Stormy, soggy weather forced the cancellation of several of this week’s games, but the Vineyarders made the most of their limited time on the fields and courts. Most teams have next week off for spring break, although baseball will take to the road for three games and boys’ lacrosse plays Monday and Wednesday at home.
The boys had their first win of the season Tuesday against Whittier, taking the game 4-0 behind a masterful Ben Ciciora pitching performance. Ben also went two for four in hitting, as did teammates Jack Roberts and Noah Stobie. Chris Morris was two for two with two RBIs.
The team record is now 1-3; there is a home game today against Coyle Cassidy at 3:15 p.m.
The girls played their first EAC match Tuesday, coming away with a hard-fought 14-12 home win over Bishop Stang. After a weak start that left the Vineyarders in a 1-5 hole, the offense, led by senior captain Molly Fischer (five goals, two assists) and sophomore Alayna Hutchinson (three goals, two assists), stormed back to close the gap, ending the half with a last-second score by junior Alex Mark (three goals, one assist).
The team was down by one point going into the second half, although this seemed to be the extra motivation needed to fully kickstart the Vineyard scoring machine. After notching five goals in a row to go up 10-7, the girls began a back-and-forth battle with the fast-breaking Spartans, nabbing the decisive 14th point on a Cat Todd goal with 50 seconds left in the half.
The defense was anchored by Niki Alexander and Angela deBettencourt, with freshman Isabel Smith playing midfield. Also contributing to the offense were junior Madison Hughes (two goals, one assist) and sophomore Taylor Poggi (two assists).
Earlier in the week, the Vineyarders had wins over Falmouth and Bourne. Goalie April Hargy made 11 saves against Bourne, with Paige Nitardy and Shelby Ferry holding down the defense. Isabel Smith scored her first varsity goal.
The girls are undefeated at 3-0, and play their next home game against Bishop Feehan on April 26.
After dropping a close 5-6 match to Falmouth last Thursday, the boys stormed to a 12-2 away victory over Bourne on Saturday. Goalie Nelson Dickson held off the Canalmen offense, making 12 saves on 14 shots.
The Vineyard offense was buoyed by senior Chris Costello (three goals, two assists), junior Charlie Everett (three goals, one assist), and junior Colby Gouldrup (two goals), who also served as the main faceoff player.
With the team up 9-0 at the half, coach Chris Greene made the decision to rest the starters and put his second line in the game in order to give the players more experience. The extra game time will no doubt come in handy as the boys begin league play. Scores from Thursday’s make-up game against Coyle Cassidy were unavailable at press time.
Coach Ned Fennessy’s undefeated squad took its fourth win of the season with a 5-0 sweep of EAC rival Somerset last Friday. Somerset lost four starters from last year’s team, and could not hold up against the strong Vineyard side. Singles players Reid Yennie (number one) and Patrick McCarthy (number three) shut their opponents down entirely, taking their sets 6-0, 6-0.
A much-anticipated Wednesday match against MIAA rival Cape Cod Academy was canceled due to heavy rain and rescheduled for April 26. The boys next play today at home against Coyle Cassidy.
After their first matches were rained out, the girls took to the courts last Friday for a 5-0 away win over Chatham. Annie Burton, playing number one singles, took a 6-1, 6-1 win, while fellow singles players Alyssa Adler and Dylan Brockmeyer also picked up victories. On the doubles court, Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney, in the number one spot, and Celia Mercier and Michaella Gaines made strong season debuts. Wendy Winn and Cammie Fernandez also took a win in their exhibition match.
Tuesday brought a tough 3-2 loss to Cohasset, with the number one singles and number one doubles matches going to three sets. Alyssa and Dylan, in the number two and three singles spots, turned in matched scores to take their games in 6-0, 6-2 sets.
The Wednesday match against Cape Cod Academy was rescheduled due to rain and will be played on April 26.
Track and Field
Track dominated its first two meets of the season with lopsided wins against Abington and Cohasset. Abington fell 90.5-31.5 to the Vineyard girls in the March 31 opener, while the boys won 74-48.
An outstanding home showing last Saturday led the boys to a 120-16 victory over Cohasset. On the field side, Tyler Araujo took first in both shot put (39’6.5”) and discus (98’9”), backed up by Rafael Maciel and Clifton Robinson for the sweep. Rafael also placed first in triple jump (38’8”), and led the Vineyarders to sweeps in both the 400 and 100 metre hurdles (backed up by Sam Oslyn and Chris Mayhew, and Diego Freitas and Jamari Thomas, respectively).
Joe Turney, Anthony Piland and Jevaughn Crooks swept the javelin, with Anthony also placing second in the high jump, behind teammate Randall Jette. Randall took home first in the long jump (20’11.5”) and 100-metre dash, in addition to anchoring the 4x100 relay.
Fellow relay runner Jacob Lawrence took third in high jump and second in long jump before running to first place in the 200-metre dash with a time of 25.3. Isaiah Maynard placed second in the 200-metre.
In the distance events, Mike Schroeder ran a 5:03 mile to place first, with Willie Nevin not far behind for a third-place finish. Michael (Boots) Osborn, Jeremy Alley-Tarter and Sam Oslyn swept the 800-metre, while Kyle Joba-Woodruff and Thorpe Karabees ran one and two in the two-mile.
Marc Trapp and Marc Piland took first and second in the 400-metre.
In an almost hyperbolic performance, the Vineyard swept every field event on the girls’ side. Madeleine Penicaud placed first in long jump (14.5’5”) with Maya Harcourt and Maggie Lindland coming in second and third. Madeleine took the triple jump as well (30’11.75”), ahead of Mia Benedetto and Maya, and placed first in both the 400-metre hurdles and 200-metre dash. Maya placed second in the 100-metre hurdles, while Mia took second in the 200-metre dash.
Maggie Riseborough turned in a season-best shot put performance, throwing a 37’1” to place ahead of teammates Kaija Nivala and Sidra Dumont. The order shuffled somewhat for discus, with Sidra taking first (83’4”) ahead of Maggie and Kaija. Kaija placed second in the 400-metre hurdles and third in the 100-metre hurdles.
Christine Janek, the lone competitor in high jump, also took home first in the 100-metre.
Jessie Chandler, Lily Neville and Megan McHugh had solid showings in javelin, with Jessie throwing a 69’10” for the win. Lily ran a 6:03 mile for the victory, with teammate Lucy Norris running 6:35 for third place. Megan won the 800-metre with a 2:44, while Eva Balboni took third in the event.
Mariah and Jessica Campbell placed just .02 seconds apart in the 400-metre for second and third place.
In the two-mile run, Shivonne Schofield, Willoe Maynard and Lucy Norris took the sweep. Both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays won.