Monday, May 21, 2018

RECAP & PHOTOS: Shrewsbury Keeps Rolling, downs Rival Algonquin

Story and Photos by Ryan Morgera (@RyanMor_ASSCO)

Ed. Note- Continue below for a full gallery from today's big rivalry game. Click any image to enlarge and launch a slideshow.

Shrewsbury, Mass. - There's no better time to play your best lacrosse than when the tournament is near, and Shrewsbury seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Colonials continued their late season roll Monday, defeating Mid-Wach A rival Algonquin 13-7 for the fifth straight win as we enter the final full week of the regular season.

Schlittler Comes up Aces to Lead Walpole Past Brookline

By Matt Feld (@MattyFeld612)

Walpole, Mass. – As the postseason nears, one area Walpole certainly will not be fretting about is its starting staff.

On Monday afternoon, Cam Schlittler turned in a dominant performance throwing a complete game allowing just one run on three hits while walking no one and striking out 10 as Walpole defeated Brookline, 5-1, in a Bay State Conference battle at Bird Middle School.

Schlittler was perfect through five innings on just 53 pitches, but Warriors’ pinch hitter Josh Miyazawa broke up the bid with a line drive single to center field to begin the sixth. Miyazawa later scored in the inning on Noah Thomas’ RBI double for Brookline’s only run of the game.

St. John's (Shrewsbury) Wins a Thriller Against Wakefield

By Joe Fantozzi (@joe_fantozzi35)

Shrewsbury, Mass. - Host St. John's (Shrewsbury) won a chippy affair against visiting Wakefield Monday, overcoming an early deficit to steal the game in the final 35 seconds and prevail 8-7.

"We just have to show up to the games on the schedule," senior Ben Scharf said. "Once we got comfortable out there, we started to click."

Central Mass Lax Playoff Race Update: 5/21/18

Thanks in large part to Mason Kohn's dominance at the faceoff-X, Shrewsbury is playing its best lacrosse as the tournament nears. Photo by Sydney LaQue.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Oh, hey guys!

I know, I know, it's been too long. Since I've gotten a new job and started the process of getting my teaching license, I just haven't had the time to get out on the road and do my usual Central Mass lacrosse thing.

Quite frankly, it's a bummer.

But, all is not lost. Some of our great young writers have provided outstanding CMass lax content this season and, with help from them and a few other people I trust across the region, we are still planning on doing our annual CMass Lax All-Star Team.

With that update out of the way, let's get to the matter at hand: Tournament qualification.

We're hitting crunch time for a bunch of teams hoping to make the tournament, meaning these next two weeks will be make or break for a number of programs across the region.

Let's take a look at who's in, who's out, and who still has work to do.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

MIAA Baseball: Super Eight Projection 2.0

A wild extra-inning win over Braintree on Thursday night has Brookline back in the Super Eight discussion.

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

The regular season is officially entering its final stages with most teams having now completed two thirds of their schedule. 

This week saw plenty of notable results as St. John’s Prep picked up a pair of big non-conference wins over St. John’s Shrewsbury and Newton North while Mansfield swept the week including victories over Franklin and Braintree. Wellesley etched Walpole to move further into the conversation, Brookline defeated the Wamps, and Xaverian locked up the Catholic Conference title on Monday.

A huge week is on the horizon for the Hawks as they take on fellow contender Plymouth North on Wednesday which could go a long way towards deciding one of the last spots. 

There are also a bevy of teams including Beverly, Belmont, Catholic Memorial and Masconomet who may not be listed in the projection right now but could easily work their way in over the next week. 

With two weeks left to go, here is our second Division 1A Super Eight projection as selected by our panel of writers, correspondents, and editors. You can click here to view last week’s projection