The Vineyard sailors braved five foot waves to beat visiting Bishop Stang 2-1 Tuesday and clinch a spot in the wild card playoffs for the first time in eight years.
The Purple will travel to Manchester Saturday to compete for one of three available wild card berths. The Vineyarders will sail in a round robin format against Manchester/Essex, Portsmouth Abbey (R.I.), and Moses Brown of Providence. The winner of the spot (as the four-team groups are known) will join seven other teams–two wild cards and five automatic qualifiers, in the New England Team Racing Championships on May 19 to compete for the Mark Trophy.
No Vineyard team has ever qualified for the Mark Trophy races. Coach Andrew Burr said that reaching the tournament is a longshot and that his team will have to be at their very best to do so but he remained hopeful of a history-making performance.
Track and Field
Jeremy Alley-Tarter set a new track record on Saturday with a time of 1:58.32 in the 800-meters at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) freshmen and sophomore meet in Westwood.
Alley-Tarter broke the old record, set in 2006, by a whopping four seconds. The Vineyard sophomore was named Athlete of the Meet in the track events.
The event showcased some of the state’s best talent from Division three (small schools), with 3,500 athletes competing from 60 schools.
Vineyarder Joseph Turney won the javelin with a throw of 150′ 11″. Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Galen Mayhew, Isaiah Maynard, and Marc Piland took second in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
Vineyard juniors and seniors also competed on Saturday at the Greater New Bedford Sunset Invitational.
Several Vineyarders distinguished themselves on the day. Rafael Maciel won the 400-meter hurdles and placed third in the triple jump. Jacob Lawrence won the long jump, and Maggie Riseborough topped the field in the shotput with a throw of 34′ 5″.
Tyler Araujo (4th place, 42′ 3″) and Charles Goldthwait (5th place, 40′ 10″) achieved personal bests in the shotput.
Mike Schroeder placed second in the mile with a time of 4:40.49, his personal best.
Maggie Lindland led the Vineyard girls with a sixth place finish in the triple jump.
The Vineyaders were to compete late Wednesday, weather permitting, in Attleboro, against Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouse Bishop Feehan.
Ned Fennessy’s squad moved to 10-0 on the season with comfortable 5-0 wins over Quaboag Regional of Warren, on Sunday, and Randolph on May 3. M.V. played both schools for the first time.
The Vineyarders tamed the Quaboag Cougars at MVRHS with strong play from all of the usual suspects: Kent Leonard at first singles, Patrick McCarthy at second singles, Justice Yennie at third singles, Natty Schneider and Jackson McBride at first doubles, and Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer at second doubles. All won in straight sets, although the singles matches were competitive.
Against visiting Randolph, the same line-up yielded the same results as the Vineyarders sent the previously 7-2 Blue Devils home without dropping a set. With the win, M.V. clinched a spot in the season-ending team tournament.
The girls suffered their first defeat of the season with a 4-1 loss at Barnstable Monday. The Vineyarders (9-1), who compete in division three, played the division one Red Raiders tough. All of the matches lasted the maximum three sets.
Annie Burton earned the one Vineyard point with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win at second singles.
Sunday, M.V. traveled over two hours to Clinton and downed the Gaels 4-1.
The Vineyarders also defeated EAC rivals Somerset-Berkley, 5-0, on May 2 at MVRHS.
The Purple and White were scheduled to play in Taunton against Coyle and Cassidy on Wednesday. The team returns home today for a rematch with Barnstable and hosts Bishop Stang tomorrow.
The girls defeated Coyle and Cassidy, 16-3, on Tuesday in Tauton to remain unbeaten in the EAC at 4-0. M.V. is 6-4 overall.
Alayna Hutchinson racked up eight points on four goals and four assists. Madison Hughes scored five times and assisted once. Isabel Smith netted three goals and added an assist. Jennie Lindland had a goal and three assists. Caroline Gazaille, Bella Bennett, and Charlotte McCarron all scored their first varsity goals for the Purple.
Alex Clark had a standout game, playing defense for the first time this season. The Vineyarders also got solid defensive work from Mary Ollen, Sarah Alexander, and Texe Craig. April Hargy made 12 saves.
The girls are away at Natick today and host Wayland tomorrow under the lights at 6:30pm.
Jess Wilcoxson’s jayvee team racked up an 18-5 win over Coyle.
Eleven Vineyarders got on the score sheet: Erin Hegarty (three goals), Aubrey Ashmun (two goals, two assists), Hartley Sierputoski (two goals, one assist), Leila Gardner (two goals, one assist), Emma Yuen (one goal, two assists), Kiara Vought (one goal, one assist), Chantal Booker (one goal, one assist), Alice Keenan (two goals), Sydney Davies (two goals), Emily deBettencourt (one goal), and Keilla Geddis (one goal). Both Emily deBettencourt and Chantal Booker were stellar as first time goalies. deBettencourt made six saves in the first half, and Booker added seven in the second half. Megan Hurley, Olivia Ogden, and Hanna Kim played exceptional defense.
After some tough losses early in the season, the boys’ lacrosse team has some momentum behind them as they enter the second half of the season. The Vineyarders won two games this past week, pushing their record to 5-8 on the season.
The Vineyarders now have a realistic shot of qualifying for the state tournament, but there is not much room for error. Coach Chris Greene said his team can afford to lose only one more game to finish with a .500 record on the season and earn a berth in the postseason.
On Tuesday, the Vineyarders beat visiting EAC rivals Coyle and Cassidy, 10-3. Thomas Wilkins led the Vineyarders with four goals and an assist; Kyle Stobie had two goals, and Charlie Everett had three assists. Nick Costello also had a goal and an assist.
Goalie Nelson Dickson stopped 12 of 14 shots in net.
Colby Gouldrup was a perfect 16-of-16 on face-offs. He also had three goals and two assists. “He’s a defensive rock for us and a wizard at recovering loose balls – he has a real strength all season,” Coach Chris Greene said.
On Thursday, May 3, the Vineyarders traveled to Bridgewater-Raynham and overcame some early game jitters to beat the Trojan’s 10-8. The Vineyarders fell behind early but came back to tie the game several times before taking their first lead in the third quarter.
Charlie Everett led the way with two goals and three assists. Kyle Stobie had three goals, Colby Gouldrup had two goals and an assist, Thomas Wilkins had two goals and an assist, and Marc Natichioni had three assists in the win.
The Vineyarders next play Scituate on the road on Thursday, a game that could have huge postseason implications.
The softball team had an and up down ride this week, losing a 14-13 heartbreaker at Falmouth on Friday before rolling over non-league Randolph on the road Tuesday.
Against the Blue Devils, the Vineyarders scored early and often to win 13-1 in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule. The team was able to wrap up early, catch dinner at the Olive Garden, and then make the 7:30 p.m. boat home.
Hailee McCarthy started the game and went five innings, striking out 11 and walking only one.
Sarah Williston went 3-for-4 and Kendall Robinson went 3-for-3 with a triple, walk and RBI.
At Falmouth last Friday, Hannah Kingsley hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Clippers to a 14-13 win.
The Vineyarders led 13-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and a runner on first. But the Clippers stormed back with three runs to force extra innings, and the Vineyarders committed a couple of costly errors to eventually lose in the bottom of the eighth.
“It was the errors that really killed us. We had a chance to take back the lead in the top of the eighth but our runner got doubled up on a fly-ball out. It’s not the spectacular plays that are doing us in, it’s the routine plays,” Coach Donald Herman said.
“To be up three runs with two outs and a runner on first and then fall apart like that is really disheartening,” he added.
The Vineyarders had 26 hits in the loss. Amanda Tokarz went 5-for-5 and Emily Cimeno had a triple.
Coach Herman said it was costly loss that might push the Vineyarders out of a spot in the postseason state tournament. At the start of the season, the coach projected his team needed to win almost all their non-league games to secure a spot in the tourney.
The girls host Bishop Stang tomorrow in an EAC contest.