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8 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 MARCH 1, 2018 Hockey coach Roach steps on familiar ice By Anne Marie Tobin PEABODY — The Peabody/ Lynnfield girls hockey team, fresh from having completed the best season in its history, certainly got a dose of postseason reality when it found out that it would play St. Mary’s last night in the opening round of the MIAA Division 1 state tournament. After all, the Spartans have won five state titles, four in Division 1. They are the fifth seed with a 15-3-2 record. And they are, like Peabody (11-7-2) working on their best season since their most recent state title in 2013. The good news for the Tanners is that if anyone knows a thing or two about St. Mary’s girls hockey, and has the bio to back it up, it’s Peabody coach Michelle Roach, a former St. Mary’s assistant coach and one of the trailblazing female hockey pioneers who were there when the Spartans’ program began in 2001-2002. A Lynn native and resident, Roach cut her hockey teeth at Connery at the age of 10 when she started playing in the Lynn Youth Hockey program. Roach, who had played on the boys junior varsity hockey team as a freshman and sophomore, made the leap to the girls team her junior year. “They didn’t have a girls’ team, so my only choice was to play with the boys, so that’s what I did,” said Roach. “My father, Bob, was instrumental in getting the program going. He went to all the meetings and ended up coaching as an assistant the first four or five years. LYNN — Former St. John’s Prep standout Justin Foley, a Lynnfield resident, will be pitching this summer for the the North Shore Navigators. Foley, a junior at Bates College, will toe the Fraser Field rubber for the first time with the Futures Collegiate Baseball League club this summer. “You can never have enough pitching on a summer roster, and we’re excited to welcome Justin and Deven to the ballclub,” General Manager Bill Terlecky said. “Justin is a local product who has past experience in our league.” Foley made 19 appearances over his first two seasons at Bates College, where he was a teammate of three-year Navigator, former FCBL All-Star reliever, CATERING TAKE-OUT •Dinners • Sandwiches • Salads • Daily Specials 978-532-2791 When the school finally voted to start a girls team, there were about 12 or 13 of us who played on the team my junior year when it was club. There were only four or five of us who had ever skated before, let alone play hockey, and everyone else was brand new. I didn’t come off the ice much, needless to say. We just were a bunch of girls who wanted to play hockey. We had a few forwards and a couple D who had played before and a coach (Todd Langlis) who really believed in us.” The following year in the Spartans’ first season as a varsity program, Roach served as captain and led the team in scoring, earning Eastern Mass all-star honors, CCL all-league honors and all-scholastic honors. She led the Spartans to their first-ever state tournament, scoring three goals in the Spartans’ first round 9-6 loss to Watertown. Roach also served as captain of the Spartans’ cross country and outdoor track teams. Roach moved on to play three years on the women’s team at St. Michael’s College, becoming the first of many accomplished St. Mary’s alums to play collegiate hockey. She hung up her skates prior to her senior year when concussions and pneumonia cut her career short. Playing career, that is. In 2009-2011, she was back at her alma mater as an assistant coach. “It was an incredible run, and to be a part of those teams that had a 100-game unbeaten streak was just the best,” she said. “I still remember when the streak was broken, it was and fellow St. John’s grad Rob DiFranco as a freshman. The Lynnfield native went 3-1 with a 5.00 ERA in eight outings, including two starts, for the Bobcats last year, striking out 20 batters while walking just seven over 27 innings of work. As a freshman, Foley posted an 0-2 record in 11 appearances with an ERA of 4.29 in 21 innings of work, striking out 19 and walking eight. Foley, who was ESPN Boston’s Mr. Baseball recipient as a Prep senior, is no stranger to the FCBL as he helped the Nashua Silver Knights to their first of two consecutive championships in 2016. Foley was the second St. John’s Prep player in three years to receive the Mr. Baseball Award, following in the footsteps of Bryant University standout Brandon Bingle of Peabody. 2 Large Cheese Pizzas $14.99 PHOTO | MARK GRANT Coach Michelle Roach talks things over with captain Sarah Buckley during a recent game. overtime against Hingham in the 2011 quarterfinals. We had won our third straight state championship my first year, then won again in 2013. It was great working for Frank (Pagliuca) and I think I learned so much from him. “It was incredible to be on the ground floor of the program, then return to see the program’s growth as well as be a part of it. It far surpassed anything I had imagined when I put on the first jersey at 16 years old – we built something really cool that has made such a huge impact in Massachusetts girls’ hockey.” Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when Roach was hired as the new coach of a fledgling Peabody/ Lynnfield girls hockey team. She inherited a team that won just four games the year before. That first year, the team set a program record with six wins, then last year, Foley finished his Prep career having never lost a varsity decision. He finished with a career record of 14-0. He had a breakout season as a senior, posting a record of 11-0 and ERA of 0.94. In 72 innings, he struck out 62 and walked just 12 batters, helping the top-seeded Eagles reach the Super 8 final for the second straight year. He opened the tournament by throwing the first nohitter in Super 8 history, leading the Eagles to a 1-0 win over defending champion Newton North. He finished the tournament with a 2-0 record and set a Super 8 tournament record for most strikeouts with 22. His efforts earned Foley Catholic Conference MVP honors and he was also named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic and Massachusetts All-State team. the team qualified for the Division 1 tournament for the first time in program history with a regular season record of 9-8-3 before losing in the preliminary round round to Arlington, 5-1. Roach was hoping this could be the year Peabody breaks though to get its first-ever tournament win. “We play a tough regular-season schedule,” she said. Actually, Roach, a member of the St. Mary’s Varsity Club, was in both lockerrooms for last Wednesday’s game She was in the visiting lockerroom and her picture was in the home room. “Frank has a tradition of putting pictures of all of his players who go on to play college hockey on the wall of the home locker room, so that’s why my picture, as the first player in St. Mary’s history to play in college, is on that wall. I think it Foley’s athletic achievements extend beyond baseball. For the past three years, he has been the Bobcats’ starting punter. Last fall he averaged 36.1 yards per punt in nine games. As a sophomore in 2016, he broke the Bates single season record for most punts in week six, finishing with 81 punts in all while averaging 37.9 yards per punt. His efforts earned him Second Team All-NESCAC honors. Freshman year, Foley averaged 37.2 yards per punt. He AUTO | HOME | BUSINESS | LIFE • We make shopping for insurance EASY. • Ask for a quote! DISCOUNTS available. Visit us at three locations: is so ironic, when you think of all the teams we could have played, it’s St. Mary’s where I was there when it all started.” Under Roach, the Peabody/ Lynnfield program has grown by leaps and bounds. The Tanners set program records for most wins (11), most games above .500 (four), fewest games needed to clinch a tournament spot (17), and most times qualified for the tournament (2). Sophomore Sammie Mirasolo set a single-season scoring record with 41 points and became the first Tanner to win a league (Northeastern Hockey League) MVP award. The Tanners also set a program record for the their highest tournament seed (25th) and finished with a program-best record. Ex-St. John’s Prep pitcher Foley signs with Navs was named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 1, 2015, after the Bobcats’ 10-9 win over Colby College. He punted the ball nine times, seven of which pinned the Mules inside their 20, averaging 38.3 yards per punt for the game. The Navigators will be announcing more additions to the roster in the coming weeks and months in preparation for the 2018 season, which begins on May 31. LYNNFIELD 550 Summer Street WAKEFIELD 374 Main Street MALDEN 1012 Eastern Avenue Call 781.322.2800 or email

MARCH 1, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 9 Things keep getting better for girls track ROUNDUP By Anne Marie Tobin Things just keep better and better for the Lynnfield girls track team. Sunday morning at the East Coast Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center, the sprint medley relay team of Ashley Mitchell (400), Lauren Mitchell (200), Juliana Passatempo (200) and Kate Mitchell (800) qualified for the the New Balance Indoor Nationals that will be held March 9-11 at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. Ashley Mitchell finished third in the 400 (1:03.48), while Lauren Mitchell, running the first 200 of her young career, finished ninth (29.10) and Passatempo finished 10th (29.17). “I didn’t have to run because they converted my 1,000 time to a 2:14 equivalent in the 800, so once Lauren, Ashley and Juliana posted their times, those combined with mine were enough for us to qualify as a team,” said Kate Mitchell. “I am so excited for my sisters to have the experience of running nationals, and for Juliana, it is just a perfect reward for her after deciding to give up basketball and run track this season. It is so rewarding to have qualified, but after that once we get there and compete, it’s all about enjoying the experience and having some fun.” Senior captain Nick Kinnon also competed in the meet. He finished third in the boys 200 in 23.08 and just missed the qualifying mark of 21.44. BOYS HOCKEY The Lynnfield boys hockey team wrapped up the regular season Friday afternoon with a solid 3-3 tie against Medfield at Sgt. Pirelli Veterans Rink in Franklin. Senior captain Tyler Murphy led the offense with three power play goals. The Pioneers finished the year 12-5-3 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Division 3 North Tournament, which began last night with a game against No. 14 Wilmington (11-9) at Ryan Rink in Watertown (results too late to print). After a scoreless first period, Lynnfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Medfield cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal with 6:48 to go in the period, then added two goals in a span of less than a minute in the third to lead 3-2. With 4:27 to go, Murphy netted the equalizer (from Jaret Simpson). Senior captain Joey Mack notched two assists, while George DeRoche and senior captain Cooper Marengi had one assist each. The Pioneers’ 12 wins are the most in the 6-year tenure of head coach Jon Gardner, who has led the Pioneers to three straight tourney appearances. The Pioneers are hoping to improve on last season when they upset Winthrop in the first round, 4-0, only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Saugus, 5-2. Lynnfield 3, Gloucester 1 At Talbot Rink Feb. 21, the Pioneers again were strong on the power play with two power play tallies. Marengi staked the Pioneers to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal with about four minutes left in the first period. DeRoche and Mack picked up assists. Gloucester got on the board less than a minute later, to send the team into intermission tied at 1-1. After a scoreless second period, the Pioneers put the game out of reach with two goals in the third period, the first Murphy on a power play at 14:00 (from DeRoche and Mack), and the second by DeRoche at 2:49 (from Marengi and Murphy). Pentucket 6, Lynnfield 3 At McVann-O’Keefe Feb. 20, PHOTO | BAYSTATERUNNING.COM Lynnfield’s 4x400 relay team finished 12th at Saturday’s All-State meet. The runners are, from left, Kate Mitchell, Juliana Passatempo, Lauren Mitchell and Ashley Mitchell. the score was tied 2-2 with 12 minutes left to go in the game, but the Sachems scored three straight goals in a span of a little more than three minutes to put the Pioneers in a 5-2 hole. DeRoche led the offense with a goal and an assist, while Mack and Simpson also scored. GIRLS TRACK MIAA All-States Championship meet At the Reggie Lewis Center last Saturday, Lynnfield resident Stephanie Casaletto, a senior at Austin Prep, ran the fastest race of her career and finished 12th in the 1,000 meter run in 3:01.87. 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