Falcons soar past Bombers in boys lacrosse, 12-3

Westfield’s Drew Theriault (8) turns the corner against a Minnechaug defender during a high school boys lacrosse season opener Wednesday. (MARC ST.ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD – Slowed by Covid and a lack of practices, the Westfield High School boys lacrosse team struggled in its season opener against a tough opponent.
Peter Wurszt recorded a hat trick, and Dillon Moriarty and Josh Kozub each had two goals and two assists to propel Minnechaug past Westfield 12-3 in a high school boys lacrosse season opener Tuesday at Westfield High School.
Minnechaug jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening seconds. Westfield went on the counter attack. Nick Bates ran through the middle of the field and delivered a pass to Blake Braceland, who was set up just outside the top of the circle. Braceland attempted the shot, but it went wide. A follow-up shot bounded wide of the net.
Minnechaug scored in the fifth minute and sixth minute. Westfield’s Ryan Cimini attempted to get his team on the scoreboard with a point block shot that was saved. A shot from Bates went wide with just over two minutes remaining. The Falcons scored in the quarter’s final minute.
It quickly became 5-0, 6-0, 7-0, and eventually 8-0 just before the half.
“We just didn’t have the practice to compete against a team like them,” Westfield coach Mark Cavallon said.
The hard work finally paid dividends for Cimini, Braceland, and Andrew Dion. Each of those three Westfield players scored a goal in the second half to break up the shutout. Bates had an assist.
Westfield goalie Aron Hooben finished with 11 saves.
“We have a lot of new guys,” coach Cavallon explained. “It’s going to be a day-by-day and weekly process of getting better.”

Tigers remain extra perfect
Westfield Technical Academy 5, McCann Tech 4 (8 inn.)

Josh Sturmer clubbed a game-winning single to cap off a Westfield Tech comeback in extra innings at Bullens Field that helped the Tigers remain perfect (2-0) on the young season.
Tied 3-3 after seven innings, McCann took the lead with the aid of an unearned run in the top of the eighth. Westfield Tech freshman pinch hitter Ryan Major reached on a hit-by-pitch. Brandon Chapman was reinserted as a pinch runner and stole second base. With two outs, Devin Werbiskis (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) drove in Chapman with a double. Sturmer (2-4, double, 2 RBIs, run) delivered the game-winner with a single to left field.
Dacota Durkee (2-3) and Chapman each also had one RBI.
Westfield Technical Academy’s Brody Zabielski was impressive in relief duty, allowing just three hits, no earned, runs, and one walk. He struck out four.
“It was a good win,” Westfield Technical Academy baseball head coach Bob Eak said. “It’s good to play in a close game rather than a 13-run one.”
The Tigers committed four errors.
“We need tighten up our defense,” coach Eak said. “If we do that, our pitching is going to be strong enough to win a lot of games this year.”

Drugan’s record-setting run boosts Bombers
Westfield 74, Agawam 62

Shea Drugan won two individual events, set a record, and helped three teammates cross the finish line first in a team victory.
Drugan finished with a record-setting time of 10.9 seconds in the 100 meter dash, good for first, and won the 200 meters in 22.9 seconds. He also helped anchor a victory in the 4×100 relay with fellow Bombers’ William Brewster, Nichita Solopa, and Joseph Taupier (45.8).
Solopa also won the 400 meters, posting a time of 58.5.
Other winners from Westfield included: Ziyad Ghalayini (triple jump, 36-5), Jonathan Dorazio (high jump, 5-2), Nicholas Krawiec (800 meters, 2:24.9), and Liam Lynn (2 mile, 13:32.3), his first first-place finish.
Westfield’s 4×400 relay team (Krawiec, Dorazio, Antonio Adams, Antonio Phaneuf) won in 4:15.6.

Gators nip Tigers
Gateway 5, Westfield Technical Academy 3

Nicole Hannigan (2-for-4), Kaitlyn Maynard (1-for-3, run, RBI), Sawyer Wilkinson (1-for-2, walk), Olivia Dame (walk, run, RBI), Ariana Marchese (2 walks, run), Stephanie Paiva (run), and Sierra Russell (walk, run) led Gateway.
Westfield Technical Academy’s Allyssa Slack went 4-for-4 with a double, Delaney Kukucka went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs, and Rylie Nimchick went 2-for-4 with two RBIs
Hannigan struck out 15 batters in picking up the victory. Slack tossed 5 1/3 innings of relief for Westfield Tech. She struck out 11.

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