The Everett High hockey team pulled out a dramatic victory over Somerville this past week, scoring three goals in the final five minutes, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and skate away with a 4-2 victory.
“We had been playing solidly throughout the game, but had been unable to take advantage of our chances to that point,” said EHS head coach Alex Naumann. “But the team never gave up and we finally broke through.”
Senior captain Stephen Faia led the charge for the Crimson Tide, scoring the equalizer with an unassisted goal and then lighting the lamp a minute later for the go-ahead marker, assisted by Bruno Machado. Chris Durkin potted an unassisted insurance goal a minute after that to end the flurry that left the stunned Highlanders dazed by the sudden turn of events.
Everett almost added another marker into an empty net in the waning seconds, but the sliding puck hit the post. EHS goaltender Casarra Roderick earned the win with a fine effort, turning aside 23 Somerville shots. Ray Suppa, assisted by Chris Roderick, initially had given Everett a 1-0 advantage in the opening period, but Somerville tied the score before the first period ended and then went ahead with a goal in the second frame, setting the stage for the Tide’s late-game histrionics.
Naumann’s squad had earned a similarly-dramatic triumph over Cambridge a few days earlier in a see-saw affair that saw the Tide come out on top in the end. Everett held a 3-2 edge after the first period, but fell behind 5-4 midway through the middle stanza before tying it at 5-5 at the second horn. Cambridge initially seized the advantage to start the final period, but goals by Marc and Stephen Faia in the final three minutes provided the Tide with a thrilling 7-6 triumph.
Stephen Faia enjoyed a banner evening, scoring four goals, to lead the EHS offensive charge in the high-scoring contest against their Greater Boston League rival.
The Crimson Tide had begun their nice string of victories with a 5-1 triumph over East Boston two weeks ago. Suppa gave Everett a 2-0 lead with goals in the first and second frames. Stephen Faia and Brian Bessler assisted on the first tally and Chris Roderick and Stephen Faia assisted on the second. After Eastie closed the gap to 2-1, freshman Jack McLaughlin reinstated the two-goal Everett lead with his first varsity lamplighter with a slapshot from the point, assisted by his brother, J.J., and Louis Staffieri.
Senior Chris Griffin added some extra insurance for the Tide with a power play goal, assisted by Stephen Faia (his third assist of the night) and Staffieri put the frosting on the EHS victory cake with another goal, assisted by Joe Ricupero, for the 5-1 finale.
Roderick, who leads the GBL with a 2.12 goals-against average, was the winning netminder.
This past Saturday the Tide dropped a 5-0 decision to Medford, which holds first place in the GBL. “We played well, but Medford is a strong team,” noted Naumann of the Mustangs.
Naumann and his crew were back in action this past Monday, taking on non-league rival Pentucket on the holiday, and then will have a rematch at Medford Saturday. The Everett skaters will return home next Wednesday to host Cambridge at Allied Veterans Rink for an 8:00 face-off.
Garrity wins hurdles for boys track team
Although the Everett High boys track team came out on the short end of its meet with Cambridge last week, a number of the Crimson Tide turned in fine performances.
Leading the way for Everett was Steven Garrity, who captured first place in the hurdles in a time of 7.9 seconds and second in the high jump with a leap of five feet (5-0).
The Crimson Tide’s 4 x 400 relay quartet of Jason Hansen, Fritzbert Jonathas, Eric Senibaldi, and Raphen Vidal sped around the track in 4.11.1 to bring home first place honors.
Senibaldi also grabbed second spot in the 600 meter dash in 1:36.2 and teammate Shea Kernan took second in the two mile in 12:40.6.
A number of Everett competitors earned points for their team’s side of the scorebook with third place finishes: Stephen Carlin in the hurdles in 8.4; Jonathan Pharel in the 50 dash in 6.1; Hansen in the 300 dash in 43.6; Vidal in the 1000 in 3:06.4; and Jonathas in the mile in 5:48.7.
“The boys put forth a solid effort against a really strong Cambridge team,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “It’s one of those meets where we scored in every event but one. However, we didn’t outscore them in every event. Our relay team ran its fastest time this season and Senibaldi, Kernan, and Hansen ran personal records (PRs).
The boys will be back in action tomorrow (Thursday) at Somerville.
Moreta, relay win for EHS girls track
Sabrina Moreta and the 4 x 400 relay team brought home first place finishes for the Everett High girls track team in their meet last week against Cambridge.
Moreta captured the high jump, crossing the bar at a height of four feet, four inches (4-4). The relay quartet of Katelyn Castro, Sheryl Steeves, Moreta, and Lillian White outraced their Cambridge rivals with a time of 5:10.4.
A number of the Lady Crimson Tide turned in fine performances to take second place points: Kathy Pham in the high jump with a leap of 4-2; Elsbeth Colson in the 50 hurdles in 8.7; Djenny Lorjuste in the 50 dash in 6.8; Laurynns Joseph in the 300 dash in 49.9; Lillian White in the 600 in 2:05; WendyRalon in the 1000 in 4:08.2; and Ashley Mulligan-DeGregorio in the two mile in 15:33.
Adding single points for third place finishes were: Kayla Mangan in the mile in 7:02.1; Katelyn Castro in the 600 in 2:08.1; Debra Francilme in the hurdles in 9.3; Annie Pierreville with a shot-put toss of 22-6; and Telecia Jean-Simon in the 300 dash in 53.6.
“The girls lost by 12 points,” noted Irish of the close final tally. “We had many of our girls set personal records (PRs) including Joseph, Jean-Simon, White, and DeGregorio.”
The next dual meet for the Lady Crimson Tide is tomorrow (Thursday) at Somerville High School at 3:30pm.
Track teams compete at state relay meet
The Everett High girls and boys indoor track teams competed at Sunday’s state relay meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Competing for Everett on the girls’ side were the 4 x 50 yard shuttle of Aholanny Soto, Sharyn Gladstone, Vanessa Cazeau, and Debra Francilme in a time of 28.06 and the 4 x 200m quartet of Laurynns Joseph, Elsbeth Colson, Sheryl Steeves and Djenny Lorjuste with a clocking of 2:00.00.
For the boys, the 4 x 50 yard shuttle of Steven Garrity, Stephen Carlin, Mikal Smith, and Alex Leandro Soto finished in 25.12; the sprint medley (800m, 200m, 200m, and 400m) foursome of Fritzbert Jonathas, Edwin Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, and Raphen Vidal ran a 4:11.96; the 4 x 200m relay of Lorentz Etienne, Dominique Brown, Eric Senibaldi, and Jonathan Pharel finished in 1:43.89; and in the 4 x 400m relay, the quartet of Jason Hansen, Raphen Vidal, Fritzbert Jonathas, and Eric Senibaldi finished in 3:52.
“Overall, I was very pleased with how our teams performed today,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “The shuttle dash relays ran great. For many of them, it was their first time running in a big meet like this and they did a terrific job.
“Our girls’ 4 x 200m relay ran the fastest time this season,” added Irish.
“However, the boys 4 x 200m has run faster this season. Both of the 4 x200 relays can definitely run faster than what they have. We need to make some improvements over the next week so that they can run the time that they are capable of doing at the GBL Championships.
“On the other hand, the 4 x 400 boys relay improved by about 19 seconds since the meet vs. Cambridge which was definitely the highlight out of all of our relays that competed today,” concluded the coach.