Local roundup: Wahconah, Monument boys lacrosse teams win openers
CHICOPEE — The curtain came up on the Wahconah boys lacrosse season Saturday afternoon, and Connor Washburn brought it down on Chicopee.
Washburn's goal with a minute to play in the fourth quarter broke a tie and gave the Warriors a season-opening 8-7 decision over the Pacers.
"I'm very happy. We have a very, very young team," said Wahconah coach Zach Sondrini.
Washburn took a feed from James Roth for the game-winning goal.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter, but had to hold off Chicopee the rest of the way.
Washburn finished the game with three goals and three assists while freshman Dart Jaggi scored a hat trick in his first-ever varsity game.
John Baker had four goals to lead Chicopee.
Wahconah goals — Connor Washburn 3, Dart Jaggi 3, Wyatt Schleicher 2. Wahconah assists — Washburn 3, Jeremy Girard 2, Schleicher 1, Kyle Gazzillo 1, James Roth 1.
Chicopee goals — John Baker 4, Josh Provost 2, Dan Vazquez 1. Chicopee assists — Vazquez 2, Josh Rogowski 1.
Saves — W: Vinny Orlandi 13.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 9, MAPLE HILL 8
CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. >> Connor Parkinson, Joe LaBrasca and Homer Winston scored two goals each as Monument Mountain opened its lacrosse season with a win at Maple Hill.
Jonah Swotes had nine saves for the Spartans, who got a goal in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead and come home with a victory.
Ben Sherwood had four goals for Maple Hill.
Monument goals — Connor Parkinson 2, Joe LaBrasca 2, Homer Winston 2, Jake Parkinson 1, Matt DiSilva 1, Walter Boyko 1. Monument assists — J. Parkinson 3, Boyko 2, C. Parkinson 1.
Maple Hill goals — Ben Sherwood 4, Cole Ciaffi 3, Seth Roberts 1. Maple Hill assists — Ciaffi 1, Joe Merhige 1, Pat McGuane 1, Jacob Adler 1.
Saves — MM: Jonah Swotes 9, Jack Gibbson 1. MH: Kyle Randall 4.
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. >> The Williams women were forced to move a three-game NESCAC series to Wesleyan because of field conditions. It didn't matter.
The Ephs (17-5, 3-0 in NESCAC) completed the sweep of the Cardinals (14-9, 0-4) Saturday, winning the first game 1-0 and the nightcap 6-1.
Freshman Alejandra Magana pitched six shutout innings in the opener, scattering seven hits. She did not walk anyone and struck out two. Freshman Mackenzie Murphy pitched a scoreless seventh.
The only run of the game came off of Wesleyan starter Julie McDonald in the fifth. Priscilla Pino hit a leadoff home run over the fence in left for the only run.
In the top of the seventh, Wesleyan's Olivia Gorman singled with one out and got to second. But Murphy got Mollie Grunat to ground out to end the game.
Williams broke a 1-1 tie in the nightcap with a run in the fourth inning and four in the fifth. Brenna Martinez's RBI double broke the tie. Kacey Cramer's two-run double in the fifth broke the game open.
Brooke Bovier went the distance for Williams. She scattered four hits.
FRAMINGHAM >> Katelyn Henault held Framingham State to two runs in the nightcap of a MASCAC doubleheader, giving MCLA a 6-2 win and a split.
The Trailblazers (7-9, 1-1) dropped a 5-3 decision to Framingham (7-15, 2-2) in the opener. MCLA was the home team, but the games were played at Framingham's Maple Street Field.
Trailing 1-0, the Trailblazers erupted for six runs on five hits and three errors. Sam Boyle's two-run single was the key hit of the inning.
Henault gave up one earned run on eight hits in going the distance.
In the opener, MCLA jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Framingham got to pitcher Rachel Quackenbush for five runs, three earned, in the third inning. Lauren Salisbury's two-run triple was the key hit.
AMHERST >> Williams got a gift victory in the second game of a doubleheader against rival Amherst.
Doug Schaffer scored on pitcher Andrew Ferrero's balk in the ninth inning and the Ephs got out of a ninth-inning jam in a 5-4 win. Amherst won the opener 5-2.
Jack Cloud's RBI single in the top of the ninth tied the game at 4 and that brought Ferrero in from the bullpen. Williams' Jackson Parise singled to load the bases and then with Adam Dulsky up, Ferrero balked.
In the home ninth, Williams reliever Arnie Capute gave up a double to Sam Ellinwood and a single to Ryan Hardin. Amherst's Max Steinhorn hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. Eventually Amherst put runners on second and third, but Yanni Thanopoulos hit a foul pop to first baseman David Kwan, ending the game.
In the opener, the score was tied at 2 when Amherst got a two-run single from Joe Feldman to break the tie. Amhrst's Riley Streit held the Ephs scoreless over the final six ininngs.
WILLIAMS MEN'S LACROSSE
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Visiting Wesleyan outscored Williams 3-1 in the final six minutes of the second quarter to take a lead it would not give up as the Caardinals (7-3, 3-3) scored a 19-17 win over the Ephs (5-5, 2-4).
Michael Fahey had seven goals and three assists for the Ephs, while Thomas Fowler added four goals. For Wesleyan, Harry Stanton had five goals and two assists.
Ted Bergman had 14 saves for the Cardinals, while Miles McCarthy had 15 saves for the Ephs.
WILLIAMS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. >> The Ephs (4-6, 2-4) suffered their third consecutive loss, dropping a 10-9 decision to Wesleyan (4-6, 1-5).
The Ephs led 7-3 at halftime, only to have Wesleyan tie the game on a goal by Meredith Smith. Williams took the lead when Emma Tenbarge scored on a free position shot. But in the final 3:37, Liana Mathias and Antonia Kaz scored to give Wesleyan the win. Kaz's goal came with 17 seconds left.
Tenbarge and Micaela Dussel had three goals each for Williams.
WILLIAMS WOMEN'S TENNIS
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Playing inside Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday, Williams beat Middlebury 7-2.
Williams won all three doubles points to go up 3-0, and then won five singles matches.
Juli Raventos set the tone at No. 1 singles for Williams, beating Ria Gerger 7-5, 6-4.
Williams will play Wesleyan at 9:30 this morning, followed by Connecticut College in the afternoon.
NORTHBOROUGH >> In Friday night's second game of a doubleheader, Framingham State (6-12, 2-2) completed the sweep with a 6-3 win.
The Rams got to MCLA starter Todd Hunt for five runs on two hits in the second inning. Jonathan Chapman's two-run single was the key hit of the inning.
MCLA (3-13, 0-4) cut the lead to three runs with a pair in the sixth on Liam Nolan's two-run home run.
But in the seventh, the Trailblazers went 1-2-3 to end the game.
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