Warriors sweep Arlington, Stoneham in tri-match


WINCHESTER — The Winchester Country Club course is a tough one to play on. But the Warriors handled the conditions a lot better the second time around.

Wakefield played at the Winchester Country Club for the second time this season and instead of going 1-0-1, the Warriors posted two victories as they topped Arlington, 38-34, and Stoneham, 45-27, in a tri-match.

The match against the Spy Ponders counts in the Middlesex League Freedom division standings while the contest against the Spartans was a non-league match. As a result, Wakefield is 5-2-0 in the league and 8-3-1 overall.

The result was quite a contrast to the loss and tie Wakefield had against Winchester and Burlington the first time it played the course this season.

Arlington match

Wakefield won only three out of the eight individual matches. But the Warriors kept the contest close throughout and pulled the victory out at the end.

Two of those wins came at the seventh and eighth positions. Junior Steven Melanson posted a 7-2 triumph at number seven, while junior Stephen Marino pulled out a 5.5-3.5 decision at number eight.

“We were only able to win three out of the eight matches. But the scores of the losses were very close which allowed us to stay in it,” said Coach Dennis Bisso. “Seven and eight came through for us. It came down to the last hole for Stephen Marino before he won to pull out the victory.”

At one, junior co-captain Dylan Melanson was edged, 5-4.

Kevin Lamattina, a senior co-captain, came up big at the second spot as he earned a 7-2 triumph.

At three, sophomore David Melanson was edged, 5-4.

Mike Guanci and Tim Hurley, both sophomores, played at numbers four and five. Guanci dropped a 5.5-3.5 decision at four, while Hurley didn’t have one of his better days at five losing 6.5-2.5.

At six, Austin Collard, a sophomore, halved his match to set the stage for the Steven Melanson and Marino to come through in the clutch.

Stoneham match

The Warriors showed how much they have improved over the past several weeks as they played Stoneham for the second time this season. While the first contest was a close one, yesterday’s match was won easily by Wakefield.

Dylan Melanson posted a 5.5-3.5 triumph at one, while Lamattina earned a 6.5-2.5 victory at number two.

David Melanson and Guanci both prevailed by identical 7-2 scores at numbers three and four.

The one setback Wakefield had was at five. Hurley dropped a 5.5-3.5 decision.

Collard halved his match at six, 4.5-4.5.

At the seventh position, Steven Melanson pulled out a 6-3 win, while at eight, Marino edged past his Spartan foe, 5-3.

Wakefield takes on Winthrop in a non-league match on Monday at 3:15 p.m. at the Thomson Country Club in North Reading.