Play well on their home course, but fall short against the powerful Minuteman


STONEHAM — The Warrior golf team has come up with some big victories this season against some of the traditionally strong teams in the Middlesex League Liberty division including Reading and Woburn.

However, Wakefield was unable to hand Lexington its first loss of the fall although it certainly had a good effort against the talented Minutemen yesterday afternoon at the Bear Hill Golf Club. The Warriors dropped a 40-32 contest to fall to 6-3-1 overall and 4-2 in the M.L. Freedom division.

The Warriors won two matches at numbers six and seven. But they also halved three matches near the top which allowed them to keep the score close and give Lexington a run for its money.

“I’m happy with how we played. Lexington was a bit overpowering at the lower levels,” said Coach Dennis Bisso.

Junior co-captain Dylan Melanson and senior co-captain Kevin Lamattina played at the first and second positions against two very talented Minuteman golfers. They halved their matches, 4.5-4.5. Melanson shot a 40 and Lamattina shot a 42.

At three, David Melanson, a sophomore, shot a 40 but was on the short end of a 6-3 decision. His Lexington foe shot a 37.

Mike Guanci, a sophomore, played at number and halved his match, 4.5-4.5. Guanci shot a 41.

At the five position, sophomore Tim Hurley shot a 42 but ran into a buzzsaw as he lost to his Minuteman foe, 7-2.

Austin Collard, a sophomore, earned one of the two Warrior individual victories as he prevailed by a 5.5-3.5 score.

At seven, Steven Melanson, a junior, earned a triumph as well as he prevailed, 5.5-3.5.

The final match at number eight was played by Stephen Marino, a junior. Marino suffered a 6.2-2.5 setback.

“I’m proud of the way we did play,” said Bisso. “Lexington is undefeated and they are a very good team.”

In the two alternates matches at numbers nine and 10, the Warriors earned one victory. At nine, sophomore Justin Sullivan won a 6-3 decision. At 10, junior Kevin Murray lost, 6.5-2.5.

Wakefield faces Arlington and Stoneham this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. in a tri-match at the Winchester Country Club. The Arlington contest will count toward the league record while the Stoneham match is a non-league contest and will count only toward Wakefield’s overall record.