January 12 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

Saugus Sports Stories

Masco ends Lady Sachems’ win streak

 By Julian Cardillo


Masconomet ruined the Saugus girls’ hockey team’s unbeaten record. The Chieftains defeated the Sachems, 5-2, on the ice in Haverhill last Saturday, roaring to a victory after Saugus’s Gemma Demento opened the scoring.

“We started out good, but after that Masco took control,” said Saugus coach Anthony Martucci. “The second period came and they really took over. In the third our defense struggled.”

Demento, a freshman, added the Sachems’ second goal. That two of the goals came from a young player was a positive for Martucci. “It’s great because we always look to young players to rise to the occasion,” he said. “In a tough game like that, she came up big and delivered two great goals.”

Martucci also singled out the efforts of eighth grade goalie Summer Talent, who finished the game with 23 saves.

Saugus is 4-1-1 as of Thursday morning.



Come-from-behind tie sparks Saugus

 By Julian Cardillo


The Saugus Sachems hockey team’s never-say-die attitude was on full display on Wednesday night as they rallied from behind to tie Marblehead, 2-2, on a last-second goal. Marblehead had a 2-0 lead and were up a goal and a player in the final minute. But Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci took a gamble and pulled the goalie to level the field.

With 14 seconds left on the clock, Nick Moore tipped a CJ Graffeo shot into the back of the net to equalize. “Really crazy finish,” Natalucci said. “It would have been easier for our guys to pack it in, but they showed some real adversity … It was very back and forth, but we didn’t quit. At that point, we just wanted to make it an even five-on-five. We took a chance with an empty net and tried to get it even. Nick went to the area in front of the net and got a big goal for us.”

Drew Worthly scored his first career goal to put Saugus within one.

The Sachems are now 4-3-2 on the season.

A date with Danvers on Saturday afternoon comes next for the Sachems. “They’re the team that everyone in division two is talking about,” said Natalucci. “We’ll have our work cut out for us. We need to bring it for the full 45 minutes.”


Lady Sachems basketball team dominates Tanners, 51-36

 By Julian Cardillo


The Saugus girls’ basketball team continues to put up complete team wins. They demonstrated that tendency again on Tuesday night as they beat Peabody, 51-36. Peabody put Saugus in an early hole, going up 10-4, but the Sachems rallied and turned the tables quickly.

“Really good team game,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender. “That’s been the case a few times this season. After the slow start, we just called a timeout and the kids picked it up.”

Saugus ended the first quarter up 18-13 and carried a 27-20 lead into halftime.

Alessia Salzillo was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points. Rachel Nazzaro buried three three-point shots and had nine points on the night; Alana Aldred also chipped in nine.

“Our depth gives us a big advantage; we play everyone on our team,” Schruender said. “I don’t mind too much if we get into individual foul trouble, either – just the team fouls because we don’t want the other team going to the free throw line. It’s entirely possible someone on our bench is having the best night scoring-wise. That means it’s okay for one player to have an off-night.”

The Sachems are now 4-2 on the season and face a long drive up to Gloucester for their next game. Last year the Sachems beat the Fishermen by one point. Schruender is expecting it to be another dogfight.

“They’re a very physical team,” he said. “It’s always really close – seems like it’s just consistently nip and tuck with them. I’m expecting another close one.”





Sachems boys’ hoops team falls to Peabody

 By Julian Cardillo


Peabody took down the Saugus boys’ basketball team without too much trouble on Tuesday, beating the Sachems, 61-43. But Sachems coach Mark Bertrand said the actual contest was closer than the final score suggests.

“We had a rough second quarter; they really turned the heat up on us,” Bertrand said. “We raced to get it within 10 in the third, and near the end of the game both teams put their subs in. I think their subs just shot better when they come on the court … It was a good close game. The kids played hard every minute. I’m never happy with a loss, but I was happy with the effort.”

Christian Correia led Saugus, scoring 15 points; Vincent Cirame had nine; Mike Mabee had eight. Bertrand also singled out the efforts of his two big men on the court: Kenny Okoye (eight rebounds) and Jake Morgante (strong defending off the bench).

The Sachems, now 1-4, play Gloucester tonight and look for their second win of the season. “It’ll be a tough game, they’re very well-coached,” said Bertrand of the Fishermen. “It’s a city like us: blue collar, hard-working.”

Bertrand’s assistant, Bill Cahill, coached at Gloucester for the last 26 years. Cahill is helping the Sachems prepare for a tough test against his former team.

“[Former coach] Paul Moran invited Bill down at the end of last season; they’re longtime friends,” said Bertrand. “Even with coach Moran stepping away, Bill has been a standup guy and has said he’s here to stay … Gloucester has four good shooters, a few football players and athletes. That’s good talent. It’ll really be a dogfight. We know our kids are good at battling, too.”

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