2015 Fall Sports Preview: Groton-Dunstable Crusaders Boys’ Soccer

G-D boys’ soccer head coach Sean Wisbey was kind enough to give LSP the following profile on his 2015 squad:
Season at G-D: “This is my sixth season at G-D but 12th as varsity coach, record at G-D 73-20-11”
2014 results: 13-5-2 (8-1-1 Mid-Wach B). lost in D1 Central quarterfinals to Westborough 4-2 on PKs.
Key contributors lost: Forward Matt Tornaritis (UMass Lowell), defender Tim Hilbrunner (Connecticut College) and midfielder Matt Straw (Fairfield)
Captains: Jason Dingle, Patrick Keating, and third to be named before the start of regular season.
Returning starters: Seniors Jason Dingle, Matt Krikorian, Mitchell Wheeler, Patrick Keating, Eric Niemoller, junior Dean Tornaritis
Other key players: Seniors Michael Ho, Jason Pang, Chris Werner, Andrew Karasevich; juniors Matt Warren, Nate Martinez, Joey Zinkann, Nicholas Resca
Biggest Games: Thursday, September 17th vs. Westboro 4 p.m., Saturday, September 26th vs. Sutton, 11 a.m.; Saturday, October 17th vs. Bromfield, 11 a.m.
Strengths: Experience and Organization
Room for improvements: Speed of play
Team goals: Wisbey: “The goal for the program will always be to take the next step as a program which for us will be reaching the Div 1 Central Mass. district championship game for the first time in school history. We lost to Wachusett on penalty kicks in the semifinals in 2013 after leading the game with less than a minute to go.”
“Additionally, [we want] to reclaim Mid-Wach B league title. Last season Westborough traveled to G-D for both team’s final regular season matches with the league title on the line. We just needed a draw to win the league and led 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining when Westborough struck twice with game winner at 1:17 remaining. We watched the Rangers run out of town with the League Cup last season and it’s something that will motivate them well this season.”
“The 2015 teams will return 16-18 players from 2014 squad. Despite have 6 returning starters the team lost key central players to graduation. With key spots up for grabs among those starters it will be interesting to see who fills what roles and what new players will find the starting lineup early on. I expect a great battle for starting keeper among three different players including seniorChris Werner, junior Nicholas Recsa, and sophomore Mitchell Hardy.”
Other comments: Wisbey: “On Monday, August 31st, G-D will be hosting Royal Grammar School from Newcastle, England for a 12:00pm scrimmage!”
“The 2015 Crusader Soccer Jamboree will be hosted at G-D on Saturday, September 5th from 8am-2pm. The opening game will be Tuesday, Sept 8th at home vs. Shepherd Hill at 4 p.m.”
“Groton-Dunstable boys’ soccer started at the high school in 1972 and is currently seven wins short of 500 in program history. This season the boys will try to claim their mark in history by winning the program’s 500th game.”

Blue Sox look to claim 11th championship as 2015 ICL playoffs begin this week

The Blue Sox have secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with their first 50-point season since 2012, and LSP will have live coverage of every Blue Sox playoff game, beginning Wednesday (weather permitting) with a second-round matchup against either the Reading Bulldogs or the Wakefield Merchants. Check localsportsproductions.com/livestream as the playoffs progress for the updated broadcast schedule.

The format of the 2015 ICL playoffs is double-elimination culminating in a best-of-five championship series. The Blue Sox have faced the Andre Chiefs in each of the last four finals, with each team winning the title twice and all four series going five games.

The seeds are as follows:

  1. Lexington Blue Sox (25-5)
  2. Watertown Reds (22-8)
  3. Andre Chiefs (21-9)
  4. Reading Bulldogs (19-11)
  5. Wakefield Merchants (11-18-1)
  6. Arlington Trojans (9-21)

As a bonus, LSP is in negotiations to broadcat the opening-round matchup between the Bulldogs and Merchants Tuesday (again, weather permitting). Check back here later today or tomorrow when details are finalized.

Important announcement regarding LSP services

Effective immediately, clients who wish to purchase highlight DVDs must pay the going rate for each game from which they want footage to be put on the DVDs in addition to the $50 for the finished product. That is to say, if you are an athlete or a parent of an athlete who plays for an existing LSP client and you want a highlight DVD for the season, you must pay the same fee for each game you want footage from as if LSP were taping the game strictly for your highlights.

In the previous model, athletes who played for existing clients could purchase highlight DVDs from games that were already shot for coaching purposes. So one DVD that used footage from five games would be $50, plus shipping. Now, if you want to use footage from five games for that DVD, you must pay $50 (or more, depending on travel requirements) for each of those games, plus the $50 for the final DVD, plus shipping.

Individual game DVDs can still be purchased for $10 per copy, plus $3 per copy for shipping if necessary. However, you MAY NOT extract footage from individual DVDs or from the team’s video hosting platform for your own editing or redistribution purposes. Doing so may result in litigation.

Derek Asadoorian leaving Groton-Dunstable for Gardner

Derek Asadoorian has resigned from his post as head football and softball coach and math teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School to move on to Gardner High School, where he will become head football coach and teach math as well.

G-D principal Michael Mastrullo said that the decision was made by Asadoorian because he wanted to be closer to his family.

“I know he was happy at G-D, so it was not a desire to leave GD, but rather a family decision,” Mastrullo said. “With his kids growing, long teaching and practice hours, coupled with a long commute, it all added up to an untenable situation. The decision to leave was solely Derek’s decision. Derek was a great coach and a better teacher. He will be missed by the staff and students. Our loss is certainly Gardner’s gain.”

Asadoorian confirmed those sentiments in a separate statement.

“It was a difficult decision to leave G-D,” he said. “I have spent 15 years there creating relationships and working as hard as I could for the students and athletes of GD.  There were a multitude of factors that went into the decision to leave in favor of Gardner High, not the least of which is proximity to home.  I am looking forward to the new challenge of being a math teacher and head football coach in a different high school, as well as any other positions where my experience may be beneficial.  There are things I will miss, in particular, I will miss the people of G-D.”

G-D has hired Tom Sousa as the new head football coach. Sousa had been a long-time assistant for the Chelmsford High School football team.