*No. 9 Austin Prep (11-6-1) ventured into Connery Rink in Lynn and stormed off with its fifth consecutive Catholic Central Large championship in a convincing 6-1 win against No. 10 St. Mary’s (11-4-4). Six Cougars scored, paced by Nick Cafarelli and Evan Rago with a goal and an assist apiece. Kevin Urquhart, Matt Sacco, Dylan Arnold and Richard Lyons also scored.
*With the Bay State Herget title on the line, No. 15 Wellesley (13-2-3) shut down No. 20 Natick (11-5-2), 4-0. Mike Siemering (2 assists) scored the game-winner early in the first period. Drew Cohen, Teddy Goss and Jack Hughes had the Raiders’ other goals in support of Andrew Hubbard’s shutout in goal.
*No. 8 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (12-4-3) dealt No. 11 Franklin (12-4-3) of the Hockomock League its third straight loss, 5-1. The Panthers led1-0 on Connor Norton’s first-period goal but it was all Pioneers after that. Dhillon Wilde (assist), Will Horrigan (2 assists) and Nick Palermo (3 assists) scored second-period goals for SJS. Hunter DiGregorio and Sean Clark put it away in the third.
*In non-league action, No. 4 St. John’s Prep (11-3-3) of the Catholic Conference followed up Monday’s 7-4 win against Austin Prep (sophomore David Sacco scored twice) by sailing past another CCL foe Arlington Catholic, 6-0. Sophomore Brian Carrabes (goal, assist) continued his season-long tear. The Eagles also got goals from Sacco, Joe Bevere, Jack Riley and Ryan Farrow.
*Cape Ann League champion No. 16 Newburyport (11-2-5) celebrated Senior Night with an 8-1 romp past archrival Amesbury. Seniors Mark Babcock, Owen Bradbury and Ethan Coir led the way. Juniors Jacob Grossi-Hogg, Cade Beauparlant, Pat Leary and Mike Twomey and freshman Colin Richmond also connected for the Clippers.
*In a non-league encounter No. 14 Xaverian (8-6-5) of the Catholic Conference controlled the Old Colony League’s Barnstable, 5-1, to qualify for tournament play. Matty Ryan (2 assists), Matt Joyce (assist), Mike Pitochelli (assist), Ryan Pomposelli and Josh Barton scored for the Hawks.
*In the MCV/DCL One, goalie Kyle Penton’s third straight shutout (sixth overall) carried No. 12 Waltham (13-3-2) past Lincoln-Sudbury, 2-0. Andrew Miller scored both Hawks’ goals.
Other Top 20 Scores
No. 2 Pope Francis 6, No. 13 Catholic Memorial 2
No. 6 Arlington 3, Winchester 3
No. 17 Andover 7, Acton-Boxboro 0
Top 20 Games Tonight
No. 7 Burlington at Wilmington
No. 17 Andover at No. 5 Hingham
*In non-league action No. 19 Malden Catholic (6-8-3) of the Catholic Conference stopped Braintree of the Bay State, 5-2, to sustain its post-season hopes. The Lancers pulled away from a 2-2 tie on goals from Colin Nestor, Jerry Bazile and Jagger Benson. Riley Duran and Bazile staked MC to an early 2-0 lead before Braintree drew even on goals from Shawn Leslie and Dara Canavan.
*In the MVC/DCL One, No. 1 Central Catholic (18-1-0) wrapped up the league championship as it rolled past Westford Academy, 9-0. Senior Eric Lester notched the hat trick and classmate Matt Lane added two goals. It was junior Matt Pasquale’s eighth shutout of the year.
*In non-league action, No. 7 Burlington (15-3-0) of the Middlesex squeezed past Catholic Central Large foe Arlington Catholic, 1-0, behind goalie Paul Barbieri (17 saves). Sean Casey scored on the power play in the third period.