Both varsity hockey teams play on home ice Saturday in a pair of league matchups, with the boys playing their last Eastern Athletic Conference game of the regular season. Be sure to support the girls’ basketball team during one (or all) of their three home games this week. The team plays at 4:30 p.m. today, Tuesday and Thursday.
The Vineyarders brought home two more wins this week, defeating league challenger Somerset, 68-65, in a nail biter last Friday, while taking down non-league opponent O’Bryant, 78-54, on Monday.
The boys jumped out to an early lead against O’Bryant and never relinquished it, scoring 40 points in the first half and 38 in the second. By contrast, the team was down 29-20 after the first half of the Somerset game, fighting back to within two points after the third quarter.
Somerset pushed to a 51-46 lead with 6:12 left in the game, but a three-pointer from junior Jack Roberts followed by a Charlie Everett layup gave the Vineyard their first lead of the game. The score bounced back and forth for the remainder of the quarter, with crucial Vineyard scores coming from Roberts, and seniors Peter Keaney, Ryan Fisher and Delmont Araujo. Somerset attempted a three in the final seconds, but the shot bounced wide, allowing the Vineyarders to win.
Roberts led the Vineyard scoring with 25 points (including five three-pointers). Keaney notched 19 points, while Everett had eight.
The team is now 12-1 and 5-1 in league play. They are on the road this week, taking on Coyle Cassidy today and traveling to Bishop Stang on Tuesday.
The girls moved to a 7-6 season record after wins this week against Nantucket and Chatham. The team took a 70-63 loss to EAC opponent Somerset last Friday.
They will play three league games at home this week, beginning today with a match against Coyle Cassidy. Bishop Stang visits on Tuesday, while Bishop Feehan arrives on Thursday. All games begin at 4:30 p.m.
After suffering a rough 7-3 loss to Bishop Stang last Saturday, the boys reversed course and played what coach Matt Mincone described as “probably one of the most dominant games we played all year” against Bishop Feehan, skating away with a 6-2 win.
The Feehan game was a showcase of the Vineyard depth on both the offensive and defensive side of things, with goals coming from five different players and freshman goalie Noah Kleinheinz turning in a strong performance in net. The newly formed line of sophomore Sam Burke, junior Huck Burke and junior Shay Hill proved a powerful combination; Sam scored twice and Hill and Huck contributed two assists each.
Senior Tyler Araujo drew first blood for the Vineyard in the first period on assists from sophomore Tyson Araujo and senior Colby Gouldrup. Junior Charlie Ashmun scored his first high school goal and Tyson Araujo landed an unassisted goal before the period was over. Junior Max Davies found the net on an assist from senior Nelson Dickson in the second
Bishop Feehan managed their second goal in the final minute of the game; underscoring the growing strength and importance of the Vineyard defense, the team was “more upset about that goal than they were excited about the win,” Mincone said.
With 15 games already under their belt (11-4 overall, 5-2 in league play, the boys move towards a lighter schedule — with five games slated over the next four weeks — as they begin to prepare for the postseason. They will play at home tomorrow, taking on Somerset at 6:10 p.m.
The Vineyarders had their most decisive victory of the season last Saturday, scoring eight goals in the first period en route to defeating visiting Mansfield 10-2. Senior Celia Mercier led the girls’ onslaught with four goals. Junior Kassidy Bettencourt scored twice, and seniors Olivia Cimeno, Lizzie Kelleher and Callie Jackson each scored once. Freshman Sydney Davies landed her first varsity goal.
Junior goalie Katy Smith took home her first varsity start along with her first win.
The girls play Whitman-Hanson at home tomorrow at 1 p.m.