EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2013

Warriors, Knights set up rubber match Thursday

Both teams boast 21-1 records
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — After Andover shut out Lexington last night and North Andover took care of Masconomet by the same 3-0 score, the two local rivals will square off for round three in the Division 1 semifinals, Thursday at 7 p.m. at North Andover.

North Andover beat Andover in its season opener, but the Warriors have won 21 straight since and defeated the Knights (also 21-1) in a rematch.

“That’s a tough one to pick, but it should be a great match,” said Methuen coach Matt Twomey.

Rachel Schnakenberg led the Warriors against Lexington with 10 kills and four blocks and Azita Bakhtyari had 24 assists. For North Andover, Catherine Flaherty was huge with 18 kills and four blocks against Masconomet and Erin Cox had 33 assists. Jillian Boyle came up with 18 digs and had four aces.

Hillies in a breeze

Haverhill’s volleyball team had no trouble with Lynn Classical in the Division 1 North quarterfinals, blasting the visitors 25-9, 25-8, 25-13 to improve to 17-3. Abigail Sonugu led the way at the net with 18 kills while Haley DeRoche added nine kills and had 18 digs.

The Hillies will have a harder time tomorrow when they play at No. 1 seed Peabody at 7 p.m.

Rangers provide scare

Methuen’s volleyball team had unbeaten Peabody on the ropes in the Division 1 North quarterfinals, leading 2-1 in games with a 7-1 lead in Game 4, but the Tanners had two big service runs and held on for a 3-2 win.

Alicia Miller had another big night for the Rangers (14-8) with 13 kills, 4 blocks and 19 service points.

“We played well, but just couldn’t put them away when we had the chance,” said Methuen coach Matt Twomey.

Solid team effort

Georgetown’s boys soccer team got goals from three different players and assists from two others in a Division 4 quarterfinal matchup with Ipswich. The Royals (11-2-7) were tied 1-1 at halftime but dominated the second half. Gus Savage needed to make only four saves.

Georgetown, the No. 5 seed, will play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. tomorrow against last night’s Lowell Catholic-Marian winner.

Defense stands out

North Reading’s boys soccer team got a goal from Jake Intorcio with 10 minutes left and then relied on its defense to defeat Marblehead 1-0 in a Division 3 quarterfinal matchup. Peter Walsh, Ben Schille and Zach Herman were exceptional on defense and Bill Brandano made four saves for the Hornets (13-5-1), who will face No. 2-seed Watertown tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Chelmsford.

Royal girls advance

Georgetown’s girls soccer team scored twice in the second half to knock off No. 2-seed Lowell Catholic, 2-0, in the Division 4 quarterfinals

Katie DiMaio and Jennifer Killian scored for the Royals (10-6-4), with assists from Jenny Migliaccio. Georgetown will face today’s New Mission-Maimonides winner at 5 p.m. Thursday at North Reading.

Playoff times set

The NHIAA finally announced its football playoff dates and times for the first round this weekend and all local teams will be playing at 1 p.m. Saturday. In Division 1, Londonderry will be at Pinkerton, while Windham will host Trinity and Sanborn will be in Monadnock in Division 2.

In Division 3, top-seed and unbeaten Pelham will host Bow, a team it only defeated 7-0 in the regular season.

Opponent switch

The North Andover football team was originally scheduled to be at Cambridge Friday but, after an MIAA switch, the Knights will now be hosting Lynn English at 7 p.m. Friday.

In other games that have been established at the last minute, Whittier will be at St. Mary’s at the Manning Bowl at 4:30 Friday while Methuen will be playing at Lexington at noon on Saturday. Another rare Friday afternoon game finds Greater Lawrence at Madison Park at 3:15 p.m.

Merrimack goalie cited

After backstopping the No. 7 Merrimack College field hockey team to its most important win of the season at undefeated and third-ranked Stonehill last Tuesday, sophomore goalkeeper Madison Davis has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this fall.

Facing one of the most potent offenses in the country, Davis played well beyond her years last week, turning away a career-high 11 shots against the Skyhawks, including a penalty stroke attempt and a breakaway chance from the league’s leading goal scorer in the final minute of play to help Merrimack upset Stonehill, 1-0.

, in its regular-season finale.