Local Roundup: McGrath Dazzles in Net for Falcons
PLYMOUTH -- Sophomore goalie Brian McGrath stopped 43 shots to lead the Fitchburg State University men’s hockey team to a 2-1 win over host Plymouth State in Thursday’s MASCAC action.
Fitchburg State (7-5-2, 4-2-2 MASCAC) opened the scoring at the 3:58 mark of the first period as senior forward Nick DiNicola gathered a feed from junior Christopher Vicario and struck for his sixth tally of the season.
Plymouth State (8-4-2, 5-2-1 MASCAC) knotted the score at 1-1 six minutes into the second period when senior forward Ryan Stevens connected on his sixth marker on the year off assists from classmate Michael Covach and sophomore Cole Crawford.
The Falcons again took the lead midway through the third period as senior Ricky Kramer received a pass from sophomore Sascha Figi and DiNicola and proceeded to bury a shot inside the far post for his sixth goal of the campaign, resulting in the 2-1 final.
McGrath was outstanding in the victory, as Plymouth State out-shot the visitors 44-20. Senior Evan Morelli made 18 saves for the Panthers
Up next, the Falcons will host Wentworth Institute on Saturday for a non-conference tilt at 4 p.m.
St. Bernard’s 51
Sabrina Patton scored 15 points and Rhiannon Young had 13 rebounds to lead St. Bernard’s (3-4) in defeat. Also playing well for the Bernardians were Lauren Wilmot (9 points), Lissa Hoyt (6 points, 7 assists) and Kara Boissoneau (6 points).
First-place finishers for Leominster were Jonathan Polanco (600 meters); Liam Curtain (shot put); the 4x200-meter relay team of Higor Ramos, Johnander Vargas, Joachim Ennoo and Jonathan Polanco; and the 4x400 relay of Mike Rochette, Ivan Polanco, Eddy Siaw and Jacob Soulliere.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Leilani Amarasinghe, Sorca O’Malley, Autumn McNamara and Faith Benincasa finished first to pace the Blue Devils in defeat. Also for Leominster, Hellen Muma took second in the shot put, and Thailee Zarycki was second in the 55-meter hurdles. Third-place finishers were Maeve O’Malley (600), Sorcha O’Malley (300) and Erin Bousquet (mile).
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