RhS sports Roundup
RHS boys lacrosse team wins five straight
The Revere High boys’ lacrosse team is on a roll!
The Patriots have reeled off five straight victories to improve to 10-5 on the season. The Revere winning streak was capped Monday with an exciting, 10-9 triumph over Swampscott in sudden-death, double-overtime that marked the first-ever win by the RHS boys program over Swampscott.
Anthony DeStefano reached the back of the Swampscott net for the game-winner with a pretty fast-break goal. The Patriots also received a superlative effort from goalie Cam Mazza, who was sensational in the Revere net in the OT sessions.
“Swampscott is a solid team and we knew they would give us a great game,” said RHS head coach Steve Magno.
Revere had jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the half, but Swampscott battled back to tie matters at 9-9 by the end of regulation.
The big victory recorded two more milestones for the boys’ lax program. The Patriots clinched a berth in the state tourney and the 10 wins eclipses the previous mark of nine wins for most victories in a season for the boys’ lax program.
“While it is great that we have secured a playoff spot, we want to keep winning to try to earn a home game in the state tourney,” said Magno.
The Patriots winning streak began with a 10-7 triumph over Salem last Monday, followed by victories in the rain over Lynn (14-1), archrival Winthrop (11-3), and Malden (17-5).
In Saturday’s Malden conquest, Patriot attack man Eddie Sullivan recorded his 50th goal of the year, which is quite an accomplishment.
“We had a pretty rough game against Mystic Valley Charter at the end of April,” said Magno of his team’s recent success. “We were not focused and took too many penalties. We made some adjustments both on and off the field and we haven’t lost since.
“I am proud of the boys for their effort and hard work,” added the coach. “They continue to get better each day. The defense, anchored by Mike Dellorfano, Kevin Chiles, Julien Giraldo, and Nick Smith. has allowed an average of just five goals per game during the win streak.
“Eric Bua has been dominant at the face-off circle and at both ends of the field,” continued Magno. “Midfielders Steve Noel, Wes Spagnuolo, Nick Sujko, Matt Stasio, Joe Ristino, and John DiGregorio have been dominant both on offense and defense and have been great on getting the ground balls.
“Attackmen Dan Muller and Rickie Briana have provided offensive spark on a unit rounded out by Anthony DeStefano and Eddie Sullivan,” said Magno. “The attack unit as a group has been scoring goals in bunches during this five-game run. The offensive dominance, combined with the stingy team defense, has allowed us to get all of our players some playing time.
“This is essential to the development of the new players,” noted Magno. “Vito Grillo, Patrick Adolphus, and Felipe Catano-Medina have provided much relief at offense, while Cody Jeglinski, Jordi Palma, and Jason Reyes have jumped in at defense to give guys a much-needed rest. Newcomers Sebastian Bolivar and Alex Rindone continue to develop and make the most of their playing opportunities.”
Magno and his crew were to host Matignon yesterday (Tuesday) and will trek to Saugus tomorrow (Thursday). They will host Everett this coming Tuesday and entertain Malden next Thursday.
RHS softball team at midpoint of season
The Revere High softball team stands at 7-3 at the midpoint of the season with a busy schedule of games lying ahead after last week’s stretch of postponements because of the rainy weather.
The only contest that the Lady Patriots managed to squeeze-in amidst the inclement skies was a 3-2 loss to a strong Swampscott team and its tough pitcher, Hannah Leahy, last Wednesday. Ally Hinojosa was the lone Lady Patriot who consistently could get to Leahy. Ally popped the second pitch of the game over the fence for a roundtripper and scored the other RHS run when she came home from second on a double by Juliana Cecere.
However, the Revere bats otherwise were as cold as the weather.
Meanwhile, Revere’s freshman pitcher, Olivia McManus, was outdueling Leahy for most of the game until Swampscott took the lead with a base hit with two-outs and the bases loaded on a full-count pitch.
Revere later had the tying run in scoring position, but was unable to push across the equalizer.
The week before, the Lady Patriots won two of their three games, including a 10-7 win over Gloucester in extra innings that was a veritable see-saw affair. Revere grabbed an early 4-1 lead thanks to the hitting of Alina Giuliano and Cecere, but some uncharacteristically poor fielding by the Lady Patriots allowed Gloucester to forge ahead, 7-4.
However, Revere rebounded with three markers in the sixth to bring the match to even and then erupted for three more runs in the eighth to win it. Hinojosa played a big role in both rallies with a pair of triples. Gia Santinello started and tossed the first five frames and McManus came on to work the final three innings to pick up the “W.”
Two days later the Lady Patriots continued what head coach Joe Ciccarello termed his team’s “sloppy play” in a 7-5 loss to Saugus. Hinojosa smacked another homer over the fence and Victoria Correia and Gab Cammarata also had key hits that drove in runs, but fielding miscues proved costly to the RHS cause. “Olivia pitched well, but it was unfocused defense that cost us,” noted Ciccarello.
A few days later the Lady Patriots dispatched Salem, 18-1. Santinello went all the way in the pitcher’s circle, as all of the Lady Patriots joined in the hitting parade.
Ciccarello and his crew now have four games in five days this week, all on the road because the team’s temporary home field, Ambrose Field, is not ready for a varsity softball game.
They were set to play at Winthrop this past Monday and at Medford yesterday (Tuesday). They trek to Beverly today and to Waltham Friday.
Danvers is on the docket for Monday and Lynn Classical for next Wednesday.
RHS tennis teams drop matches to Beverly
The wet weather allowed the Revere High girls and boys tennis teams to play only one match this past week, that coming against Northeastern Conference rival Beverly.
On the girls’ side, the absence of the Lady Patriots’ top player, Hanadi Kobilic (who is out with an ankle injury), forced RHS head coach Carla Maniscalco to shuffle her lineup.
Freshman Farah Selman took over the first singles role and played well in a 1-6, 2-6 match. Senior Lyba Khan fell at second singles, 0-6, 2-6, as did junior Alondra Esparza at the third single slot, 4-6, 0-6
The first doubles tandem of juniors Katherine Guzman and Maria Hernandez fell by a score of 1-6, 2-6 and the second doubles duo of Tammy Munroe and Lariza Haro dropped their match, 2-6, 3-6.
Maniscalco and her crew were set to have matches this week with Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and Lynn English Friday. They host Peabody on Monday and Medford on Tuesday.
On the boys’ side, coach Mike Flynn also was forced to adjust his lineup with number two man David Grujic out of action. Mateo Lopez at first singles, Andrea Shehaj at second singles, and David Henao at third angles all came up short in straight sets against their Beverly counterparts.
Naveed Jabbar and Josh Preciado fell in straight sets at first doubles, as did the duo of Nelson Bonilla-Ortiz and Riaz Butt-Garcia at second doubles.
Flynn and his crew were set to take on Danvers this past Monday to kick off a stretch of nine matches over these next two weeks. They are set to host Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and Swampscott tomorrow. They trek to Lynn English Friday, to Peabody Monday, and to Medford Tuesday before returning home to face Everett next Thursday.
Field hockey and lax summer camp for girls
Revere High varsity field hockey and lacrosse coaches Erin Parker and Karen Atkinson have announced that they will be conducting a combined field hockey and lacrosse summer camp for girls in the 4th through 9th grades.
The camp will be held at Harry Della Russo Stadium in the mornings from 8:30-12:00 from June 27-30.
The time spent on each sport will be split equally during the camp sessions.
“The camp will both be a lot of fun and offer a chance for pre-high school age girls in our community to learn about these sports,” said Atkinson. “For players in 8th grade, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the two sports before entering into the high school. For all other grade levels, it is an opportunity to develop fundamental skills, have fun, and continue to grow a love for the sport.
“Over the past couple of years, girls lacrosse has grown more interest than I could have ever imagined,” continued Atkinson. “I am hoping to continue to grow the developmental teams at the youth level each year with the help of parents at the youth level. Participating in any camp will just enhance the fundamental skills to continue to compete during our youth league.
“In regards to field hockey, Coach Parker and I would love to develop an interest amongst the younger athletes in Revere in order to eventually develop a youth program,” Atkinson added.
The cost of the program is $100 ($75 for siblings). Financial aid is available. Sign-ups may be done at the Revere Rec. Dept., 150 Beach St.