NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 17, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — From Amesbury onward

Six players from last year’s Cape Ann League champion Amesbury girls soccer team have continued their careers at the college level. Those players include Erin Leary (Westfield State University), Megan Cullen (Lasell College), Natalie Dawes (Nichols College), Emily Martin (Colby-Sawyer College), Janine Fatal (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and Hannah Zannini (Westfield State University).

Soccer dominance

The Governor’s Academy girls soccer team is off to a 6-0-2 start to the season after finishing 16-0-2 last year. The Govs, who have won back-to-back New England titles, have one local player in Mattea Preece, a junior central midfielder from Georgetown.

Beaton bolsters Bates

Pentucket Regional High alumna Shannon Beaton lifted the Bates College field hockey team Saturday with two goals and an assist in her team’s 4-1 victory over Babson College in Lewiston, Maine. Beaton, the daugher of Pentucket field hockey coach Ruth Beaton, scored the game-winning goal and an insurance goal late in the second half for the Bobcats (4-7).

Two more goals for Davis

Newburyport High alumna Cassaundra Davis scored two goals for the St. Michael’s College field hockey team in a 4-0 victory over Franklin Pierce Oct. 9, giving her eight goals for the season.

Fecteau’s card

Triton Regional High alumnus Andrew Fecteau had the UMass Lowell golf team’s best performance at the University of Connecticut Cup Monday and Tuesday at the Ellington Ridge Country Club. Fecteau carded rounds of 78, 77 and 74 (229), placing in a tie for 25th.

Gagnon’s record run

Nock Middle School sixth-grader Lucy Gagnon broke the middle-school course record Thursday at Maudslay State Park. Gagnon finished in 12:43, smashing the previous record by seven seconds.

Senior Nights

The Newburyport field hockey team will have Senior Night on Wednesday at Amesbury Sports Park. The team’s game against Triton starts at 7 p.m. The Newburyport girls and boys soccer teams will have Senior Night next Friday at World War Memorial Stadium. Both teams will play Triton; the girls game will start at 5 p.m., and the boys game will follow.

CAL naming rights

Prior to the start of this school year, Cape Ann League athletic directors voted to rename the league’s divisions. Instead of CAL Division 1 and 2, the ADs voted to rename Division 1 “Sherm Kinney Division” after the longtime Hamilton-Wenham AD who now works for the MIAA. Division 2 will now be “Dick Baker Division” after the former Rockport and Swampscott AD, former CAL secretary/treasurer and current MIAA employee. Former Amesbury Principal Les Murray had his title changed from CAL/NEC secretary/treasurer to the commissioner of the CAL and secretary/treasurer of the NEC.

Today’s games

GOLF: Cape Ann League Open, 9 a.m. (Far Corners)

Tomorrow’s games

FOOTBALL: Masconomet at Newburyport, 7 p.m.; North Reading at Triton, 7 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY: Masconomet at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Georgetown, 3:45 p.m.; Pentucket at Triton, 3:45 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER: Newburyport at Saugus, 3:45 p.m.; Lynnfield at Amesbury, 3:45 p.m.; Triton at Masconomet, 3:45 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER: Saugus at Newburyport, 3:45 p.m.; Amesbury at Lynnfield, 3:45 p.m.; Masconomet at Triton, 3:45 p.m.