Apr 072014
 

Strong pitching by Jack Harlan helped Lawrence Academy beat Groton School 5-3Briana Bozkurt

Strong pitching by Jack Harlan helped Lawrence Academy beat Groton School 5-3

The Lawrence Academy baseball team used timely hitting and a big day from sophomore pitcher Jack Harlan to defeat the Groton School, 5-3, in their the schools’ first “crosstown” game of the season.

Harlan went the distance, surrendering just five hits and one walk while striking out ten. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate, delivering the biggest hit of the day, a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth that put Lawrence up 5-2.

“This is hopefully the way it goes for him,” Lawrence head coach Chris Margraf said. “He had a good year for us last year, he was our no. 2 guy, he threw 40 innings and had an ERA under 2. That’s why schools like BC, Duke, and Dartmouth are very interested in him.”

Groton looked to set the pace in the first inning both in the field and at the plate. They strung together three consecutive base runners with two outs in the top of the first to score the first run of the game when junior catcher Ejaaz Jiu (1-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 SB) singled home Joe Gentile (1-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB). In the bottom half, junior pitcher Johnny Lamont needed just ten pitches to record three outs. The first two runners reached base, but were erased on a fielder’s choice and a failed stolen base attempt.

That would be as easy as it would get for Lamont, as the Lawrence batters worked his pitch count into the twenties in each of his next four innings. He would end up going five innings, allowing six hits and five walks while striking out eight on 103 pitches.

“It’s early in the year,” Groton head coach Glenn DiSarcina said. “Johnny struggled with his control in the middle innings, and they capitalized on pitches that were up in the zone.”

Harlan’s day went in the opposite direction from Lamont. He threw 29 of his 102 pitches in the first inning, but settled down and didn’t throw more than seventeen in any other inning the rest of the way, including two innings of single-digit pitches.

Lawrence Academy catcher Cam St. Amand at batBriana Bozkurt

Lawrence Academy catcher Cam St. Amand at bat

Groton would extend its lead to 2-0 in the top of the third thanks to picture-perfect small ball. Two infield singles and two sacrifice hits and a sacrifice bunt allowed Ward Betts to score on a sacrifice fly by Jiu.

After two quiet innings, the Lawrence offense got going in the bottom of the third and tied the game at 2 with an RBI single by Sean Winthrop, plating Jake Cassidy; and a groundout off the bat of Rocco Daigneault that scored Luke Benoit.

“We’re a very young team,” Margraf said. “The bats are usually the last to come, so we focus more on teamwork and work ethic.”

Ward Betts slides home against Lawrence AcademyBriana Bozkurt

Mar 152014
 

Dear Editor,

Mr. Pease’s recent letter to regarding the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) issue is timely given the recent financial management review update that was completed by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s, Division of Local Services. The report, which is available on the town’s website, recommends pursuing with the tax exempt entities in town a formula that address the expense incurred in the provision of municipal services and would be a predictable source of revenue (Item 8 on page 11. — Ed.). This recommendation was also made in the DLS report that was conducted in 2004 and laid the basis for the work of the Blue Ribbon Governance Committee which led to the town adopting the charter in 2008.

It would be inaccurate to assume this issue has not been pursued, but absent the underlying legislative support for PILOT formulas the best we are left with are ‘gentlemen’s agreements.” Our former State Representative, Bob Hargraves, can tell some interesting stories about the time he filed legislation to compel private schools to continue paying the property tax on residences they purchased for faculty housing or noneducational purposes. The bill was actually gaining some traction until the larger colleges in the Boston area became aware of it and killed it through intense lobbying (an informal agreement was reached with the Groton School who continue to pay amounts equal to the assessed property tax on residences they acquire). It would be nice if current legislation was more productive, but it is more than likely the same interests will view any such legislation as being akin to the ‘camels nose getting under the tent’ and will oppose it vociferously.

This does not mean the PILOT issue is a lost cause however, and the Selectmen are following up on the DLS recommendation and approaching the private institutions in town that benefit from municipal services. School services for the dependents of faculty staff are a major component of town services provided to some private institutions and it must be addressed, particularly in light of the financial crisis our school district is in. Current PILOT payments by those institutions do not cover this expense. There are also ways to approach this issue with some of the other tax exempt entities and some good examples exist where municipal light departments agree to pay a percentage of their revenues to their towns. Of course those revenues can be impacted by the current volatility of the energy market, but it is a good starting point for a conversation.

The PILOT issue is indeed a timely one and one that is being pursued currently. At its core it is a matter of fairness and good public policy given the fiscal dynamics which face Groton.

Sincerely,

Peter S. Cunningham
Selectman

Mar 132014
 

Dear Editor,

Times are changing, and Groton must adapt or die.

Groton faces a few significant challenges, and the greatest is school funding. Groton must increase funding to the G-DRSD and decrease its municipal budget. The total dollars available are based on the amount of money Groton will receive over the year. Most of this is property tax. Some of it is car taxes and dog taxes. And some of the money comes from gifts or PILOTs, payments in lieu of taxes, from nonprofit organizations.

Groton is a community. If the town thrives, all members benefit, including our educational institutions, our religious institutions, and our scientific institutions.

The Town of Groton is in partnership with GELD and MIT and Grotonwood, Groton School, and Lawrence Academy, etc. The town provides services, and these organizations try to compensate us in a reasonable manner.
GELD is an incredible partner. Beyond all of their service to the town, even a reduced PILOT payment in FY13 was still more than 40% of its land assessment, and their projection for FY14 is at 83%.

MIT is already beyond the 25% level with their payments — clearly a good neighbor, a good partner.

Even under the strain of increased health care costs to its clients, Seven Hills contributes 20%. As a policy, the people of Groton should certainly not ask this facility to contribute more.

The Groton School gives the Town of Groton the most of any nonprofit organization — $100,000 per year. This is 6% of its assessment. Lawrence Academy and Grotonwood Baptist Camp also pay around that 6% number. Should they pay more? It doesn’t seem reasonable to demand 25% from these locations. Is there a more appropriate number than 6%?

We would have an answer if Groton had a defined policy on this matter. We need a defined policy, because times are changing.

1) In 2011, the city of Boston asked organizations to voluntarily agree to a PILOT at 25% of assessed value. Boston University President Robert A. Brown understood the partnership between the city and the organization, stating “My primary goal in life is to make Boston University a better institution, but it can only be a better institution if the city thrives.” If the president of Boston University recognizes this inherent partnership, we must assume that our esteemed academic and scientific organizations recognize it as well.

2) In 2013, both the MA House (H2642) and MA Senate (S1308) proposed a limit to the exemption for those organizations covered under Clause 3 of Section 5. (A call to the State House for status indicated that The Joint Committee on Revenue should be reporting on this next week.) This bill, if allowed to proceed and passed, would allow the Town of Groton to collect up to 25% of the assessed amount! Of course, the people of Groton would be able to make specific exclusions — and this is where a defined policy matters.

You see, these organizations are good partners, and raw money cannot determine this. They donate funds to specific projects through out the town. They provide day care services, summer camps, community gatherings, and even tennis courts. They increase our prestige, which helps Groton attract new residents. They are good neighbors, and many of us would love to live next to them.

Right now, the tax payers of the town are being asked to pay more and more of their income to support our schools, our infrastructure, and our safety. This leaves less for ourselves, less for our kids. We do this because we participate in the Groton community. These nonprofit organizations are parts of this community, and they do benefit the town. Groton must thrive for them to fulfill their goals.

The Board of Selectmen must work with the nonprofit partners to develop a PILOT policy. This policy cannot be based simply on numbers. It must also be based on qualitative values. If we get wrapped up in the quantity, we can lose sight of the benefits and non-monetary contributions these organizations give to our town.

The Board of Selectmen must form a special commission to determine Groton’s policy on PILOT. This commission must involve our nonprofit partners, members of the public, and appropriate critical thinkers from the Groton Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen.

If elected in May, I will champion such a commission, and make sure that the result is a reasonable and effective policy. We must allow Groton and its nonprofit partners to thrive by working together for a better tomorrow.

Respectfully,

Barry A. Pease
Candidate for Board of Selectman, Town of Groton.
Barry@PeaseForGroton.com

Feb 262014
 

With both the Town of Groton and the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District looking for ways to avoid dramatically increasing taxes or putting a Proposition 2 1/2 Override on an election ballot, Payments In Lieu of Taxes from Groton’s nonprofits are getting a hard look from town officials seeking more income. Groton’s nonprofits, if they were taxable, would contribute $3,080,931.03 to the town’s general fund. Anticipated PILOT payments for Fiscal Year 2014, which ends June 30, 2014, are $216,230.70, about 7% of theoretical tax payments, according to reports The Groton Line received from Patricia Dufresne, Groton’s Town Accountant, and Rena Swezey, the town’s Principal Assessor.

The small group of nonprofit entities that own property in Groton is exempt from paying property taxes, the main funding mechanism for both town services and the schools. Although they are not required to, all give the town an annual gift, a payment for the services they receive. In almost all cases, the gifts are a small fraction of the amount of cash the town and schools would receive from property taxes. The payments go into the town’s general fund, from which the schools are paid an assessment. There is no direct link between PILOT payments and the school district.

Groton School is the largest of the nonprofits, both in the amount of property it owns and in the gift — Groton School officials refuse to call it a PILOT — that it gives the town each year. Groton School owns property in town assessed at $93,317,600. If the school paid taxes on the real estate and buildings, it would pay $1,621,859.89 per year. The school gives the town $100,000 per year as part of a 20-year commitment to the town. That works out to about 1.7% of what would be the school’s tax payment, if the town were allowed to collect taxes from the school.

Lawrence Academy is in second place as far as the amount of property the prep school owns: $36,715,400 is the assessed value. Lawrence Academy also makes the second largest payment to the town and schools. Instead of a $638,113 tax payment, Lawrence makes a PILOT of around $40,000 each year, just over 6% of a theoretical tax payment.

Among schools in Groton, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, comes in third. The university owns property assessed at $2,628,900 that would generate a tax payment of $45,690.28 if it were taxable. MIT’s PILOT for the current fiscal year should be $12,730.00, 2.8% of a theoretical tax payment.

The Seven Hills Foundation operates an extended care facility and a pediatric center in Groton, with assessments of $3,939,900. If taxed, the properties would generate $68,475.46. Seven Hills makes a PILOT of $15,000 per year.

The Groton Electric Light Department is an exception to the general PILOT rule of underpayments in comparison to tax assessments. The utility usually pays the town $30,000 per year, close to the $35,886 it would pay if it was taxed on its $2M worth of real estate. Last year, the utility cut its PILOT payment to the town in half, to $15,000, but it also made a $100,000 gift to the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District for new computers and technology in the classrooms. That gift is not shown in the PILOT calculations from the town because it didn’t go into the town’s general fund; instead it went directly to the school district.

There are a number of other caveats and exceptions to the numbers that show up on the spreadsheets. The nonprofits unquestionably contribute to the quality of life in Groton by preserving open space and attracting educated, affluent faculty and staff to enrich the community. Occasional special purpose gifts fall outside of the framework of PILOT. The Groton School just made a donation of $25,000 toward the new fire station for the purchase of fitness room equipment, Fire Chief Joe Bosselait reported. Last summer, Grotonwoods camp paid $10,000 to the town for maintenance of the Lost Lake dam.

On the debit side of the ledger, the school district paid $11,000 to Groton School for ice time for the district’s hockey teams this year, according to Jay Prager, chair of the Groton Finance Committee.

Members of the school district administration and school committee have mentioned in meetings that upward of 15 elementary and middle school students who live on the Groton School and Lawrence Academy campuses are attending Groton-Dunstable Regional schools. Because they live in houses that do not pay property taxes, the kids’ education is essentially unfunded because the private schools’ PILOTs go into the town’s general fund, and are not applied directly to tuition costs. The school district administration and school committee members have, so far, been unable to come up either with an exact number of students who live in the various non-profit’s campus housing or a per-pupil cost of what it costs to educate elementary and middle school students.

The PILOT issue is not local to Groton. In 2012, then Boston Mayor Menino asked the city’s institutions to voluntarily pay 25 percent of what they would be required to pay in taxes were they not tax-exempt. The appeal boosted the amount the city received significantly, according to published reports.

FY 2014 Valuations FY 2014 Tax Rate Taxes that would be assessed FY2012 PILOT FY2013 PILOT FY2014 Projected Receipts
Groton Electric Light $ 2,064,800.00 $ 17.38 $ 35,886.22 $ 30,000.00 $ 15,000.00 $ 30,000.00
Groton Housing Authority $ 3,828,900.00 $ 17.38 $ 66,546.28 $ 4,537.68 $ 4,553.64 $ 4,553.64
Groton School $ 93,317,600.00 $ 17.38 $ 1,621,859.89 $ 100,000.00 $ 100,000.00 $ 100,000.00
Groton Wood Baptist Camp $ 11,758,300.00 $ 17.38 $ 204,359.25 $ 13,549.66 $ 13,549.66 $ 13,549.66
Lawrence Academy $ 36,715,400.00 $ 17.38 $ 638,113.65 $ 39,973.70 $ 40,397.40 $ 40,397.40
MIT $ 2,628,900.00 $ 17.38 $ 45,690.28 $ 12,420.00 $ 12,730.00 $ 12,730.00
Seven Hills $ 3,939,900.00 $ 17.38 $ 68,475.46 $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00
TOTAL $ 3,080,931.03 $ 215,481.04 $ 191,230.70 $ 216,230.70

Want to do your own numbers crunching?

You can see the PILOT Budget document provided by the town here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Gm8RLxE71BajE2UGZJUFdJeDZHX09KcW5aMFFOWGpMWWJN/edit?usp=sharing

And the assessed value of the tax-exempt properties, provided by the town assessor’s office: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Gm8RLxE71BcnhQWGNkME9SamFmaFZzU01CeFFUS0xlZ2xZ/edit?usp=sharing

Feb 202014
 
Ted Widmer, a presidential scholar, history professor at Brown University, and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, delivered an all-school lecture at Groton School on Monday — President’s Day about the American presidency and how past presidents are perceived.
 
“Groton is a fitting place to remember the presidents,” Widmer told the audience in the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC). “It would be difficult to find a school that has contributed more to the service of the executive branch of our country.”
 
Widmer went on to discuss President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Groton Form of 1900) and numerous public servants who attended Groton, including Francis Biddle, who served as attorney general under FDR; Dean Acheson, who was undersecretary of the Treasury under FDR and secretary of state under President Truman; and numerous senators, congressmen, FBI agents, presidential advisors, and other Grotonians.
 
Groton, especially “Groton’s culture of service to others,” shaped FDR profoundly, the speaker said.  In fact, the 32nd president mentioned the Rev. Endicott Peabody, the School’s founder, in his fourth inaugural address, which Widmer said was highly unusual.
 
While President Theodore Roosevelt did not attend Groton (his four sons did), he was close friends with Peabody, who asked him to teach at Groton, according to Widmer. He declined, but did visit the School during his presidency.
 
Groton’s Presidents’ Day lecture began with a history lesson about the holiday itself, which stems from a George Washington birthday celebration originally designated for government employees. Congress deemed Washington’s birthday a national holiday in 1968, and in 1971 stipulated that the holiday be on the third Monday in February, between the 15th and the 21st.  The irony of that law, said Widmer, is that the calendar constraints mean “we celebrate Washington’s birthday on a day that can never be Washington’s birthday.” George Washington was born on February 22.
 
 
Feb 112014
 

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson, the organist and assistant director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, will present an organ recital at Groton School on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Johnson was scheduled to perform at Groton School last year but had to cancel because he was asked to play at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. His Groton School recital will include a diverse repertoire of 20th-century and contemporary, baroque and romantic pieces, all designed to showcase Groton’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a prototype of the “American Classic” organ. The organ and recital are in the chapel at 282 Farmers Row, Groton, Massachusetts.

Last March, Johnson accompanied the Groton School Choir during a performance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The renowned organist has traveled throughout Europe and the United States as director, accompanist, and soloist; has recorded widely; has been broadcast on BBC television and radio; and has worked with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. At St. Paul’s, he presides over the five-manual Zillis/Mander organ, one of the finest musical instruments in the world.

Jan 222014
 

Wheeler Parker Jr.

Wheeler Parker Jr.

In a gripping Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly, Wheeler Parker, Jr. spoke to the Groton School community, describing the night in 1955 when two white men kidnapped his cousin, Emmett Till, from the Mississippi home where both boys were visiting relatives. Till was 14. His vicious murder is widely recognized as an important catalyst in the civil rights movement.

The men seized Till while Parker, then 16 years old, froze in terror nearby. “I just closed my eyes waiting to be shot,” he told the crowd in the Campbell Performing Arts Center. The murderers, who later confessed to the killing in a magazine article, were tried and acquitted by an all-white jury. They had tortured and killed Till because he reportedly had whistled at one of their wives.

Although his cousin’s murderers went free, Parker believes the trial itself signified progress because it was the first time charges had been brought against a white person for a crime committed against a black person in Mississippi.  “However, he said, “We weren’t surprised by the acquittal.”

During the assembly, Parker reminisced about his cousin, describing an affable kid, “a clown, a prankster,” who commanded attention despite a noticeable stutter. More than once Parker mused that his cousin should not have traveled from Chicago to Mississippi. “He knew nothing about the Southern mores,” Parker said. “He wanted to go because I was going.”

Groton School’s MLK Day assembly began with a 60 Minutes segment about the Emmett Till case, which included on-camera interviews with Parker. The case was reopened by the Department of Justice in 2004 amid evidence that the two acquitted men were not the only ones involved in the crime.

After watching the 60 Minutes story, students and teachers asked Parker a flurry of questions, covering topics from Till’s mother’s determination to draw attention to her only child’s death and why Mississippi has not prosecuted anyone else in the case to a rapper’s controversial mention of Emmett Till and the conditions in the South today. Later in the day, students and faculty split into small groups to discuss the event and other issues surrounding inclusion.

During the assembly, a student asked about the night of the kidnapping, and Parker described his terror: “It seemed like daylight would never come. I thought they were coming back.” He recalled putting on his shoes so he could run into the nearby woods if the murderers returned. His uncle later took him to another uncle’s house many miles away, and he then took the train to Memphis. Fear struck again in Memphis when people shouted warnings to the skittish young traveler because, accustomed to a life in Chicago without Jim Crow laws, he almost entered a whites-only restroom.

Today, Parker regularly visits Mississippi, which he believes has made significant progress, including having more black elected officials than any other state. “I feel more comfortable than I did in 1955,” he said, adding, “I still pick my places to go.” Despite his experience in 1955, the speaker said he does not hate. “Hate destroys the hater,” he said. “If you hate, it destroys you, not the person you’re hating.”

Jan 132014
 

Zebras on ice at Frozen Fenway

Zebras on ice at Frozen Fenway

by Joe Gentile ’14

In the latest installment of the storied Groton-St Mark’s rivalry, Groton School’s boys hockey team traveled to a frozen Fenway Park on January 8th to take on the St. Mark’s Lions.

Donning new “throwback” jerseys in honor of the late, legendary Groton coach, Frank “Junie” O’Brien, the Zebras took the ice in front of an excited crowd of students, faculty, and alumni. The team came out of the gate fast, adjusting to the harsh outdoor conditions, and controlled the pace of the game for much of the first period. After a myriad of scoring chances were turned away by St. Mark’s, the game remained tied 0-0 after the first period.

Continuing the momentum, the Zebras capitalized on a scoring chance midway through the second period, thanks to relentless fore-checking by Michael Brown ’16 and a beautiful pass from Ward Betts ’16 to Dorien Llewellyn ’15, who beat the St. Mark’s goaltender for the goal. The rest of the second period saw back-and-forth action from both sides and great goaltending from Co-Captain Matt Pompa ’14, who kept the Lions off of the board going into the third period.

However, with five minutes left in the third, the Lions caught a bouncing puck in front of the net and knotted the score 1-1. The Lions struck again less than two minutes later, putting them ahead with three minutes left to go in the game. Unfortunately, the Zebras took a late penalty and could not find the equalizer.

Although the game ended in a tough 2-1 loss, Groton looks to rebound against St. George’s this Saturday after an experience at Fenway Park that the team will never forget. (See photos from Frozen Fenway on our multimedia page.)

The author plays center on Groton’s varsity boys hockey team and is a team captain.  

Dec 202013
 

Orkeeswa angels

Orkeeswa angels

Christmas angels are a common Christian holiday theme … and it turns out Groton is an important hub of angelic activity, not just in December but all year ’round.

Groton School student Lucy Brainard visited Tanzania two summers ago as part of a school-sponsored trip; Groton School students have been making the trek since 2010. The group visited Orkeeswa School, in LaShaine Village, where Brainard met a Maasai girl known as Margaret, a student at the school. “Going into it, I didn’t think we would have much in common, but we have these real, lasting friendships with the kids there,” Brainard said.

Lucy Brainard and friends in Tanzania

Lucy Brainard and friends in Tanzania

Margaret had begun promoting her village’s handiwork after attending a leadership conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. At the conference, she proposed a microfinance project that would help her community. Margaret recognized the appeal of her village’s delicate beadwork, and ultimately launched her initiative.

She asked Brainard and the other Groton School students if they could help broaden her market. She motivated Brainard to spend every school vacation selling beaded angels crafted by the Maasai women of the village.

“I’ve raised about $15,000, but some of that has covered start up costs and other expenses. All remaining money is sent directly to the school. I think I’ve sold about 600 angels and 315 ornaments or jewelry pieces,” Brainard said. As soon as she returned from Tanzania, she started out selling the angels in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where she visits her grandparents during the summer. “I sold 150 angels in one two-hour period,” she said. “I knew the community there was going to do it for me, as well as wanting to help the Orkeeswa School.”

Selling 240 angels allows one child to attend the Orkeeswa School for a year.

This summer, Brainard expanded and sold angels each week at the farmers’ markets in Lyme, Connecticut. With other students who traveled to Tanzania, she has sold the angels during Parents Weekend at Groton School. And she’s moved online — she built a website, orkeeswasangels.wordpress.com, to spread information about the beaded angels, belts, jewelry, and ornaments — and about the cause — and to sell the goodies online.

“I do all of the ordering, managing of inventory, and packaging myself, sometimes with the help of my mom and sister if I’m really overwhelmed. Two recently retired Groton School faculty members are involved in the project too — the Beams have been less involved this year now that they’re retired. However, many of the other Groton students who have gone on the trip in the past bring angels home over vacations and sell them there as well. But all the behind the scenes stuff is just me,” she wrote in an email. Another faculty member, Groton School wood shop teacher Douglas Brown, created wooden templates, so the angels could have a more uniform size and shape.

A few weeks ago, over Thanksgiving break, Brainard set up shop again, selling the angels at a church fair in her hometown of Lyme, Connecticut. Over Christmas vacation, she’ll sell them at a Lyme coffee shop. Three students have been able to attend the Orkeeswa School for the past three years because of the sale of these angels and other beaded crafts.

“I do this project because of the impact the community had on me,” Brainard explains. “They were the most inspirational people I’d ever met — they really never stopped smiling or dreaming.”

More than anything, Brainard loves receiving letters from her friends in Tanzania; they sometimes thank her for supporting Margaret’s project. “Most of them never expected to be given the opportunity to complete secondary school and maybe even university,” Brainard said. “I just want to help my friends go to school, smile, and continue to dream big.”

Dec 102013
 

Groton School swamps Pingree School 9-1Sam Feeley

Groton School swamps Pingree School 9-1

When you put 63 shots on goal, it’s hard not to put up gaudy offensive numbers.

The Groton School Zebras scored nine times on those 63 shots, including five power play goals, in a 9-1 shellacking of the Pingree Highlanders in boys’ hockey action at Pratt Rink Monday.

“We were buzzing around the net pretty well,” said Groton head coach Bill Riley. “They put a lot of rubber on [Pingree goalie Chris DeVito].”

Groton controlled the offensive tempo from beginning to end, peppering DeVito with seven shots in the first four minutes before Matthew Winter forced a power-play goal through a mass of humanity in front of the Pingree net at 4:37.

Andrew Popp got his very productive evening (2 goals, 4 assists) started at 12:37 of the first period, taking a feed from Jason Calhoon to beat DeVito from close range.

Winter struck again just 42 seconds later as he picked up a juicy rebound in front of the net and fired it over DeVito’s right shoulder to put Groton up 3-0.

Pingree got on the board at 1:10 of the second period, when Will Slattery scored from the blue line eight seconds into a slashing penalty, making the score 3-1. That would be as close as they would get, as Groton scored twice more in the period, with a goal by Paul Johnson on a one-timer from just inside the blue line and another by Robert Beshere on another long rebound. He would assist on the next four Groton goals, scored by Winter, Paul Johnson, Robert Beshere, and James Betts.

Pingree (0-3) tried once again to claw back into it in the third period, firing seven shots on goal in the first three minutes but failing to find the back of the net each time. Chris Usseglio had a chance for a breakaway goal, but was denied with a spectacular glove-side save by backup Groton netminder Will Corman, who had just come in for starter Matthew Pompa (27 saves).

James Betts, Tanner Coffins, Ace Cowans, and Popp finished off the scoring in the third period, with the latter three scoring on the power play.

Twelve different players scored a point for Groton (2-0-1), including eight with multi-point games.

“A lot of players had the best period or two of their careers,” said Riley. “I think the team is rolling and playing quite well.”

Groton’s next game is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Roxbury Latin, currently 2-0 as the season begins.