at halftime. Then, two goals from senior captain Bryan Penny in the third quarter put the Prep on top for good.
Penny led the way with four goals for St. John’s, while Craig Yannone and Luke Brennan scored two goals apiece. Jake Surette added one goal and three assists, Luke Hendricks and Jack Rickards each put up one goals and one assist, and Trent Tully and Michael Ott each scored one goal. Goalie Alex Kreher made 11 saves in net.
The Eagles (10-9) now await their opponent in the state tournament. The pairings will be announced Friday.
Bishop Fenwick 9, Cardinal Spellman 8
The Crusaders closed out the regular season by setting a new program record for wins after taking down their Catholic Central League rival on the road Tuesday. Stefano Fabiano led the way with three goals and three assists, while Diego Alvarez-Segee added three goals. Jake Moniz had one goal and one assist (his first career tallies in both categories), while Nick Muzi and Zach Talbot each had one goal. Derek DelVecchio added three assists in the win.
Fenwick (12-6) now awaits seeding in the Division 3 North tournament. The tournament pairings will be announced Friday.
Marblehead 18, Hamilton-Wenham 1
The Magicians earned yet another non-conference win after dispatching the Generals Tuesday, improving their overall record to 13-4.
Hadley Carlton led the way with four goals and two assists, while Caroline Driscoll added three goals and two assists and Niamh Healy had three goals and one assist. Lydia Bongiorno had three goals, while Sara Campbell, Annie Migliore, Maddie Erskine, Grace Doody, Carter Murray and Grace Honos each had one goal. Grace Arthur had four assists in the win.
The Magicians close the regular season this afternoon (4) when they host NEC opponent Danvers at Piper Field.
St. John’s 6, Hamilton-Wenham 5
In the ALS Awareness Game, the Eagles plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn their eighth win in a row. Josh Cerretani went 2-for-4 and Alex Lane went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Also tallying one RBI each for St. John’s were Mike Yarin, Jack Cairns, Andrew Dembowski and Max Freedman. On the mound, Matt Relihan earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Garrett Siegel got the start and threw the first three innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.
St. John’s (15-4) has two games left on its regular season schedule. The Eagles visit Billerica Thursday (3:30) and host St. Peter Marian Saturday (2:30).
Bishop Fenwick 10, Archbishop Williams 1
Fenwick starting pitcher Nic Pignone went the distance to lead the Crusaders to a Catholic Central League victory.
Pignone allowed four hits and fanned five batters in his seven innings. Keegan O’Connor drove the offense with four RBI on a 2-for-3 afternoon. Trey Deloury went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Angelo McCullough went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Christian Loescher went 2-for-4 with one RBI. O’Connor, McCullough and Tucker Destino each scored two runs. Fenwick tallied 12 hits in total. The Crusaders improved to 11-7 with the win. Fenwick visits Pentucket Friday afternoon (4).
Hamilton-Wenham 4, Marblehead 1
The lone win for the Magicians came in what Marblehead coach Elisabeth Foukal called “the match of the day,” as the doubles team of senior co-captains Mason Friedman and Harry Dolin earned a hard-fought win in second doubles (2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)).
Marblehead also celebrated its senior day Tuesday, recognizing Friedman, Dolin, Ben Birnbach, Edoardo Bernardis, Matteo Grolli and Thiago Perreira for their dedication to the team over the years.