East Boston coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto records 300th boys’ soccer win
Winning 300 career games is quite an achievement.
But earning No. 300 while coaching at your alma mater? Nothing sweeter. East Boston boys’ soccer coach Lorenzo Di Benedetto achieved the rare feat on an otherwise dreary Monday afternoon when his Jets stopped Snowden, 7-2, in a Boston City League match.
‘‘It’s really sweet when you have a connection not only as a coach, but as a former player of the school,’’ said Di Benedetto (Class of 1973).
‘‘You have your own legacy there. There are values there that you can really preach to [players]. It’s pride, class and tradition.’’
Senior Walter Vegas scored one goal and assisted on another as Eastie (5-0-0) seized a commanding 3-0 halftime lead. He scored again in the second half, silencing any hope of a comeback from Snowden (1-5-1).
Di Benedetto reached the milestone in his 15th season at East Boston, but 23rd overall. He had an eight-year run at Madison Park before returning to his roots with the Jets.
While coaching at both schools, he has taught world languages and special ed. Despite his impressive record on the field, Di Benedetto remembers those wins off the field most.
‘‘My biggest victories are sending kids to college and seeing them get degrees. At the end of the day, those are my fondest memories.’’
Bourne 1, Case 0 — In the final minute of a scoreless game, senior captain Christian Turner slipped in behind the defense, rounded the keeper, and slotted a calm finish into the bottom left-corner to give the Canalmen (5-2-3) the key South Coast Conference win. Bourne keeper Wyatt Ream was the star of the match, recording his sixth shutout of the season in a 10-save performance. Seven of those saves came in the second half, including a diving stop in the final moments to preserve the victory. ‘‘This was the best game I've seen him play all year,’’ said Bourne coach Andrew Arki. ‘‘Case is very skilled offensively and we worked hard on defense and just held on.’’
Archbishop Williams 4, Arlington Catholic 1 — The Bishops (4-2-2) received two goals from freshman Adam Stelljes in their win over the Cougars (1-5-2).
Canton 6, Taunton 2 —
Griffin Roach scored three goals and assisted on two others as the Bulldogs (7-1-1) extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.
Cardinal Spellman 5, Austin Prep 2 — Isaiah Donahue netted the hat trick for the Cardinals (5-3-1) in the Catholic Central Large win.
Falmouth Academy 3, Cape Cod Tech 1 — Parker Cleary netted a hat trick as the Mariners earned their first win.
Hingham 5, Whitman-Hanson 0 — Junior James Durkin netted a pair of second-half goals to spark a five-goal onslaught in the final 40 minutes for the visiting Harbormen.
Lowell Catholic 10, Cathedral 0 — Alberto Santel, Harry Grayson, Tristan Melo, and Edoardo Di Carlo each scored two goals for the Fighting Crusaders (5-2-1).
Mansfield 6, Stoughton 0 — Senior Luke Savoie netted his third hat trick of the season and his 15th goal overall for the third-ranked Hornets (7-0-3).
Masconomet 5, Lynnfield 1 — Senior Josh Rubin had three goals for the Chieftains (8-2).
Mashpee 4, Middleborough 0 — Senior captain Jack Daigneault scored two goals and an assist for the Falcons (5-1-2).
Milford 5, Oliver Ames 0 — Wally De Oliveira had a hat-trick for the Hawks.
Needham 3, BC High 2 — Quinn Kelly scored the winner for the Rockets (7-1-2) with under two minutes to play, knocking off host BC High.
Reading 2, Belmont 0 — Senior Alex Katsoufis registered the shutout for the Rockets (3-2-1).
Saugus 3, CASH 2 — Senior Jonathan Rodrigues scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of play and sophomore Juan Oliveira added another tally before halftime.
Tewksbury 3, Methuen 2 — Trailing 2-1 with 11 minutes to go, the Redmen (5-1-1) struck for a pair of late goals to pull out Merrimack Valley Small comeback win. Franklin Velasquez-Aguilar scored the equalizer, his second of the game, before Josh Kuffoh tallied the winner with three minutes left.
Bishop Fenwick 6, Medfield 0 — Freshman Grace Morey had three goals for the Cougars (5-3).
Bourne 1, Sturgis West 0 — Julia Elicier scored early in the second and Elizabeth Black earned shutout as the Canalmen captured their first win.
Cohasset 4, Middleborough 0 — Jane Hansen scored twice for the Skippers (4-0-1).
Dennis-Yarmouth 7, Bishop Stang 0 — Junior Lily Holmes and freshman Kayla McGaffigan each scored hat tricks for the No. 5 Dolphins (8-0-1).
Dover-Sherborn 6, Newton North 0 — Junior Payton Ahola scored a hat trick for the Raiders (6-3).
Sandwich 5, Silver Lake 1 — Freshman Macey White and sophomore Kate Cowan scored two goals apiece in the first half for the Blue Knights.
Somerset Berkley 8, Durfee 0 — Corissa Amaral and Megan Salsinha fired in three goals apiece for the No. 4 Raiders (7-1).
Swampscott 4, Peabody 0 — Chrissy Rogers scored two goals to lead the Big Blue.
Weston 3, Nipmuc 1 — Sophomore Jackie Goode tallied twice for the Wildcats (5-2-1).
Westwood 2, Ursuline 0 — Junior Katie Grealish scored her third goal in two games to lead the Wolverines (5-2-1).
Essex Tech 119, Greater Lawrence 22 — Freshman Patrick Chasse led the Hawks with 22 points in the win at Crystal Lake.
Medfield 268, Medway 280 — Freshman Henry Reilly (39) earned medalist honors for the Warriors.
Millis 290, Dover-Sherborn 218 — Junior Cooper Evans carded a 2-over 34 at Sassamon Trace Golf Course in Natick.
Plymouth South 226, Quincy 265 — Nolan Skaggs shot a 1-under 33 for the Panthers at Furnace Brook Golf Course.
Wellesley 94, Brookline 85 — Brookline senior James Imai was 2-under 33 for the Warriors in the loss.
Weston 52, Cambridge 20 — Junior captain Cooper Griffin shot 3-under-par on a rain-shortened six holes at the Weston Golf Club.
Belmont 6, Reading 0 — Sophomore Jenna Thomas scored three goals and an assist for the Marauders (5-2-1).
Bishop Feehan 5, Bishop Stang 2 — Sophomore Francesca Yanchuk (3 goals) and senior Fiona Kane (2 goals) provided all the offense for the 14th-ranked Shamrocks (7-0-1).
Bourne 2, Case 1 — Claudia Rogers scored both goals as the Canalmen earned their second win.
Greater Lowell 6, Whittier 0 — Aliza Som (2 goals, 1 assist) and Hali Frasca (2 goals) powered the Gryphons.
Hingham 0, Whitman-Hanson 0 — Senior keeper Julia Turnak recorded her fourth shutout of the season for the Harbormen in the tie.
Holbrook 4, Upper Cape 1 — Riley Cochran netted a hat trick or the Bulldogs.
Masconomet 3, Lynnfield 1 — Carolyn Hanson made five saves as the No. 8 Chieftains (9-0) remained unbeaten.
Middleborough 4, Mashpee 1 — Meghan LaBree scored two goals for the Sachems (6-3-1).
North Attleborough 1, King Philip 0 — Ashlyn Gaulin scored the lone goal as the host Red Rocketeers (5-1-1) knocked off the third-ranked Warriors (7-2-1) in a Hockomock League matchup.
Notre Dame (Hingham) 2, Silver Lake 1 — Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Cougars struck for the equalizer on a goal by senior captain Emma Tucker (Marshfield), with Shannon Levangie assisting. Junior captain Maggie Loughnane (Milton) netted the winner on a direct kick.
Oliver Ames 5, Milford 1 — Gabi McLaughlin led the Tigers (5-2-2) with two goals.
Phillips Andover 2, Pingree 0 — Junior striker Maddy Silveira scored a goal and an assist in the Big Blue’s victory.
Saint Joseph Prep 1, Matignon 0 — Sophomore Katelyn Botte scored the lone tally as the Phoenix improved to 5-3.
Southeastern 6, Bristol Aggie 0 — Junior Katie Micale and sophomore Maya Hayes each notched two goals for the Hawks.
Ursuline 3, Fontbonne 2 — With 20 minutes left, eighth grader Jenelle Murphy scored the winner for the Bears (7-2). Senior Alyssa Patterson scored both of Ursuline’s first-half strikes.
Worcester Academy 1, Pomfret 0 — Sophomore Kelli Buckley netted the goal in the 68th minute for the Hilltoppers (3-3-1).
Andover 3, Haverhill 2 — Sophia Martinez dominated the net with seven blocks and sealed the victory with a spike in the fifth set for the Warriors (7-3). Emily Nason delivered 18 digs and Alexis Mancha had 13 kills for Andover .
Apponequet 3, Dighton-Rehoboth 0 — Sara Cattaneo had 20 service points and nine aces for the Lakers (8-3).
Arlington Catholic 3, Concord-Carlisle 1 — Senior captain Kristen O'Keefe had 25 kills for the Cougars in the nonleague win.
Barnstable 3, Westborough 0 — Senior Ingrid Murphy (17 kills, 12 digs), senior Riley James (13 kills), and freshman Teagan James (31 assists) were all key performers for the top-ranked Red Raiders (9-0).
Bishop Feehan 3, Medfield 0 — Senior outside hitter Natalie Reid led the Shamrocks (7-3) with 11 digs and 11 kills.
Bourne 3, Case 1 — Seniors Emma Fenton (23 kills, 5 blocks) and Mattie Stuck (42 digs) come up big for the ninth-ranked Canalmen (11-0) as they clinched a tournament spot.
East Boston 3, West Roxbury 0 — Junior Zaira Garcia had 15 service points, one ace, and six spikes for the Jets (9-0) in the City League win.
Holbrook 3, Upper Cape 0 — Taylor Richards and Patricia Stewart combined for 68 assists in the 25-18, 27-25, 25-13 win.
Lynnfield 3, Hamilton-Wenham 0 — Sophia Wilkinson had 11 assists and seven digs for the Pioneers.
Revere 3, Malden 1 — Senior Greis Kasofo had 22 assists and kills for the Patriots (8-2).
Triton 3, Newburyport 1 — Sophomore Evelyn Pearson had nine kills and five digs for the Vikings (2-7).