Lacrosse is often a game of jarring contact, as illustrated in the April 8th tussle with Nauset (above) and Tuesday against Austin Prep (left). Photos by Ralph Stewart
Vineyard stays perfect in lacrosse
M.V. and Austin Prep carried 3-0 records into Tuesday's contest at Dan McCarthy Field, but the Vineyarders wasted little time showing who would leave with their unblemished record intact.
Edison Parzanese notched a hat trick in the first quarter and figured in seven of the first nine goals, en-route to a five-goal, two-assist performance in an 11-4 Vineyard victory. Tim Scott and Peter Ferrini added two tallies each.
M.V. have outscored their last three opponents 37-7.
The Vineyarders, save for one four-minute stretch in the second period, simply did not let A.P. touch the ball with any regularity, until the game was out of reach at 10-1. The home side consumed mass quantities of clock with excellent passing and consistent pressure. When Prep did go on the attack, the Vineyard defense was tenacious and its checking thorough.
The result would have been much worse, if not for several strong saves from the A.P. keeper.
For his part, Vineyard goalie Mark Levesque was also more than up to the task when needed.
Edison Parzanese ignited the Vineyard offense with two quick strikes before A.P. got one back on the counterattack. 2-1 was as close as they would get. Another Parzanese marker, followed by Tim Scott's first made it 4-1 M.V. after one.
Prep did a good job controlling the ball midway through the second, but the Vineyard defenders gave them little to shoot at. The A.P. pressure subsided without damage and the Vineyarders put the game away with three goals, one from Peter Ferrini and two more from Parzanese.
The third period was played almost entirely in the Prep end. Ferrini scored his second off a beautiful feed from Parzanese to make it 8-1, 2:37 in. Taylor Pierce and Parzanese set up Duncan Meyst for goal nine, four minutes later. Mike O'Donoghue took matters into his own hands, capping off a spirited rush with goal 10, and Tim Scott closed out the M.V. scoring early in quarter four.
Head Coach Peter Ferrini cited Alex Avakian, Joe Cogliano, and Tyler Hathaway for their defensive efforts and praised Alan Fortes, Tristan Atwood, and Spike Currier for dominating on face-offs.
The Vineyarders host Dover-Sherborn Regional on today at 1 pm.
Again, It was no contest for M.V. at Bourne, last Thursday.
Dominating at both ends of the field, the Islanders danced to a 12-1 win. Team captain Edison Parzanese scored four times and assisted thrice. Freshman Peter Ferrini had a career- and game-high five goals. Tim Scott assisted four times and Taylor Pierce had two goals and an assist. Mike O'Donoghue scored and assisted and Josh Paulson was also credited with an assist.
Alex Avakian earned plaudits for effective work on defense.
Brielle Leonard winds up for another heater.
MV Twice bitten by Bulldogs
Old Rochester Regional visited both Vineyard varsity bat squads Monday and came away victorious.
First to softball, where M.V. played with aplomb against a powerful South Coast Conference opponent, stretching O.R.R. to extra innings tied at 1.
Bulldog hopes rested on the bat of slugger Hope Benjamin, currently hitting over .800, who crushed her second solo homer of the game to lead off the eighth. O.R.R. added an insurance marker and Amber Zablowski polished off an eight-strikeout no-hitter to secure the final 3-1 score.
Brielle Leonard was nearly as fine on the Vineyard side, holding the Bulldogs in check much of the day. She got plenty of sterling support from her defense, particularly first baseman Nicole Perry and battery mate Kelly Sylvia. The former helped Leonard pick off one Bulldog and nearly another, while the latter pivoted a sparkling 1-2-3 double play to close out the Bulldog seventh, stranding three runners.
Despite going hitless, M.V. opened the scoring on a wild throw in the third.
Yesterday, the Vineyarders dropped a tough 4-0 decision to Greater New Bedford, falling to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the South Coast Conference.
In the baseball contest, O.R.R. surged back from a 4-3 deficit with four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to complete a 10-4 win.
The Bulldog rally started with a looping single to left- center, tying the score at 4-4.
Vineyard shortstop Zach Coutinho has a Bulldog in a cloud of dust. The runner was ruled safe and later scored the game-winner.
Josh Flanders (2 for 3 at the plate) then came on in relief for starting pitcher Max Shay, who struck out five and gave up only four hits in five innings of work.
With runners at the corners, the Bulldog at third got caught in a rundown and was adjudged to have been safe back at third. This proved crucial, as the runner scored on a wild pitch to put O.R.R. ahead to stay.
The lead increased to 7-4 on a laser that took a wicked hop up and over shortstop Zach Coutinho's head.
In the seventh, the visitors loaded the bases thanks to some timely hitting and some Vineyard defensive lapses.
A fielder's choice scored the eighth run and a two- RBI single to center completed the damage.
The Vineyarders dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the South Coast Conference.
The Purple were back in action yesterday against Greater New Bedford. M.V. trailed 5-0 in the 5th at presstime.
Last Saturday, the Dennis-Yarmouth bats, which drove in 13 runs in the Vineyard's season opener at Dennis, didn't cool off much in their second meeting on M.V. The Dolphins circled the bases 11 times to the Vineyard's four.
Originally scheduled for April 8, the game was postponed a week due to rain.