UPTON >> Fresh off its first-ever Central/Western Massachusetts Division III tournament victory, the Wahconah boys lacrosse team was looking to advance into uncharted territory. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Nipmuc had other ideas.
Mike Mannings scored a hat trick while three other players scored two goals each, as third-seeded Nipmuc scored a 11-1 win over No. 6 Wahconah.
"We had trouble clearing the ball, which is always the case when we play good teams," Wahconah coach Zach Sondrini wrote in an email. "We had opportunities early to keep it closer, but couldn't find the net."
Wyatt Schliecher scored Wahconah's only goal.
Nipmuc (13-7) advances to the semifinals at No. 2 Grafton. Wahconah (12-9) wraps up its season.
"I'm extremely proud of our season and how we progressed as a team," wrote Sondrini. "It had ups and downs but [the team] worked at it. It's promising for the future."
Wahconah goal—Wyatt Schliecher. Wahconah assist—Matt Mathers.
Nipmuc goals—Mike Mannings 3, Connor Morford 2, Cooper Offord 2, Shane Dougherty 2, George Marrice 1, Jake Rofrano 1. Nipmuc assists—Marrice 2, Dougherty 1, Mannings 1.
Saves—W: Vinny Orlandi 17. N: Drew Cannistrao 6.
GREYLOCK BOYS GET OPPONENT
FITCHBURG >> Top-seeded Mount Greylock now knows who it will play in its Central/Western Mass. Division III semifinal this week.
The Mounties (17-1) will face No. 4 St. Bernard's (15-6) after the Bernardians beat Pope Francis 14-9 in a quarterfinal on Saturday. Nick Bagley had four goals and three assists for the winners.
This marks the third consecutive year Greylock and St. Bernard's have met in the postseason. Last year, Greylock won 22-8, and in 2014, the Mounties won 18-6.
BROMFIELD 19, WAHCONAH GIRLS 7
HARVARD >> Sophie Turchetta scored nine goals as top-seeded Bromfield (17-3) scored a 19-7 win over No. 8 Wahconah on Friday.
Meaghan Parlee and Isabelle Planchet added four goals each for the 2014 Central/Western Division III champions. In two tournament games, Bromfield has outscored its opponents 36-10.
Wahconah was led by Perin Genaway and Kenna McIlquham, with two goals each. Emmy Cote had a goal and three assists.
"The Bromfield team showed us that they definitely deserve the No. 1 seed," Wahconah coach Kathy Budaj wrote in an email. "Their skill level and relentless pursuit definitely caused us to turn the ball over way too many times."
Wahconah goals—Perin Genaway 2, Kenna McIlquham 2, Emmy Cote 1, Jordan Budaj 1 Lily Howes 1. Wahconah assists—Cote 3, Genaway 1.
Bromfield goals—Sophia Turchetta 9, Isabelle Planchet 4, Meaghan Parlee 4, Courtney Route 2. Bromfield assists—Parlee 1.