Wellesley rallies to beat Walpole in girls’ lacrosse
Arielle Dumalac scored the go-ahead goal with 14 seconds left and Anna Hereu made a game-clinching save at the buzzer to help No. 2 Wellesley complete a 11-10 comeback win in girls’ lacrosse over visiting No. 4 Walpole on Thursday afternoon.
In a rematch of last year’s Division 1 finals, the defending champion Raiders (4-0) erased a three-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes to hand the Rebels (3-1) just their second loss in the last two seasons.
“I knew coming into the game that Walpole was going to be coming in intense with a lot of emotions,” Wellesley coach Michelle Cook said. “This was our test.”
The Raiders struck first before trading goals with Walpole in the first half. Trailing, 4-3, Walpole scored a pair in the final two minutes of the period to take the lead at halftime.
It looked as if the Rebels might pull away in the second half when they went up, 10-7, with 12 minutes remaining. But Hereu and the Raiders’ defense refused to go away. The junior goalie turned away a free-position attempt with 11 minutes to play, sparking a fastbreak goal on the end.
“I always say to my players, ‘Feed off of the defense’s success. If they get a bit stop, translate that down on the offensive end,” Cook said. “And I think that’s exactly what happened.
Five minutes later, Player of the Week Brooke Baker converted a free-position chance to trim Wellesley’s deficit to just one. With just over a minute left, Maja Desmond (five goals, one assist) tied it to set the stage for Dumalac’s winner.
On the last sequence, Walpole controlled the draw and earned a whistle just before time expired. But Hereu stood on her head for the final free-position opportunity, securing her 12th save of the afternoon before being mobbed by teammates around the net.
“We wanted to prove to everyone that last year wasn’t a fluke,” Hereu said. “We’re back.”
Central Catholic 11, Andover 6 — Ciera Licare had four goals and an assist for the Raiders.
Cohasset 20, Hanover 3 — Sophomore Kate Cunning, senior Molly Stephens and senior Jane Hansen each scored 4 goals for the Skippers.
Duxbury 11, Minnechaug 5 — Julia Barry and Ali Gill each had a hat trick for the Dragons.
Marshfield 19, Falmouth 7 — Molly Shaw scored nine goals to lead the Rams.
Melrose 14, Arlington 13 — Abby Cunningham and Emma Randolph each scored four goals for the Red Raiders in a comeback victory.
Needham 12, Concord-Carlisle 4 — Junior Lilly Callahan made 14 saves in net, senior Lexi Schmalz scored 6 goals, and sophomore Grace Kelley scored 5 for the Rockets (3-1).
Norwell 15, East Bridgewater 0 — Sophomore Allie Connery scored three times and the Clippers (5-0) had 13 goal scorers in the rout.
Wellesley 11, Walpole 10 — Sophomore Maja Desmond scored 5 goals and added an assist while junior Anna Hereu made 12 saves in net for the Raiders (4-0). Sophomore Arielle Dumulac and senior Brooke Baker each scored twice.
Cohasset 12, Duxbury 11 — Cohasset outlasted visiting Duxbury, knocking off the Dragons for the first time since 1997. Cohasset (4-2) junior attack Gray Thomas and junior midfielder Tucker Fulton poured in four goals each, and Thomas delivered the winner with 1:59 left on a wicked shot with a stick in his face to stun the Dragons. “It’s amazing,” Thomas said. “We’ll definitely remember this for the rest of our lives.” Senior captain Matty Gill paced Duxbury (2-1) with five goals. The Dragons rallied from a 5-1 deficit after one to even the score at 7 at halftime, and the teams were deadlocked at 10 through three. Each side scored to start the fourth, then Thomas provided the heroics. “We need (Thomas) to be that alpha sometimes,” Cohasset coach James Beaudoin said. “We love balance on our offense, but sometimes you need an alpha against alpha teams, and he stepped up today.”
Braintree 9, Framingham 7 — Junior Matt Hemmert tallied 3 goals and 3 assists, while junior Chris Farno scored 3 goals for the Wamps (3-0).
Dover-Sherborn 15, Medway 6 — Junior midfielder Eric Niit netted four goals and added two assists to propel the Raiders (3-0). Junior John Sveen scored two goals and notched four assists.
Melrose 17, Arlington 5 — Senior Liam Ton scored his first varsity goal as the Red Raiders (3-1) rolled to victory.
Needham 12, Bishop Guertin 11 — Seniors Brendan Walsh, Jason Child, and Cole Stedman scored the final three goals before junior goalie Charlie Bliss made a key save to propel the 10th-ranked Rockets (4-0) past a New Hampshire power.
St. John’s Prep 9, Xaverian 8 — Patrick Keefe had four goals and an assist to lead the No. 18 Eagles (4-2) past the No. 1 Hawks (1-1). Alex Kreher made 12 saves and Craig Yannone won 14 of his 19 faceoffs.
Arlington 1, Stoneham 0 — Senior captain Wally Conway tossed a one-hit shutout as he struck out 10 to lead the Spartans (1-1).
Arlington Catholic 12, Shawsheen 7 — Junior Packey Bradley-Cooney tallied four hits, four RBIs, and four stolen bases to lead the Cougars (1-0).
Attleboro 4, Bishop Feehan 3 — Junior Max Amaral threw five innings of one-run ball and senior captain Mason Houle went two for three as the Bombardiers (3-2) prevailed.
Bishop Stang 8, Coyle & Cassidy 1 — Senior captain Jack Sefrino pitched six innings, scattering four hits with no runs for the Spartans (6-0) while going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Braintree 10, Milton 3 — Senior Tyler Morrelli pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in relief and struck out 10 for the Wamps (2-0).
Bridgewater-Raynham 2, Barnstable 1 — Senior Nolan Anderson hit a walk-off single, plating senior Brett Doherty as the Trojans (1-1) won their first game of the year.
Chelmsford 3, St. John’s Prep 1 — Carl Erickson hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to lead the Lions (2-0).
Dighton-Rehoboth 6, Wareham 0 — Junior Lucas Berube notched a complete game, allowing one hit and striking out eight for the Falcons (1-0).
Duxbury 13, Pembroke 3 — John Roberts struck out nine for the Dragons.
Franklin 3, Canton 2 — Cooper Ross drove in Alex Haba with a walk-off single in the eighth inning to give the Panthers (3-0) the win. Brennan Rivera pitched a complete game, allowed four hits, one walk, and struck out eight.
Hingham 7, North Quincy 0 — Jack Clougherty threw a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out 10 for the Harbormen (1-0). Senior John Sullivan offered run support with three hits.
Lynnfield 6, North Reading 2 — Senior pitcher Fernando Gonzalez pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 11 for the Pioneers (1-0).
Medfield 7, Norwood 4 — Sophomore catcher Ben Leonard went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Warriors (3-0).
Medford 5, Beverly 3 — Senior Carmen Diorio hit the winning two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Mustangs (1-0). Brenna Forbes went 3 for 3 with two runs.
Monomoy 3, St. John Paul II 2 — The Sharks handed the Lions their first league loss since 2011.
Northeast 12, Nashoba Valley Tech 2 — Junior Owen Halley went 3 for 3 with three RBI and a trio of stolen bases along with two no-hit innings of relief with four strikeouts for the Golden Knights (1-0). Starting pitcher Tyler Woloski lasted five innings, giving up just one earned run with 11 strikeouts.
Saugus 6, Dracut 1 — Jason Casaletto pitched 6.2 innings, allowed one earned run on three hits, and struck out nine to get the win for the Sachems.
Silver Lake 9, Hanover 3 — Nolan Hughes had eight strikeouts for the Lakers in 6.1 innings.
Walpole 5, Needham 0 — Senior pitcher Matt Donato pitched a complete game shutout, scattering three hits and striking out four for the Rebels (3-1).
Arlington 13, Stoneham 1 — Sophomore Claire Ewen logged three hits in four at bats, recording two RBIs as the Spyponders (1-0) won their first game of the spring.
Bedford 10, Somerville 1 — Bella Fernald went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs for the Buccaneers (1-0).
Braintree 12, Milton 7 — Pitcher Brooke Bonsiglio struck out seven and allowed no walks and hit a solo home run for the Wamps (2-1).
Bridgewater-Raynham 12, Barnstable 0 — Juniors Julia Ferry and Julia Newcomb combined for a shutout, striking out 11 and allowing three hits in five innings. Senior catcher Lexi Silva went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs and sophomore Riley Sroczinski mashed a home run.
Burlington 10, Belmont 0 — Christina Clark pitched five innings allowing one hit with 11 strikeouts.
Dartmouth 19, Durfee 1 — Arianna Medeiros had three hits and five RBIs for the Indians (3-0).
Duxbury 2, Pembroke 0 — Maya Zukowski tossed a no-hitter, striking out 11 for the Dragons (1-2). Allanah Akins scored both Duxbury runs.
Essex Tech 6, Greater Lowell 5 — Freshman pitcher Emily Graham struck out 12 and Kyra Jones went 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Hawks (2-0).
Hopkinton 16, Dover-Sherborn 1 — Junior Jillian Ceddia hit a three-run home run in the third inning for the Hillers (2-0).
Latin Academy 6, Everett 4 — Senior Michaela Russell launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to provide the difference for the Dragons (3-1).
Medfield 10, Westwood 9 — Naomi Lung had two hits as the Warriors rallied from a six-run deficit.
North Quincy 8, Hingham 1 — Senior Shannon O'Brien struck out seven, while senior Sam Smith went 4 for 4 with three singles, a double, and two RBIs for the Red Raiders.
Plymouth South 5, Whitman-Hanson 0 — Sophomore Amelia Freitas pitched a shutout for the Panthers (3-1), striking out 16. Junior Hannah Masterson went 3 for 4 at the plate.
Rockland 5, East Bridgewater 2 — Senior third-baseman Ari Pelletier went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Bulldogs (3-1).
Silver Lake 1, Hanover 0 — Senior Hayden Wechter hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to score Amanda Harris for the Lakers (3-0). Bri Belfort pitched all nine innings, striking out five.
Somerset Berkley 15, Wareham 2 — Gabriella Messier and Julyanne Pacheco each had three hits for the Raiders (1-0).
Taunton 7, King Philip 0 — Sophomore Kelsey White pitched a two-hitter with no walks and four strikeouts for the Tigers (3-0). Hannah Aldrich hit two home runs and had three RBIs.
Walpole 10, Needham 6 — Sophomore Ashley King went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs as the Rebels (2-1) secured the victory.
Whittier 7, Shawsheen 3 — Whittier coach Cheryl Begin earned her 200th coaching victory.
Wilmington 5, Woburn 3 — Jenna Sweeney went 2 for 3 and Bella Kieran went 3 for 4 at the plate for the Wildcats (1-0).
Reading 5, Arlington 0 — Chris Soule and Charlie Cribb won tiebreakers at first and third singles for the Rockets (4-0).
Latin Academy 3, Brockton 2 — Seniors Ashley Sanchez and Eliza Nuestero won the decisive doubles match, 6-2, 6-4, for the Dragons (3-0).
Weston 3, Hopkinton 2 — Livvy Lathrop and Lola Thilitkosky won the deciding match for the Wildcats (2-0), 6-2, 6-2.
Acton-Boxborough 3, Arlington 0 — Jacob Sayers led the way with eight kills for the Colonials (5-3).
Cambridge 3, Westford 1 — Senior Patrick Ward recorded four assists and senior Adam Scaramuzzo notched five kills for the Falcons (1-5).
Central Catholic 3, Andover 0 — Kevin Stevenson had eight kills and two blocks for the Raiders (3-1). Jack Roderick dished out 23 assists and Alex Nadeau had 18 digs.
Lexington 3, St. John’s Prep 1 — Junior captain Kyle Suh posted 33 assists, 15 service points, 10 digs, and two blocks to lead the Minutemen (6-0).
Wayland 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 2 — Ryan Fuller had 12 kills and six digs for Wayland (3-2). Michael Long and Gavyn Davies added 11 kills apiece and Porter Moody dished out 41 assists to go along with three blocks.