• St. John's 3, GD 2
Pioneers Damari Mundell scored the crucial goal mid-way through the second half to propel No.1 John’s (15-1-3) past No. 8 Groton-Dunstable (11-7-2) in Central Division 1 quarterfinal action.
Also contributing to the win were Kwame Adu-Gyamfi and Diego Rozo for St. John’s. Alex Castellano and Simion Chandler scored for GD. This past Monday, St. John’s defeated No. 5 Shrewsbury 1-0 in the semis and will meet No. 3 • Leominster in the finals on Nov. 14.
Wachusett 1, GD 0
Groton-Dunstable and Wachusett tied 1-1 earlier in the season, and try as they might, the Lady C’s were unable to get the tying goal past Mountainer keeper Emma Hickey in the C-Mass quarterfinal game.
Seventy-three minutes in, Emily O’Brien scored to give No. 2 seed Wachusett (13-4-2) the lead and eventual win over No.7 Groton-Dunstable (7-5- 8) in a Central Mass. Division 1 quarterfinal contest.
In a local tweet, “the team played great and Bianca Resca was amazing in goal” for GD.
• Tantasqua 39, GD 15
Tantasqua defeated Groton- Dunstable in the Central Mass. Division 4 Semifinals. The Warriors’ backfield of Ryan Sears (168 yards, 3 TDs), Liam Gore (56 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and senior Dominic Brown (94 yards rushing, 2 interceptions) ran for a combined 318 yards.
The Crusaders trailed 14-0 before Bradley teDuits completed a 27 yard pass to Kyle Plausse with 5:07 left to in the second quarter. Sophomore Thomas Raymond ran for the two point conversion to close the Warriors’ advantage to 14-8. Tantasqua (7-2) led 20-8 at the half and never looked back.
Plausse, subbing for quarterback Bradley teDuits who was injured in the third quarter, scored on a 10-yard run with less than seven minutes remaining. Tantasqua (7-2) faces No. 1 Fitchburg in the title game on Nov. 16 (11:00 a.m.) at Foley Stadium.
•Groton Dunstable travels to Nashoba on Friday, Nov. 15 for a game at 6:00.
MIAA State Divisional Meet at Gardner Municipal Golf Course
Shepherd Hill’s Emma Sullivan (19:55 and Emery Mullen (19:59) finished first and second. Groton- Dunstable junior Sydney Adams (20:09) placed third, followed by Wachusett senior Bailie Falla (20:19), Algonquin senior Karmyn Shreeve (fifth, 20:50) and GDs Kimmie Harding (sixth, 20:54).
Individual local qualifiers for the state championship besides Adams include her sophomore teammate Kinnie Harding, North Middlesex senior Morgan Nesbit (eighth), Hudson eighth grader Rachael Korowski (10th), and Westborough junior Madeline Reinach (19th).
GD team members who competed but did not qualify include (51) Madeline Prechtl (23:22), (59) Mary Teeple (24:10), (61) Clarissa LaGasse (24:12), (66) Claire Puranananda (24:34), (67) Mia Garibotto (24:37), Groton-Dunstable finished sixth out of 15 teams competing.
Crusader runners’ place and times: (53) Finn Shiely (3:52), (55) Thomas Orcutt (3:52, (62) Declan Lowney (3:57), (67) Ben Taylor (3:58), (68) Toby Strauss (3:59), (75) Jacob Strauss (4:01), (90) Patrick Daly (4:09). Groton- Dunstable finished 10th out of 19 teams competing.