Kayla Ward of Wilmington chases the ball

Kayla Ward of Wilmington chases the ball against a Mystic Valley player during a soccer game held this past week at ST.     (photo by Jim Vaiknoras).

The Shawsheen Tech Golf team picked up three more CAC wins this past week, and in the process they carried on a tradition that is nearly as old as some of the top players on the team, as the sophomore laden group clinched at least a share of their 14th consecutive league crown.

With wins over Northeast Metro Tech last Tuesday, Essex Tech last Friday and Greater Lowell on Tuesday, the Rams improved to 9-2 overall and 9-0 in the CAC, with their only remaining league match coming up next Tuesday against Essex Tech. The Rams win over Essex on Friday handed the Hawks their only league loss of the season, and another win on Tuesday will clinch the title outright for the Rams. An Essex win would mean the two teams would share the title for the second consecutive season.

“We are very happy to have clinched at least a share of the league championship, but we are hoping to get a win next against them the next time out have it to ourselves,” Shawsheen coach Tom Struthers said.

The rematch with Essex will be at the Hawks home course at Reed Meadows in Lynnfield. The Rams certainly took full advantage of their home course advantage in their match on Friday, as the Hawks had a difficult time adjusting to Patriot Golf Course in Bedford.

“We really didn’t play one of our best rounds against them, but we played very well as a team,” Struthers said. “Reedy Meadows is a very wide open course, and our course is definitely not like that. They came over here and they had a hard time with it. I tell our kids all the time, that when they shoot a good score at our course they are definitely doing something because it is not easy.”

Playing well for the Rams on this day were sophomore Sean Murphy of Tewksbury, who shot a 41 from the number three position, as well as junior Brady McFadden of Tewksbury, who continued his strong play of late by shooting a 43.

“Sean is just a steady, steady number three player for us. He doesn’t come in with a score over 45 and he played very well in this match,” Struthers said. “Brady has been a little inconsistent, where sometimes he will shoot a 47 or 48 and sometimes it will be a 41 or 42. But lately he has been playing his best golf of the season. He is just a relaxed, easy going kid. He has some great talent, he just needs to stay consistent.”

The Rams had started their week last Tuesday with a 121-98 win over Northeast Metro Tech last Tuesday at Hillview Country Club.

“That was a good match for us,” Struthers said. “For our sophomores it was their first time ever playing at Hillview, and any time you go to a course you have never played before you are always concerned , but we ended up playing very well.”

Playing particularly well for the Rams was senior captain and number one player Cam LeRoux, who shot a 41, along with sophomore Aidan Sullivan, who matched LeRoux with a 41 of his own.

“Aidan is another just steady, steady player,” Struthers said. “He didn’t make the team last year because of all the seniors we had, but he practiced and practiced and just kept getting better, and now he is our number two player.”

The other sophomores, DJ Ducharme (41), Murphy (43) and Connor Preble of Tewksbury (42) also played well in the victory.

Shawsheen wrapped up their week with a 103-43 win over Greater Lowell back at Patriot. The Rams were led in this one by newcomer, junior Harry Williams who shot a 43.

“It was so great to see him do that,” Struthers said. “He is a kid who really hasn’t shot under a 50 and he did a great job today. He was so excited and we were so excited for him. That is what it’s all about.”

Shawsheen will be back in action, weather permitting, on Thursday afternoon at the state vocational championship, which was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but was postponed due to rain.

BOYS SOCCER

The Shawsheen Tech Boys Soccer team qualified for the state tournament last season on the final day of the season, coming up with a clutch win to secure their spot. There will be not such dramatics necessary this season, as the Rams clinched their spot in the post season this past week, going 2-0-1 on the week to improve to 8-3-1

The Rams qualified for the state tournament with a 2-0 win on the road against a tough Greater Lowell team. Gavin Pigott gave the Rams the lead in the first half with a 25-yard direct kick. Shawsheen recorded the insurance goal with ten minutes to play when Jason Myers brought the ball down the left side and made the cross to Jared Rizzo of Wilmington whose point blank shot found the back of the net. Shawsheen goalie Mike Reppucci of Tewksbury recorded his sixth shutout of the season. Playing well for Shawsheen were Tyler Archibald, Devin Almeida, Matt Pustizzi and Joe Hansen.

Prior to the win over Greater Lowell, the Rams had fought to an impressive 1-1 tie with non-league rival Bedford in the final event of Homecoming weekend at Shawsheen. Dual County League power Bedford drew first blood scoring three minutes into the game. Shawsheen then buckled down defensively and the game remained that way until the last minute. That's when Rizzo got the equalizer on a breakaway started with a lead pass from Elias Flaounas. Also playing well for Shawsheen were Hansen, Pustizzi, Jose Cruz and Reppucci in net.

The Rams had started the week with a 2-1 thriller over Mystic Valley. Mystic Valley came into the game 7-1-1 and Shawsheen knew that would have to play a near perfect game to come away with the win on the road, and they did just that.

Shawsheen took the lead late in the first half when Tyler Archibald slammed home the rebound of Jason Myers shot. Mystic Valley evened the score at 1-1 midway through the second half when they took advantage of an opportunity created because of a miscommunication in the Rams back line.

Shawsheen refused to be denied however and as play seesawed back and forth the Rams mounted an attack that led to a corner kick with five minutes remaining in the game. Rizzo pounced on Pigott's perfectly placed corner and deposited it in the back of the net for the winner.

Pustizzi, Jeremy Perez, Hansen and Reppucci all played well for the Rams.

Shawsheen will be back in action on Thursday when the host Chelsea High School, before they travel to Lynn Tech next Tuesday.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Both Shawsheen Tech Cross Country teams continued their outstanding seasons this past Wednesday at Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, with the Girls sweeping a tri-meet against Notre Dame and Nashoba Tech to improve to 7-0 on the season, while the Boys knocked off Nashoba Tech in a dual meet to improve to 5-1.

On the Girls side the Lady Rams knocked off Nashoba Tech by a score of 15-50,while beating Notre Dame 20-41. Senior captain Ivana Wisky of Tewksbury led the way for the Lady Rams, taking first place overall while sophomore Rachael Halas was second. Sophomore Susanna Gillis took third place against Nashoba and fourth against Notre Dame, followed by sophomore Jenna Johnson, senior Emily Morris and senior Hayleigh Perry of Tewksbury.

On the Boys side, the Rams rolled to a 22-37 win over Nashoba Tech, with senior captain Ryan Smith leading the way, followed by sophomore Alex Smith in third place and senior Steve Basler of Tewksbury in fourth. Following close behind for the Rams were sophomore Dan Lee of Tewksbury, sophomore Matt Hemenway, senior Jonny Pilla and senior Kyle MacDonald.

Both the boys and girls teams were back in action on Wednesday afternoon in a tri-meet at Shawsheen against Greater Lawrence and Whittier Tech, with the results unavailable as of press time.

GIRLS SOCCER

The Shawsheen Girls Soccer team earned a 3-1 home win over Greater Lowell on Tuesday, improving their record to 5-6 overall, while bouncing back nicely from a tough 6-1 loss to Bedford on Saturday.

Shawsheen senior forward and captain Shannon Fitzgerald led the way offensively for the Lady scoring two goals, while fellow senior captain and midfielder Monique Kazelyan had the other goal.

Sophomore forwards Jess Scholl of Tewksbury and Maya DiMino, along with senior captain and forward Megan Brown each chipped in with assists, while sophomore goalie Shelby Boudreau made six saves to earn the victory.

Also playing well for Shawsheen were sophomore midfielders Talia Steed Wilmington and Jacquie Megna and senior captain and midfielder Rebecca Smith of Tewksbury.

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