Massachusetts D1 Boys Highlights: Pope Francis Building Toward A Strong Finish; MC Knots Up BC High

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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* No. 8 Pope Francis (6-3-2) eased on past St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 4-1, in a meeting of Independent programs. Freshman forward Ryan Leonard scored twice for the Cardinals, including a shorthanded strike. Freshman forward Ryan Shaw and senior defenseman Logan Dapprich (ENG) also scored. Freshman defenseman Will Brophy scored for the Pioneers (5-5-3).

Matt Babineau
Malden Catholic

* In the Catholic Conference, surging Malden Catholic (3-4-2) upended No. 6 BC High (7-3-2) in OT on sophomore forward Matt Babineau’s second goal of the game. It goes into the books as a tie for MIAA Tournament qualification purposes. Brendan Curtis and David Bazile also had goals Senior forward Matt Keohane scored twice for the Eagles as did junior forwards Declan Joyce (assist) and Brian Bulger.

Patrick Moran
St. John’s Prep

* Same deal for No. 7 Catholic Memorial (6-3-5) and No. 9 St. John’s Prep (5-3-4) in the Catholic Conference. The Eagles prevailed in OT, 2-1, on senior forward Ned Malolepszy’s goal but it’s an MIAA tie, 1-1. SJP senior forward Pat Moran and CM senior defenseman Kevin McCarthy (PPG) matched regulation goals.

* In non-league action, No. 5 Xaverian of the Catholic Conference (8-2-3) turned back upset-minded Chelmsford of the MVC/DCL One, 3-1. Senior captain Matt Ryan had a pair of goals, including an empty-netter. Sophomore forward Max Lockwood added the third.

Aidan Elkins
Austin Prep

* In the Catholic Central Large, No. 11 Austin Prep (7-4-2) pinned a 5-0 shutout on Arlington Catholic behind the play of senior goalie Andrew McDonald. The Cougars got goals from forwards Joe Thibodeau, Ty Wood, Brady McGrath and Nolan Ricci and defenseman Aiden Elkins.

Michael Martignetti

* Unranked Winchester (3-6-2) of the Middlesex League’s Liberty Division upset No. 2 St. Mary’s (8-2-2) of the Catholic Central Large, 3-0. Senior defenseman Michael Marignetti and junior forwards Joey Falso and Colin Van Stry had the goals in support of junior goalie Robert DiVincenzo.

* No. 3 Framingham (9-3-2) shut down Newton North, 5-0, in Bay State Conference Carey Division play. The Flyers goals came from Joe Ferrante, Will Trischitta, Robbie Lopes, Ryan Shimelman and John Halpin.

Sean McWhinnie

* Also in the Bay State Carey, No. 18 Natick (7-2-3) turned back an upset bid by Brookline, 3-2. Sophomore Sean McWhinnie scored twice and senior David Mega delivered the game-winner for the Redhawks, who opened a 3-0 lead and hung on.

Stone Devlin

* No. 12 Duxbury (6-2-3) dropped Silver Lake, 3-0, in the Patriot League’s Keenan Division behind senior goalie Steve Pisani’s 19-save shutout. Senior Christian Willett and juniors Will Nolan and Billy Mrowka scored for the Green Dragons.

* Senior Matt Hemmert and sophomore Tim McLaughlin scored two goals each as No. 15 Braintree (7-3-1) belted Milton, 9-0, in the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division.

* Stone Devlin’s hat trick powered Falmouth (7-5-1) past Nauset, 7-1, in the Cape & Island’s Atlantic Division.

Sam O’Connor

* Red-hot Shrewsbury clinched a post-season berth with a 3-1 win over Norwell. Sam O’Connor, Owen Cardosi and Eli Cardosi each had  a goal for the Colonials.

* Lexington’s Donald McCarthy made 42 saves and Davis Richard had a goal as the Minutemen tied up Reading 1-1 at Burbank Arena.

Other scores:

Melrose 4, No. 19 Bishop Fenwick 2

No. 17 Waltham 1, North Andover 1

Marshfield 1, No. 20 Barnstable 0

LaSalle Academy (RI) 4, Archbishop Williams 2

Franklin 5, Mansfield 5

Walpole 3, Needham 3


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