Monday, November 12, 2012
North Andover scored late in the first half and went on to a 3-0 win, ending Wilmington's successful campaign.
Steve Scanlon’s Wilmington boys soccer team had a great season. They didn’t, however, have a great day on Saturday. “It was a bad day to have a bad game,” said the Wildcat head coach, whose team was eliminated with a 3-0 loss to North Andover in the North Division 2 semifinal. “We stood around watching for a good portion of it. Not to take anything away from them because they’re a good club that put us under a lot of pressure. But we just didn’t have a good day.” Despite struggling at times in the opening half, Wilmington was in position to enter the intermission in a scoreless tie. But instead, the Scarlet Knights began to ramp up the offensive pressure in the closing minutes before halftime, and eventually cracked the scoreboard with …
The Wilmington girls soccer team will seek its first ever berth in the state championship game as the Wildcats face Belmont in the North Division 2 final on Monday.
This year’s Wilmington girls soccer team has already gone further than any other squad in program history. And they’re not done yet. On Saturday, head coach Sue Hendee’s charges knocked off No. 2 seed Hamilton-Wenham by a 2-0 margin in the North Division 2 semifinal round. As a result, the team advanced to face Belmont on Monday at 12:30 p.m., appearing in the bracket final for the first time ever. “It means a lot,” said Hendee. “It means that a lot of kids on the younger teams can look forward to having more success when they get to the varsity level. It’s exciting for everybody.” With Hamilton-Wenham controlling much of the play early, momentum shifted midway through the opening half. Generals senior captain Emily Gaucher ripped a shot …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wilmington knocked off No. 2 Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday to advance to its first ever North Division 2 final. Check back on Monday for complete coverage.
It's been a dream season for the Wilmington girls soccer team. And the Lady Wildcats don't have to wake up for at least a few more days. Wilmington earned a 2-0 win over second-seeded Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday to advance to its first ever North Division 2 final, slated for Monday at 12:30 p.m. against Belmont. Check back with Wilmington Patch on Monday for complete coverage of Saturday's game.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The boys start a North Division 2 doubleheader in Woburn at 3:30 p.m. versus North Andover before the girls take the field at 5:30 p.m. against Hamilton-Wenham.
The North Division 2 boys and girls soccer brackets are down to just eight. And out of those eight teams, two of them will hit the turf on Saturday representing Wilmington High School. A pair of Wildcat teams hit the pitch seeking berths in the tournament final, which is set for Monday. Steve Scanlon’s boys soccer team had a first round bye before it cruised past Marblehead in the first round, winning by a 4-0 margin. Then on Tuesday, the Wildcats faced a much steeper task against Bedford. After a scoreless first half and two sudden death overtime periods before goalie Luke Foley stuffed Bedford’s tying attempt in penalty kicks, sealing the victory. On the girls side, Sue Hendee’s charges also earned a first round bye before taking on …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Despite strong effort from Wildcats, Lynn Classical hangs on for 4-2 victory.
The Wilmington baseball team hung with Lynn Classical until the last out of Thursday’s North Division 2 postseason opener. But in the end, a strong Wildcat season came to a close with a tight road setback. Lynn struck for two runs in the opening frame before Wilmington knotted the score in the third with a pair of runs. But single tallies in the fourth and sixth innings helped seal the 4-2 home win. “We asked them to leave it on the field, and they left it on the field,” said head coach Aldo Caira. “The outcome may not be what you want, but as long as the effort was there, that’s what we’re looking for.” Though the hosts struck quickly, three seniors led a two-out rally in the third that helped Wilmington even things up. Phil Lentini …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Junior Cam Owens scores three times at TD Garden, Wilmington holds on for 3-2 victory over Franklin in Division 2 title game.
Wilmington’s season long voyage along “The Road to The Garden” ended Sunday with the ultimate souvenir. The Wildcats toppled Franklin 3-2 thanks to a Cam Owens hat trick to return home from TD Garden with the first Division 2 state championship in school history. “It’s something you can’t describe. You dream about this when you’re a kid,” said Owens. “We said it from the beginning of the year. We were going to go to The Garden, and win at The Garden. And to be able to do that, it’s really cool.” After a scoreless first period that was largely dominated by Wilmington, Owens took over early in the middle frame. The junior dangled at the point and fired home the game’s first goal just over three minutes into the second. Then with 6:58 to …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Wilmington skates past Franklin to win first boys hockey championship in school history.
Junior forward Cam Owens netted three goals, inclouding the game-winner with 7:33 left in the third period at TD Garden in Boston to propel Wilmington to its first state championship in school history. The Wildcats hopped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, but South Division 2 champion, last year's state runner up, knotted things at 2-2 before the frame was out. But Owens had the last word, capping off a spectacular playoff run with his third tally. Watch the celebration in this article, and check back with Wilmington Patch on Monday for complete coverage of this historic Wilmington win.
Wilmington looks to bring home first hockey championship in school history against Franklin at 3:30 p.m. in TD Garden.
Wilmington players have talked about “The Road to the Garden” since day one of the hockey season. On Sunday, they’ll finally arrive at their destination. The only obstacle threatening to keep the Wildcats from returning home with a state championship trophy is Franklin, which plays in its second straight Division 2 title tilt. “It was wonderful to win (the North Division 2 final), but there’s still a big one out there that we have on our minds,” said Scanlon. “We’ve tried to focus on refocusing this week.” Though no Wilmington players have championship experience at TD Garden, Scanlon has been through the game before. He’s coaching his second championship game, and said he knows now what to look out for to keep his team grounded on the big…
Saturday, March 17, 2012
A look at what the Panthers' coach says about his team's return trip to The Garden, and thoughts from Mansfield, which lost to Franklin in the South final.
Editor's Note: We'll be running features on members of the Wilmington boys hockey team daily in advance of Sunday afternoon's Division 2 state championship game between the Wildcats and Franklin at TD Garden. Puck drops at 3:30 p.m. Franklin boys hockey players are on a mission. On Sunday in Boston’s TD Garden, Wilmington hopes to make it mission impossible. The Panthers lost to Tewksbury in last year’s state title game in overtime, and despite losing 15 seniors they now return to the biggest stage in high school hockey against the Wildcats Sunday at 3:30 p.m. “They’ve set their sights on this goal of getting here, and finishing what we didn’t finish last year,” said Franklin head coach Chris Spillane. “I was fortunate enough to watch …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Junior forward lightens the locker room mood, and causes havoc for opponents during games.
Editor's Note: We'll be running features on members of the Wilmington boys hockey team daily in advance of Sunday afternoon's Division 2 state championship game between the Wildcats and Franklin at TD Garden. Puck drops at 3:30 p.m. If you’re looking for Cam Owens after a Wilmington win, he isn’t hard to find. Just follow the music. The junior forward is the designated DJ for the Wildcats, carrying around a portable speaker that blasts out tunes as the team loads onto the bus. It’s a tradition that Owens started earlier in the season, and it’s continued after every playoff victory. “We all take the game serious, but you have to joke around and have a little fun,” said senior captain Dalton Rolli about Owens’ traveling tunes. “We’re all …