Quincy and North Quincy Athletic Team win four playoff games on Saturday

Let the debate begin.

Saturday could have been the best day in Quincy sports history. Let’s make it happen. North Quincy had a perfect day, going 3-0 in the tournament thanks to wins for the men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s hockey teams.

The Quincy boys’ hockey team also got in on the action.

Let’s present our case.

Point 1: North Quincy Boys’ Hockey delivers a jaw-dropping surprise in epic fashion

Once the tournament begins, everyone’s record goes back to 0-0. That was evident in Saturday’s Division 3 Round of 32 game between No. 9 Bishop Stang (17-3-1) and No. 24 North Quincy (5-16).

The Raiders won a thriller in double overtime, 5-4, as senior captain JP Lynch played in with four goals, including the winner on an assist from Noah Kearney.

READ THE FULL STORY ::North Quincy comes out shaken thanks to the heroism of JP Lynch

The game was a back and forth battle as North Quincy took a 2-0 lead but Stang stormed back to take a 4-2 lead heading into the third period. Lynch scored both goals in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.

“He’s our heart and soul, man,” North Quincy coach Matt Gibbons said of Lynch. “The thing that would have hurt the most if we had walked out of here losing is that I’m done coaching him.”

The Raiders are the lowest remaining seed in Div. 3 by a wide margin. They will play No. 8 Dracut on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Essex Sports Center.

Item 2: Orlagh Gormley

A four-goal game with a winner in double overtime should be enough to make Lynch player of the day, but Orlagh Gormley’s performance in a Div. The Round 2 of 32 win over Masconomet was nothing short of breathtaking.

For 32 minutes, Gormley attacked the rim relentlessly and scored a city record (Boys and Girls, Quincy and North Quincy High) in a 56-point performance. Well that’s not really accurate, she scored her last points 90 seconds into the fourth quarter so she only needed a 25 minute shadow to break the record in a win 80-57.

North Quincy’s Brian Ross was the previous record holder, scoring 54 points in overtime.

North Quincy captains Bridget Capone and Orlagh Gormley connect during player introductions.  North Quincy High hosts Quincy High in women's basketball on Friday, January 21, 2022

“I’m not surprised by anything she does,” North Quincy interim coach Matt Ramponi said.

Gormley was quick to pass the credit on to her teammates. During the match, she was more celebratory when one of her teammates came up with a hustle play than when she went coast-to-coast through the Masconomet defense to score countless acrobatic modes.

READ THE FULL STORY:Gormley breaks City goalscoring record in legendary performance

“We did it as a team, it was a total team effort,” Gormley said.

The Raiders’ undefeated season (23-0) continues with another home game against the No. 9 Pentucket in the Round of 16 Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Quincy High boys' hockey team celebrates Will Martin's goal during a game against Boston Latin at Quincy Youth Arena during the Division 2 State Tournament on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Point 3: No Quitting Boys Hockey

Joe Hennessy was the Presidents’ hero, scoring the overtime winner in a 4-on-3 in a 6-5 win over Boston Latin Academy in the division. 2 round of 16.

To even go into overtime, the presidents had to fight back from 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 deficits. Will Martin, Cam Quigley and Hennessy all scored two goals apiece.

READ THE FULL STORY:Hennessey’s OT game-winning goal leads No. 13 Quincy Men’s Hockey ahead of No. 20 Boston Latin

And don’t forget, it was another piece of Quincy history as the win was the first-ever home win in the tournament for Presidents.

“We found a lot of different ways to win, and we found another one tonight,” Quincy coach Ted Walsh Jr said. find ways to win.”

The No. 13 Presidents will attempt to unseat No. 4 Masconomet Monday at 5:20 p.m. in the Div. 2 round of 16 at the Haverhill Valley Forum.

North Quincy's Ethan Gao, center, surprises a shot past Quincy defenders Will Cook, left, and Joseph Manton, right, during boys' basketball action at Quincy High School on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

Item 4: Seniors have their moment for North Quincy boys basketball

The North Quincy men’s basketball team defeated Northampton, 85-62, in a Div. 2 round of 16. Yes, second-year captain Daithi Quinn was ruthlessly efficient (as he always seems to be) en route to scoring 25 points.

Seniors Ethan Gao and Qunonuw Scott, who both had career point totals (15 for Gao, 11 for Scott), also played. Playing in the North Quincy fence unit (the Raiders employ two groups of four, with one playing first and third quarters and the other getting second and fourth quarters alongside Quinn), this senior heavyweight unit extended North’s lead in both frames.

Continued:Saturday turns into a celebration of North Quincy boys and girls basketball

Sharpshooter Gao showed his versatility by scoring on all three levels. Scott scored on a few cuts from passes from Dylan Clifford and provided a stellar defensive effort, even when the game was largely out of reach for Northampton.

“Q Scott and Ethan Gao in particular, I think they really shone tonight,” North Quincy coach Kevin Barrett said. “They gave us a real boost.”

North Quincy to host No. 9 Walpole on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Quincy's Daniel Freeman celebrates the winning goal during a game against Boston Latin at the Quincy Youth Arena during the Division 2 State Tournament on Saturday March 5, 2022.

Point 5: Incredible atmospheres

At both hockey games, the crowds sat on pins and needles. One mistake and the dream seasons are over like that. A pause and all of a sudden you’re in the middle of an earthquake of jubilation.

In the North Quincy gymnasium, there was only a standing crowd for both games.

The best part? Anyone can start over. The hockey teams will both be on the road while the North Quincy basketball teams will once again host a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Tip: Arrive early. Girls report at 5 a.m. and boys at 7 a.m., doors open at 4 a.m.

“We are ready to rock,” Ramponi said. “We will face anyone you want to bring into our gym, we are ready to face them. I don’t care who you are, we are ready for sure.

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