TIP OF THE CAP

Juan Medina was outstanding in Lawrence’s 7-0 Division 1 North quarterfinal win over Lexington on Monday, as the third-seeded Minutemen put runners in scoring position five times and the Lancers senior didn’t allow a single one to cross the plate. Three of the five instances included runners on second with one out, yet no Lexington runners even reached third base.

Medina tossed a complete game, allowing just two hits, getting some key punchouts in some instances, and relying on big defensive contributions in others, helping Lawrence to the sectional semifinals.

TEAM PLAYER

There are plenty of plaudits to go around for the Salem boys volleyball team, which just defeated Windham to win the 11th state championship in program history, and the Blue Devils’ first since 2014. 

One player that has been a mainstay all season is Roman Fabrizio, who managed to lead his team in assists in each of the 21 games the Blue Devils played. While the leaders in kills, blocks and digs varied from time to time, it was always Fabrizio setting up his teammates.

The senior setter finished with 632 assists on the year, averaging more than 30 per game, making his presence felt as Salem (19-2) won the title.

STRANGE TREND

As if it isn’t already impressive that Pinkerton and Bishop Guertin battled for both the boys and girls Division 1 lacrosse state championships (for the boys, it was the seventh year in a row), another pattern has appeared at the biggest stage of New Hampshire lacrosse. Since Bishop Guertin went to Division 1, the Cardinals have won three state girls titles, coming in 2015, 2018 and this season.

Each time they’ve been crowned, the Bishop Guertin boys team has lost the title game, and Pinkerton has been the primary beneficiary of that trend, as the Astros have topped the Cardinals in the championship in each of those seasons. This year, Pinkerton came from behind for a thrilling 14-12 win over the Cardinals just two days after the girls title game, keeping this odd run going.

A BIT LOPSIDED

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team made waves with a 13-0 victory over Thailand on Tuesday, the largest victory in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. Alex Morgan scored five goals to perch herself well atop the golden boot race, as well.

While it was the largest winning margin the World Cup has ever seen on the men’s or women’s side, it’s not entirely unprecedented. Just four years ago, the German women’s team upended the Ivory Coast, 10-0, and Germany beat Argentina, 11-0, in 2007. The largest win in the men’s World Cup was in 1982, when Hungary topped El Salvador, 10-1.

The Americans have drawn quite a bit of criticism, both for the final scoreline and some of the celebrations, particularly late in the game, but despite all the outside noise, their title defense is off to a flying start.

STILL NO PROGRESS

The Red Sox bullpen has been so bad for so much of this season, and things haven’t gotten much better. Per Jared Carrabis on Twitter (as of Wednesday morning), the 13 Sox relievers aside from Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, Marcus Walden and Heath Hembree have a 5.56 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 136 innings this season.