AFFOLTER ON FIRE

The Central Catholic girls lacrosse team has won six of its last seven contests, and while there are contributions from all over, one player in particular has picked up the pace.

Caroline Affolter’s efforts have seen her skyrocket up to 50 goals this season, thanks to an impressive 29 goals over Central’s strong seven-game run, averaging more than four goals per game during the stretch. 

Over the span, Affolter, a junior, has scored five goals in a game twice, and, on Monday, notched seven as Central topped Chelmsford, avenging a loss from right before this run kicked off. With the Raiders sitting at 10-5, the state tournament awaits, and Affolter will have more opportunities to come up big.

HEATING UP

Speaking of Affolter and goals, the race to be the area’s top girls lacrosse goal-scorer has been increasingly tight as the regular season winds down, and numerous players hold a good chance at finishing with the most goals.

As of last Saturday, four girls were situated between 49 and 52 goals on the season. Since then, as of Tuesday, they’ve separated a bit. Pinkerton’s Lauren Lisauskas leads with 61 goals, Pentucket’s Amanda Drislane is up to 55, and Timberlane’s Kiley Simmons is level with Pelham’s Jill Schwab at 51.

Affolter is right there with her 50 and Pinkerton’s Kiley Davis has 48, as the chase for the top spot shows no signs of slowing down.

HOW MANY SAVES?

Goal scorers often get all the credit, like above, but it’d be wrong not to mention Haverhill boys lacrosse goalie Cole Weseza making a remarkable total of 25 saves in the Hillies’ loss to Pentucket on Monday.

RIDICULOUS CHAVIS

Some eye-popping stats came out about new Red Sox sensation Michael Chavis, following Tuesday night’s loss to the Blue Jays. Among rookies, he’s got the best batting average (.287) and slugging percentage (.574) in the American League. His on-base percentage (.385) and OPS (.959) rank atop rookies across the major leagues.

Since his MLB debut on April 20, Chavis leads the Red Sox in home runs and RBIs. On the whole of the season, his nine homers trail only Mitch Moreland.

For the time being, it seems that the Red Sox have a real talented player on their hands.

A BIT OF HISTORY

With the Blues and Bruins set to meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s worth noting that St. Louis and Boston have had quite a few meetings on the largest stages of professional sports, and, in recent years, there’s been a lot more fortune on Boston’s side.

In 1970, the Bruins beat the Blues with that Bobby Orr goal, followed by that flying celebration. In 2001, the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, which kicked off the reign of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, still going strong today — in fact, the Patriots beat the Rams again only last February. Of course, they’re the Los Angeles Rams now, but why not count it?

Then, there’s the Red Sox, who bested the Cardinals to break the 86-year curse in 2004, then topped the St. Louis squad again in 2013. The Bruins will try and keep that trend going, starting on Monday.