Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 1 Highlights: #7 Xaverian Claims First Catholic Conference Crown In 53 Years

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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* It had been more than a half century – 53 years to be precise – since No. 7 Xaverian last won a Catholic Conference title in 1968. That changed Sunday despite losing to No. 8 Catholic Memorial, 2-1. Xaverian led at the half, 1-0, on Gavin Moynihan’s goal but CM got two after the break with the GWG coming off the stick of Brendan McNeill. Joey Borelli also scored for CM, the 2020 champion. CM’s Dom Walecka finished with 19 saves while Kevin McGrath had 28 for the Hawks.

*After losing to Malden Catholic earlier in the week, No. 6 BC High rode Andrew Webb’s shutout performance past the Lancers, 3-0, in the Catholic Conference. Aidan McDonnell scored twice while Declan Joyce had a goal and Ryan Flaherty and James Marshall had two assists apiece for the Eagles.

*Also in the Catholic Conference, No. 13 St. John’s Prep dealt No. 14 St. John’s (S) it fourth consecutive loss, 1-0. Christian Rosa scored the game’s only goal at 14:37 of the first half, assisted by Jake Vana and Theodore Vetere. The Eagles’ Payton Palladino had 29 saves for the shutout. SJS keeper Ryan Dailida stopped 25 shots.

On Saturday:

Nick Marrocco

*In Bay State Herget play, Weymouth shut down Brookline, 5-0. Nick Marrocco scored twice, Jack Doyle added a goal and an assist, and James Curry and Andrew Ferguson had a goal apiece for the Wildcats.

*Also in the Bay State Herget, Needham doubled up Newton North, 4-2. Kenny Keyes (first career goal), Aidan O’Malley, Tom Casey and Chris Kajunski also scored. Colin Treacy picked up the win with 16 saves for the Rockets.

No. 4 Woburn pulled off a remarkable Middlesex Liberty win, rallying from a two-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes and scoring at the buzzer to stun No. 12 Winchester, 4-3. Lance Anderson had a hat trick and Jonathan Surrette added a goal and an assist for the Tanners.

Landyn Greatorex

* Landon Greatorex had the hat trick as Reading blanked Lexington, 6-0.

No. 15 Newburyport claimed a share of the Cape Ann League title with a 2-1 win against North Reading. Ryan Archer had the game-winner for the Clippers, who share their first title since 2018 with Triton. Colin Richmond (assist) also scored and Owen Spence assisted on both goals.

On Friday:

Jack Silva

*Nolan Dion’s rink-length empty-netter while on the penalty kill sealed Xaverian’s 3-1 Catholic Conference win against Malden Catholic. Max Lockwood and Jack Silva each scored for a 2-0 lead. Nico Russo connected for MC.

*Also in the Catholic Conference, St. John’s Prep and Catholic Memorial battled to a 2-2 tie in the annual Derek Hines Memorial Game in honor of the former SJP captain and U.S. Military Academy standout who lost his life in 2005 at age 25 while serving in Afghanistan. Jake Vana and Zach McKenelley scored for the Eagles. Aidan Tripp and Michael Corbett had the CM goals.

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