In the Hornets Nest | October 5


Cross Country:

Manchester Essex Cross Country teams had a bye week in league competition.  Saturday the Hornets ran at the Frank Kelley Invitational, which gave us a good chance to see our first big meet of the year.  The boys finished 23rd of 36 teams from all divisions while the girls finished 13th of 22 teams.  Scoring for the boys were Finn O’Hara, Charlie Lations, Henry Stevens, Colby Rochford and Lyall Cunningham.  The girls scorers were Sabine Cooper, Faith Castellucci, Whitney Turner, River Silva and Libby McKinnon.  The Freshmen and some Sophomores were able to see how they fared against peers from Division 2 and 3 schools in a 3 K race.  

We are facing a busy two weeks with four more meets.  Wednesday we are hosting Georgetown at Ravenswood.  We will be taking yearbook photos before the races and celebrating our seniors’ last home meet after the races.


Tough game for our Hornets tonight from a rainy Nashoba Tech.  Nashoba came right after us with a 100% ground attack and were effective at moving the ball all night.  Nashoba is well coached and played tough and I expect them to do some real damage in the D8 bracket and/or Voke tournament this fall. On Offense, we got gritty performances out of Steve Martin (Sr. RB/LB, 1 TD), Quinn Brady (Sr. RB/LB) and Zach Hurd (So. QB/DB, 1 TD).  We’ve got Lynn Tech next Friday Night at home @ 6:30 p.m.  We now have our focus onto the next one and trying to get stronger every day.


Hornets golf lost a tough one to Georgetown last week by a score of 124-118.

Gray West continues to play solid golf and scored a team high 26 points.  Matt DeOreo was close behind with 22.  Big week is coming up this week with three matches on the horizon.


This week was a long one for the cheerleaders as we worked on stunting for game day as well as conditioning.  Comp practice has been running after game day practices each week.  The competition team is currently working on perfecting our routine for competition - which is in about a month! 

Field Hockey:

Field hockey only faced Lynnfield last week and won 2-1 (both goals scored by Caelie Patrick).  We are thrilled to share that we’ve been ranked #1 in the MIAA D4 state field hockey power rankings.  We are continuing our work to improve every game and earn each win. 

Girls Soccer:

The Manchester Essex Hornets are held to a draw by Georgetown.  Georgetown started the match more brightly as it took the Hornets about 10 minutes to settle into the contest. Once they did however, Manchester Essex started to dominate both in terms of possession and chances.  It was Charlotte Crocker who went closest in the first half, after a quick corner kick play, she found herself just inside the box with space to shoot and was only denied by an excellent save from Georgetown’s goalkeeper.  The Hornets attacked with even more intensity in the second half, and were rarely troubled defensively through some great work from Charlotte Crocker, Tori Moulton, Cia Donohoe, and goalkeeper Madi Cook.  Meg Hurd created several chances with great runs and crosses from the right, but it was Libby Lawler who looked most likely to grab the winner late in the game.  She did well to wriggle away from 2 defenders but her shot from inside the box went
just past the far post.  Final score 0-0.

Player of the match: Libby Lawler for a dominant performance in central midfield.