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    Needham girls’ lacrosse continues to roll

    Needham , MA - 5/10/2018 - Needham's Grace Kelley (3) scores on Westwood goalie Anya Holland en route to a 14-6 victory over Westwood. Westwood at Needham Girls' Lacrosse. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ryan Hathaway, Topic: 11School Roundup, LOID: 8.4.1885075405.
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    Missing two top scorers against Westwood, Needham freshman Grace Kelley, daughter of coach Paula Kelley, stepped up with five goals and two assists in Thursday’s 14-6 victory.

    The faces may have changed, but the results seemed to remain the same for the Needham Rockets.

    After opening the season with three consecutive losses, the seventh-ranked Rockets continued their upward trajectory with a 14-6 takedown of 19th-ranked Westwood on Thursday, marking the 11th win in the last 12 games for Needham (11-4).

    What’s been most impressive about the Rockets’ re-launch has been how they overcame injuries that left them without their top two scorers — junior Callie Hem and sophomore Lilly Doherty — vs. Westwood (8-5).


    “We knew that we’d have to make some adjustments,” said Needham coach Paula Kelley. “We put kids in different roles and these girls came through. Everybody adjusted beautifully.”

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    Freshman Grace Kelley (five goals, two assists), the coach’s daughter, and juniors Abby Dateo and Maeve Barker, who each had four goals and one assist, spearheaded the offense for the Rockets.

    Needham’s Maeve Barker (15)  marks Westwood's Mackenzie Connaughton (4), who tried to carry the ball into the Wolverines’ attacking zone.
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    Needham’s Maeve Barker (15) marks Westwood's Mackenzie Connaughton (4), who tried to carry the ball into the Wolverines’ attacking zone.

    Kelley scored four times in the first half – three times after a penalty reset – including the goal which put Needham ahead for good, 3-2.

    With a 6-3 halftime lead, Dateo and Barker alternated scoring for the Rockets to open the second half by combining for five goals in the first five minutes to put the game out of reach.

    Dana Fernandez also scored for Needham, while goaltender Lilly Callahan made 10 saves for the Rockets.


    Kelley was particularly proud of her team’s defensive approach, lauding the work of Chloe Newman, Eileen Manning and Elizabeth Phalen. Newman drew the assignment of Westwood’s top scorer, Alex Finn, and held her to just one goal.

    After getting served a facial from the cross check of Westwood’s Sarah Roycroft, Needham freshman Grace Kelley turned the other cheek, scoring five goals and two assists for the seventh-ranked Rockets (11-4).
    Barry Chin/Globe Staff
    After getting served a facial from the cross check of Westwood’s Sarah Roycroft, Needham freshman Grace Kelley turned the other cheek, scoring five goals and two assists for the seventh-ranked Rockets (11-4).

    “I didn’t expect anybody to do it all themselves, but I said each person had to pick it up a little bit more,” Kelley said. “They really did a good job.”

    Fiona McGowan led the Wolverines with four goals while Caroline Kremer had the other tally for Westwood.

    “It was confidence,” Newman said of Needham’s success against Westwood. “We took a few big losses in the beginning of the season, but ever since then we’ve been on a roll.”

    “It was a lot of the mental game that kept us in it,” Barker said. “Everyone hustled and played 100 percent the entire game. Everyone’s heads were in the game.”


    Archbishop Williams 11, Hull 4 — Junior Haley Mullen scored three goals for the Bishops (11-3).

    Wellesley 16, Framingham 3 — Caitlin Chicoski collected three goals and six draw controls and teammates Maddy Balter and Maja Desmond had three goals apiece for the No. 8 Raiders (11-3).

    Rockland 14, Abington 8 — Senior Courtney McCabe set Abington’s career record for goals with her 210th in a six-goal, one-assist performance in the loss.

    Sandwich 17, Nauset 5 — Sophomore Tatum LaRochelle led the way for the Blue Knights with four goals and four assists.

    Marshfield 17, Dennis-Yarmouth 6 — Megan Murphy tallied five goals and Callie Gilmore had three goals, two assists and five draw controls for the Rams (8-5).


    Middleborough 4, Carver 0— Senior pitcher Laura Hatch tossed her second no-hitter of the week, striking out eight with a hit batter while also going 2 for 3 at the plate for the No. 20 Sachems (13-1).

    Wellesley 6, Brookline 2 — Allison Goehringer had three RBIs and Sarah Farmsworth added three hits and an RBI for the Raiders (6-3).

    Hanover 13, Pembroke 1 — Junior Caroline Zielinski picked up the win on the mound while also adding three hits to pace the No. 19 Indians.

    St. Mary’s 15, Marian 0 — Christina Nowicki and Lily Newhall combined to toss a no-hitter for the Spartans (7-5).

    Whitman-Hanson 15, Hingham 6 — Kayla Crawford (3 hits, 3 RBIs), Julia Pendrak (3 hits, 2 RBIs) and Kaylee Corbett (2 hits, 3 RBIs) powered the Panthers (6-7).

    Norwell 4, East Bridgewater 2 — Chloe Rogers hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for the Clippers.

    Haverhill 6, Chelmsford 5— Senior Sarah Cowley hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh for the Hillies (3-8).

    Sacred Heart 12, Holbrook 7— Emily Finn had three hits, three runs and three RBIs from the leadoff spot to pace the Saints (6-1).

    Shawsheen 13, Essex Tech 6— Katelyn Logue’s grand slam paced the Rams (6-4) to a win.

    Lynn Classical 11, Swampscott 9 — Johnna Calder went 3 for 5 with three RBIs for the Rams.


    Weymouth 4, Brockton 2 — Senior Matt O'Neill allowed no earned runs in his complete-game performance for the Wildcats (9-5), striking out six.

    Oliver Ames 5, Dighton-Rehoboth 2 — Sean O'Brien led the Tigers with two doubles and three RBIs.

    Lynnfield 6, North Reading 1 — Junior pitcher Fernando Gonzalez tossed a four-hitter, allowing no earned runs, and was 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs.

    Saugus 4, Stoneham 0 — Todd Tringale tossed a perfect game for the Sachems and struck out 12 of the 21 batters he faced.

    Franklin 5, Catholic Memorial 1 — Senior Bryan Woelfel scattered nine hits and struck out eight, and senior Colby Fitzgibbons went 4 for 4, with one run and one RBI for the No. 9 Panthers (12-3).

    St. John’s Prep 14, Peabody 0 — Senior captain Jacob Bolger led the offensive on-slaught for the host No. 4 Eagles (9-4), crushing a pair of two-run homers.

    Austin Prep 5, Chelmsford 3 — Pitching in relief, Andrew Croteau ran his record to 5-0 for the third-ranked Cougars (10-1).

    Cardinal Spellman 10, Rockland 7 — Robbie Maguire went 4 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run and two RBIs.

    Whitman-Hanson 3, Hingham 0 — Ethan Phelps tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout, striking out six and scattering four hits and a walk as the Panthers (9-1) won their seventh game in a row.

    Georgetown 2, Ipswich 1 — Jacob Adamsky tossed a complete game five-hitter and Ethan Brock homered as the Royals (9-4) won.

    Hopkinton 11, Medfield 0 — Tom Leone pitched six shutout innings for the the Hillers, scattering three hits, striking out four and not allowing a walk. Sophomore Jack Wehley went 2 for 2 with a double, three RBIs, and two runs offensively for Hopkinton.

    Boys’ lacrosse

    Weymouth 9, Natick 8 — Drew Rennie netted five goals and an assist and Shane O'Leary made 12 saves as the Wildcats pulled out the Bay State Conference win.

    Masconomet 15, Newburyport 4 — Garrett Young (4 goals, 3 assists) and Ryan Castle (3 goals) paced the Chieftains (10-3).

    Scituate 11, Norwell 7— Senior Luke Murphy (2 goals, 4 assists) and sophomore Ray O'Brien (3 goals, 2 assists) paced the Sailors (10-2).

    Billerica 10, Malden Catholic 4 — Pat Quinn netted three goals and an assist for the No. 13 Indians (11-3).

    Boys’ tennis

    Andover 3, Wellesley 2 — Avi Jonarthanon and Sam Feng won at second doubles for the Golden Warriors, 7-5, 6-0.

    Lawrence 5, Lowell 0 — At first doubles, senior captains Luis Rodriguez and Andy Phan won (6-7, 7-6, 10-7).

    Girls’ tennis

    Norwell 5, East Bridgewater 0 — Junior Delaney Reynolds won at third singles in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) for the Clippers (10-1).

    Boys’ volleyball

    Taunton 3, Quincy 0 — Ricardo Da Fonseca dished out 40 assists and Lance Law (18 kills, 1 block) and Lens Esquil (11 kills, 3 blocks) spearheaded the offense for the No. 4 Tigers (13-0).

    BC High 3, Barnstable 1— Ethan Lunny (20 kills) and Andrew Phillips (23 digs) lifted the No. 18 Eagles (12-2) to the win.

    Boys’ basketball

    Stanley Chamblain, who played under and served as an assistant to former coach John DiBiaso, was introduced Thursday morning as Everett’s boys’ varsity basketball coach. Chamblain, 32, played for DiBiaso before graduating in 2003. After collegiate stints at Hesser College, Keene State and Lesley University, where he earned a communications degree in 2008, Chamblain returned to Everett in 2013 as a guidance counselor and an assistant on DiBiaso’s basketball staff.

    “I have big shoes to fill,” said Chamblain, after being tabbed as DiBiaso’s successor. “But I’m confident that with his teachings over the nine-plus years I’ve learned from him, that I’ll be able to integrate his philosophy into mine and impart it on future athletes.”

    Nate Weitzer contributed. Dave Souza reported from Danvers. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.