Crusaders still cooking: Groton-Dunstable wins 17th straight to gain CMass semis

The Groton-Dunstable volleyball team poses for a picture after they defeated Westwood in the Division 2 Central quarterfinals this week. They played in the semifinals Thursday night. COURTESY PHOTO/NANCY OHRINGER

The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School girls volleyball team advanced to the MIAA Division 2 Central semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Westwood on Monday in Groton.

High schools

The second-seeded Crusaders (18-2) were scheduled to take on third-seeded Westboro on Thursday night at 7:30 at Westboro High. That game was held after the weekly Voice deadlines.

Groton-Dunstable extended its winning streak to an incredible 17 matches heading into the semis. The winner Thursday would meet the winner of the Canton vs. Medway match in the CMass. final.

Groton-Dunstable 3

Milford 1

Lily Blodgett notched 12 kills, 5 blocks and 3 aces as Groton-Dunstable outlasted Milford, 25-21, 25-27, 25-12, 25-15 in their MIAA Division 2 Central first-round tourney game.

Peter White had 7 aces for the Crusaders (17-2). Hannah Wynn (8 kills) and Carolyn Mullins (7 kills) made their presence felt at the net. Lauren Kenney dished out 23 assists.


Bromfield 4

Ayer Shirley 0

The most successful season in Ayer Shirley program history came to a close on Monday as the Bromfield School raced to a 4-0 win in their Division 4 Central quarterfinal.

Charlie Pappas scored twice for Bromfield.

Bromfield (12-3-3) ran out to a 4-0 halftime lead and coasted. It was a terrific campaign for No. 6 Ayer Shirley (11-7-2), which went undefeated in league play, won a Mid-Wach title and hosted its first-ever playoff game.

Marlboro 8

Groton-Dunstable 2

Host Marlboro showed why its the No. 2 seed as the Panthers romped past 10th-seeded Groton-Dunstable in a Division 1 Central quarterfinal contest.

G-D went 8-7-5 this fall.


Mid-Wach B Meet

The Groton-Dunstable girls are undefeated league champions for the fourth year in a row.

The Crusaders captured the Midland-Wachusett B Division title at Hollis Hill Farm with a score of 23 to dominate the race.

For G-D, Sarah Maple was second in 20:04, Sydney Adams took third in 20:30, Kimmie Harding ran to fourth in 21:20 and Julianna Higgins placed fifth in 21:22.

Also, Brenna Cox (ninth) and Mia Garibotto (14th) ran well.

On the boys side, running to victory for Groton-Dunstable was Eli Kritzer. The senior crossed the finish line in 18:07 to win by six seconds.

Joining him in the top 15 were Thomas Orcutt (10th), Patrick Daly (14th) and Kyle Luchford (15th).

Mid-Wach C-D-E Meets

North Middlesex Regional captured the Midland-Wachusett C Division girls title at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, while Ayer Shirley took first place in the girls E Division race and the Bromfield School took top honors in the D Division for boys.

For North Middlesex, Morgan Nesbit was second in the girls race in 20:56, followed by teammates Lindsay Swartz and Riley Maskalenko finishing 4-5 in 21:21 and 21:40 respectively. Sophia D’Ambrosio was seventh and Annalise Henneberg eighth.

In the E Division, Will Schilp of Ayer Shirley finished second in the boys race in 17:30, with Dana Maloney fouirth (17:22) and Caleb Callaluca ninth.

For the champion Ayer girls, Mairead Hanley was fourth in 21:39; Katie Cadogan seventh in 23:13; Mackenzie Marshall eighth, Emily Russell ninth, Hayley Sherifff 10th and Zineb Majoudou 12th.


Groton-Dunst. 27

Quabbin 21

Ben Rivet scored from 10 yards out in overtime for his fourth rushing touchdown of the day to lift Groton-Dunstable (1-7) to its first win of the season.

Rivet had 160 rushing yards on the night. His two-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter tied it at 21-21 and sent the game to OT.

Tyngsboro 13

Ayer Shirley 0

Tyngsboro’s first and only touchdown came in the first quarter off a Zach Souza reception in the end zone on a 19-yard fourth-and-3 pass from Tucker Carmichael.

Ayer Shirley looked to respond early in the second quarter with a string of impressive runs by Halston Wilkey to bring the Panthers within striking distance.

But the Tiger defense stiffened and Justin Huberty later booted two impressive field goals — from 41 and 27 yards — to put the Tigers up 13-0 at halftime.

Ayer Shirley captain Mick Mitrano and Logan Walker played well defensively for the Panthers.


Grafton 1

N. Middlesex 0

The Patriots gave third-seeded host Grafton a battle, but Grafton pulled out the victory with a last-minute goal in a Division 1 Central quarterfinal game.

Grafton (17-1-2) escaped with the win when Nicole Sweeney tallied with under a minute remaining in regulation. No. 6 North Middlesex finished with a 9-6-5 record.

ND-Worcester 5

Ayer Shirley 1

Despite a goal by Riley Murphy, the Panthers were eliminated from the MIAA Division 4 Central tournament by Notre Dame.

No. 10 Ayer Shirley (13-6) was helpless to stop the Rebels’ Hannah Marzo, who netted a hat trick for the No. 7 seed.

Whitinsville 1

Parker Charter 0

In a defensive battle, the Parker Charter School from Ayer was never able to net the equalizer as host Whitinsville Christian advanced in Division 4 Central.

Parker, the No. 11 seed, ends with a final record of 9-8-2, while No. 6 Whitinsville, which received the lone goal from Nicolette Scinicariello, advanced.


ND-Worcester 2

N. Middlesex 1

Trailing 1-0, North Middlesex tied it in the second half when Shelley Lielasus sent a shot into the back of the cage in this Division 1 Central first-round matchup.

But North Middlesex (10-5-4) was eliminated in Townsend when ND-Worcester (7-7-5) scored with 3:53 remaining on a shot by Molly Vinton.