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Bishop Fenwick boys’ lacrosse team edges Swampscott

The Bishop Fenwick Crusaders used a late goal to steal a big win over Swampscott in boys’ lacrosse action last Saturday. John Cataldo buried the second of his two scores with less than six minutes remaining in the contest to help BF emerge with a 7-6 victory. Derek DelVecchio also scored twice, and Chris Terry added a goal for the Crusaders, who upped their record to 3-3 with the win. Cam McCarthy and Nick Muzzi also tallied for BF. Goalie Deven Fiandaca stopped 18 shots.

By Greg Phipps


 

Tanners Boys’ Lacrosse in search of first win

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Two non-league home losses left the Peabody boys’ lacrosse team still searching for their first victory of 2017. Despite a 13-1 defeat at the hands of a very strong Chelmsford squad last Saturday and 15-4 loss to North Reading on Tuesday, Tanners head coach Tony O’Donnell sees progress.

“I think we’re getting better with every game,” said O’Donnell after last Saturday’s outing. “Chelmsford is a tough opponent; they’re undefeated and they’re a quality team. I thought we hung with them for most of the game. But what continues to plague us are secondary possessions, unforced turnovers and clearing the ball [out of the defensive zone]. Of the 25 minutes in the first half, we played 20 of those on defense. You’re not going to win when that happens.”

Taking nine penalties in Saturday’s game also didn’t help the Tanners, who dropped to 0-5 after Tuesday’s defeat. Colby Therrian scored Peabody’s only goal against Chelmsford.

In Tuesday’s game, Stephen Ell continued his strong play on offense by tallying three times. Ell poured home six goals in Peabody’s close Northeastern Conference 9-8 loss at Danvers last week. Freshman James Nicholson notched his first career varsity goal, and netminder Jake DeStafano finished with 22 saves.

By Greg Phipps


 

 

Lady Tanners softball team earns first victory

After dropping their first three games of the season, the Peabody softball team got in the win column with a 15-5 non-conference triumph over Malden on Monday. Pitcher Tianna Dawe tossed five innings to get the win. She also helped her own cause by launching a home run. Christina Rossignol, Alyssa Alperen and Lexie Zammer each had two hits; Alperen tripled and doubled, and both of Zammer’s hits went for extra bases.

The 1-3 Tanners are looking to improve on an 11-9 overall finish and first round playoff exit in 2016.

By Greg Phipps


   

Tanners girls’ tennis team victorious over Malden

A singles victory by No. 3 player Laura Franka and doubles win from the team of Shaelyn Kelley and Angela Ferrer helped the Peabody girls’ tennis squad to a 3-2 win over Malden on Monday. Franka won her match in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-1), and Kelley and Ferrer prevailed by a 6-3, 6-1 count. The win improved the Tanners to 1-2 on the early season.

By Greg Phipps


 

Tanners girls’ lacrosse team takes down Dracut

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The Peabody High School girls’ lacrosse team was able to jump out to a comfortable lead last Saturday at the PHS field, and that was enough to hold off a feisty Dracut squad, 10-5, in non-conference action. It was the third win of the season for the Tanners (4-1), who notched their fourth victory at home against Quincy on Tuesday.

“It was a very competitive game. They play in a tough conference,” Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches said of Dracut after Saturday’s contest. “We knew they’re a battle-tested team and they’d be ready for us today. They were aggressive and put a lot of pressure on us. They played the full 50 minutes and never quit.”

Lauren Wolff led the home team by potting four goals and assisting on two others. Chloe Gizzi made her first appearance of the season with three scores and an assist, and Olivia Kiricoples added two goals, including a nice breakaway tally late in the first half. Kirsten Bradley and Abigail Ryder also scored for the Tanners.

Despite the 10 goals, Desroches said his team still has work to do offensively. “We were able to get out to a nice lead at the beginning today, but we want to be a little more efficient with the ball on offense,” he explained. “I thought we missed a lot of shots we could have scored on.”

Desroches credited Alyssa Shashaty, Ali Demeo, Kelly Crotty, Carla Patania and goalie Gianna Denisco (11 saves) with strong defensive efforts.

In Tuesday’s 13-1 non-conference victory over Quincy, Wolff added four more scores, Gizzi had three and Sarah Buckley, two. Bradley, Patania, Alex Houlden and Hayley Carter tallied also.

By Greg Phipps


   

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