Crusaders Earn a Three-set Win

November 6, 2018

CRUSADERS NET ANOTHER WIN: The Groton-Dunstable girls volleyball celebrate a 3-0 win over Westwood in Groton. The Crusaders have advanced to the Division 2 Central semifinals. PHOTO COURTESY OF NANCY OHRINGER Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

The Groton-Dunstable girls volleyball team advanced to the Division 2 Central semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Westwood on Monday in Groton.

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Other volleyball winners were Austin Prep and Burlington.


Division 1 Central


Groton-Dunstable 3

Westwood 0

The Crusaders ousted Westwood to extend their winning streak to 17 matches.

No. 2 Groton-Dunstable (18-2) advances to play third-seeded Westboro on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the location to be determined.

The Crusaders advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Milford.

Division 3 North


Austin Prep 3

Lowell Catholic 2

The seventh-seeded Crusaders nearly knocked off second-seeded Austin Prep in Reading, but the hosts won the final two sets to advance.

Lowell Catholic took the first (26-24) and third (25-20) sets. Austin Prep, which won the second set, 25-13, rallied to win the final two, 25-10, and 15-4.

Lowell Catholic ended with a 14-8 record.

Madi Franz was superb for LC with 4 aces, 12 kills, 11 digs, 2 blocks and 2 assists. Also starring for the Crusaders were Brenna Riley (10 kills, 5 digs), Elizabeth Cullen (4 aces, 25 assists, 2 blocks), Neath Uy (15 digs, 2 aces, 2 kills) and Maggie McGovern (4 kills, 9 digs).

Austin Prep (18-3) will play Mystic Valley on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) in North Reading.

Division 2 North


Lynnfield 3

Tewksbury 0

An outstanding season for the Redmen came to a close at the hands of second-seeded Lynnfield.

No. 7 Tewksbury, which beat Charlestown to advance, conclude with a fine 17-4 record.

Starring for Tewksbury were Ally Wild, Liz Taggart, Emily Butler, Alexa Harrington and Giannna Ragucci. Set scores were 25-20, 26-24, 25-21. The second set was a painful loss as the Redmen led 24-21.

Burlington 3

Weston 0

The Red Devils had little difficulty ousting 20th-seeded Weston at home.

No. 12 Burlington (15-7) will play the Arlington Catholic-Bishop Fenwick winner on Thursday (5 p.m.) at Stoneham High.

Division 1 North


Masconomet 3

Central Catholic 2

Tenth-seeded Central Catholic pushed second-seeded Masconomet to the limit, but the hosts held on.

Central wraps up a 11-7 campaign.


Division 3 Central


Hudson 3

Tyngsboro 1

The 10th-seeded Tigers fell to second-seeded Hudson for the third time this season, but the visitors put up a fight.

Senior striker Tyler Hapenny scored with 10 minutes left following a pass from senior striker Dalton Lee to pull the Tigers within 3-1. Hudson (16-2-2) led 1-0 at halftime.

Tyngsboro (8-8-4), which beat Millbury, 2-1, to advance, received excellent games from senior midfielder Chris Ausiello and senior midfielder John Redman.

Division 4 Central


Bromfield 4

Ayer Shirley 0

The most successful season in Ayer Shirley program history came to a close in Lancaster.

No. 3 Bromfield (12-3-3) ran out to a 4-0 halftime lead and coasted. It was a terrific campaign for No. 6 Ayer Shirley (11-7-2), which went undefeated in league play, won a Mid-Wach title and hosted its first-ever playoff game.

Charlie Pappas scored twice for Bromfield.

Division 4 North


New Mission 4

Lowell Catholic 2

Lowell Catholic couldn’t slow down 12th-seeded New Mission (10-5-3) under the lights in Chelmsford.

Fourth-seeded Lowell Catholic concludes a 11-5-4 season.

Alex Graves and Ryan Young each scored a goal. Edoardo Di Carlo had the 2 assists.

Down 2-0, LC tied it before halftime.

Division 1 Central


Marlboro 8

Groton-Dunstable 2

Host Marlboro showed why its the No. 2 seed as the Panthers romped past 10th-seeded Groton-Dunstable.

G-D went 8-7-5 this fall.

Division 1 North


Acton-Boxboro 4

Medford 0

The Colonials are no ordinary 15th seed. Acton-Boxboro (9-7-4) easily eliminated No. 7 Medford (14-3-3) on the road, handing the Mustangs only their third loss.

Will Osselmann-Chai scored the opening goal. Kurt Heron had a goal and an assist for the Colonials. Surya Mani got the shutout for A-B.

A-B, which led 1-0 at halftime, will play at Dual County League rival Lincoln-Sudbury on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a semifinal.


Division 2 North


Masconomet 1

Billerica 0

The Indians threw a mighty scare into top-seeded and unbeaten Masconomet, which scored the lone goal with 30 minutes left in the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Maddie Bulens was again outstanding. Among her stops were five terrific saves. Starring again were backs Julia McCarthy, Danielle Flaherty, Kayleen McCormick and Jordan Rogers. Midfielder Erin Cann was also superb.

Billerica advanced with a 1-0 win over Woburn.

Division 1 North

North Andover 1

Acton-Boxboro 0

In a game decided in the second round of penalty kicks, Acton-Boxboro was painfully eliminated.

No. 12 A-B (8-8-4) gave No. 4 North Andover (12-4-4) all the MVC school could handle.

Division 1 Central


Grafton 1

North Middlesex 0

The Patriots gave third-seeded and host Grafton a battle, but Grafton pulled out the victory with a last-minute goal.

Grafton (17-1-2) escaped with the win when Nicole Sweeney tallied with under a minute remaining in regulation. No. 6 North Middlesex finishes with a 9-6-5 record.

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