MARBLEHEAD — The Danvers golf team continued its run of strong play in the Northeastern Conference Monday afternoon, taking down NEC foe Marblehead 44 1/2-27 1/2 at Tedesco Country Club. The win puts the Falcons at 12-1 in conference matches this year.
“Marblehead is a good team, and we were probably a little fortunate that they didn’t play at their absolute best today,” said Danvers coach Jeff Avigian. “It’s always tough taking on Marblehead at Tedesco, but our guys were able to play pretty well and come away with the win.”
Danvers swept the eight matches for the victory, and the winners were Mike Papamechial (5-4), Andrew Metivier (5-4), Calvin Mansfield (5 1/2-3 1/2), John Curran (5 1/2-3 1/2), Tyler Sullivan (6-3), Christian Harvey (5 1/2-3 1/2), Tom Purcell (7-2) and Griffin Gaughrty (5-4).
“We’ve really been able to get great contributions from up and down the lineup,” said Avigian. “Having a few guys at the top who can win matches is nice, but if you don’t have the other supporting players helping out then you can’t get wins. We’re lucky to have a lot of guys who have a hand in our success.”
Despite not taking any matches, Marblehead got a solid performance from Ben Weed, who shot a 38 and was the only Magicians golfer to break 40 on the day. Gavin Lundgren and Matt Weed both shot scores of 41.
“It’s obviously disappointing to not come away with any wins, but the guys still played well out there,” said Marblehead coach Bob Green. “We’re improving in every match, and that’s all you can ask for in a young team.”
Both Danvers and Marblehead play their next match against Beverly, with the Magicians facing the Panthers Tuesday (4) at Tedesco before the Falcons take them on Wednesday (4) at Ferncroft Country Club. The two teams may not be heading in the same direction this season, but both want to end the year on a high note.
“We were 5-4 at one point, but we started to slide when we really hit the hard part of our schedule,” said Green, whose Magicians are now 5-9. “We lose a lot of points on and around the greens, which is no surprise, but we’re just looking to clean up those mistakes and finish the year out with a few wins if possible.”
“We’ve still got a slate of tough games coming up, especially with Beverly and Swampscott this week,” said Avigian, whose Falcons sit at 13-5. “Beverly is the best team in the conference right now and Swampscott is right up there as well, so we have our hands full. We’re just taking it one match at a time.”
St. John’s Prep 232, St. Mary’s 271
The top scorers in the win for the Eagles were Aidan LeBlanc (34), Matt Remley (37) Robbie Forti (37), Brandon Farrin (37), Oliver Hermann (39) and Conor O’Holleran (39).
St. John’s Prep (17-0) takes on Central Catholic Tuesday (3) at Kernwood Country Club.
Fenwick 0, Salem Academy 0
Goalkeeper Liam Foley had six saves in the draw for Fenwick, while Aiden Dwyer and Keiron Murray played well defensively.
The Crusaders (7-4-1) host Arlington Catholic Wednesday (6).
Lynnfield 2, Fenwick 1
With Saturday’s non-conference win, the Pioneers punched their ticket to the Division 3 North state tournament.
Matheus Saramento scored in the first half. Ben Sykes netted the game-winner in the second half.
Goalie Dante Gesamondo made six saves.
Lynnfield, now 9-6 on the season, has three games left on its regular season schedule. The Pioneers travel to Manchester-Essex Wednesday (4).