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School Sports Roundup: Crusaders make history with first tournament win

Bishop Fenwick's Gabby Davern is one of the Crusaders' top offensive players this season. (Item File Photo)

The Bishop Fenwick girls hockey team made history Tuesday night when the Crusaders earned their first ever state tournament victory. No. 13 Fenwick defeated No. 20 Cohasset 3-2 in double overtime behind Gabby Davern’s game-winner in the preliminary round of the Division 2 state tournament at James McVann-Louis O’Keefe Rink.

Davern, Jill Matucci and Lexi McNeil each scored one goal. Matucci, Davern, Lauren Diranian and Grace Morey each dished one assist.

Goalie Daphne Jalbert made 25 saves, including a crucial stop down the stretch that helped set up the Crusaders for Davern’s game-winner.

“This was a tremendous feat by us,” Crusaders coach Doug Anderson said. “Our goal was to make the tournament. This is the first tournament win in the history of the program. Our four defensemen, which were Diranian, Morey, Allison Countie and Catherine Salvo were fantastic in keeping them at bay. Daphne’s our backbone. Those five were tremendous. Our first line’s got almost 45 goals between them. It’s one of the better lines in Division 2.

“It was great, exciting,” Anderson said. “I’m really proud of the girls. When they came back and tied it up, we settled down, got back on our horse and settled down for the win. We’re really thrilled for the girls.”

Matucci scored unassisted in the first period. McNeil (with assists from Matucci and Davern) made it 2-0 Fenwick in the second period. Cohasset scored twice in the third period to force overtime. Davern netted the game-winner with assists from Diranian and Morey.

Fenwick moves on to the first round, where the Crusaders will take on No. 4 Norwell (TBA).

“We’ll enjoy a day off Wednesday,” Anderson said. “We’re going to enjoy this one and practice hard to prepare like we did for this one. We’ll take it one day at a time. It was a really great high school game. I’m thrilled for the program. They deserve it. They’ve worked hard since the summer to make this happen.”


Stoneham 6, Winthrop 2

The Vikings got goals from Joey Holgersen and Jake Sicurella in their loss in the first round of the Division 2 North tournament Tuesday night at O’Brien Arena.

Winthrop finishes the season at 14-5-2.

Marblehead 5, Pentucket 2

Jacob Garfield scored two goals to help lift the No. 6 Magicians to a win in the first round of the Division 2 North Tournament.

Will Shull, Collin Hart and Charlie McGurrin each scored one goal in the win.

Marblehead (15-4-2) will now move on to face No. 14 Danvers (11-8-2) Friday (6) at Stoneham.

Tewksbury 2, Lynnfield 1 (OT)

At Chelmsford Forum, the No. 10 Pioneers were eliminated from the Division 2 North tournament for the second straight year in a heartbreaker. Trailing 1-0 late in the third period, John Simonetti won a faceoff in the offensive zone and played the puck to George DeRoche, who buried a low wrist shot with 7:06 left in regulation to force overtime. Tewksbury’s Michael Arsenault scored the game-winning goal for the No. 7 Redmen with 1:47 left in overtime.
Pioneer goalie Aidan Kelly,  played well for Lynnfield.


Lowell 66, St. John’s 60

At No. 2 Lowell, the No. 15 Eagles watched their season end in the first round of the Division 1 North state tournament. Will Batchelder hit four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. Aidan Callahan added 14 points.

St. John’s finished the year at 10-11.

Maimonides 66, Winthrop 39

At No. 5 Maimonides, the No. 12 Vikings watched their season end in the first round of the Division 4 North tournament. Maimonides jumped out to a 13-3 lead, netted 10 3-pointers and never looked back.

Chrono Washington led Winthrop with 23 points. The Vikings end the season at 6-15.

Malden Catholic 42, Salem 40

At No. 3 Salem, the No. 14 Malden Catholic Lancers pulled off an upset in the first round of the Division 2 North tournament. Salem’s Isaiah Williamson came close to a double-double at 17 points and eight rebounds. Guillermo Pimentel scored 11 points.

Salem finished the season at 15-6.

“The boys fought until the end,” Salem coach Tom Doyle said. “It was a great year.”

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