March 4, 2012

St. Sebastian's, Berkshire battle for Martin/Earl title

By Jesse Connolly

The Martin/Earl, Stuart/Corkery and Piatelli/Simmons tournaments are set to conclude at the Icenter in Salem, N.H., where six teams will battle it out for the three titles on the line on Sunday afternoon.

Martin/Earl Roundup 

Noah Hanifin and St. Sebastian's will battle Berkshire for the Martin/Earl championship. (Dave Arnold Photography)

In the Martin/Earl tournament there were no surprises, as the No. 1 seed, Berkshire, and No. 2 seed, St. Sebastian's, will square off for the championship.

Berkshire defeated No. 5 Albany Academy by a score of 3-2 in the semifinals on Saturday. A first-period goal by Charlie Corcoran staked Berkshire to a 1-0 and Brian Brown's tally in the second made it 2-0. But by the time the period was over, the game had been knotted up as Albany got goals from Tyler Hunes and Derek Barach.

With 5:46 gone in the third, senior forward Kevin Rooney (Canton, Mass.) tallied to put Berkshire back on top, 3-2. Berkshire goalie Patrick Feeley stopped all six shots he faced in the final 20 minutes, helping his squad hang on and advance to the finals.

St. Sebastian's had a considerably easier go of it, thumping Kent by a score of 6-3 in their semifinals matchup. St. Sebastian's roared out of the gate, scoring five goals in the first period to take a 5-1 lead through the first 20 minutes of play. 

Kent scored twice in the second to make it a two-goal game heading into the third, but that was as close as they got. Junior forward Tommy Kelley (Natick, Mass.) buried an empty-netter with 2:17 to go, closing out the scoring.

Stuart/Corkery Roundup

Top seed Salisbury -- the heavy favorite coming in -- was knocked out on Friday, falling 3-2 to Lawrence in overtime.  Lawrence trailed 2-1 after the first period, but knotted things up with just 7:59 left in regulation with a goal from Devin Tringale (Medford, Mass.) on the power play. 

Tringale found the back of the net 3:29 into the extra session, helping Lawrence advance and pull off the upset.

Lawrence will square off with Noble and Greenough in the finals. Nobles knocked off Exeter on Friday with a 5-3 victory. Junior forward Chris Calnan (Norwell, Mass.) led the way with a goal and two assists in the win.

Nobles and Lawrence will square off at 3:30 pm in the championship.

Piatelli/Simmons Roundup

No. 1 seed Kimball Union advanced to Sunday's championship game, where they'll take on No. 3 Holderness.

KUA defeated Dexter 2-0 in Saturday's semifinal action. Elie Vered and Nick Roberto tallied for the Wildcats. Goalie Ryan Lund stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn the shutout victory.

Holderness advanced via a 5-3 win over Brooks. Brooks held a 3-2 lead going into the third, but Holderness came alive and outshot the opposition 18-7 in the final 20 minutes of play. That paid off, as goals from Connor Loree, Drew Walsh and an empty-net strike from Gavin Bayreuther pushed Holderness into the finals.