16 - April 22, 2011 Salem Patriot Boys’ Lacrosse Wins Opener
by Chris White After a few long weeks of practice and preparation, it was finally time for the Salem boys’ lacrosse team to play for real last Thursday. The Blue Devils pulled out a hard-fought, 7-6 victory over rival Timberlane in the opener.
Capitalizing on the support from the home crowd, Salem came out strong and held a 4-1 advantage at halftime, but the Owls would claw back into it in the second half. The game dwindled down to a 6-6 deadlock with a minute and a half remaining in regulation, when Rob Auer notched his third goal of the afternoon off a feed from Connor Lyons to put Salem up one. Salem’s defense took over from there and made one last stand against the Timberlane attack. Goalie Chad Livingston (10 saves) came up with some big stops at the end and helped the Blue Devils outlast Timberlane’s offense until the final horn sounded. “It was a big win,” Salem Coach Chris Kelleher
said. “It was great to get a win under our belts and get everybody going in a positive fashion. Everybody played a big part in it and we had a lot of people contribute.” Salem’s ability to kill penalties was one of the most important factors in the win, Kelleher noted. The Blue Devils racked up 11 penalties on the afternoon and their man-down defense successfully killed 10 of them, allowing Timberlane to score only once on a Salem penalty. The Blue Devils also had success clearing the ball for most of the game, which translated into more opportunities on the offensive end. “We were able to get the ball up the field,” Kelleher explained. “It’s something we struggled with in the past, but we’ve been focusing on being patient and moving the ball up the field—and we did that.”
Salem Patriot Brett Pittera surveys the field Scoring goals for Salem were Auer (three),
Lyons (two), Nick Harbilas, and Dylan Kyriakakis. Providing assists were Harbilas (three), Lyons (two), Brett Pittera, and Kevin Dembkoski. Some other Blue Devils who played well in the win included Micah Dion, Tom Donovan, Andrew Lucy, Joe Gaudette, and Evan Sharpe. The Blue Devils will look to build on a nice 1-0 record to start the 2011 season. Their next game is Saturday in Salem versus Exeter. Game time is at 10 a.m.
by Chris White The Salem track and field teams had to battle some wet and cold weather conditions in addition to their opponent, Alvirne, on Tuesday. Their first home meet was held under rain clouds that held off just enough for the meet to go on as scheduled. The Salem girls’ team came out of the meet with a 76-64 victory over the Broncos, while the Salem boys came up just short of a win, 74-66.
racked up wins in the 100 meters (16.36 seconds), 300-meter hurdles (48.04 seconds), and the long jump (16 feet, three inches) to lead the Salem girls. The Blue Devils also got victories on the track
from Alyssa Lambert in the 400 meters (64.79 seconds) and Leah Morelli in the 200 meters (28.44 seconds). The team’s 4x100-meter relay notched an additional victory, with Morelli, Fatima Adigun, Samantha Gauvain, and Lauren MacGregor combining for a time of 56.06 seconds. Picking up wins in the field were Victoria
Triple-winner Melissa Higgins finishes strong down the straightaway in the 300 hurdles
Blue Devil Track and Field Takes on Alvirne
Rozumek in the high jump (five feet, three inches), Meghan Bench in the pole vault (six feet, six inches), Amy Desrosiers in the discus (113 feet, nine inches), and Stephanie Chapman in the shot put (30 feet, five inches). Winners for the Blue Devil boys on the track included Doug Hopkins in the 110-meter hurdles (16.23 seconds), Jerickson Fedrick in the 100 meters (11.26 seconds), Dan Schmidt in the 1600 meters (5:01.49), Eric Tahtamoni in the 400 meters (52.14 seconds), and Ben Dutton in the 3200 meters (10:21.27). Meanwhile, the 4x400-meter relay was won by the foursome of
Schmidt, Tahtamoni, Jordan Bowman, and Mitch Dutton as they clocked a 3:47.13. Prevailing victorious in the field were Rasheed Adigun in the triple jump (37 feet, one-half inch), Troy Ward in the discus (100 feet, two inches), and Mike Lorenz in the javelin (158 feet, 11 inches).
Both Salem track and field teams will travel to Nashua on Saturday for the Nashua North Invite starting at 9 a.m.
Blue Devils Ride Crimson Tide to Victory
by Chris White It didn’t take long for Salem’s offense to get going in its home opener last Thursday. The Blue Devils set the tone early, exploding for four runs in the bottom of the first, and then rode to a 7-3 victory over Concord.
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Concord pushed a run across in the top of the third and scored two more in the top of the fifth, but Salem was able to match the Crimson in the home half of each inning. The win upped the Devils’ record to 2-0, as they had previously earned a victory at Spaulding two days earlier. Concord fell to 0-2. First baseman Joe Morin led the Salem offense, going three for three at the plate including a home run, a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Matt Loguidice also knocked home two RBIs for the Devils while going one for two at the plate. Also knocking in runs for Salem were Josh Treff and Mike Downing. Treff went one for two with one RBI and two runs scored, and Downing went one for two with a run scored and an RBI. Joe Lemenager and Trevor Bouvier also crossed the plate one time each to add to the Salem run total. Bouvier tripled during the game as well. The offense was clicking, but Dan Peters also
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