In a battle of defending state champions, top-ranked Malden Catholic skated past Wilmington in a 6-0 victory in Malden on Monday night. Despite the lopsided margin, Lancers assistant coach Pat Driscoll wouldn’t define the game as “easy.” His team put 44 shots on Wilmington senior netminder Drew Foley, who made 38 saves to keep the game reasonable.
“He made us work for every goal we had,” Driscoll praised. “He’s always been good for them. He came up big.”
Foley wasn’t the only goalie who came up big, though. Freshman Kyle Casey set the tone for the Lancers (13-3-0) despite making just 10 saves against the Wildcats (8-3-7).
“Sure he had the shutout, and we outshot them, 44-10, but they had four shots in the first there that he made really, really good saves,” Driscoll said. “We came out of it 1-0 but it easily could’ve been 3-1 Wilmington. It gave us an opportunity to regroup. We talked about doing little things, playing defense, playing our game first. He let us do that.”
While Casey set the tone for the Super 8 champs, Jake Witkowski did the damage. The junior took a pretty feed and squeezed it under the crossbar just over three minutes into the game. Witkowski finished with a hat trick, while Northeastern-bound Matt Filipe had three points (one goal, two assists) as well.
Coach Steve Scanlon wasn’t overly disappointed in the loss by the Division 2 champion Wildcats, despite the goose egg.
“We knew we were playing over our head a little bit, we knew we’d have to have good goaltending to stay in the game,” Scanlon said. “Drew [Foley]’s been solid for a long time, we knew he’d keep it a game. It comes down to depth and talent and in the end our guys just ran out of gas.”
Reading 5, Lexington 2 — Senior Sarah Hart scored two goals as the No. 2 Rockets (12-1-2) clinched the Liberty Division of the Middlesex League.
Latin Academy 49, Boston Latin 48— Senior Darren Chanel’s tip-in at the buzzer gave the visiting Dragons (11-7) a thrilling victory. Dragons senior DeVaughn Riley, who had 25 points, missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt but Chanel tipped in the rebound as time expired.
North Reading 62, Saugus 54 — Senior forward Will Mitchell led the Hornets (10-8) with 15 points and 20 boards, helping them earn a spot in the state tournament. Saugus senior Joe Bertrand reached 1,000 career points, totaling 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Masconomet 56, Newburyport 49 — No. 5 Masconomet (16-0) wrapped up the Cape Ann Kinney title by outscoring the visiting Clippers, 20-6, in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Hannah Kiernan tied a career high for the Chieftains with 24 points.For more scores and highlights, go to boston.com/schools.