2019-20 Boston Globe Professional Sports Articles

Dan served as a correspondent for the Boston Globe from September 2014 through January 2020. Though he mostly worked on 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.


New England Revolution earn first victory of season – March 30

Catching up with Ryan Hall, the American record-holder in the Boston Marathon – April 9

Here’s Deena Kastor’s advice to runners for dealing with the weather – April 15

New league promises a whole new lacrosse experience at Gillette Stadium – May 31

A guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament – June 6

Milton gymnast Matt Cormier chosen for World Junior Championships – June 24

UMass football aiming for a turnaround under Walt Bell – August 27

Harvard football is looking young and thinking big – September 20

Local figure skating pair take a spin in the Youth Olympics – January 7

Harvard hires Tufts’s Josh Shapiro as men’s soccer coach – January 13

Meet the Revolution’s newest draft picks – January 10

Revolution sign center back Samba Camara – December 23

National Women’s Hockey League to hold All-Star Game in Boston in February – December 20

Revolution II hire Clint Peay as their first coach – November 25

Revolution sign Dutch left back Alexander Buttner – November 1

What you need to know about Chaim Bloom, Red Sox new baseball ops boss – October 24

A closer look at Atlanta United, the Revolution’s first-round opponent – October 16

Molly Huddle wins Reebok 10K for Women – October 14

Game time changed for Revolution’s playoff opener in Atlanta – October 7

Revolution’s keys to victory over Atlanta – October 5

Boston Cannons head to Denver for MLL championship weekend – October 3

Revolution’s keys to victory over NYC – September 28

Revolution’s keys to victory over Portland – September 24

Revolution’s keys to victory over Real Salt Lake – September 20

Revolution’s keys to victory over Orlando – September 13

Revolution’s keys to victory against NYCFC – September 6

Revolution’s keys to victory over Toronto – August 31

Chris Tierney returns to Revolution in front-office role – August 30

Revolution’s keys to victory over the Fire – August 24

Revolution lock up another goalkeeper, signing Brad Knighton – August 23

Revolution’s keys to victory over the Red Bulls – August 17

Revolution’s keys to victory over Seattle – August 10

Celtics to open preseason at home against Charlotte on Oct. 6 – August 9

Revolution’s keys to victory against LAFC – August 3

Boston College announces non-conference men’s basketball schedule – July 24

BC predicted to finish fifth in ACC’s Atlantic Division – July 22

Joe Bertagna to step down as Hockey East commissioner – July 21

Football season is back. Here’s a guide to Patriots training camp – July 16

Revolution look to continue upward swing against Vancouver – July 16

Revolution’s keys to victory over the Rapids – July 3

Revolution’s keys to victory over the Dynamo – June 28

Revolution part ways with defender Gabriel Somi – June 21

Stanley Cup Today: How the Bruins have fared when facing elimination in a Game 6 – June 8

UMass-Boston baseball falls just short of College World Series final – June 3

Bruce Arena’s Revolution face tough road test at LA Galaxy – June 1

Defense has bolstered Revolution – May 24

BC women eager for rematch with UNC in national lacrosse semifinals – May 23

Revolution’s keys to victory over Montreal – May 18

Revolution’s keys to victory over San Jose – May 11

Revolution’s keys to victory against Philadelphia – May 4

Revolution’s keys to victory against Kansas City – April 27

Revolution’s keys to victory over the Red Bulls – April 20

Worcester to host NCAA hockey regional in 2020 – April 19

Revolution’s keys to victory over Atlanta – April 13

Chris Hogan signs as a free agent with Carolina – April 12

Weather forecast leads to changes to Boston Marathon schedule – April 12

Revolution’s keys to victory over Columbus – April 5

Major League Lacrosse announces plans to restructure – April 1

Revolution’s keys to victory over Minnesota – March 29

Revolution’s keys to victory over Cincinnati – March 22

Revolution’s keys to victory over Toronto FC – March  15

Joan Benoit Samuelson will run this year’s Boston Marathon – March 15

Revolution ready to take on Crew in home opener Saturday – March 8

A complete guide to the 2019 Boston Marathon – March 2

Revolution’s keys to victory against Dallas – March 2

Brad Friedel inducted into Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame – February 8

Carles Gil sets up a goal in Revolution’s second preseason game – February 1

BC football will be well represented in season-ending all-star games – January 12

Revolution take forwards Tajon Buchanan, DeJuan Jones in MLS draft – January 11

Revolution’s 2019 schedule is released – January 7

2019-20 Boston Globe High School Sports Articles

Dan wrote for the Boston Globe from September 2014 through January 2020 for the Sports Department’s High School desk.  Dan has covered a variety of sports, mostly football, hockey, and softball. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.


2018-19 Girls’ Hockey All-Scholastics – April 5

Austin Prep captures program’s first D3 state title – June 22

Hudson claims first state softball title in nearly a decade – June 22

2018-19 Softball All-Scholastics – July 7

Participation in school sports is down for first time in 30 years – August 26

Dispute over length of quarters leads to high school football game’s cancellation – September 20

Danvers one of the teams saving its best for last – November 29

In a small town like Abington, football represents ‘one big family’ – December 2

Football family returns home to Swampscott High – December 3

Austin Prep girls’ hockey rallies to topple top-ranked Braintree – January 29

EMass girls’ hockey: Caitlin Burke headlines Players of the Week – January 28

In debut, Newton South’s Lucy Jenks was the state’s Gatorade Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year – January 27

For fledgling varsity programs, growth is more important than wins and losses – January 21

EMass girls’ hockey: HPNA’s Hannah Keating headlines Players of the Week – January 14

Canton’s Olivia Maffeo overpowers Waltham in girls’ hockey – January 11

Moriarty sisters acing chemistry for Medway/Ashland girls’ hockey – January 7

Girls’ Hockey Players of the week – December 31

The Braintree girls’ hockey team is loaded and full of confidence – December 17

Ashland tops Bishop Fenwick in a thriller to win D6 title – December 7

Mansfield tunes up for D2 Super Bowl by stopping Foxborough – November 28

Dom Cavanagh sparks Ashland in D6 semifinal win over Millbury – November 23

Hanson’s Ally Sentnor is SI’s SportsKid of the Year – November 22

Mansfield’s Vinnie Holmes headlines Week 12 Players of the Week – November 17

Somerset Berkley’s unbeaten run begins at the back – November 15

Holliston hits the ground running in the second half to surprise Canton – November 15

Caitlin O’Connell’s goal propels Dover-Sherborn to D2 title berth – November 14

Catholic Memorial lets up, but still handles BC High – November 8

It’s Somerset Berkley vs. Walpole in D1 South field hockey final – November 6

Dover-Sherborn, Sandwich advance to D2 South field hockey final – November 5

Top-seeded Canton scores measure of revenge, ousting Scituate – November 1

Live updates: MIAA football tournament seeding meeting – October 27

BC High’s victory eliminates Xaverian from postseason – October 25

Lynnfield’s Clayton Marengi headlines Week 7 Players of the Week – October 20

King Philip uses long scoring drives to get by Attleboro – October 11

Canton holds off Foxborough – October 1

Cardinal Spellman dominates St. Mary’s – September 26

Xaverian grinds out comeback win over Bridgewater-Raynham – September 20

Rockland passes South Shore test against Cohasset – September 13

After slow start, King Philip pulls away to beat North Attleborough – September 6

Five-star basketball recruit Terrence Clarke of Dorchester considering BC – August 30

Eileen Donahue to be inducted into NFHCA Hall of Fame – August 26

2019 high school football: Returning Globe All-Scholastic selections – August 16

Paul Funk stepping down as Dennis-Yarmouth’s football coach – August 5

Norwell’s Kristi Vierra, Tabor’s Cat Barry selected to All-America Cup – July 14

Athletes of the Year for track, golf, tennis, and volleyball – July 4

There were many options, but only five can be Globe lacrosse Athletes of the Year – July 3

Meet the Globe’s high school baseball and softball Athletes of the Year – July 2

Here are the final Globe Top 20 rankings for the spring season (CONTRIBUTOR) – June 29

Methuen, Gloucester, and Austin Prep advance to state softball finals – June 20

Fairhaven softball dominates Plymouth South in D2 South semifinal – June 12

Jim Connor resigns as Hingham football coach after one season – June 6

MIAA softball tournament seedings announced – June 4

Ryley White, Sabrina Morse to take Dracut softball on one more tourney run – May 28

Reading girls’ softball perseveres against Lexington – May 27

Belmont Hill breaks through for ISL baseball title – May 24

EMass softball: Dracut’s Ryley White headlines Players of the Week – May 21

Acton-Boxborough softball hitting on all cylinders (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 21

Wednesday’s School Roundup (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 15

Hopkinton has a kick in its step in Tri-Valley League race – May 14

Taunton rolls over Bishop Feehan in softball – May 9

EMass girls’ softball: Hanover’s Maeg Amsler headlines Players of the Week – May 7

In the topsy-turvy Hockomock League, any softball team can win on any given day (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 7

Jesus Rodriguez changed the culture for Newton South softball team – April 30

Lowell softball team off to a fast start with reloaded lineup (CONTRIBUTOR) – April 24

EMass girls’ softball: Hopkinton’s Julianna Ceddia headlines Players of the Week – April 24

Slappers are still making noise in New England – April 17

Austin Prep is looking to take the next step (CONTRIBUTOR) – April 10

EMass girls’ softball: West Bridgewater’s Colleen O’Toole headlines Players of the Week – April 10

Sophomore pitchers have Taunton and Plymouth South softball teams thinking big – April 3

Shriners hockey games offer last go-round, showpiece – March 29

Kaia Hollingsworth produced a net result – March 17

Emily Rourke’s OT goal gives Wellesley back-to-back D2 titles – March 17

Wellesley explodes in third period to beat Walpole – March 12

Tewksbury, Winchester claim sectional titles – March 11

Austin Prep holds off Braintree in D1 quarterfinals – March 9

State tournament tracker, Day 12 – March 8

Central Catholic withstands Lowell to reach D1 North final – March 6

Pembroke girls roll into Division 2 South sectional final – March 6

Wellesley girls silence Canton in opening round of D2 tournament (CONTRIBUTOR) – March 4

St. John’s Prep hockey rallies, stuns St. Mary’s in D1 North shootout (CONTRIBUTOR) – March 3

State tournament tracker, Day 5 – March 1

Braintree girls’ hockey blocks out Barnstable in D1 – February 27

Austin Prep girls headline strong Division 1 field – February 23

EMass girls’ hockey: Scituate’s Christine Oar headlines Players of the Week – February 20

Julia Masotta has Methuen/Tewksbury on a roll (CONTRIBUTOR) – February 19

Goaltenders count on focus and confidence – February 13

EMass. girls’ hockey: Barnstable’s Bridget Everett headlines Players of the Week – February 6

‘The foot’s on the gas’: For the first time as a varsity team, Bishop Stang qualifies for the state tournament (CONTRIBUTOR) – February 6

Lydia Pendleton sparks Methuen/Tewksbury girls’ hockey over Andover (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 30

The Pembroke girls’ hockey team struck out on its own, and it’s flourishing – January 29

North Quincy boys’ hockey turning doubters into believers (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 24

EMass girls’ hockey: Framingham’s Georgia Parker headlines Players of the Week – January 23

How an MIAA rule has helped middle schoolers excel on the ice for varsity squads (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 22

At Masconomet, making a five-school girls’ hockey co-op work – January 16

Sam Taber’s hat trick powers Austin Prep girls’ hockey past Westwood – January 15

BC High boys’ hockey weathers storm vs. St. John’s Prep (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 10

Six pairs of sisters make Walpole girls’ hockey a family affair (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 9

EMass girls’ hockey: NDA’s Alexa Graziano headlines Players of the Week – January 8

Rob DiLoreto makes a return as Arlington football coach – January 4

Sean D’Urso, Andover work with blank slate (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 2

EMass girls’ hockey: Westwood’s Olivia Jordan headlines Players of the Week – January 1

2018 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.

Billy McMillon named manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox – December 7

Congratulations pour in for MVP Mookie Betts on social media – November 16

Five things to watch for in BC-Clemson – November 9

Previewing the Mass. Division 1 college basketball teams – November 5

Revolution exercise options on Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo – November 2

Revolution ready to wrap up the season Sunday – October 26

Revolution playing for their postseason lives – October 12

AJ Dillon’s status up in the air as BC prepares to play Louisville – October 11

Revolution brace to face the league’s best in Atlanta – October 6

Former NU standout Jean Bain named men’s basketball coach at Brandeis – October 2

Revolution take aim at a vulnerable Toronto team – September 29

Revived Revolution face Fire team that has finally shown spark – September 22

Wellesley’s Michael Thorbjornsen tries to help US defend Junior Ryder Cup – September 21

Revolution hope to carry momentum west with them – September 15

Revolution sign Argentine midfielder Guillermo Hauche – September 13

Revolution face Portland as they look for that elusive victory – September 1

Revolution will try to put it together against Union – August 25

UMass looks to build off its best season yet in FBS – August 23

Staggering Revolution look for a solution – August 19

Revolution have a huge game Saturday night – August 11

Revolution look to end skid against struggling Orlando City – August 4

Revolution acquire English defender Michael Mancienne – August 3

WNBA Players to be featured in “NBA LIVE 19” – July 27

Bode Miller and wife address drowning of 19-month-old daughter – July 27

Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on bereavement leave – July 13

The Revolution haven’t lost in six games, with Seattle up next – Saturday July 7

2018 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 May of 2018, Dan was named the softball beat writer for the remainder of the spring season. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.


Norton’s Kelly Nelson has a state record and a shot at the Olympics, but wants a title the most – May 30

2018 Softball All-Scholastics – July 1

Division 5 high school football team previews – September 6

Mason Cadorette has made an impact on Dighton-Rehoboth’s Super Bowl run – November 29

‘Meaning behind the jersey’: For Super Bowl-bound Scituate, football family ties run deep – November 28

2018 Football All-Scholastics – December 16


Canton girls’ hockey rallies for double OT win – December 27

Here’s the schedule for the holiday week high school hockey tournaments – December 24

Canton knocks off Franklin in boys’ hockey (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 20

Rachael Johnson’s halfcourt prayer lifts Coyle & Cassidy girls’ basketball over Nauset – December 18

Weymouth girls’ hockey rallies to support young player – December 18

Jake Higgins sparks Hingham boys’ hockey over St. John’s Prep (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 15

A legendary coach retires, a game-winning drive, and other top moments from this fall (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 14

Julia Masotta sparks Methuen/Tewksbury girls’ hockey to convincing win (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 13

Girls’ hockey players to watch in 2018-19 – December 11

Development key to success at Austin Prep – December 11

Late TD gets Stoneham past Old Rochester in Division 6 Super Bowl – December 1

Thanksgiving Day players of the week – November 24

In a Sannella family tradition, to the victor goes the . . . colors (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 23

In his Braintree finale, Billy Silvia soars with record-setting performance – November 22

Dighton-Rehoboth continues roll, win streak at 7 games – November 21

Pentucket flag football game will honor Reid Garrant – November 17

Saturday’s MIAA soccer finals moved from Worcester State – November 16

For Natick girls, first D1 South title is a keeper – November 13

Lucas Plotkin helps Arlington cross-up Masconomet for D2 North title – November 13

Catholic Memorial’s Zach Mitchell headlines Week 10 Players of Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 12

Scituate manhandles Canton to win D5 South crown – November 10

Cohasset claims Division 7 South title over Abington – November 9

Stoneham’s Seth Russell headlines Week 9 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 5

Catholic Memorial has final word, knocks off Needham – November 3

Stoneham, Abington advance in high school football playoffs – November 2

Northeast’s Zach Sanderson headlines Week 8 Players of Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 28

Scituate comes through in final minutes – October 27

The tournament phase of 2018 football season set for kickoff – October 22

MIAA North and South football tournament – October 21

Takahri Hobbs of Boston English headlines Week 7 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 21

North Attleborough denies Canton – October 20

Carleigh Hall sparks Dighton-Rehoboth girls’ soccer – October 16

TechBoston’s Marcus Gonzalez headlines Week 6 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 15

Milton hands Needham its first loss – October 12

Sunday Night Football bus making a stop at Boston Latin-Nantucket game Saturday – October 12

Hingham girls’ soccer hands No. 2 Natick its first loss – October 9

Needham’s Tyler Reid headlines Week 5 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October

Robbie Gallery’s sack preserves Canton victory – October 5

The Globe’s Week 4 high school football players of the week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 1

Mashpee rallies to get past Abington – September 28

The Globe’s Week 3 high school football players of the week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 24

Will Klein, Abington run over Norwell – September 21

The Globe’s Week 2 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 17

Catholic Memorial defense keeps Stoughton at bay – September 14

Danvers baseball legend Roger Day hanging ’em up – September 11

HS Football Week 1 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 9

Senior duo teams up as Scituate surges past Norwell – September 7

Nationwide participation in school football drops for second straight year – August 24

Freshman pitches Greater New Bedford to D2 softball crown – June 23

Norwell girls lacrosse one step away from Division 2 crown (CONTRIBUTOR) – June 22

Freshman steps into circle, hurls Greater New Bedford into D2 softball final – June 19

In D2 debut, Greater New Bedford softball rules South – June 16

Taunton softball captures Division 1 South crown – June 15

Newton North, Methuen reach Division 1 North softball final – June 14

SOFTBALL: Middleborough 1, Plymouth South 0 – June 14

Kelsey White leads Taunton softball to D1 South final – June 13

Abington pitcher Tori Young delivers vs. West Bridgewater (Jun 12)

Abington defense shuts the door, and shuts down West Bridgewater – June 12

SOFTBALL: Case 7, Coyle & Cassidy 6 – June 12

Norton softball reaches D2 South semifinals after dramatic walkoff win – June 11

SOFTBALL: Taunton 9, Dartmouth 2 – June 11

Milford softball starts quest for a repeat against Feehan – June 9

Erin Barry lifts Braintree to narrow win over North Attleborough – June 9

Norton softball team tops Medfield in tournament opener – June 8

SOFTBALL: Bishop Feehan 3, Attleboro 1 – June 7

2018 MIAA girls’ softball tournament brackets – June 5

Enos powers Taunton softball past North Attleborough – June 1

Latin Academy softball wins 13th straight City League title – May 31

Kelly Nelson turns in another dominant performance as Norton blanks Walpole in softball – May 30

Tuesday High School Roundup (Contributor) – May 29

Norton avenges only loss of season in win over Abington – May 24

No. 7 King Philip softball walks off with win in 8th – May 22

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

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.”