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Mass D1 Highlights: Austin Prep, Central Catholic suffer losses

A couple of significant upsets of teams in the Division 1A conversation and the clinching of a few league championships marked a busy Wednesday night:

Unranked Arlington Catholic sustained its post-season hopes and jeopardized No. 5 Austin Prep’s Catholic Central Large title hopes with a 2-1 win. AC got goals from Kevin Morrissey and Mason Beecher and a 19-save performance from Matt Anderson. AP now must defeat Archbishop Williams in its final league game on Feb. 21 to win an outright CCL title.

Dante Maribito St. Mary's

Dante Maribito
St. Mary’s

Waltham qualified for the post-season with its 2-1 upset of No. 11 Central Catholic in Merrimack Valley/Dual County Large play. The Hawks’ goals came from Chris Egan and Adam Becker while Brendan Devlin piled up 29 saves.

No. 6 St. Mary’s (L) took advantage of Austin Prep’s loss to bounce into first place in the Catholic Central Large for the time being with its 4-1 win against Archbishop Williams in its final league game. Junior Dante Maribito scored two goals while Mike Zampanti and Mike Desmond had one each.

Evan McDonald Woburn

Evan McDonald

No. 8 Framingham claimed the Bay State Conference Carey Division crown with its 5-1 win against Wellesley. Sophomore Austan Bellefeuille had the hat trick and junior Owen Parker made 22 saves. Senior Jamie Brigham and junior Scott Swennes also found the net for the Flyers.

No. 9 Reading and No. 13 Woburn played to a 2-all tie in a battle of Middlesex League Liberty Division heavyweights. Jay Gallagher gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead in the second period; the Tanners’ Evan MacDonald and Christian Brinkley countered late in the period. Reading’s Kevin Tobin forged the tie with a goal in the final two minutes.

Pat Stapleton broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period and Xaverian went on to a 3-1 non-league win against No. 19 Marshfield to keep its post-season hopes alive.

Kyle Lynch St. John's Prep

Kyle Lynch
St. John’s Prep

Zach Laramie Andover

Zach Laramie

No. 15 Chelmsford rolled to a 7-0 non-league win against Triton behind a goal and assist apiece from Mario Cerra and Al McPherson. Blake Alber (24 saves) had the shutout.

No. 3 St. John’s Prep rolled past its namesake St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 9-0. Goalies Kyle Martin, Ben Brophey and Shane O’Brien shared the shutout. Danny Tighe led the offense with two goals while Kyle Lynch (goal, three assists), Billy Falter (goal, assist) and Ryan Farrow (goal, assist) also had productive nights.

Tyson Gudaitis Newburyport

Tyson Gudaitis

Junior Zach Laramie’s fifth shutout of the season and sophomore Caedon Dillman’s hat trick powered Andover past Westford Academy, 5-0. Laramie had 21 saves. Nate O’Neil had three assists for the Golden Warriors.

Newburyport clinched the Cape Ann League crown for the third time in four years and qualified for post-season play with a 4-1 win against Amesbury. Austin Elmore, Ben Peffer, Pat Leary and Tyson Gudaitis had the goals.

In the Bay State Carey, No. 10 Braintree and No. 17 Walpole seemed headed for a scoreless tie until the Wamps’ Ben Burke scored with 98 seconds to play for a 1-0 Braintree win. Dave McDonough netted his sixth shutout with 20 saves.


Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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