Sports 09-11-2014

Call them the comeback team

Reise Turransky started the comeback with a slithering 31-yard run, cutting against the grain and maximizing his downfield blocking on the way to the end zone, cutting Saugus’s lead to 35-20.

Reise Turansky scored his third touchdown of the day and pulled the Vikings to a 35-26 deficit when he caught a 26-yard Driscoll pass and kept his feet in the end zone.

John Gonzalez found himself alone in the end zone to haul in a 20-yard pass Dylan Driscoll, which he–and the referee–confirm that the score was now 35-34. Soon after, Winthrop went up 36-35 after a 2-point conversion.

Vikings come from behind

stunning Saugus, 44-41 By Jim Lederman

Miller Field was built in 1945.  Their have been many exciting games played on the old gridiron.  The 44-41 Vikings victory on Saturday over the Saugus Sachems ranks as  “Number One”  in WHS history.

The Saugus offense lead by Dan Cacciola and Justin Winn amassed 542 yards. Cacciola scored 4 touchdowns and rushed for 375 yards.  Saugus built a 35-14 lead late in the third quarter.

The Vikings rallied scoring 24 fourth quarter points. The final score was a Dylan Driscoll three yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play giving the Vikings a thrilling 44-41 victory.

“Saugus is a very good football team.  The Vikings showed some Winthrop toughness in the 90 degree heat,” said Coach Sean Driscoll.

Reise Turransky opened the game racing 85 yards on the kickoff for a 6-0 Vikings lead.  Jake Chiudina split the uprights for a 7-0 lead.

Cacciola evened the score on a 70 yard run 20 seconds later.

Co-Captain Zach Deeb (5 catches for 93 yards)  caught a screen pass from Dylan and raced 42 yards for the second Viking touchdown.

The extra point by Chiudina was perfect, 14-7 for the Vikings.

QB Justin Winn scored from 2 yards out and the Sachems and  Vikings would end the half in a 14-14 tie.

The Sachems scored 21 point in the third quarter to open a 35-14 lead.  Cacciola scored a 75 yard touch down. After a Winthrop punt was downed at the Winthrop yard line,

The Sachems speedster raced 99 yards to give Saugus a 35-14 lead.

Turransky scored on a 24 yard run and the Vikings cut the margin to 35-20.

“I think the touchdown was one of the biggest plays of the game.  Now it’s just a 2 score game and were right back in it”  said Coach Driscoll.

Number 10 connected with Turransky for a 26 yard touchdown.  Sophomore Jon Gonzales rushed for the extra points and the Vikings trailed 35-28.

“Gonzo” caught a 18 yard touchdown pass from Dylan.  The exciting sophomore scored the key 2 point conversion and the Vikings had a 36-35 advantage

with 2 minutes to play.

But, it wasn’t over.  Cacciola scored a 65 yard touchdone to give Saugus a 41-36 lead with 1:49 on the clock.

The Sachems were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmen like conduct.  The Vikings took over at the 50 yard line.

Ten plays later, Dylan scored from 3 yards out for a 44-41 Vikings victory.

Zach Deeb was clutch with three receptions in the drive.


The Vikings have a bye this week and return to play the Big Blue of Swampscott next Saturday at noon at historic Blocksidge Field.  The Big Blue play host to St. Mary’s of Lynn on Saturday.

Danvers lost a 25-12 decision to Marblehead last week.

“Danvers is the team to beat in the NEC South”  said Coach Driscoll.

Hats off to senior Lading Vikings soccer goaltender Poli Tsiotos who recorded an incredible 37 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Swampscott Big Blue.



Golfers beat Marblehead, now stand at 4-0

The Winthrop High golf team officially declared its intentions that it will be in the thick of the race for a Northeastern Conference title with a 39-33 win over Marblehead Tuesday in a match played at Winthrop Golf Club. The Vikings now stand at 4-0 on the season.

“It was a great win for our team and for the program,” said WHS head coach Peter Lyons of the victory over the traditional NEC golfing power. “I can’t say enough about how well the boys played and how proud I am of them.”

Senior Ryan Duyon, playing in the number eight spot, provided the most decisive win of the day for Winthrop, defeating his Marblehead counterpart by a solid 7-2 score that contributed greatly to the winning margin for the Vikings. “Ryan has been amazing,” lauded Lyons. “He has a great attitude and always is the first player at practice and the last to leave. All of his hard work is paying off and he has been a huge asset to the team.”

Other winners for Winthrop were Cody Boudrow at No. 3, who shot a team-best 37, by a score of 5.5-3.5 and cousins Sean and Brandon MacDonald, playing in the No. 5 and 6 slots, who both topped their Magician foes, 5-4. Jack Wallace at No. 2 halved his match, 4.5-4.5, as did Harry Floyd at No. 4.

James Gill added four important points at No. 7 and Mike Rich contributed a solid 3.5 points at No. 1.

Last week the Vikings defeated Lynn English on the links at Gannon and Saugus at home by identical scores of 45-27. Brandon MacDonald was the big winner in the English match with an 8-1 triumph. Duyon was next with a 7.5-1.5 victory. Floyd, Wallace and Sean MacDonald won their matches 6-3.

In the Saugus contest, Floyd was a 7.5-1.5 winner and Duyon took his match, 7-2. Boudrow and Brandon MacDonald triumphed 6.5-2.5, while Gill and Sean MacDonald edged their Saugus counterparts, 5-4.

The Vikings will continue with their busy early-season schedule in the coming week. They were set to host Wakefield yesterday (Wednesday) in a non-league match; trek to Bass Rocks in Gloucester today; entertain Salem and Swampscott Monday and Tuesday; and then host Danvers in a big match next Thursday.

Girls soccer shows

promise in early going


Although the Winthrop High girls soccer team has dropped its first three contests of the season, WHS head coach Tracey Martucci has been pleased with the effort her team has shown which bodes well for the upcoming season.

“We had a very short pre-season and some key injuries, so we’re off to a slow start,” said Martucci. “We had one of our smallest turnouts (31 girls) for the program in the past few years, so injuries can be a real factor when you don’t have a lot of depth. In addition, we have only four seniors on the team, so we’re young in a lot of areas.”

The Lady Vikings are led by those four seniors, who are sharing the captaincy duties for the 2014 Lady Vikings. They are goalkeeper Poli Tsiotis, twin sister Nikki, who plays stopper, midfielder Amy Sena, and forward Maura Lanza.

Mackenzie Chiudina anchors the defense at the sweeper position and three freshmen, Gabby Hinchon, Sarah Kfoury, and Danielle Boccio have been sharing a defensive spot on the wing. Sophomore Heidy Benson holds down the center mid-field spot. Sister Holly, a junior, plays at forward. Other members of the squad are Flora English, Regina Garufo, Abby Carleton, Julia Duplin, and Kelsey Griffiths.

In a 3-1 loss to Danvers before a nice hometown crowd under the lights at Miller Field Tuesday evening, Holly Benson reached the back of the net for Winthrop, assisted by Heidy B. The Lady Vikings’ other two contests were a 4-1 loss to Marblehead in the season opener and a 2-0 outcome at Swampscott last week.

“We have a small group, but we’re very tightly-knit,” noted Martucci. “The girls are working hard and if we can get fully healthy and stay that way, we should be able to hold our own in the league.”

Martucci and her crew were set to make the long trek to Gloucester today (Thursday) and then host Saugus Monday and Peabody Wednesday.

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