Page 12 THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2022 Lady Pats Basketball fall to Everett on the road Crimson Tide Co-Op hockey begins new season with positive results Talented Everett turns heads after competitive battle against perennial postseason contender Medford By Joe McConnell n recent years, the Medford High School Hockey Mustangs have been a dominant team in the Greater Boston League. But only two games into this season, the Everett Crimson Tide co-op squad (1-1) is quickly sending a message to its opponents that they are not going to be taken lightly anymore. After defeating the Lynn Jets 8-1 Lady Pats Belma Velic battles to the hoop as an Everett defender closes in during Tuesday night action in Everett. Revere’s Marwa Riad avoids a steal from an Everett defender. (Advocate photos by Emily Harney) to open up the season, Everett literally put a scare in the host Mustangs last Wednesday (Dec. 14) at the LoConte Rink, where they led after two periods, 4-3. At that point, Medford knew work had to be done to come away with two points. After scoring a couple of third-period power play goals, followed by one into the empty net, the Mustangs managed to escape with a 7-4 victory. Considering they blew away the Tide last year – also right before Christmas – to the tune of 11-1, the Medford boys now understand they will have to pay attention to Everett in the standings throughout the next three months. First-year Everett head coach Craig Richards already knew what he had on the roster before the Medford game, but his club only reinforced his belief in them after last week’s game in Medford. I “We’re still fi ring on all cylinders, even after this loss,” Richards said. “We have a deep, hardworking team that has a lot of talent this year, and we’re defi nitely on par with Medford after I was able to see a lot of positives that came out of this game.” Mystic Valley’s Mike Brandano of Malden paced the off ensive attack against Medford with two goals. Revere’s Frankie Annunziata and Mystic Valley’s Lucas Deguire accounted for one apiece. Revere’s Chris Cecca was the assist leader in this game with two. His schoolmate Matt Lacroix and Everett’s Cam Couto each setup one lamplighter. Goalie Ben Rosa of Malden was in net versus Medford. But he also had help from his defensive friends, specifi cally Everett sophomore Andrew Crasco, who was one of the players of the game, according to the coach. “(Crasco) blocked six or seven shots in this game to help keep his teammates ahead or close on the scoreboard,” said Richards. The Everett boys are currently on holiday break after taking on Lynn again in the home opener on Dec. 21 after press deadline. They will resume the schedule against host Somerville on Jan. 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. Revere’s Lorena Martinez drives the ball up court during the Patriots match up with Everett on Tuesday night. Lady Patriot Bella Stamatopoulos shoots for two on Tuesday night in Everett. Patriot boys smother Rams for 2nd win By Greg Phipps D efense was the focal point for the Revere High School boys’ basketball team as it shut down the Lynn Classical Rams in the second half and came away with a low-scoring 43-22 home victory Tuesday night. The win left the Patriots with a 2-1 record to open the 2022-23 season. Head coach David Leary comRevere’s Shayna Smith Forward for Revere Bella Stamatopoulos keeps control of the ball and makes her way around a play from Everett towards to the hoop during Tuesday’s game with the Crimson Tide of Everett. mented that the team’s defense was “fantastic” over the fi nal two periods. Revere was led by senior captain Domenic Boudreau, who poured home 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior forward Andrew Leone added five points to go along with a strong night on the boards with 11 rebounds. After losing a hard-fought 63-60 overtime game against neighboring Everett (a team that was ranked high in preseason polls) in last week’s season opener at home, the Patriots turned on the defensive prowess in a 53-35 win over Somerville last Friday. Boudreau once again stepped up with a productive eff ort. He netted a team-high 19 points and contributed fi ve boards and three steals. Senior captain Alejandro Hincapie fi nished with nine points and six steals. Boudreau exploded for 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter as Revere turned a 31-16 halftime lead into a 45-20 cushion after three quarters. Leary told the press after the Somerville win that the team was not as sharp as it had been in the season opener against Everett. But the defensive play made the diff erence. “Our defense fueled us and allowed us to build the lead. I think these guys wanted to bounce back WIN | SEE Page 21

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