Last Wednesday's girls varsity lacrosse game with Bourne was a bell-ringer. The final and deciding goal was scored by Christina Wiley with 20 seconds remaining. MV 10, Bourne 9.
Bourne scored the first two goals before Jane Alexander put the Vineyard on the board. But then the ladies of the canal put two more in the net to go up 4-1.
Christiana Wiley, Laura Jernegan, and Jane Alexander responded, evening the count. But Bourne posted two more before Sarah Silvia found the back of the net. At the half it was 6-5, in favor of Bourne.
Jernegan's goal tied the score early in the second half. Bourne ran off three in a row to go up 9-6. The Islanders answered with three of their own by Alexander (2) and Jernegan. With the teams tied and time running out, Christina Wiley was fouled and cashed the free position shot with the game-deciding goal.
Coach Dripps commended keeper Savanna Lawson for seven key saves and Alaina Aristide for strong midfield play.
Friday, the MV girls were at Falmouth minus nine players due to school trips. Aristide (3), Alexander (2), and Wiley "played their hearts out," said Coach Dripps but Falmouth held a one-goal edge at the half, 7-6.
Alexander's goal four minutes into the second period tied the score, but the Clippers responded with four in a row before Aristide cashed her fourth. With time running out, no subs, and the Island girls visibly tiring, Falmouth went up by six. Jane Alexander scored the last three goals in the final three minutes. Falmouth 15, Vineyard 12.
The Islanders will play Falmouth again here, May 4, presumably at full strength.
After a well-deserved week off, the girls play New Bedford here on Thursday, April 24.
Track and Field
In the freshmen-sophomore track and field meet at Old Rochester Regional in Mattapoisett on Saturday, Vineyard girls scored in 13 events, boys in three.
Diana Nash was 3rd in the 100-meter dash. Emily Smith was 6th in the mile. Hilary Dreyer was second at two miles.
Alexia Schroeder was 5th at 200 meters. Kim Carlomagno finished 3rd at 400 meters.
Loren Gibson won the 100-meter hurdles and Hurdler Meaghan Gouldrup was 4th. Emma Lee Iverson led all at 300 meters.
Vineyarders won the 4x100 relay and were 5th in the 4x400.
Breanne Russell took 6th in the high jump. Alexia Schroeder and Kim Carlomagno were 3-4 in the triple jump.
Emma Lee Iverson was 2nd best with the discus and Loren Gibson was 5th.
The Vineyard boys scored in three events. Blair Rancich was 5th in the mile. David Flanders took 3rd in the discus and was 4th with the javelin.
Southeastern is no match
Both varsity track and field teams won their dual meets easily at Southeastern Regional, Monday. The boys' margin was 96-40. The girls won, 116-11
James Bishop and Ryan Gorman were 1-2 at the shot. Ry Yennie and Gorman were 1-2 with the discus.
Josh Flanders, Dave Flanders, and Ben Hopkins were 1-2-3 in the javelin.
The best M.V. could do in the high jump was Stephen Greenberg's third.
Jaron Chaplin, Connor Rasmussen, and Joshua Jackson swept the long jump. Rasmussen and Jackson were 1-2 in the triple.
Robert Osmers was first at two miles. Edward Rancich was 3rd.
Doug Asselin was first over the low hurdles. Gus Paquet-Whall and Jason Mello were 2-3 in the highs.
Jeff Osborn, Andrew Jahnes, and Terrell Johnson swept the 100 m dash. Rasmussen won at 200 meters.
Yennie, Allen Birol and Nick Henderson were 1-2-3 at 400 meters.
Ben Williams won the mile and Osmers took 3rd.
Asselin, Rasmussen, Chaplin, and Johnson were the winning 4x100 relay team.
Southeastern won the 4x400.
Girls win in a walk
In the girls meet, Tiffany Smalley, Alice Hopkins and Ashley Medeiros swept the shot. Hopkins, Emma Lee Iverson, and Loren Gibson did as well with the discus. Diana Nash and Emily Smith were 1-2 with the javelin.
Kate Mahoney and Smalley were 2nd and 3rd at the high jump. Breanne Russell, Kim Carlomagno, and Ainsley Clancy were a sweep in the long jump. Alexia Schroeder and Carlomagno were 1-2 in the triple.
Julia Sadowski and Emily Smith were 1-2 at two miles. Emma Lee Iverson, Smalley, and Meaghan Gouldrup took all the low hurdle points. Gibson, Clancy, and Hopkins did as well in the highs.
Nash and Medeiros were 1st and 3rd in the 100 m dash. Schroeder, Smalley, and Butler swept the 200 as did Carlomagno, Russell, and Hutchinson at 400.
Hilary Dreyer and Katelyn Mahoney were 1-2 at 800 meters. Dreyer and Smith were 1st and 3rd in the mile.
Schroeder, Nash, Butler, and Medeiros combined efforts to finish first in the 4x100 relay.
Devils done in
Home courts were no advantage to the Fairhaven boys tennis team as the visiting MVRHS squad swept the Blue Devils, 5-0, Friday.
The proximity of school vacations caused some absences that hurt Fairhaven more than the Islanders. Fairhaven could not field a third singles player or second doubles pair and forfeited games to Tino Nivala and the Zack Rabin-Kyle Moran duo.
The McHugh brothers, Tim and Andrew, swept their opponents at first and second doubles. 6-0. Dylan Hutchinson and Win Grimm took the 1st doubles match easily, 6-0, 6-1.
Stormy weather at Hyannis
The MVRHS boys varsity lacrosse team had to battle wind and rain and a muddy field at Hyannis last Thursday, as well as a tough Barnstable team and came in second, 11-8. It was their third loss in five starts.
"Those were the worst conditions I've ever seen," remarked Coach John Stabile, "I was surprised they let us play."
Duncan Meyst scored twice. Riley Dobel had four assists. Alan Fortes scored and dominated the face-offs. Kenny MacDonald scored. "Sophomore Matt Costello was very impressive. He became a lacrosse player that day," said his coach.
The team plays Dover-Sherborne today.
Last week The Times misspelled the first name of one of the M.V. skaters in the 39th annual Lower Cape ISI competition in Orleans. The correct spelling is Kaelin Nelson.
Streetball to return
The 5th annual 3-on-3 Vineyard Streetball Classic is scheduled to tip off at Niantic Park, Oak Bluffs, on Thursday, July 5, at 9 am. As last year, teams of three to five players will compete in single elimination tourneys in both teen-aged and adult divisions. Winners receive trophies. All participants receive tee shirts and complimentary meals and drinks.
According to Classic promoters, there are openings for sponsorships. Previous sponsors have included Coca Cola and Red Bull as well as local businesses such as Brickman's, Stop & Shop, Araujo Bros., Tony's Market, and the Edgartown Bank.
Interested parties may reach Omar Daniel at 888-841-7243 or www.vineyardstreetballclassic.com
Two travel soccer teams were engaged on Easter weekend. The Under-16 girls won their game at Swansea-Somerset, 3-2 on goals by Emma Lee Iverson, Eliza Green, and Alexia Schroeder. Goaltending was in the capable hands of Catherine Spain and Erin Morris.
The Under-11 boys lost their home game to Barnstable, 4-3. Ryan Uva scored twice for the
home team and Gabriel DeOliveira, once.
Brianna saves the day
The New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance named Goalie Brianna Sylvia, a sophomore at Western New England College in Springfield, the Defensive Player of the Week. Brianna made 17 saves in WNEC's 15-14 double overtime defeat of Roger Williams, including a key stop in each O.T. period. Brianna had previously made 11 saves in Westie's victory over Worcester. With 28 stops in three victories, she ranks number one in save percentage among the league's goaltenders.
Fishin' on the 5th
The 33rd annual MV Rod & Gun Club's Trout Tournament will be Saturday, May 5.
Each year the club stocks Duarte's Pond with thousands of trout and hundreds of Island youngsters of all ages congregate at the pond for a morning of fishing, competing for prizes in various categories.
Stop and Shop is providing hot dogs, rolls, soft drinks and cocoa. Cash and Carry will donate paper goods and Dippin' Donuts sweet pastries.
Persons wishing to help Cooper Gilkes, chairman of the event, should call Coop at 627-8202.
The Vineyard varsity baseball team suffered its third loss in three starts when it was bested by Apponequet last Wednesday, 7-2. M.V. pitcher Sean Jordan was touched for six earned runs in six innings. He fanned six Lakers. For the third time in as many games, Tad Gold stroked two hits in the losing cause.
Yesterday's game at Greater New Bedford was postponed. Today the team plays at Fairhaven. Seekonk is here Friday, April 20, for a 10:30 am game.
A table near you
The Aquinnahpong Table Tennis Club is expanding its venue. For three years the club has been playing Mondays and Wednesdays in the Aquinnah town hall. Beginning April 26, the club will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays at the West Tisbury School and Mondays at Aquinnah.
Club members have purchased new equipment, two professional level Donic tables for West Tisbury and two tournament quality Stiga tables for the town hall. The club provides paddles and ping pong balls.
New members are welcome. There is no charge to play.
Aquinnahpong was founded three years ago by John Walsh and Spa Thorpe as an up-Island winter activity. It has drawn players from all Island towns as well as Chappaquiddick..
To learn more, call John Walsh at 508-645-9090 or Bob O'Rourke at 508-627-7902.
Sam Amazeen of Oak Bluffs, a senior at Falmouth Academy, is captain of the school's lacrosse team. Sam plays midfield and is the team's face-off specialist, winning 69 percent of the face-offs in the first three games. FCC is 1-2 on the year having defeated Cape Cod Academy.
Sam will enter the Naval Academy at Annapolis in the fall. Also playing on the FA team is Chris Cabral of Chilmark.