Bombers battle, fall to Lancers

Westfield’s Nick Clauson (11) takes flight for a shot against Longmeadow. (Photo by Chris Putz)

LONGMEADOW – For the first seven minutes of Tuesday night’s high school boys lacrosse game, the Westfield Bombers dominated Longmeadow, shutting out the Lancers 3-0.
For the entirety of the first half, Westfield went toe-to-toe with Longmeadow and trailed at the half just 5-3.
Unfortunately, that was just half the story.
After falling behind by three goals, the Lancers scored 13 of the game’s final 14 goals to defeat the Bombers 13-4 Tuesday evening at Longmeadow High School.
Cam Theriault got things started for Westfield, scoring the game’s first two goals in the first three minutes of the opening quarter. A goal from Danny Antonellis with 5:07 remaining in the quarter made it 3-0. Christian Nalepinski assisted.
“I thought we were really aggressive offensively and our defense … played strong,” Westfield High School boys lacrosse head coach Mark Cavallon said.
Longmeadow came alive in the second quarter with goals from four different players. The Lancers led 5-3.
Longmeadow continued its run in the third quarter, scoring five more goals while shutting down Westfield’s offense with a stifling defensive effort. The Lancers completed its 13-0 run with four more scores.
Antonellis stopped the streak with a goal in the closing minutes.
“They always go on a run at some point,” coach Cavallon said of Longmeadow. “On a simple pass thats a little bit off, they will intercept the pass or knock it down, and they’re always great in transition. They’re tough to stop.”
Carter Hanrahan and Mark McClure scored three goals apiece to lead the Longmeadow attack. Seven others each scored one.
Westfield, which fell to 7-7 with the loss, must win two of its final three games to earn a spot in the postseason.

Bombers net tourney berth
Westfield 17, Granby 7

Westfield clinched a tournament berth with a convincing win on the road at Granby. The Bombers improved to 9-5 overall.
Emma Metcalf led the Westfield offense with a five-goal outing. Kylie Buchanan contributed three goals and one assist, and Olivia Hadla delivered one goal and four assists.
Westfield goalie Liz Clark made nine saves.
Westfield entered Tuesday’s having defeated Hoosac Valley 12-8 on the road late Monday night behind a strong effort from Jordan Kowalski (3 goals, 2 assists) and Metcalf (3 goals, 1 assist). Clark finished with 12 saves.
It was Hoosac’s first loss of the season.

Mustangs sting Saints
Monson 18, St. Mary’s 4

Katarzyna Wisnauckas led St. Mary’s with three goals and one assist. Samantha Moran also had a goal for the Saints.

Tigers roar into postseason
Westfield Technical Academy 13, Pathfinder 4

Westfield Tech erupted for seven runs in the second inning and cruised to their ninth victory, improving to 9-4, but more importantly qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball tournament.
Trent Adam led the way for Westfield Tech with a pair of singles, a double, and five RBIs. Tigers’ Josh Sturmer (3-for-5, double, 2 runs), Connor Medieros (3-3, RBI, 2 runs), Dacota Durkee (2-3, RBI), Darryl Reopel (3 runs), Mike Durkee (double), and Brody Zabielski (double) also contributed offensively.
Zabielski tossed five innings of two-hit ball, allowing four runs (all unearned). He struck out two batters and walked three. Riley Sullivan provided two innings of relief. He yielded one hit and struck out two batters.

Shea suffers tough-luck loss
Palmer 2, Southwick 1

Southwick pitcher Bart Shea suffered a tough-luck loss, scattering four hits, four walks and two unearned runs over six innings. He recorded five Ks.
Zac Karetka came in to pinch run, scoring the team’s only run on a Dalton Bessette sac-fly.

O’s nip Bombers
Belchertown 3, Westfield 2

Westfield’s Brianna Shvetsov posted a convincing win at first singles, defeating Belchertown’s Emily Slater in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Bombers’ top doubles pair, Thea Glenzel and Brigid Moriarty overwhelmed Olivia Vogel and Nicole Oberg 6-5, 6-2.

Lu paces Saints
Mount Everett 4, St. Mary’s 1

Kevin Lu defeated Mount Everett’s Marc Gogel in the first singles match for St. Mary’s lone point. Lu won 6-3, 6-3.

Saints batter Gators
St. Mary’s 25, Gateway 6 (5 inn.)

St. Mary’s collected a total of 16 hits, including a bases-clearing home run from Audrey Burke to remain unbeaten at 13-0.
Allie Goodreau went 5-for-5 for St. Mary’s with two doubles. Saints’ Paige Hutkoski (2-for-5, double), Anna Kosinski (3-5, two triples), Amelia Willenborg (3-5, double), and Emma Goodreau (2-5) also delivered multi-hit efforts.
St. Mary’s Anna Kosinski pitched the first three innings. Burke and Hutkoski each provided an inning of relief.
All three pitchers combined for eight strikeouts, while allowing just two walks and three hits.

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