The Everett High girls hockey team broke out in a big way last Wednesday, blitzing Peabody by an 8-1 margin. Six Lady Crimson Tide players lit the lamp for Coach Joe McLaughlin’s squad, who turned a tight 2-1 contest after one period into a 7-1 rout after two frames.
Gabby Ramunno and Michelle Zullo both scored two goals to lead the way in the scoring department. Single tallies were registered by Nicole Flores, Rebecca Westgate, Sophia Pinabel, and Alea Martinelli.
For Pinabel, a junior defenseman, and Zullo, a senior forward, the lamplighters marked their first career goals. Freshman Emila Ponikiewski also notched her first career point with an assist on Zullo’s first goal.
Other assists on the night were credited to Meghan Price (2), Flores, Zullo, Lauren Mahoney, Brenda DaSilva, and Martinelli.
“It was a great, team-building game for us,” noted McLaughlin, who dressed 21 girls for the game and was able to throw all 21 into the fire, “and it was especially nice to see Sophia and Michelle get those goals.” Seventh grade goalie Casarra Roderick picked up the win in net.
The Lady Crimson Tide came back three nights later to earn a hard-fought point with a come-from-behind 2-2 tie against Cambridge. Everett trailed by a 2-0 margin going into the third frame, but Flores showed why she is rated as one of the top skaters in the area by scoring both Everett goals, including the equalizer with 4:50 to play.
“Nicole really took over in the third period,” lauded McLaughlin, who pointed out that Flores also drew two Cambridge penalties in addition to her two goals. “She simply decided tat she was not going to be stopped.”
Zullo made the key play on the second tally when she forechecked the Cambridge defenseman behind the Cambridge net, took the puck away, and slid a perfect pass out front.
“Michelle deserves all the credit for the tie because it was her forechecking that made it happen,” said McLaughlin. Sophomore Meghan McNeil was credited with her first career point with an assist on Flores’s first goal.
McLaughlin and his crew are scheduled to face Wilmington tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 at the local rink and then will travel to Lowell Saturday morning to take on Shawsheen Tech.
Girls hoop team drops two contests.
The Everett High girls basketball team came out on the short end of its two contests this week, falling to Haverhill and Medford.
The Lady Crimson Tide battled back against former GBL rival Haverhill from a 27-16 deficit at the end of the first half to eventually make it a two point game in the final minute. Everett had its chances to tie, but could not drop the ball through the net, although there may have been some non-calls by the refs down the stretch. Two Haverhill free throws then sealed the 41-37 victory.
“We struggled in the first half, but we really bore down on our defense in the second half which allowed us to get back into the game,” said EHS head coach Tammy Turner.
Turner also credited Rachel Pierce, who sank a trio of three pointers at the start of the second half, with giving the Lady Crimson Tide a big lift. “Rachel provided the spark for us and we picked up the pace from there,” said Turner.
Amanda DeSouza led Everett in the scoring department with 16 points. Pierce finished with 11 and Tory Cyrus added eight. Taylor Sweeney only had two points on the scoresheet, but Turner lauded her hard work on defense. “Taylor was immense for us on defense,” said the coach.
After the Haverhill game, the flu bug struck the team (including the coaching staff), sending all but a couple of the Lady Crimson Tide to the doctor’s office. Sweeney was not allowed to play and most of her teammates were feeling the ill-effects when they took to the floor against GBL rival Medford Friday evening.
Medford jumped out at the start and held a commanding 43-18 advantage at the half. The Everett offense came to life after the intermission, but the 25 point gap proved too much to overcome in the 70-54 final outcome.
Cyrus hit for 18 points and DeSouza had another strong effort with 17 points. Pierce added six, Lexi Sowards had four, Spresa Ramadani and Savannah Spinney chipped in with three each, Jess Wade scored two, and Mariana Miranda had a point.
Turner and her crew have a busy week on tap with five games in eight days. They were scheduled to take on Cambridge last night (Tuesday); host Malden Friday; host Marblehead Sunday at 3:30; travel to Somerville next Tuesday; and then travel to Lynn Classical next Wednesday.
Lady Crimson Tide trio triumph at Fr.-Soph. Meet
The underclassmen of the Everett High track team competed in Thursday’s Greater Boston League Freshman-Sophomore Meet at Somerville.
A number of Crimson Tide performers turned in fine performances for Coach Shelanda Irish’s squads. On the girls’ side, sophomore Maeve Kernan placed first in the two mile run in 13:26; sophomore Lena Nguyen sped to a first place finish in the 50 yard hurdles in 9.9; sophomore Serina Welch-Shull placed first in the 300 yard dash in 45.1; and freshman Maritsha Francois placed third in the 50 yard dash in 6.9.
For the boys, sophomore Carmy Adonis placed second in the 50 yard dash in 5.9 and sophomore Widdler Faustin took second in the 300 dash in 37.9.
“Widdler just missed placing in first,” said Irish. “He ran a 37.9 in his heat, but the first place finisher from Somerville coming from another heat ran a 37.8. Had they both been in the same heat it would have been a nice battle between them to the finish line.”
In addition, the relay quartet of Faustin, Adonis, freshman Henry Maldonado, and Carlos Duran placed third in the 4 x 400 relay.
“Our young kids represented Everett very well at this meet,” noted Irish. “Maeve easily won her race, finishing two laps ahead of her competition. Lena’s finish in the hurdles was quite a surprise. She joined the team late in December and has been putting in a lot of work training in the hurdles since her arrival. This is her first season running track and for her to progress so quickly in the hurdles is terrific. She’s definitely a great addition for our team in that event.”
The boys and girls track teams both are scheduled to host Cambridge tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 in the first home meet of the season. Crimson Tide team members then will compete in the Division 1 State Relays this Saturday.
Boys hoop, hockey schedules
The Everett High boys basketball team took on Cambridge last night. They will travel to Malden Friday and host Somerville next Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide boys hockey travels to Medford tonight (Wednesday). They play at Minuteman Saturday evening and host Salem next Wednesday.