DREW DAMIANI – MVP
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — Five members of the Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team were named to the Cape Ann League All-Conference team. Drew Damiani led the way as he was named the CAL Kinney Division MVP for the second year in a row. He shared the MVP crown last season with former teammate Chase Carney.
The senior co-captain had 36 points with 12 goals and 24 assists even though he missed three games.
The other senior captain, Lucas Cook, made his first-ever All-League team. The defenseman had three goals and 14 assists for 17 points.
Jack Carpenter made his first All-League team as the junior transfer from St. Mary’s of Lynn had 36 points. The forward had team-high 22 goals to go with 14 assists to tie Damiani for the overall points leader.
Fellow 11th-grader, Joe Raffa also made his first-ever All-League team as the center had 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points.
Dan McSweeney was the final Lynnfield All-Conference player. The senior goalie, in his first season in net, went 20-2-1 with a goals-against average of 1.82.
“All brought their unique talents to set up the historical season we had,” said Pioneers head coach Jon Gardner, who was also named the CAL Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. “I am proud of all of them.”
The team also received the CAL Sportsmanship Award and then, on Sunday, took home the James F. Mulloy Award for Sportsmanship in the state. That award was given to them at the TD Garden while the state championships were being played.
“It is not too often that the first place team in the league wins the sportsmanship award,” said Gardner, who was at the Garden on Sunday. “It would have been nice to have been playing there.”
Lynnfield had an outstanding season going 20-2-1 as they lost to Triton, 5-2, in the MIAA Division 3 Round of 8 playoff game. The 20 wins is a school record.
In the CAL, they won the league title for the second-consecutive year as they went a perfect 10-0.