Cushing defeats Lawrence in Groton/Lawrence Holiday Tournaent quarterfinals

The Cushing Penguins defeated the Lawrence Spartans 3-1 at Lawrence Academy Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the 41st Annual Groton School/Lawrence Academy Holiday Hockey Tournament.

Listen to the on-demand broadcast of this game here.



Bailey Conger opened the scoring for Cushing in the first period off an assist from David Cotton. It was the 15th point of the season for each of them on the season, tying them with linemate Jake Simons for the team lead.

After a scoreless second period, the Spartans tied it up early in the third as Timothy Kent and Craig Needham went two-on-one with Cushing goalie Joey Daccord. Kent went to his right to find Needham, who buried it top shelf to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

Midway through the third period, Cushing reclaimed the lead for good as Max Hegge unloaded a bomb from the slot to beat Lawrence netminder Michael Robinson to make the score 2-1.

The Spartans pulled Robinson with one minute to play, but unlike Cushing’s offense for much of the game, they could not get a quality possession going, and Cotton sealed the deal with one second left by scoring an empty-net goal.

Cushing improved to 7-1-1, while Lawrence fell to 1-1-1.

LSP to broadcast four Lawrence Academy games this winter

LSP is proud to announce that it will broadcast a minimum of four Lawrence Academy games this winter – two basketball games and two hockey games.

The first broadcast is this Thursday at 6:55 p.m. when Lawrence hosts Cushing in boys’ hockey action as part of the Lawrence-Groton Holiday Tournament. Then on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 19), LSP’s basketball doubleheader with BB&N basketball at TD Garden expands to a quadrupleheader with the LA girls taking on Thayer at 6 p.m. and the LA boys facing Cheshire at 7:30 p.m. A girls’ hockey game at a date and time TBA will also be broadcast.

If either of the LA basketball teams make the ISL or NEPSAC postseason, LSP will have coverage of their tournament runs as well.

Tune in for all the games at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/localsportsproductions, then download the game the next day on MediaFire.



Lexington @ Concord-Carlisle boys’ hockey scrimmage now on YouTube

The Minutemen and the Patriots play their final scrimmage before the 2014-15 hockey season kicks off.



LSP’s 2014-15 basketball broadcast schedule (updated)

LSP’s 2014-15 broadcast schedule has expanded to include the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders and the Lexington Minutemen, and the Martin Luther King Day games at TD Garden have been expanded to a triple header that includes the Lawrence Academy Spartans. LSP will also broadcast one additional LA game at a date and time to be determined. All games and times are subject to change. Tune in at the listed times at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/localsportsproductions.com, then download the games the next day on MediaFire, with links posted right here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

December 16, 6:55 p.m.: Groton-Dunstable boys vs. Algonquin

December 19, 5:25 p.m.: Boston Trinity boys @ Lexington Christian Academy

December 29, 4:55 p.m.: Lexington boys vs. TBA @ Garden City Christmas Tournament

December 30 & 31, time TBA: BB&N Christmas Tournament

January 2, 6:55 p.m.Groton-Dunstable boys vs. Marlboro

January 9, 5:10 p.m.: Lexington boys & girls @ Winchester

January 18, 4:55 p.m.: Boston Trinity boys vs. Governor’s

January 19, time TBA: BB&N boys vs. Belmont Hill and girls vs. Pingree, Lawrence Academy vs. TBA @ TD Garden



January 20, 5:10 p.m.: Lexington boys & girls @ Melrose

January 26, 10:55 a.m.: Boston Trinity boys vs. Williston-Northampton @ UMass Boston

January 30, 6:55 p.m.: BB&N boys vs. Governor’s

February 6, 6:55 p.m.: Groton-Dunstable boys vs. Westborough

February 8, 2:55 p.m.: Lexington boys @ Xaverian

February 10, 6:55 p.m.: Groton-Dunstable boys vs. North Middlesex

February 12, 6:55 p.m.: Groton-Dunstable boys vs. Hudson

February 16, 2:55 p.m.: Lexington boys @ Brookline

Boston Trinity Academy games will also be posted on YouTube

Boys’ hockey preview: Veteran leadership at G-D, plenty of offense at Groton

The Groton-Dunstable Crusaders were bounced from the MIAA Division 3 Central tournament by the Wachusett Mountaineers for the second consecutive year in March. Graduating from that squad were five key contributors: Josh Rabbit, Justin Cole, Derek March, Connor Maguire, and perhaps most importantly, goaltender Jason Robes.

“Robes was a four-year starter,” G-D head coach Phil Rowley said. “We have four goalies trying out. We’ll see who wins the job.”

The Crusaders had a strong 2013-14 campaign, finishing the regular season 16-4-1 (7-1 league) and winning 13 straight at one point. While inexperience between the pipes will be a concern, they’ll have plenty of veterans – and speed – amongst their skaters, with Pat Keating, Eric Niemoller, and Bradley Garside as captains, plus John Lagnan, Ryan Dodge, Chris Lattini, and Harry Perrault returning to the starting lineup. Cam Strong, Robert Hoare, and Mike Cole are also expected to make key contributions.

Rowley, who is in his third year coaching the Crusaders said his team has three big games to look forward to on their schedule: two against Shrewsbury (at Northstar Arena in Westborough on December 29 and at the Groton School on Februrary 11), and on January 21 at the Groton School when they look to get revenge against Wachusett. He also said that his team’s goals are simple:

“Be competitive and get better every time we hit the ice,” he said. The Crusaders will get their first chance to do that on December 13 against Leominster at Fitchburg State.



Over at the Groton School, the Zebras finished last season at 16-8-3 and defeated Westminster 3-2 in the NEPSAC quarterfinals before falling 2-1 to Dexter in the semis.

This season, head coach Bill Riley will have two offensive juggernauts that will hopefully power his team to another playoff berth: junior Mike Brown and senior Ace Cowans, who is committed to the University of Vermont.

Cowans was one of the NEPSAC’s leading scorers, with 25 goals and 31 assists, while Brown had 23 goals and 26 assists. Cowans will be one of three captains for Groton, along with Dorien Lewellyn and Jason Cahoon. Brown, Cowans, and Cahoon are all returning starters, as is Matt Winter.

Riley knows his team has the offense to compete, but wants to see improvement on defense. Overall, however, he says he has “a great group of hockey players [that are] extremely competitive.”

Groton’s season opener is Wednesday at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine.

For more G-D and Groton sports coverage, visit TheGrotonLine.com.

Orlando’s magic gives G-D 5th consecutive Thanksgiving win

GROTON – The Groton-Dunstable Crusaders “weathered the storm,” as head coach Derek Asadoorian put it – both literally and figuratively.

Players, coaches, and volunteers worked late hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning to get the field ready for a 10:15 kickoff, and their hard work paid off as the Crusaders came away with a 27-6 victory over the Tyngsboro Tigers Thursday at G-DRHS.

“We’ve had a lot of adversity this season,” Asadoorian said. “I can’t be prouder of the players and the community for getting this ready. It means a lot to play this game on Thanksgiving Day, and the community realized that, and we got the job done.”

It was the third consecutive win for the Crusaders after losing to Shepherd Hill in the Division 4 North quarterfinals, and their fifth consecutive Thanksgiving Day victory over Tyngsboro.

“I think Shepherd Hill was a turning point for us,” senior running back Joey Orlando said. “We didn’t really have an identity as a team. I think that game broke us in and made us mentally tough. We’ve been riding that train ever since. I’m really proud of the team effort.”

Orlando ran for 192 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, almost all of which came after the first quarter. He rattled off rushes of 18, 22, 66, and 29 as part of his effort, and scored the final touchdown of the game from one yard out with eight minutes left in the fourth. He saved arguably the best performance of his career for his final game, winning game MVP honors along the way, but he was quick to credit his teammates for helping him.



“It’s not me out there, it’s a team effort,” Orlando said. “The o-line played great today, and without [them], I wouldn’t win that trophy, and we wouldn’t have won this game. The awards are secondary. The win’s more important.”

After allowing the first score of the game in the first quarter by Tigers running back Jake Keenan (109 all-purpose yards), the Crusaders seized control on their first play from scrimmage when sophomore quarterback Nate Forbes (4-of-7, 86 yards, three touchdowns), the third quarterback the Crusaders have used this season, found Jack Battles for his only reception of the game, a 33-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 6.

“We were able to answer right away. That was big,” Asadoorian said. “That gets us our confidence back and makes sure we don’t start doubting ourselves. After that point, I thought we played pretty good football.”

Though the Crusaders are not usually a passing team, Forbes, who may have been trying to upstage his brother Quinton’s performance in last year’s Thanksgiving game, later found Mitch Townsend and Drew Moore for touchdown passes of 14 and 33 yards, respectively.

“[Nate]’s wise beyond his years,” Asadoorian said. “We didn’t ask him to win games, we asked him to manage them, and make plays when they’re there, and that’s what he did today.”

The Crusader defense rose to the occasion as well after the first score, registering two sacks and holding Tyngsboro quarterback David Walker to just 3-of-16 passing for 11 yards. They also held the Tigers (8-3) to 164 yards of total offense, 3-of-12 on third down conversions, and 2-of-6 on fourth down.

LSP’s 2014-15 Basketball Broadcast Schedule

Local Sports Productions is proud to announce its 2014-15 high school basketball broadcast schedule. Boston Trinity Academy joins the lineup in addition to BB&N and Lexington High School for this season. This is not a final list of broadcasts. More will be added as the season progresses. You can support these and future broadcasts by advertising or donating via PayPal or GoFundMe.

December 19, 5:30 p.m. – Boston Trinity boys @ Lexington Christian Academy

December 30 & 31, time TBA – BB&N Christmas Tournament

January 18, 5 p.m.: Boston Trinity boys vs. Governor’s

January 19, time TBA: BB&N boys vs. Belmont Hill and girls vs. Pingree @ TD Garden

January 26, 11 a.m.: Boston Trinity boys vs. Williston-Northampton @ UMass Boston

January 30, 7 p.m.: BB&N boys vs. Governor’s

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MIAA Football State Semifinals Schedule

All games on November 22.

Division 2

North Andover vs. Marshfield, 7 p.m., Brockton H.S.
Fitchburg vs. Longmeadow, 7 p.m., Doyle Field, Leominster

Division 3

Melrose vs. Tewksbury, 4:15 p.m., Cawley Stadium, Lowell
Walpole vs. Dartmouth, 3:30 p.m., Brockton H.S.



Division 4

Lynnfield vs. Holliston, 1:30 p.m., Cawley Stadium, Lowell
Shepherd Hill vs. Wahconah, 2 p.m., Westfield State

Division 5

Bishop Fenwick vs. Abington, 12 p.m., Brockton H.S.
Northbridge vs. Pittsfield, 11 a.m., Westfield State

Division 6

Cathedral vs. Cohasset, 11 a.m., Cawley Stadium, Lowell
Littleton vs. McCann Tech, 11 a.m., Doyle Field, Leominster

Lawrence Academy hangs on to win Hugh Caldera Bowl

EASTHAMPTON – The Lawrence Academy Spartans defeated the Williston Northampton Wildcats in a nailbiter, 35-34, to claim the 2014 NEPSAC Hugh Caldera Bowl championship at Sawyer Field Saturday.

It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Spartans after dropping the season opener to Governor’s.

After falling behind 27-0 at halftime, the Wildcats – more specifically, running back Max Chipouras – came out of the locker room on a mission. Chipouras rushed for four touchdowns and of 91 yards in the third quarter alone to give the Wildcats a 28-27 lead. During the furious rally, the Wildcats mixed in a successful onside kick, a diving catch in double coverage by Marshall Rizzuto (two catches 51 yards), and a firm denial of Lawrence running back AJ Dillon, who was held to just 49 rushing yards in the second half after notching 110 yards in the first half.

After being hit with Chipouras’s haymakers, the Spartans answered the proverbial bell in the fourth quarter and regained the lead. The defense forced a Williston three-and-out, then Jake Cassidy (11-of-22, 160 yards) found Timothy Preston (four catches, 118 yards) for their third touchdown hookup of the game. Cassidy found Preston again on the ensuing 2-point conversion, and the Spartans led 35-28 with just under 11 minutes to go in the fourth.

The Wildcats found the end zone one more time on another Chipouras touchdown. They went for the two-point conversion and the lead, but the Spartan defense stopped Chipouras (265 all-purpose yards) in the backfield, preserving a one-point edge.



“Give credit to both teams,” Lawrence head coach Paul Zukauskas said. “Both teams came out and played a great football game. [Williston] did an outstanding job in the second half, but our kids responded nonetheless.”

After a Lawrence punt, the teams traded turnovers on the next four possessions, including a bizarre sequence for the Lawrence offense. As they were trying to run out the clock, Williston took their final timeout after a run up the middle on first down. The Spartans took two knees before realizing that they would have to snap it on fourth down. Cassidy took the snap and tried to run out the clock, but the Williston defense stopped him for a huge loss at the Lawrence 36 yard line with four seconds left, enabling the Wildcats to get one last shot at a game-winning touchdown.

However, the Spartan defense held up, as Williston quarterback John Aywayrd (5-for-18, 91 yards; nine carries, 81 yards) threw his fifth and final interception of the game, and the second into the hands of Christian Garrison, setting off the celebration for the Spartans.

“We had a lot of high hopes,” Zukauskas said. “This was the expectation for the team. We didn’t have a great season last year. They knew it, and there was a feeling that we could have a great season. We lost the opener, but we never looked back. It’s such a strong group of kids, and they really care for each other. They really respond to one another, they have a great time together. It was fun to coach them.”

In the first half, Cassidy and Dillon each scored a rushing touchdown, and Preston had two receiving touchdowns.

Veterans’ Day MIAA tournament schedule

Boys’ soccer

Division 1 North Semifinals

St. John’s Prep vs. Malden, 1 p.m., Manning Field, Lynn
Brookline vs. Acton-Boxboro, 3 p.m., Manning Field, Lynn

Division 1 South Semifinals

Silver Lake vs. Needham, 1:30 p.m., Braintree High
Attleboro vs. BC High, 1:30 p.m., Brockton High

Division 1 West Semifinals

Pittsfield vs. Amherst, 4 p.m., Springfield Central
West Springfield vs. Agawam, 6 p.m., Springfield Central

Division 3 South Semifinals

Martha’s Vineyard vs. Medway, 1:30 p.m., Taunton High
Norwell vs. Foxborough, 1:30 p.m. Bridgewater-Raynham High

Division 3 West Semifinals

Southwick vs. Mt. Greylock, 4 p.m., Northampton High
Frontier vs. Belchertown, 4 p.m., Szot Park, Chicopee

Division 4 South Semifinals

Nantucket vs. Cohasset, 12 p.m., Barnstable High
Archbishop Williams vs. Holbrook, 1:30 p.m., Canton High

Division 4 West Semifinals

Smith Academy vs. Monson, 6 p.m., Szot Park, Chicopee
Lenox vs. Hopkins, 6 p.m., Northampton High



Girls’ soccer

Division 1 North Semifinals

Central Catholic vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 11 a.m., Manning Field, Lynn
Chelmsford vs. Acton-Boxboro, 5:30 p.m., Manning Field, Lynn

Division 1 South Semifinals

Whitman-Hanson vs. Bishop Feehan, 4 p.m., Brockton High
Needham vs. Franklin, 4 p.m., Braintree High

Division 3 South Semifinals

Norwell vs. Dedham, 11 a.m., Bridgewater-Raynham High
Bishop Stang vs. Medway, 11 a.m., Taunton High

Division 4 South Semifinals

Millis vs. East Bridgewater, 11 a.m., Canton High
Rockland vs. Carver, 6 p.m., Norwell High

Field hockey

Division 1 State Semifinal: Acton-Boxboro vs. Dennis Yarmouth, 12 p.m., Reading High

Division 2 State Semifinal: Watertown vs. Dover-Sherborn, 2 p.m., Reading High