2017 Boston Globe Professional Sports Articles

Dan has written for the Boston Globe since September of 2014. Though he has mostly been working in the Sports Department’s High School desk, Dan has written several articles on professional sports in Boston. You can read his posts from this year below.


FYI, Assumption College has a pretty good football team – Thursday November 30

Which QBs could Patriots be looking at in the college draft? – Tuesday October 31

Revolution get their last chance on the road – Sunday October 22

Revolution could set a franchise record for most home wins in a season – Sunday October 15

Fund set up to aid injured Harvard football player – Wednesday October 4

Revolution brace for rematch with Atlanta – Saturday September 30

Revolution head to Orlando seeking elusive road win – Wednesday September 27

Revolution will try to rally behind Tom Soehn – Saturday September 23

Revolution must regroup in a hurry after blowout – Saturday September 16

Once more, Revolution head on the road looking for a win – Wednesday September 13

Revolution hope to make it four straight shutouts at home – Saturday September 9

Revolution back home to take on Orlando City – Saturday September 2

Revolution ready to put road woes behind them – Sunday August 20

Revolution brace for Vancouver in Foxboro – Saturday August 12

Leonard Fournette having an easy go of it in NFL – Friday August 11

Revolution acquire forward Krisztian Nemeth – Friday August 11

Revolution face a tough road test against Fire – Saturday August 5

Revolution ready to make playoff push – Saturday July 29

Revolution add free-agent defender Claude Dielna – Friday July 28

Revolution look to escape slump at home – Saturday July 22

In the end, Pablo Sandoval cost $3.3 million per home run – Friday July 14

Matt Parziale wins Massachusetts Amateur golf title – Friday July 14

Kelly Olynyk thanks Boston fans on his way out of town – Friday July 7

Meet new Celtic Marcus Morris – Friday July 7

Jazz say goodbye to Gordon Hayward in newspaper ad – Friday July 7

Revolution looking to end road skid – Sunday July 1

Revolution resume MLS play against Chicago – Saturday June 17

It’s North vs. South in 39th Shriners All-Star football game – Friday June 16

Robert Kraft spearheads ‘Touchdown in Israel II’ – Friday June 16

Revolution will be tested against Toronto – Saturday July 3

Revolution start busy stretch with road test vs. Red Bulls – Saturday May 27

A marathon like no other — to be run inside Fenway Park – Friday May 26

Revolution face a depleted Salt Lake team at Gillette – Saturday May 13

HIGHLIGHTED STORY
Boston Marathon hopefuls hit unusual roadblocks – September, 16, 2016

2017 Boston Globe High School Sports Articles

Dan has written for the Boston Globe since September of 2014 for the Sports Department’s High School desk. In September 2017, Dan was named as one of the High School Football beat writers, covering Massachusetts’ Division 5. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.


Football coach John DiBiaso leaving Everett after 26 seasons – Wednesday December 6

In MIAA’s Super Bowl showcase, these plays were game-changers – Sunday December 3

Dennis-Yarmouth dominates Division 5 Super Bowl – Saturday December 2

Unbeaten Dennis-Yarmouth set to tackle final test in Division 5 Super Bowl – Wednesday November 29

Brown a home run hitter for Everett (Thanksgiving Players of the Week) – Saturday November 25

King Philip bowls past Franklin for 24th straight win – Thursday November 23

Millis QB Bryce Latosek a star among Players of the Week – Sunday November 19

Everett QB Jake Willcox headlines Week 10 Players of the Week – Monday November 13

Kurt Hopkins, Millis run over Wareham – Friday November 10

Abigail Campbell sparks King Philip over Duxbury – Thursday November 9

CM’s Nick Goffredo headlines Week 9 Players of Week – Monday November 6

Scituate sails into Division 5 South final – Saturday November 4

Martha’s Vineyard cancels final two football games – Friday November 3

Chelmsford’s Sal Lupoli headlines Week 8 Players of the Week – Monday October 30

Bryce Griffin gets Norwell back on track – Saturday October 28

Methuen’s Peter Kwayke catalyst in victory over Lowell – Monday October 23

Wareham scores a last-minute victory – Saturday October 21

Sal Frelick (6 TDs) keeps Lexington rolling – Monday October 16

Norwell captures South Shore League crown – Friday October 13

Newton North QB Will Thompson leads Week 5 Players of the Week – Monday October 9

Chase Stafford has Somerset Berkley on the run – Saturday October 7

Methuen’s Jordan Perdomo headlines Globe’s Players of the Week – Monday October 2

Kelleher, Hopkinton pass Medfield in overtime – Thursday September 28

Lexington QB Sal Frelick among Week 3 players of the week – Monday September 25

Marshfield ends Falmouth’s 17-game win streak – Saturday September 23

Lowell quarterback headlines Week 2’s players of the week – Monday September 18

Andrew Carroll leads Hanover over East Bridgewater – Saturday September 16

Globe’s Week 1 high school football Players of the Week – Sunday September 10

QB Ryan Benco leads Holliston over Millis-Hopedale – Saturday September 9

It doesn’t get much better than Xaverian-Everett to kick off season – Thursday September 7

20 EMass high school players to watch this season – Thursday September 7

2017 Division 5 high school football previews – Thursday September 7

It’s North vs. South in 39th Shriners All-Star football game – Friday June 16

Division 2 South – Greater New Bedford 5, Westwood 3 – Sunday June 11

Nelson pitches Norton to D2 South title – Saturday June 10

Olivia McGrath leads Latin Academy to City League title – Tuesday May 30

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Revolution, still in search of playoff berth, face New York City FC

With the regular season coming to a close Sunday, the Revolution travel to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC, with a playoff berth on the line for New England.

The Revolution have failed to punch their ticket to the MLS playoffs over the last four games, going 0-3-1.

New England can clinch a berth with a win or draw against NYC, or an Orlando City draw or loss at Philadelphia. However, the Revolution have a plus-8 goal differential, so even with a loss and Orlando City win, New England could still make the playoffs.

“We win, we’re in — that’s the mentality,” said center back Andrew Farrell. “We want to take this big step.”

There are nine scenarios that could play out on Sunday, seeing the Revolution finish anywhere from fourth place to sixth place and facing one of four possible opponents. All Eastern Conference games begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This will be the Revolution’s second visit to Yankee Stadium. On March 15, New England was the opponent for expansion NYC’s first-ever home game. The Revolution lost, 2-0, as David Villa and former Revolution draft pick Patrick Mullins scored.

The last meeting between the teams was July 18 at Gillette Stadium. Lee Nguyen scored in the 12th minute to lead the Revolution to a 1-0 victory.

NYC, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, is led by designated player David Villa. The former Spain international and FC Barcelona star has 17 goals this season, more than a third of the team’s total.

New England, meanwhile, has scored only twice in its four-game winless streak. The Revolution are hoping a win against NYC can boost momentum entering the playoffs.

“Going into the playoffs, it’s not necessarily how you’ve done in your last five games but your last game,” said Farrell. “You want to get that momentum going. It’s a really important game for us. We’ve got to take care of business.”

If the Revolution make the playoffs, they would play a knockout-round match Wednesday or Thursday.

“It’s crunch time,” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “We know we need to step up.”

Revolution at New York City FC

 When, where: Sunday, 5 p.m., at Yankee Stadium, New York.

 TV, radio: CSN

 Records: Revolution, 13-12-8 (47 points); NYC, 10-16-7 (37 points).

 Coaches: Revolution, Jay Heaps; NYC, Jason Kreis.

 Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; NYC, Josh Saunders.

 Formation: Revolution, 4-2-3-1; NYC, 4-2-3-1.

 Referee: Jair Marrufo.

 Out: Revolution — D Darrius Barnes (knee). NYC — D George John (knee), F Tony Taylor (knee), D Shay Facey (knee), M Ned Grabavoy (knee), M Andrea Pirlo (adductor), D Andoni Iraola (calf), Pablo Alvarez (calf).

 Miscellany: The Revolution are 4-10-2 on the road . . . The Revolution are 1-1-0 vs. NYC this season.

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Huge crowd expected for Revolution-Impact match

On Saturday, the Revolution will play their final home game of the season in front of what could be a record-breaking crowd at Gillette Stadium, as Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact come to town.

Both New England and Montreal will be looking to clinch a playoff spot Saturday.

A win or tie will be enough for the Revolution to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Montreal needs a win to ensure a berth. Both teams could have clinched a spot Friday night, but Orlando City beat visiting NYCFC, 2-1.

According to Revolution president Brian Bilello, attendance Saturday could reach 40,000, which would be the largest crowd in team history. New England’s current record for a regular-season game is 39,256 for an Aug. 30, 2008, game against David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“You can feel the difference when you are on the field,” said Revolution defender Jose Goncalves. “It’s extra motivation. I like to play in a stadium that’s full, packed with big ambience. It will be a really good game and I’m excited for that.”

This will be the third meeting of the season between the Eastern Conference rivals, with Montreal holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The Revolution hosted the Impact on March 21 in their home opener, playing to a 0-0 draw despite being a man up for much of the second half.

The next meeting came Sept. 19, when the Impact throttled the Revolution, 3-0, in a rain-soaked match at Montreal’s Stade Saputo, as Drogba had a goal and an assist.

Drogba was acquired by Montreal in a trade with Chicago July 27, and in nine games he has tallied a team-leading nine goals.

However, it is unclear whether Drogba will factor in Saturday’s clash. Coach Mauro Biello was cautious the last time his team played on turf, giving Drogba only 30 minutes of playing time in a 2-1 loss at Orlando City.

The Revolution are looking to clinch a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive game. After going 0-2-1 in their last three matches, they hope to find their form as the postseason approaches.

Revolution midfielders Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are coming off a midweek stint with the US national team, which lost to Costa Rica, 1-0, Tuesday. Jones started but played only the first half, while Nguyen came on as a substitute for the last 18 minutes.

“This is what you play for,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. “We’re excited that it’s going to be a good crowd, and we want to go out there and punch our ticket.”

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Revolution again look to clinch playoff spot

By: Dan Shulman

The last two weekends have seen the Revolution end their winning streak and miss out on two chances to clinch a playoff berth. On Saturday, the Revolution will visit Eastern Conference rival Chicago for a chance to extinguish the Fire and earn their third consecutive trip to the MLS postseason.

The Revolution, who sit in a tie for second place in the East, only 1 point out of the top spot, are coming off a disappointing 1-1 home draw last Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. Despite outshooting their opponents, 11-2, the Revolution were frustrated by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, who set a franchise record with 10 saves.

The Revolution and Fire have met twice this season, with New England holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The Revolution won, 2-0, at home in June before a controversial 2-2 draw on the road in late July (the Fire tied the game on a penalty call that was disputed by New England).

New England is 6-3-2 against the Fire since Jay Heaps took over as coach in 2012.

The Fire have been eliminated from playoff contention following a winless September, but Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez said they are “still playing for pride. They want to show what kind of team they are. We just have to be ready for that.”

Chicago has undergone a coaching change. Frank Yallop was fired two weeks ago, replaced on an interim basis by Brian Bliss.

“We’re looking at film differently with Bliss there now,” said Heaps. “There’s a little different feel in how they’re set up, but it’s not a total, drastic change. It’s very hard to do that in a short period of time.”

Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones was able to play the full 90 minutes for the second straight weekend against the Union. Jones had hernia surgery in the spring and returned to the field in early August.

“In terms of what Jermaine brought from a physical standpoint, what he brought from a ball-winning standpoint, what he brought from a presence standpoint, from a leadership standpoint — that was well beyond 100 percent,” said Heaps. “I thought he was awesome.”

New England could clinch a playoff berth before the final whistle Saturday — with an Orlando City loss or tie against Montreal; that game begins an hour before the Revolution and Fire kick off at 8:30 p.m.

“We can still clinch a playoff spot, so they’re going to make it as hard as possible to get there,” said Fagundez. “We just have to do everything we can to get those 3 points.”

Revolution vs. Fire: A quick look

A quick look at the Revolution’s matchup with the Chicago Fire Saturday night.

 When, where: Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

 TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

 Records: Revolution, 13-10-8 (47 points); Chicago, 7-18-6 (27 points)

 Coaches: Revolution, Jay Heaps; Chicago, Brian Bliss

 Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; Chicago, Jon Busch

 Formations: Revolution, 4-2-3-1; Chicago, 4-4-2-1

 Referee: Kevin Stott

 Out: Revolution — D Darrius Barnes (knee); Chicago — D Adailton (core muscle), D Eric Gehrig (foot), G Sean Johnson (shoulder), D Ty Harden (adductor).

 Miscellany: Chicago matched its club record with a fifth consecutive loss in a 3-2 defeat by Toronto FC . . . The Revolution are 5-12-8 on the road against Chicago.

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Revolution eye playoff berth in matchup vs. Union

The Revolution look to clinch an MLS playoff spot for the third consecutive year as they host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

New England saw its eight-game unbeaten run end last Saturday with a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

“It’s a good wake-up call, so that we know how difficult the next games are and that we have to be focused,” said midfielder Jermaine Jones.

The Revolution will face the Union for the third and final time this season, winning the first two matchups on the road. In each of the their past four meetings, the visiting team has won.

The most recent game was Aug. 29 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., with the Revolution blanking Philadelphia, 1-0. Diego Fagundez scored the goal, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to reach the 25-goal plateau for his career.

The match was marred in the closing seconds, however, when Union midfielder Cristian Maidana spat on Lee Nguyen. Maidana was shown a red card and suspended two games.

According to reports earlier in the week, the Union plan to rest some regular starters.

“You will see a different lineup,” Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin told philly.com.

The Union, in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, want to win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City. With a win, the Union would qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Revolution, however, want to solidify their lineup ahead of a playoff run. Jones played the full 90 minutes at Montreal, his first full game since returning from sports hernia surgery in early August.

“I know it’s tough after injuries to come back, but it’s getting better,” said Jones.

On the other side, the Union are fresh off a 2-0 home win over Houston last Sunday.

Saturday’s game is the first of two remaining home games for the Revolution in the regular season.

“They’re huge,” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “We’re not in the playoffs yet . . . so we have to take care of the games one at a time, starting with Philly.”

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Revolution look to stay on a roll in Montreal

The Revolution will look to clinch a third consecutive playoff berth and extend their winning streak to a club-record seven games as they head to Canada Saturday night to face the Montreal Impact.

The Revolution, who are 13-9-7 overall and 7-0-1 since July, are the hottest team in MLS. Meanwhile, Montreal (9-11-6) is unbeaten in its last three contests.

This marks the Revolution’s only visit of the season to Montreal’s Stade Saputo, a venue where they clinched a playoff spot last year. In their last four visits to Montreal, the Revolution are 2-1-1.

New England earned a 0-0 draw with Montreal at Gillette Stadium back on March 21 in the home opener. The Revolution also close out their home slate against Montreal Oct. 17.

Diego Fagundez has been leading the Revolution offense, with goals in four straight games. On the other side, Montreal’s Didier Drogba recently broke the record by former New England striker Zack Schilawski for quickest MLS hat trick, with Drogba getting one in just his second game.

“He’s world-class any way you slice it,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said of the former Chelsea striker. “He can score goals, hold up the ball, find different ways to beat you, and he’s still a physical presence.”

Defensively, Montreal will be without Ambroise Oyongo, who was shown a red card in a 1-1 draw at San Jose Wednesday.

The Revolution, however, will get back Jermaine Jones, who missed Wednesday’s match with the New York Red Bulls because of yellow card accumulation.

The Revolution have struggled on the road this season — registering just 14 points in 14 games, with a minus-11 goal differential — and the Impact have been tough to beat at home, earning 23 points in 13 matches, with a plus-8 goal differential.

“Any time you go on the road, you’re going to have to be turned on and tuned in to every play,” Heaps said. “I thought that our last couple games weren’t our best from a play standpoint. I think we have more to offer.”

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Revolution travel to face Toronto FC Sunday

The Revolution head north of the border Sunday to take on Eastern Conference rival Toronto FC. The Revolution are trying to duplicate their late-season surge from last year, which started in Toronto with the debut of Jermaine Jones.

New England is making its only trip to BMO Field in 2015, after winning both matches at Toronto last season. The Revolution are 1-0-1 this season against Toronto FC, drawing, 1-1, in May before earning a 3-1 victory last month, both at Gillette Stadium.

In their last five trips to Toronto, New England is 2-0-3. However, Toronto has won four of its last five home games, outscoring opponents, 14-6.The Revolution are riding a league-best six-game unbeaten streak, including four straight victories. Jones looks set to return to the starting lineup after missing last Saturday’s match against Orlando City SC due to a call-up to the US national team.

For Toronto, MVP candidate Sebastian Giovinco returns after suffering an adductor strain that caused him to miss Italy’s European Championship qualifier last weekend. Giovinco has 17 goals and 13 assists this season.

The Revolution sit in fourth place in the East with 40 points, 3 ahead of Toronto FC.

This is a tough stretch for the Revolution, who return home to face the powerful New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. Next Saturday, the Revolution head back to Canada to play Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact.

“This time of the season, they all [feel big],” said Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell. “But in Toronto, against a team that we know pretty well, especially on national TV, yeah, it will definitely have a big-time feel, especially with playoff implications.”

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School roundup: Triton beats Newburyport in girl’s lacrosse

Kaitlyn Muldowey scored with 2:29 remaining to push host Triton past defending Division 2 girls’ lacrosse state champion Newburyport, 13-12, and into the North semifinals Wednesday.

In a rematch of last season’s quarterfinal, the Vikings were out to exact revenge for an 18-8 loss.

The Vikings (14-8) came out firing and took a 3-0 lead, forcing the Clippers to call timeout. Newburyport (12-6) eventually settled in and cut the deficit to one at the half.The defending champs eventually took an 11-9 lead with 18:11 to go, before the Vikings fought back as Erin Savage, who scored five goals, netted two in quick succession to tie it.

The rally would continue as Muldowey scored the third of her four goals at 8:18 to regain the lead before Newburyport tied it again two minutes later.

“It was a great game, well played by both teams, with back-and-forth action throughout,” said Triton coach Stacey Beaulieau.

Baseball

Triton 1, Watertown 0 — Senior Justin Cashman tossed a no-hitter and helped his cause by driving in the lone run.

Division 4 North

O’Bryant 2, Winthrop 1 — Senior Fernando Burgos struck out 10 and scattered three hits for the Tigers. Jack Wallace pitched nearly as well for the Vikings, allowing three hits and fanning eight.

Softball

Division 1 North

Lynn Classical 13, Peabody 4 — Juniors Courtney Braswell (four hits, four RBIs) and Madison Angelli (three hits) led the Rams (14-7).

Division 2 North

Danvers 3, Pentucket 1 — Daria Papamechail pitched a complete game, Caitlin McBride collected two hits, and Maddie Mucci and Aline Dayaa drove in the runs for the Falcons.

Division 3 North

St. Clement 18, Fenway 17 — Senior Christina Puccio went 3 for 5 with a home run in the top of the third to boost the Anchormen.

Northeast 9, Presentation of Mary 0 — Amanda Carlisle pitched seven innings, striking out six and allowing three hits to earn the win.

Georgetown 7, Essex Tech 3 — Sophomore Maggie Neolk went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and senior Jennifer Nutter was 2 foe 3 with an RBI for the Royals. Freshman Kate Irons scored two runs for the victors.

Division 1 South

Weymouth 4, Dartmouth 0 — Cassidee Fall fanned three in a four-hit shutout for the Wildcats. She helped her cause with a pair of hits and three RBIs.

Oliver Ames 2, Mansfield 1 — Sarah Struzik tossed a five-hitter and Liz Bullock drove in both runs in the top of the seventh for the Tigers.

Division 2 South

Apponequet 3, Pembroke 0 — Senior Jill Miller blasted a two-run homer for the Lakers.

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BC High starts fast, finishes off Catholic Memorial

In the 53d Thanksgiving battle between BC High and Catholic Memorial, BC High took home its 10th straight Pumpkin Trophy, defeating the Knights, 27-14.

This year’s confrontation on Morrissey Boulevard was not for a Catholic Conference title or Super Bowl berth. At stake was pride and bragging rights for schools built on athletic tradition. BC High had won nine straight Pumpkin trophies coming into the game.

Catholic Memorial had lost its last three games, while the Eagles, after defeating Brockton and Newton North, were fresh off a crushing loss to rival Xaverian in the Division 1 South playoff championship.With both teams eliminated from the playoffs, the game was their Super Bowl.

CM received the opening kickoff and after a few big plays, was forced to punt. The first play for BC High was a routine pass for 7 yards from senior quarterback Sean Holleran to Nick Gill.

But the Eagles had bigger things in mind. A lateral pass to Connor Cady sent him 65 yards for a touchdown.

“We ran that play a couple times in practice this week, and figured we could get a big hitter, and it worked,” said Gill.

The Eagles next play from scrimmage was also a pass to Gill, this time for a 66-yard touchdown.

Then BC High forced a fumble and Matt Johnson scooped up the loose ball and ran 55 yards for the Eagles’ third TD in 6 minutes and 27 seconds.

“When things are going like that, it’s very easy to lose your composure. We called them in and told them to get under control,” said CM coach Alex Campea.

The Knights scored twice in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-14. Sophomore quarterback Matt Marcantano threw for two touchdowns, a 12-yard pass to Gavin Ajoku and a 23-yard pass to Curt Bletzer in the final minute of the first half.

“We wanted to get back to our power run game in the second half,’’ said BC High coach Jon Bartlett.

The Eagles did just that.

BC High threw only twice in 26 second-half offensive plays.

Led by junior running back Steve Timmins (63 yards on 11 carries), the Eagles consumed a huge chunk of the clock and shut down the Knights’ offense.

A 1-yard rush by Johnson sealed the game.

“I’m very proud of this team and how they played this season, especially today,” said Bartlett.