Max Sherman slows down a purple rush toward the net.
The 7th Ryan Mone Memorial
The job of dividing the young men (and some not so young) and young women into competitive teams for the 7th annual Ryan Mone Memorial Alumni and Alumnae hockey games fell to Erik Bruguiere Monday.
And what a job he did. The men's game ended in a 5-5 tie that had to be decided by a shootout. The young women's game was almost as close as the men's, except for one fact - Liane Dixon.
Whichever side had Liane had a tremendous advantage. Liane scored seven times, and the Whites trounced the Purples , 8-0. Half of Liane's goals were unassisted, going one-on-one with Purple goalie Eli Bonnell. But Jane McGroarty, Alex Loud, Chrissie McCarthy, and Natasha Snowden (2) earned assist credits.
Natasha Snowden scored the White's eighth goal.
Elyce Bonnell was the White shutout goalie. Both games were played with 20 minute halves in running time.
Beside those mentioned above, Allie Clarke, Elizabeth Clarke. Liza Reynolds, Jen Coito, Jen Gauley, Megan Willey. Katie Coogan, and Nell Coogan also played
Liane Dixon takes a breather and talks things over with her teammates.
Thirty nine alumni pulled on their skates to do good natured battle from classes as hoary as Gary Ben David's 1987 to last June's grad, Finn Briggs.
Pat Doherty '91 put the Whites on the board before the game was a minute old. Derek Gamble of '96 got the assist.
Willie Levesque, '98, evened the count 11 minutes later off a pass from classmate Mike Snowden.
Doherty scored his second goal unassisted with 3:33 left in the first period. Before time ran out in the period, Dan Merry '03 made it 2-2, with help from Snowden and Jordan Hoehn.
After the break, the Whites ran off three goals, two by Andrew Phillips and one by Derek Avakian. Assisting were Derek Gamble, Amos Cavallo, Robbie Searle, Max Sherman and Mike Perry .
The Purple began a comeback with Jordan Hoehn teaming with Levesque and Snowden. Then Travis Thurber scored, assisted by Jonas Cavallo and Jeremie Rogers. When Dan Merry scored his second helped by Jared Stobie, the score was tied and it stayed that way until the buzzer.
A five-man shootout was declared. The first three shooters on both teams were stopped by goalies Dan VanLandingham and Eli Bonnell. But Ben Gunn found an opening big enough for the puck, giving Purple a leg up, only to have it cut off when Phillips scored for the Whites. That left it up to Willie Levesque for the Purples, and he did not fail.
It was a grand time for hockey and renewing friendships and remembering some no longer with us.
Captain Stephen Greenberg slips by a Barnstable defender. Photo by Ralph Stewart
High school hockey
The MVRHS boys varsity posted its first win of the season with a 1-0 defeat of Barnstable at the MV Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 21. The only goal of the game was by Alex Avakian just five minutes into the first period. Barnstable outshot the Islanders, 28-22 but goalie Alex Minnehan kept the Raiders at bay.
The MVRHS boys varsity hockey team (1-2) entered the Roy Condon Invitational at North Reading, playing the host team yesterday. Other schools in the tourney are Stoneham and East Greenwich (R.I.)..
Hockey players also competed in the first Island Clean-Up, Tuesday. Five teams of hockey players picked up roadside trash, as much as 1,000 pounds, according to Coach Matt Mincone. Congratulations are in order, and thanks.
Junior Varsity's Matt Lucier goes high for a clear shot at the basket.
Boys home to Fairhaven
Fairhaven brought its three boys basketball teams to the Island Friday, while the Vineyard girls visited the Blue Devils at Fairhaven on the same day.
The MV boys varsity game was a real barnburner. The score was tied at 54 when the buzzer sounded to end regulation time.
It had been close from the start. The Blue Devils led in the early going, but never by more than five. Then, seven minutes into the game, a pair of free throws by Matt Rivers gave MV the lead which they maintained to the break at 27-25. Rivers had accounted for 17 of the Purple points.
Fairhaven jumped ahead at the outset of the second half, 32-27, with four foul shots and a trey. But MV responded with eight unanswered points - five by Bubba Brown from the charity stripe - to retake the lead.
With less than a minute remaining MV held a two-point lead but with eight seconds on the clock Nick Motta's hoop evened the count and sent the game into overtime.
Jack Vanderhoop was the Vineyard's leading scorer in Tuesday's match with Old Rochester.
In the five minute OT, Dylan Parker drew first blood for the Blue Devils, and Matt Rivers answered.
Tim Scott dropped a tech called on the Fairhaven coach, and Brown added another foul shot. But Motta netted two freebies, and Max Carey sank one from long distance, more than matching Terrell Johnson's 10 foot jumper. Max Carey hit two from downtown giving the visitors a four-point edge, 64-60. Jack Vanderhoop sank a trey making it a one point game. Two foul shots by Brent Almeida, and a Brown hoop canceled each other. Then Vanderhoop dropped another bomb and the Vineyard led, 68-67. Brent Almeida hit a trey with seconds on the clock, and that's how the game ended, with Fairhaven ahead by two, 70-68.
The Islanders were altitudenally challenged. Ten of the Falcons' dozen players were six feet tall or more. But the Islanders made up the difference by out-leaping their taller guests.
John Swan drives past a Bulldog defender.
After conceding the first three points, the MV juniors raced to a 12-3 lead and grew that to 27-13 by the break. The Blue Devil jayvees made something of a run at the lead midway through the second half but not enough to make the Islanders nervous. They won the game, 50-36.
Matt Lucier had the game high 25 points, including three from long distance. Zach Coutinho added 15, Both Jeff Osborne and Nick Gross had eight.
Coach Jason O'Donnell was obviously pleased with his team's showing.
"Foul shots killed us," freshman coach Adam Rebello told The Times. The MV frosh led at the half, 17-20, but the visitors out-rebounded their hosts and took full advantage of opportunities from the free throw line to win, 47-44.