Girls tennis and lacrosse teams eliminated from state tournaments

Playing indoors at Bass River at Masconomet, Marblehead’s girls tennis team was eliminated in a 5-0 final. Andrea Potvin and Charly Cooper had their moments in singles, but to no avail.

Courtney Yoder and Aviva Bornstein played well in first doubles, but fell 3-6, 1-6.

“I am extremely proud of this year’s team and what we accomplished,” coach Tracy Ackerman said. “Today, in our season-ending match, they were hugging and congratulating each other for winning a game or two. I’ve never seen anything like it.”


Marblehead 8

Hopkinton 4

Riley Schmitt had two hits and an RBI, Matt Mahan had two RBI, and Stefan Shepard had two hits to lead Marblehead to an 8-4 against Hopkinton in the Division 2 state tournament.

Drew Whitman allowed just four hits in 4 2/3 innings, while Chris Cannuscio retired two batters in relief.


St. John’s Prep 14
Barnstable 3

No. 1 St. John’s Prep (18-1) must’ve utilized its first-round bye, because the Eagles came out swinging against Barnstable Tuesday.

In the 14-3 final, The Prep was led by Jimmy Ayers (3 goals). He was also named the Moynihan Lumber Student-Athlete of the Year Tuesday – not a bad day for the hockey-lacrosse star.

Jake Vana had two goals and an assist, while Jimmy Nardone and Will Sawyer each had a goal and assist. Rowan Mondello and Cam McCarthy each dished out two assists.

Talk about a versatile offense – The Prep had 11 goal-scorers. Chris Esposito also won seven of eight faceoffs, while Austin Kitces made three saves on three shots.

The Eagles host Wellesley at 5 p.m. Thursday.


Ashland 10
Marblehead 5

In a continued game from Friday, Ashland finished the job Saturday, doubling up Marblehead and securing its spot in the next round of the Division 2 state tournament.

Sydney Langton led Marblehead with a hat trick, while Maddie Forbes and Caroline Scroope also scored. Kate Santeusanio impressed with five saves between the pipes.


St. John’s Prep 5

Xaverian 0

The St. John’s Prep tennis team did a lot of things Monday. The Eagles shut out an opponent, took care of a rival, and advanced to the round of 8 in Division 1.

Paul Neal (6-0, 4-6, 10-4) won a hard-earned singles match, followed by Jack Prokopis in straight sets and John DeAngelis (6-1, 6-1).

After the 3-0 cushion, Prep’s doubles teams did the rest. Ben Liptak and Luke Prokopis won in straight sets, and Mark McDuffee and Luke Free won 6-2, 6-0.

St. John’s Prep 5

Durfee 0

The No. 2 St. John’s Prep tennis team took care of No. 34 Durfee Thursday, June 1. With the 5-0 win, The Prep is off to a solid start in its championship quest in Division 1.

Paul Neal (6-0, 6-1) defeated Will Rumsey in first singles to get the Eagles off to a high-flying start. Jack Prokopis followed, dominating second singles against Jack Fitzgerald for a 6-0, 6-0 breeze.

Alex Melville won his singles matchup 6-1, 6-0 to keep the sweep intact. From there, the doubles combinations of Ben Liptak-Luke Prokopis (6-0, 6-0) and Luke Free-Boris Kouzminov (6-1, 6-0) took care of the rest.


St. John’s Prep 3
Malden 0

The No. 5 St. John’s Prep volleyball team defeated No. 28 Malden 3-0 Friday, advancing the Eagles to the round of 16.

Callum Brown hit .429 and registered 17 digs, Jayden Pelletier hit .526, and Matt Caimpa hit .429. Ben Bailey played well in receive and added 25 serves.