Warriors shoot their way past Swampscott


STONEHAM — Before the season started, Coach Dennis Bisso felt that the Warrior golf team would be stronger at the lower end of its order with a cast of veteran players.

That prediction has not only come true, but the depth displayed by Wakefield proved to be the difference in a 42-30 triumph over Swampscott in a non-league match yesterday afternoon at the Bear Hill Golf Club. It was also the home opener for the Warriors which are now 2-0 overall on the season.

The sixth, seventh, and eighth positions is where Wakefield showed its strength posting lopsided victories in each contest.

At six, Austin Collard, a sophomore, pulled out a 7-2 triumph. He is one of the hottest golfers right now for the Warriors.

Juniors Steven Melanson and Stephen Marino bounced back from tough outings in the first match and notched impressive wins at the seventh and eight spots. At seven, Melanson prevailed, 7.5-1.5. At eight, Marino won, 6.5-2.5.

The reason why Wakefield was in position to have a chance to win was that it held its own in the first five contests.

At one, David Melanson, a sophomore, dropped a 6.5-2.5 to a very good Swampscott golfer.

Mike Guanci, a sophomore, played at number two and pulled out a 6-3 triumph. Guanci also had Wakefield’s low score of the day with a 42.

Junior co-captain Dylan Melanson continues to stay on a roll as he triumphed by a 5.5-3.5 tally at the third position.

At four, Tim Hurley, a sophomore, suffered a 6-3 setback.

Kevin Lamattina, a senior co-captain, made his 2014 debut missing the first contest with a back injury. Since he still wasn’t at 100 percent, Bisso had him play at number five yesterday. Lamattina was edged by a 5-4 score.

In the two alternate matches, sophomore Justin Sullivan and junior Kevin Murray halved their matches, 4.5-4.5 at nine and 10, respectively.

Wakefield has other non-league match tomorrow afternoon (3:15 p.m.) when it travels to Winthrop.