Shawsheen Tech Athletics Enjoy Outstanding Spring Season
Four Rams teams win league championships and all six finish with winning records.
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the public relations department of Shawsheen Tech.)
It was a spring like no other this year for the sports teams at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School.
Of the six Ram squads, all six finished with records well above .500, four won Commonwealth Athletic Conference championships and two also played for their respective state vocational championships.
“This may be the best spring of all time,” said Shawsheen Athletic Director Al Costabile. “It is certainly the best one since I have been the AD. Every team was strong. And we excelled on both sides, male and female. This is one of the most successful years for athletics in the history of the school.”
Shawsheen’s girls lacrosse team finished with an overall record of 9-2-3 during the regular season and played in the opening round of the state tournament in Danvers, falling to the Falcons.
The Rams went 3-0-1 in their final three games, showcasing an offense that erupted for 70 goals in that four-game stretch.
In an exciting 19-18 win over Haverhill, Shawsheen rallied from an 11-7 deficit at halftime and scored the game-winning tally with just three seconds to play.
Kimberly Barriss and Marissa Irwin paced the offense with four goals each while Emily Irwin was named the Player of the Game by coach Maggie Joyce after scoring twice and controlling most of the draws on the day.
Shawsheen had a similar win over Georgetown, taking a 16-15 decision.
Kelsey Farraher had the game-winning goal with 30 seconds to go and goalie Kait Fulton made a save with two seconds to go to preserve the win.
Farraher led the offense with six goals while Charlotte Ardini had a goal and a team-high seven ground balls.
Alisha Shidaki sparked Shawsheen’s defense late in the game.
In a 22-11 victory over Methuen, Marissa Irwin and Farraher led the way on offense, combining for 13 goals. Irwin had a team-high seven tallies.
The Rams finished the season with a 13-13 tie against Arlington Catholic.
Marissa Irwin had four goals for the Rams and tied the game with one minute to go.
Rachel McLaren added three goals for Shawsheen while Fulton played well in net, making 12 saves.
The Shawsheen Tech softball team finished 16-4 overall after wins against Greater Lowell and Bishop Fenwick to close out the regular season.
The Rams wrapped up the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship last Tuesday with a crazy 12-10 win over Whittier Tech.
“It was back and forth and back and forth,” said Shawsheen coach Maureen Buckley with a laugh. “It was a good game for everyone, except the coaches.”
The Rams trailed 4-0 early, before rallying.
Shawsheen scored six times in the second inning, fell back behind by a 9-6 score and trailed 10-8 before scoring four times in the fifth to go ahead for good.
Danielle Cacciola had a big day for Shawsheen, going 3 for 4 and scoring three runs while Jen Curtis was 2 for 3, scored twice and drove in a run.
In other games late in the year, the Rams beat Chelsea by a 17-1 score, topped Wilmington by a 7-2 decision and edged Arlington Catholic, 7-5.
Emily Hamilton was the winning pitcher against Wilmington and had a busy day against AC, earning the victory in relief and contributing a two-run home run during a four-run fifth inning for the Rams.
Shawsheen lost in the state vocational finals after beating Worcester Voke by an 8-4 score in the semifinals. In the opening round of the MIAA tournament, the Rams lost to Matignon.
The Shawsheen Tech boys lacrosse team finished its regular season with a 16-2 overall record, completing the campaign with a 13-12 win over Nashoba Tech in overtime and a 17-8 triumph over Lowell.
The Rams, who won the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship, then made history last Friday when they defeated Blackstone Valley Tech by a 10-6 score to capture the first-ever state vocational championship in lacrosse.
Against Lowell, Tim Hunt had a team-high seven goals while Ryan Capraro had 10 points with four goals and six assists.
Keenan Beraldi and Scott Dennehy added two goals apiece while Lenny Houghton and Darren Rania were Shawsheen’s other scorers.
Rich Etter earned the win in goal.
Hunt had the game-winning goal against Nashoba Tech and finished the day with three goals and three assists.
Capraro had four goals and an assist for Shawsheen, Houghton added three goals and Tom Price contributed two goals and two assists.
Nick Peacock also had a goal, Dennehy had three assists and Beraldi chipped in with an assist.
The Rams fell in the first round of Div. 3 state tournament against North Andover.
Baseball, tennis and track and field
The Shawsheen Tech baseball and tennis teams also won CAC titles this spring.
The tennis team won its first league crown since 1992, finishing 11-1 overall.
The baseball team ended up with a 15-3 overall record and beat Greater Lowell for the CAC title. The baseball team fell to Saugus in the state tournament.
The track and field teams, meanwhile, just missed winning the league. The boys were 10-1 and lost a showdown of undefeated teams against Greater Lowell while the girls finished with an 8-3 overall record.