It’s been a great fall sports season for the Advanced Mathematics and Science Academy. All six fall teams came into this week with winning records. The girls soccer team led the pack with a 12-1-1 mark. The boys soccer team stood at 10-3-1, the boys cross country team was 11-2 and the girls squad was 9-3. The volleyball and golf teams have 8-4 records. All four eligible teams have already qualified for the postseason.
It may be surprising for a team with a 12-1-1 record, but the girls soccer team is very young. "We have six sophomores on the team and they are really the heart and soul of the team," coach Adrienne Masiello said.
The Eagles also have several seventh, eighth and ninth graders on the team. However, it also has a core of senior leaders, who have established a bond with the younger players and that is one of the keys to the Eagles’ success.
"We set a goal at the beginning of the season of not only qualifying for the postseason, but going deep into the tournament," Masiello said.
She has reason to be optimistic. The Eagles qualified for the tournament last year, but lost to Douglas 6-0 in the opening round. The same two teams played to a 2-2 tie this season.
"We are definitely going to get a high seed this season and hopefully we should be able to get at least a couple of wins," Masiello said.
This year’s team is led by sophomore captain Lorraine Canavan, who has 18 goals and 16 assists. Sophomore Jessie Earls has scored 10 times. Another sophomore who has contributed is Allie McNamara.
"Allie is another one of our captains who sets a precedent by giving 110 percent in every game. She is always seeking perfection for herself and for everyone on the team," Masiello said.
The goalie, Samantha Salvador, is only a freshman, but she has made 67 saves and has only allowed five goals.
The Eagles also have a pair of senior captains in Hailey Parsons and Annie Harrington. "Hailey and Annie have both done a great job not only with their play on the field, but with their ability to hold the team together and to build that bond between the older and younger girls," Masiello said.
The boys soccer team is in a similar situation. "We don’t play in a difficult league, so we went out and scheduled a lot of non-league games," said first year coach Paul Nartizzi.
The results have been exactly what Nartizzi hoped for. Even the losses have helped make the Eagles better.
"We lost to Douglass and Hopedale by 3-2 scores and even though we lost we showed that we can play with teams of that caliber," Nartizzi said.
Junior goalie Ian McCarthy has excelled for the Eagles. "This is Ian’s first year starting in goal and he has been very solid all season long," Nartizzi said.
Charlie Lane, a junior, has a team-leading 20 goals. "Charlie is really something special. Not only does he have a good shot, but he also distributes the ball very well," Nartizzi said.
Junior Igor Pessoni has contributed several goals and assists.
Defensively, the Eagles are led by Andrew Meineersa and freshman Joseph Langton. "Both kids have played very well and have done a lot to help keep our opponents from putting the ball in the net," Nartizzi said.
The golf team has already finished its season and wound up with a 9-4 record.
"Our team has really stepped up this season and we have shown that we are able to compete with some of the best teams in Central Mass. Division 3," coach Dan Amarel said.
The Eagles play an independent schedule and have played evenly with teams such as Hopedale, Douglas and Assabet.
This year’s team is led by a pair of brothers. Joey Tioilino, a sophomore, has consistently held the No. 1 position. His brother, Nico, is only in the eighth grade, but has been playing in the second spot. Christopher Breman has held down the third position.
"It’s been a great season," Amarel said. "We went into a bit of a slump halfway through the season, but responded to win our last four matches."
Boys and girls cross country coach Mark Vital had a tremendous turnout with 50 boys and 40 girls. The combination of depth and talent has produced successful seasons for both teams.
The boys team has done well despite being hampered by injuries. One of the team’s best runners, Jarad Fong, has missed the entire season.
One runner who has been available all season is Ben Maron. "Ben is our most valuable player," Vital said. "If he continues to run the way he has he has a good chance of making it to the states," Vital said.
Joe Thibault is another runner who is having a productive year.
Two of last year’s top girl runners, Amanda Stahl and Hannah Black, have been battling injuries all season.
Meghan Scott, an eighth grader, has one first-place finish this season. Senior captain Aly Shoemaker is the No. 2 two runner.
"Aly has been with me for six seasons and she is like having a teaching assistant on the team. Not only has she been a great help with the underclassmen, she is also running the best she has ever run," Vital said.
Another eighth grader, Raya Keir, has been holding down the third spot. "She has been running right behind Aly in every race," Vital said.
A pleasant surprise has been Olivia Barth, who is only a sixth grader. Others who have contributed are Kate Scott and Ling Zhang.
The volleyball team is made up mostly of juniors with only two seniors, one sophomore and one freshman. The team is led by senior captain Elysha Sathyaraj and junior captain Shrutika Ruhela. Sathyaraj leads the team in blocks. In two other categories, Ruhala is first with 45 kills and 53 aces. The other senior is Amanda Berdico. Another player who has stood out is junior libero Jaedyn Lee.
"Jaedyn is one of the best players around at her position and is leading the team in digs," said Eagles coach Joe Bengiovanni.
The Eagles have a very balanced team.
"We have 14 girls on the team and 11 of them have played in every match," Bengiovanni said.