Lawrence senior Anibal Henriquez registered 8 points in the final set to rally his team past St. John’s Prep, 3-1, in the boys’ volleyball North Sectional final Wednesday in Lawrence.
“What can I say, it was a tremendous game. I didn’t know what I was feeling at the moment I was just playing my game and giving it my all,” said Henriquez (17 kills), whose heroics set up Bryan Camilo’s two spikes for the victory (18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-11).
“We wanted this and we accomplished it,” he said.
The Lancers enter the state semifinal against Milford riding a 21-game winning streak. The squad’s last loss was to Milford, 3-1, April 8.
Lawrence (22-1) struggled in the first set, trailing, 7-1, as St. John’s Prep’s Brian Keogh lit up the court.
“This is a team who knows how to come back when they’re down,” said Lancers coach Tony Hajjar.
After a few controversial calls in the second set, Hajjar called a timeout when he saw emotions were getting the best of his squad after three back-to-back missed hits to trail St. John’s Prep, 9-6. The timeout turned out to be just what they needed with a light hit from Anibal’s twin brother, Jeyson, tying the game at 10.
A back and forth rally was sparked by Keogh and Jeyson Henriquez (15 kills) as the Lancers finally took the lead after a service ace by Anibal, 19-16, forcing St. John’s Prep to a timeout. The Eagles’ errors handed the Lancers the lead and they took the set, 25-18.
Neck-in-neck in the third set, both squads battled for each point until Anibal Henriquez powered the Lancers ahead with a kill, 14-13.
“We tried to get into their heads and talking loud because you have to be louder than that person to take them out of their game,” said Anibal.
Division 1 Central
Milford 3, Medfield 0 — Tim MacMannis had 32 assists, 8 aces, and 5 kills to lead the top-seeded Scarlet Hawks (20-1) to victory (23-13, 25-21, 25-18) at Medway High. Michael Soares added 13 kills and six blocks and Michael Antonelli finished with 15 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace.
Division 4 South
Millis 6, Bishop Connolly 4 — The Mohawks got back-to-back home runs by Matt Fogerty and Devon Bradbury in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and drive in a total of four runs. Mike Kozak also was 2 for 3 with a triple.
Division 3 North
St. Mary’s 8, Bishop Fenwick 4 — Sophomore Clay Yianacopolus allowed one earned run in a complete game and junior left fielder Bryan Nerich added two RBIs for the Spartans (17-6).
Division 1 South
Franklin 4, Sandwich 3 — Panthers’ junior Elizabeth Criscione struck out seven to help lift her team past the Blue Knights. Sandwich scored its three runs in the first inning and Franklin scored twice then held the Blue Knights scoreless for the rest of the game while scoring the tying and winning run in the bottom of the second. ‘‘I thought we played really well defensively late in the game,’’ Franklin coach Kate Fallon said. ‘‘We made huge double plays at the end of the fifth inning and beyond.’’ Shannon Takahata went 2 for 4 for the Panthers with two RBIs.
Division 1 North
Central Catholic 11, Boston Latin 4 — Central Catholic’s seven-run third inning was the difference. Leadoff hitter Krista Maloney had three hits, including a single, double and a solo home run in the fifth inning. Karoline Leavitt hit a bases-loaded double in the Raiders’ big third inning. Sophomore Olivia Antczak got the win by striking out two while Meaghan Sears struck out one in three innings of relief. The Wolfpack got an RBI double from Paige Mulrey and an RBI single from Mallory O'Brien to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning before Central Catholic countered.
Division 2 North
Tewksbury 3, Reading 1 — Junior second baseman Brook Hardy had three hits and scored all three runs for the Redmen (17-6).
Division 3 North
Winthrop 2, Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 0 — Junior catcher Jenny Adamson hit two doubles to back sophomore Maura Lanza’s three-hit complete game for the Vikings (16-6).
Division 3 East
Hanover 11, Austin Prep 7 — Junior midfielder Jon Nassif and junior attackman Chris Rosinski scored five goals apiece for the Indians (13-6).
Division 3 North
Manchester Essex 3, Bedford 2 — Michelle Fuca took the second singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Kendall McCormick clinched the match with a well-fought win in the third singles, 6-3, 6-4, for the Hornets.
Division 3 South
Ursuline 4, Dover-Sherborn 1 — The 20-2 Bears’ second doubles team won, 7-5, 6-4, to secure the clinching point.
Senior Shauna Owen and sophomore Julia Marshall finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association South Heptathlon to propel Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) to victory in Hingham with 10,900 points.
Owen finished with 3,797 points, while Marshall compiled 3,686. Marshfield junior Kelsey Sullivan was the top-scoring individual with 4,375 points. Weymouth finished second in the team results with 10,790 points, and Oliver Ames rounded out the top three with 10,502.