From the Wayland Town Crier:
Athlete Profile: Spagnuolo is creative force on ice for WarCats
Junior forward Lisa Spagnuolo is a leader for a rebuilding Wayland/Weston girls hockey program, scoring 10 goals this season.
NAME: Lisa Spagnuolo
School/team: Wayland/Weston girls hockey
The lowdown: Spagnuolo has been playing hockey “since I could walk,” as she recalls her father setting up a home rink in the back yard during the winter and her and her brother skating around. Read more.
Athlete Profile: Grand Finale for Wayand’s Late-Blooming Jones
Wayland’s senior center Bobby Jones emerged this past season as the leading scorer for the Div. 3 North champion boys hockey team.
NAME: Bobby Jones
The lowdown: For three years, Jones waited for his time to come, and then made the absolute most of it. The centerman was a seldom-used third-line player for the Warriors for the first three years of his varsity hockey career, playing behind standouts Lucas Bastarache, and Scott Carvalho. But coming into his senior season, with only 14 players expected to be on the varsity roster, Jones knew his time had come, and hit the weight room and off-season conditioning work hard, and played as much as he could over the off-season to prepare him for big-time minutes. Read more.
From the Wayland Town Crier
Boys Hockey: Winning Culture at Wayland
Wayland’s boys hockey program may lack depth, but not talent, as the Warriors finished the winter with their third sectional championship in six seasons.
By Mike Bigelin
Just call Rian Murray the hockey prophet, because the guy proved this year he sure knows what he’s talking about.
Just as the season was kicking off, Murray understood his Wayland varsity boys hockey team was facing a daunting task with a roster of only 14 players. But he also said at the time that, if he can keep his team healthy, come tournament time they could be a dangerous team. Read more.
Girls Hockey: Focus is on the Future for the WarCats
Despite a winless record this winter, the rebuilding Wayland-Weston girls hockey co-op team gained valuable experience.
By Rick Rendell
From the start, there was no question this was going to be another rebuilding season for the Wayland-Weston co-op girls hockey program. It was destined to be that way with just four upperclassmen on the roster, including just one senior with varsity playing experience, from last year’s team that finished 2-16-1. Read more.
Coach Rob O’Reilly, fondly known as Coach “O” to his middle school players, is calling it a career. His son Cory will be taking the reigns next season. Coach O began coaching the middle school program in 2006. After a tough initial season, Coach O led his charges to the middle school championship 4 times, winning it in 07, 09, 10, &12. By developing players at the middle school level, Coach O has played an instrumental part in the recent success of the high school team. The Wayland Hockey Association would like to congratulate the 4-time champion on a great 10-years. Thank you Coach O for your dedication to player development, professionalism, and years of service to the program.
MetroWest Daily News All-Stars
Bobby Jones – 1st Team
Andrew Ludwig – 1st Team
Jake Brady – 2nd Team
Joe Christakis – 2nd Team
Christian Boschetto – Honorable Mention
Mike Jones – Honorable Mention
Lisa Spagnuolo – 2nd Team
Lucy Harper – Honorable Mention
BOURNE – The Warriors bowed out to the eventual state champion Hanover last Wednesday in the state semi-finals. Wayland lost by a score of 5-1, but the score was not indicative of the game, as it was 2-1 until late in the second period when Hanover scored with just under a minute to play in the frame. The high-powered forecheck and the physical play of the Indians wore down the Warriors who, with only 12 skaters, were gassed by the third period. Hanover was able to tack on two more in the third, when an injury to Scott McCarthy made a short-bench even shorter and Wayland was unable to mount a comeback. Hockey Night in Boston Online has a good summary of the game as well as a brief recap of the Warriors improbable playoff run and D3 North Sectional title.
From L to R: Joe Christakis, Jake Brady, & Bobby Jones
The Warrior will graduate three seniors in captain Jake Brady, alternate captain Bobby Jones, and alternate captain Joe Christakis. The senior class has represented both the town and the school well and have won two north sectional titles during their careers as well as a MVC/DCL league championship. Their skill, leadership, sportsmanship, and commitment to the team will be sorely missed. Thank you for all of your contributions to the program Jake, Bobby, and Joe!
WOBURN – Riley Bonner proved to be the hero last night for the Warriors, scoring the overtime winner to send the capacity crowd decked out in orange and black into a frenzy with a 2-1 win over the defending state champion Watertown Red Raiders. The sophomore forward one-timed a Joe Lydon feed past Watertown’s goaltender to capture the Division 3 North Sectional for Wayland. Watertown struck first midway through the second period on a power play goal by Mike Giordano, but the Warriors would answer a few minutes later when sophomore forward Joe Lydon – who played his best game as a Warrior – took a Joe Christakis pass in the slot and ripped it past the outstretched legs of the Watertown goaltender. The third period offered back and forth action, with both teams jockeying for the lead. Wayland was called for a penalty late in the third period, but was able to kill off the very good Red Raiders power play to send the game into overtime, where Bonner would seal the victory. Goaltender Andrew Ludwig made16 saves in the effort, many of the point-blank variety to keep the game knotted at 1. This is the Warriors’ 3rd sectional title in 6 years. Below are links to the media coverage of the game:
ESPN Boston Coverage
Boston Herald Coverage (Scroll down past LS Write-up)
MetroWest Daily News Coverage
The Warriors advance to the D3 Eastern Mass Finals, where they will face Hanover, the South champion. Below is the game information:
Date: Wednesday 3/16
Location: Gallo Arena, Bourne
Note: Tickets for this game are available online, and can be purchased online here. It is highly recommended that you buy your tickets online to ensure you can get into this game.
Image taken from MetroWest Daily News:
Sr. Bobby Jones (left) celebrates a goal with So. Joe Lyons (Right)
CHELMSFORD – The Warriors defeated an opportunistic East Boston team 7-3 in an eventful game. The score was not indicative of the game as it was 2-2 after the 1st period and the Warriors took a slight 4-3 lead into the 3rd. That’s when the Warriors pulled away, scoring three goals in the 3rd, sparked by sophomore Joe Lyons’ second of three goals. It was the first playoff hat trick by a Warrior player since Nick Morgan scored 3 against Lynn two years ago. Seniors Bobby Jones, Joe Christakis (goal and 2 assists each), and Jake Brady (3 assists) each had 3-point nights. Junior defenseman Christian Boschetto continued his excellent postseason play with a goal and an assist. Boschetto and defensive partner junior Scott McCarthy finished the night with a +3 rating. Sophomore Riley Bonner also scored in the effort. Junior goaltender Andrew Ludwig battled through flu-like symptoms to make 12 saves, none more important than a game-saving breakaway save early in the 3rd to preserve the Warriors’ one-goal lead. Additional coverage of the game can be viewed in this MetroWest Daily News article. The Warriors now advance to the North Sectional Finals. Details are below:
Date: Monday 3/14
Location: O’Brien Rink, Woburn
CHELMSFORD – The Warriors struck midway through the first period on a Joe Christakis wrister to take the 1-0 lead, and they never looked back. With under a minute left to play in the first period, sophomore forward Joe Lyons took a feed from Bobby Jones, who had 3 assists on the night, and backhanded the puck by the outstretched leg of the goaltender to take a 2 goal lead into the intermission. Latin Academy started the second period with some extended pressure, but Wayland netminder Andrew Ludwig was up to the task. Ludwig made 16 saves in the effort and notched his 4th shutout of the season. Joe Christakis struck again, late in the second period, when he streaked down the right wing and ripped a short-side snap-shot high over the glove of Latin’s goalie for the 3-goal lead with assists going to Joe Orlandella and Christian Boschetto. Boschetto would finish out the scoring with a power play goal from the point midway through the third. The Warriors will advance to the D3 North Semi-Finals. Playoff information is as follows:
Opponent: East Boston
Date: Thursday 3/10
Location: Chelmsford Forum, North Billerica
WATERTOWN – The Wayland boys hockey team extended their season last night, scoring a hard-fought 4-2 victory over a very gritty Dracut team in a D3 North first round playoff game. Captain Jake Brady opened the scoring in the first period, converting a feed from sophomore Joe Lyons. Bobby Jones, a senior alternate captain, potted one late in the first to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead going into the intermission. The second period saw pressure from both teams, but the score remained 2-0 leading into a very eventful third period. Halfway through the third, sophomore Riley Bonner streaked down the left wing and ripped a tough angle shot just under the crossbar to make it 3-0. Dracut put on a late push, scoring two late goals to make the game interesting, but senior alternate captain Joe Christakis sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 40 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach. Further coverage by the MetroWest Daily News can be read here. The Warriors now move onto the quarter final round. Information on the next round is as follows:
Opponent: Latin Academy
Date: Sunday 3/6
Location: Chelmsford Forum, North Billerica
Opponent: Dracut High School
Date: Thursday 3/3
Location: Ryan Arena, Watertown
The Warriors lost a coin flip with St. Bernard’s (the two teams had an identical winning percentage) and will be the 6th seed in the 13-team D3 North bracket. For more information on seedings and brackets, click here.