MIAA Division 1 South Highlights: Upsets Abound As Four Lower Seeds Advance

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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Highlights from Thursday’s MIAA Division 1 South first-round action:

T.J. Jones

No. 4 Duxbury 3, No. 13 Mansfield 2

The Green Dragons (13-6-4) were the higher seed in this Sectional to escape the upset bug Wednesday night. Junior T.J. Jones scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season and junior Will Nolan added his sixth for Duxbury. Senior goalie Steve Pisani had 21 saves. Chris Jenkins and Liam Anastasia had the goals for Mansfield.

Duxbury takes on No. 12 Walpole in Saturday’s quarterfinal round. Mansfield finished 7-8-6.

No. 12 Walpole 2, No. 5 Braintree 1

In a meeting of Bay State Herget Division rivals, the Rebels (10-8-5) registered their first tourney win in three years, bolstered by a stellar performance by junior goalie Jack Curran. Senior defenseman and captain Marc Hirshom handled the offense with a pair of power play strikes.

Next up for Walpole is No. 4 Duxbury in Saturday’s quarterfinals. BSH champion Braintree – which defeated and tied Walpole in the regular season (7-1, 3-3) – finished the year at 11-7-3.

Drew Cohen

No. 11 Wellesley 2, No. 6 Marshfield 0

Raiders’ senior captain Drew Cohen gave his club a 1-0 lead a little more than three minutes into the game. The defense and senior captain and goalie Drew Hubbard took it from there with a 17-save shutout, his sixth shutout of the season. Senior Liam Jensen added an empty-net goal with two seconds to play.

Wellesley (11-8-2) squares off with No. 14 Archbishop Williams Saturday. Independent Marshfield finished 11-7-3.

No. 10 Franklin 7, No. 7 King Philip 1

In the second meeting of the year between the Hockomock Kelley-Rex rivals, the Panthers completed the sweep, outscoring the Warriors, 11-3. Franklin’s balanced attack featured a pair of goals by senior Colin Hedvig and a goal and two assists apiece for senior Tommy Tasker and sophomore Dylan Marchand. Junior Jeremy Dwyer had a goal and an assist, senior Andrew DeMerchant and junior Sean Connolly also scored and senior Ray Ivers had 14 saves.

Franklin (10-7-4) takes on No. 2 Natick Saturday. King Philip finished 10-6-5.

No. 9 Falmouth 5, No. 8 Barnstable 3

The Cape & Island Atlantic champion Clippers beat their league rivals for the second time and finished 2-0-1 against Barnstable on the season. Senior Eric Wainwright scored two goals and assisted on a third as the Clippers opened a 3-0 lead but needed an empty-netter from Stone Devlin with 17 seconds to play to close out Barnstable, which rallied behind senior captain Brian Frieh’s two third-period tallies. Colby Piersall also scored.

Falmouth meets No. 1 seed Hingham Saturday. Barnstable finishes 11-8-2.

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