Thursday Thoughts: Sign here, and it better be right

It was a super busy week, so no open this time and we’ll just jump right into it.

Local Collegiate Results
In Women’s lacrosse on Friday Johnson & Wales senior Dani Lydecker finished with a career-high 10 points on six goals and four assists, leading the Wildcats to a 14-7 win over the Becker Hawks at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex on the Johnson & Wales campus in non-conference play. Clare Conway had a hat trick for Becker, while juniors Julia Ravenelle and Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury High) each scored twice in the second half for the Hawks. Freshman Emma Crowley (Leicester High) made nine saves for the Wildcats, improving to 2-3 with the victory.

In baseball on Saturday, Becker’s long-awaited return to New England Collegiate Conference action resulted in a sweep against Lesley University. Game one saw six Hawks’ players register extra-base hits in a 10-6 vistory. For Becker, Kevin Santiago went 2-4 with a three-run homer. Jose Martinez went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Tevon Johnson earned the win, with Payton Musco picking up the save. For Lesley, senior Michael Fiorelli (Wachusett Regional) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh. In game two Lesley jumped out to an early lead, but the Hawks battled back to win 8-3. Down 3-0 after a half-inning, the Becker deficit was short-lived as an RBI double in the bottom of the first by Ethan Perry cut the deficit to 3-1. Into the bottom of the second, a sac fly by sophomore Niko Mokanos and RBI double by senior Mel Gonzalez (Doherty High) tied the game 3-3. The rest was all Hawks. Niko Mokanos had three RBI, including two sacrifice flies and an RBI single. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Santiago went 2-for-4. Russell Dunlap went the distance for the win. Also on Saturday, Assumption two victories over the Skyhawks of Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference action on the road. The Hounds put up seven hits and nine runs in game one’s 9-2 win and shut out Stonehill 4-0 in game two to improve to 4-4 on the season. In the first game Dillon Zona (Shrewsbury High) led the Hounds at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Junior Patrick Harrington earned the win In game two Matt Lonardo finished 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored for the Hounds. Connor Wironen went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Senior Brendan Desautels (Holy Name) improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. He pitched 6.1 innings and struck out nine batters for the Hounds.

In Men’s soccer Sunday a goal in the first minute and a goal in the last minute gave the Becker Hawks their first win of the season, a 2-0 shutout over the Northern Essex Community College Knights at Alumni Field in Leicester. The game’s opening goal came from freshman Ryan Baghdassarian in the first minute of the match. On a cross from the left-side, Baghdassarian’s pass deflected off a body in front and into the goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. In the last minute, the Hawks made it 2-0 on a penalty kick by freshman Adam Stanneck, who froze the Knights goalie as Stanneck’s shot found the left side of the net. Freshman Luke Speers picked up his first career collegiate win, making five saves in the shutout.

Boston Teams This Week
RED SOX @ Minnesota, 1pm
CELTICS @ LA Lakers, 10pm
NY Islanders @ BRUINS, 7pm
Chicago (AL) @ RED SOX, 7pm
Chicago (AL) @ RED SOX, 4pm
Golden State @ CELTICS, 8:30pm
Chicago @ REVOLUTION, 8:30pm
Washington @ BRUINS, Noon
Chicago (AL) @ RED SOX, 1pm
Chicago (AL) @ RED SOX, 11am
Chicago @ CELTICS, 7:30pm
BRUINS @ Buffalo, 6:30pm
Toronto @ RED SOX, 7pm
Toronto @ RED SOX, 7pm

Worcester Hockey Alumni Highlights
Thursday Barclay Goodrow goal

Friday Lane Scheidl goal

Friday Spencer Asuchak goal

Friday Tomas Hertl goal

Saturday Willie Raskob goal

Saturday Matt Lane

Saturday Evan Buitenhuis save

Saturday Yanni Gourde goal

Sunday Friday Spencer Asuchak two goals

Sunday Michael Pelech goal

Sunday Matt Lane goal

Tuesday Arnaud Durandeau goal

Tuesday Yanni Gourde goal

Tuesday Joe Pavelski goal

Wednesday Willie Raskob goal

Wednesday Brodie Reid OT game winner

Golf’s silliest rule
The sporting world is full of silly rules. I’m not talking about the totally dumb stuff like not mentioning no-hitters, or not picking on conference championship trophies, or any of the things that play absolutely no role in determining anything other than who believes the dumbest stuff that can impact a game. I’m talking about the actual written rules.

Anyone that knows me knows the number one rule I hate the most in sports, and that’s the delay of game minor pro hockey teams are assessed when they accidentally shoot the puck out of play from their defensive end. It’s a rule that has no reason to exist and is far too harsh a penalty for something so silly. Treat it like icing and don’t let the defensive team substitute players, and play on. You want to call a penalty for intentionally doing it, I’m OK with that. But accidentally? Yeah, let’s just move on and play the game.

But this past week at The Masters what might sport’s second dumbest rule was called on a player. Matthew Wolff, who shot 76-79 in the opening two rounds, was disqualified after he “returned a scorecard with a hole score lower than he actually made on hole 17” on Thursday, according to Masters Tournament officials. We will argue the silliness of disqualifying a player that wasn’t going to make the cut and was going to receive no prize money or FedEx Cup points some other time, I’m really just shaking my head at a pro golfer at a major tournament still has to bother signing a scorecard.

The reason why this is incredibly dumb is tournament officials already knew what his score on the hole was because if they didn’t how would they know it was wrong?

The PGA Tour uses real-time scoring. You can know the instant a player hits a shot and every single thing about that shot. And every single thing about every single shot that player has played in the round. And yesterday’s round. And last week’s tournament. And the week before that, and the week before that. Get the idea?

Signing a scorecard in any of the top PGA tours is absolute stupidity. The entire planet has access to your score, so why is signing a scorecard in one of those events even a thing? Now I get that if you’re playing in a tournament that doesn’t use real-time scoring that signing your score has merit, especially because your opponent is the one keeping your score. You’re attesting that the score kept for you is correct because there is no other way to know what your score is.

By the way, there’s no penalty for assigning your opponent the wrong score, either accidentally or intentionally. It seems that if scorecards were so important there would be a rule about screwing up the one you’re currently required by the rules to keep. But there’s not.

And that might be even sillier than having to sign the card in the first place.

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Not so big finish
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