MIAA Division 1 Boys First Round Highlights: Lower Seeds SJS, Austin Prep, Archbishop Williams Prevail

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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North Sectional First Round

Ben Fici

No. 4 Belmont 3, No. 13 Andover 2

Leo Byers staked the MVC/DCL One champion Golden Warriors to a 1-0 lead 13 seconds into the game but the Marauders rallied for the win behind a pair of goals from junior Ben Fici, giving him 14 for the season. Senior Matt Brody (assist) added his 12th and senior Justin Rocha contributed two assists. Senior Nico Carere turned back 28 shots. Belmont (11-5-5) advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal against No. 5 St. Mary’s Saturday at Woburn (1). Andover finished 9-10-1.

Kyle LoNigro
St. Mary’s

No. 5 St. Mary’s 5, No. 12 Central Catholic 1

The resurgent Spartans (13-7-2), who won four of five to close the regular season, rode that momentum past the Raiders. Junior Max Giardina’s sixth goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period. Freshman Brady Bullock, senior Owen Maguire, junior Kyle LoNigro and sophomore Seamus Foley also scored for the Spartans. Sophomore Aidan O’Connell scored for Central. St. Mary’s plays Belmont in Saturday’s quarterfinal in Woburn (1). The Raiders finished 10-10-3.

No. 11 St. Johns (S) 6, No. 6 Melrose 1

The Pioneers (10-8-5) controlled this one from the outset, scoring three goals in both the first and third periods. Seniors Brendan Doherty and Sean Clark scored two goals each, giving both 12 for the season. Senior Griffin Burns and sophomore Evan Parente added a goal apiece. Quinn McCarthy’s first-period goal brought Melrose to within 2-1.

SJS advances to Sunday’s quarterfinal against city rival No. 3 Shrewsbury Saturday at Chelmsford Arena (5). The teams tied, 1-1, in the regular season. Melrose finished an 11-8-3 year.

Matt Cielakie
Westford Academy

No. 10 Westford Academy 4, No. 7 Bishop Fenwick 3

Matt Cielakie’s game-winning goal late in the third period, his second of the night,  gave the Grey Ghosts a 4-2 lead as they pulled the upset. The Crusaders carried a 1-0 lead deep into the second period on a goal by Ian Worthley before Kyle Wizst tied it for WA. Sean Millanette and Ryan McCarthy also scored for the Ghosts.

Westford (11-8-2) takes on No. 2 Waltham in Saturday’s quarterfinal in Chelmsford (7). Bishop Fenwick wound up 11-8-3.

No. 8 Austin Prep 3, No. 9 Woburn 2

The Cougars scored two third-period goals and overcame a 39-save performance by Woburn’s Kevin Burkett to advance. Lance Anderson and Jonathan Surrette scored for the Tanners, who finished 9-8-4.

Austin Prep (11-7-4) plays in-town rival No. 1 Reading (10-6-6) in Saturday’s semifinal in Woburn (3). AP and Reading played to a 2-2 tie on Feb. 15 at The Ferreira Classic. The Rockets returned to the Sectional after their 3-2 loss to Framingham in a 1A play-in game Feb. 23.

South Sectional First Round

No. 14 Archbishop Williams 2, No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham 1

Trailing, 1-0, the Bishops overcame a 32-save performance by Trojans junior goalie Brandon Sinclair and rallied for the win on goals by Connor Kelly and Kyle Hurley. Eddie Perry gave B-R a 1-0 lead in the first period. Archies’ goalie Nic Buccella finished with 20 saves.

Williams (9-8-4) moves into Saturday’s quarterfinal (Gallo, 7) against the winner of tonight’s clash between No. 6 Marshfield and No. 11 Wellesley. Bridgewater-Raynham finishes 12-7-2.

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