Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After seven consecutive postseason contending years, the Big Blue are falling due to a lack of experience combined with a more difficult schedule
Ever since the beginning of Josh Field’s reign as the head coach of the Big Blue lacrosse program, he has never missed a postseason appearance. In 2006 and 2007, the Big Blue, led by defenseman Sam Johnson and leading scorer Alex Junda, began their stretch of postseason runs, with the 2006 season marking Swampscott’s first playoff berth, and latter year of the Johnson-Junda era ending in the second round of the playoffs, a place Swampscott had never been before. In 2008, Swampscott fell to an even 10-10 after going 12-6 in the year before. Guided by A.J. Zarinsky’s record-breaking season on offense, the Big Blue continued on to the playoffs before bowing out to Scituate in the first round. In 2009, Zarinsky missed nine games, but thanks to…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Two games were decided late in the matches.
The Swampscott girls U15 lacrosse team has started the season off in a strong and exciting fashion. They have played two games so far and both have been decided in the last minute of the game. The first game of the season was against a strong Cape Ann team that quickly jumped out to a significant lead of 5 goals. The Swampscott girls showed their poise by not getting rattled and began to chip away at the Cape Ann lead. Ground balls were a key to the comeback said the coaches. “We out hustled the other team to the ball and used proper mechanics to gain control." Another key element in the game was Swampscott’s passing. The players looked for and found the open players cutting to the net. Swampscott tied it up late in the second half…
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Kennedy’s four goals lead Gloucester to comeback victory
Before the fourth quarter began, the day belonged to Swampscott. Captain Josh Rothwell scored three goals, while backup goalie Justin Nestor, in for starting goalie Max Cohen who suffered a right arm injury in the first quarter, shut out the Fishermen in the third quarter. The Big Blue attack flowed smoothly with sharp passing, while the defense never allowed Gloucester near the crease. But once the fourth quarter began, Ian Kennedy and the Gloucester Fishermen took over. Ian Kennedy scored the last three goals of the game for the Gloucester Fishermen, guiding them to victory over the Swampscott Big Blue, 7-6, in a thrilling overtime matchup on Thursday at Blocksidge Field. Kennedy’s last two goals in regulation, coming at 5:41 and 4:13 …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Big Blue Lacrosse Booster Club is hosting the event, which includes a BBQ.
This article was submitted by Swampscott High lacrosse Coach Josh Field On Friday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. the Big Blue Lacrosse Booster Club is having their 4th Annual golf tournament at Kelly Greens in Nahant. The tournament is set up as a 9 hole scramble, with prizes awarded and full BBQ lunch provided. Parents, coaches, friends, past and present players and SNYL (Swampscott Nahant Youth Lacrosse) parents are participating. Last year the tournament raised enough funds to buy new helmets for the varsity program, and help cover hotel and transportation costs to last year's Martha's Vineyard game. This year our goal is to raise enough money to buy helmets for the entire program. This tournament is a great community and team building event …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Finance Committee voted unanimously on Thursday, with one abstention, to recommend funding Blocksidge Field improvements.
1) Newsbit of the Day: The Finance Committee voted unanimously on Thursday, with one abstention, to recommend funding Blocksidge Field improvements. Town Meeting delegates will vote on the proposed improvements tonight in the high school auditorium. 2) Swampscott Scholars: Swampscott High inducted 29 National Honor Society members on March 13. The society honors students for excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. One of the 29 students was Alyse Lavoie. 3) Swampscott Athletics: The varsity boys lacrosse team plays Salem at 4 pm at Blocksidge Field. At 6:30 pm, boys varsity baseball plays Peabody at the Forest Avenue ball field. 4) Weather Watch: The National Weather Service is predicting a sunny day …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The town will host Memorial Day ceremonies at noon at the Swampscott Cemetery.
1) Newsbit of the Day: The town will host Memorial Day ceremonies at noon at the Swampscott Cemetery. 2) Swampscott Scholars: Micaela Gambale was recently honored as a Merrimack College Presidential Scholar in recognition of strong academic achievement at the Honors Convocation held on the campus. To be named a Presidential Scholar, a senior-year student must have achieved a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher, based on a 4.0 grading system. The convocation was attended by parents/family/friends of the students, who acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the outstanding students. Gambale is an Athletic Training major. 3) Swampscott Athletics: The boys' varsity lacrosse team plays Minuteman Technical High School on Tuesday ay 1:30 pm in …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
How many hot dogs can you eat?
For the third, but not last time in the high school career of my sons, I had a great time hosting a team dinner. This one was for lacrosse. Basically, my co-hosts and I prepare the hotdog buffet and then wait for the team to arrive, an inexact science that relates to the end of practice, weather and any number of variables. When they do, some 40 hungry boys in various states of stinkiness, descend on the hot dog bar so happily that it can't help but bring a smile. They are polite and thankful, and they even help clean up, but mostly the are ready to fill their bellies with more hot dogs than I thought humanly possible. In the past, some big eaters competed to eat the most and there were several players that exceeded 10 and perhaps two …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Big Blue came out on top in the physical battle with their NEC opponent.
Last week, Big Blue boys' lacrosse downed the Fishermen of Gloucester in a rough game at Blocksidge, 9-3. Coach Josh Field said the team played its game in the second half as opposed to reacting to the Fishermen. It's not unusual for the play to get very competitive when it involves two NEC opponents, he said. The teams were knotted at 3-3 at the half but Swampscott scored six unanswered goals in the second half. Kevin Marescalchi, a junior, scored four goals, just as he had in a previous game against Georgetown. The Blue defense buckled down, the coach said. This wasn't the same starting line-up that the Blue started the season with and it probably will not be the same line-up they end the season with, the coach said. The main thing is…
Friday, April 20, 2012
The senior class show is less than a week away. The show will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 7 pm at the high school.
1) Newsbit of the Day: The senior class show is less than a week away. The show will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm at the high school. 2) Swampscott Scholars: Swampscott High inducted 29 National Honor Society members on March 13. The society honors students for excellence in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. One of the 29 students was Emily Cerra. 3) Swampscott Athletics: The boys varsity lacrosse team ships out for Martha's Vineyard today. They will spend a night in a hotel and see some sights on Saturday before their game against Martha's Vineyard High School. 4) Weather Watch: The National Weather Service is calling for a sunny day with a high near 68. 5) Business Listing Watch: Business owners …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Big Blue began the second half with three quick unanswered goals but the flurry only closed the gap temporarily. The Tanners went on to score seven more goals before the game was done.
Most of this game summary was submitted by Swampscott Coach Paula Donnelly. The Peabody Tanners girls lacrosse team played strong defense on Blocksidge Field en route to a 17-9 win over the Big Blue Wednesday. Jesse DePaolo led Swanpscott in scoring with 4 goals; Taylor Eaton added three and junior Bridget Lawless and sophomore Lauren Sullivan had a goal each. Samantha Coogan had 9 saves in net. The Blue were down 10-3 at the half and had a tough time keeping up with Peabody's speed, especially with a short bench. Swampscott also struggled on the draw and had some inexperienced players filling in at key spots. On the whole, the team played fairly well but it was a match-up that really exploited the Big Blue's weaknesses.