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Roundup: Malden Catholic hands BC High its first loss

Junior Ara Nazarian scored a pair of goals and the Malden Catholic defense overcame four penalties in the second period Saturday as the second-ranked Lancers knocked No. 1 BC High from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3-1 win in Malden.

“Big win for us against a really, really good team,’’ said Malden Catholic coach John McLean. “I thought our kids battled through it and we did what we had to do to get the 2 points.”

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Following a first-period goal by senior Patrick Wrenn, the Lancers (12-3-0, 5-2-0 Catholic Conference) faced an onslaught from BC High (11-1-3, 5-1-1) to begin the second.

On their first power play of the afternoon early in the second, the Eagles tied the game on Ryan Shea’s fourth tally of the season. The sophomore defender pinched the net and found the puck loose in the crease for the equalizer at 2:48.

As momentum began to shift, Nazarian blew by the opposition to reclaim the Lancer lead. Nazarian raced around the defense and beat Brandon Payzant on the forehand just 43 seconds after Shea’s tally.

Malden Catholic endured three more penalties in the middle period, including a 5-on-3 situation for 29 seconds to preserve the lead.

The Eagles’ best chance at the tying goal came off the stick of Steve DeForge with six minutes left in regulation. Strong forechecking forced a turnover in front of Malden Catholic goaltender Alex Reissis. DeForge snapped a wrist shot gloveside, but the junior netminder was able to steer the puck wide. Nazarian potted his second of the contest with 2:47 left in regulation to seal the victory.

Cathedral (Springfield) 3, Westford 3 — Sophomore Carl Martin tallied 59 saves for the Grey Ghosts as they tied fifth-ranked Springfield.

Medford 6, Cambridge 0 — Senior Sean Allen led the Mustangs (10-4-1) with two goals and two assists.

Girls’ hockey

Reading 2, Arlington 1 — Emma McDonagh scored the winning goal for the second-ranked Rockets (12-1-2).

Bishop Fenwick 3, Cape Cod Tech 2 — The Crusaders achieved their first win in MIAA play with 28 saves by Meghan Woodworth and goals by Megan McGunigle, Nina Groom, and Meaghan Carney.

Wrestling

Division 1 duals — Thanks to junior Dan Pisani’s win at 126 pounds, Franklin beat St. John’s Prep, 30-29, in the final of the Coaches Division 1 Dual Meet championships. After a first-round bye, Franklin beat Lincoln-Sudbury (48-22) and Shawsheen (44-25) before meeting Prep in the final. “It all came down to him,” said Franklin coach Carmine Colace of Pisani. “That win gave us the title. Pisani was our hero of the day.”

Gymnastics

Middlesex League — Melrose won the league title with a score of 139.325. The Red Raiders were led by Annalisa DeBari, who finished with an all-around score of 37.3.

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