Girls Lacrosse

State Semifinals: Chittick, Knights lose heartbreaker

WELLESLEY – All season long, the North Andover girls lacrosse team played opponents tough, riding its heart and skill all the way to a second-straight state semifinal appearance.

But yesterday afternoon, the Scarlet Knights finally met their match.

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Girls Lacrosse, 07/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham wins state title

EXETER — Coming into this season, Windham goalie Julia Peet already had two state titles under her belt, but didn't play a part in either as she watched from the bench.

On Thursday, however, she stood tall in net and carried her team back to the promised land.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Chittick, Knights roll into final four

BILLERICA — Thursday wasn't the regular season.

Thursday was for champions.

And today, the North lacrosse title still resides in North Andover and belongs to the Scarlet Knight girls.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights return to title game

NORTH ANDOVER — While the Scarlet Knights didn't finish off the regular season looking real fit and spruce for the postseason, the North Andover girls lacrosse team has proven more than ready for another strong playoff push.

Less than three weeks removed from a heart wrenching triple-overtime loss to third-seeded Masconomet, the second-seeded Knights took command in the second half last night for a 14-9 victory over the Indians in the North semifinals. It was the second straight year North Andover defeated Masco in the semis and the third straight season the Indians had their season squashed in the same round.

The Knights (17-5) go after their second consecutive North title at 4:30 Thursday at top-seeded Billerica. A second straight championship, however, looked improbable after North Andover closed the regular season losing to both Billerica and Masconomet.

"We have a lot of heart this year," said North Andover coach Meredith Prior, whose squad finished 21-2-1 last year after losing in the state semifinals to Westwood. "We went through a few things that we didn't want to go through at the end of the season.

"But we had the heart to come back to win it (after being tied at halftime). That shows their composure and their smarts. I'd rather see the adversity in the regular season and then see them come out like they've done in the playoffs."

After falling behind by two early, North Andover rallied late to first take a lead before going into intermission tied at 5.

"The draws are the most important thing in the game," said Prior, who watched Masco win seven of the game's first 10 faceoffs. "In the first half, we weren't winning them. But our (defense) kept us in the game. It was phenomenal in the first half, and then they played even better in the second half."

One reason for the offensive spurt, was Prior inserting Abbie Karalis on the draw as the junior won two of the final four before half and four of the first five after the break.

That allowed the Knights to forge a 9-6 lead as Michelle Poirier (two), Leah Chittick (who had three in the first half) and Colleen Chittick each scored goals.

"My focus was just to get the ball for our team," said Karalis, who combined with Emma Johns to win seven of the first 12 draws after intermission. "I wanted to win this game so bad because of losing to them in the regular season. We got ourselves together and realized how much we love our seniors and how it's our year to win the whole thing."

Karalis helped finish off the Indians by scoring three of the Knights' five goals the final 12 minutes when NA turned a 9-8 lead into a 14-8 advantage. Goalie Lauren Hiller ensured her teammates effort would stand, making several critical saves on eight-meter penalty plays.

After falling behind 8-5 early in the second, Masconomet (15-5-1) rallied to within one with goals by Sammy Dindo and Molly Gillespie, who scored twice in a 15-second span after winning draws and streaking down field each time. Both Dindo and Gillespie scored three goals while Meghan Collins had a pair and Grace Fahey had five assists — four in the first half.

"We're an explosive team, and it's just that they got a couple breaks," Masconomet coach Alan McCarthy said. "We lost a few assignments and (the Knights) are too tough. We had to play 50 minutes at the top of our game, and that didn't happen over the course of tonight's game.

"Lacrosse is a game of runs, and unfortunately they put a strong one together. Draws are normally our strength, but we lost three or four possessions there that proved key."

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover falls in North Semifinal

BILLERICA — On May 18, the Andover girls lacrosse team handed Billerica its first and only loss of the season, but last night, with a trip to the Division 1 North Final on the line, the Indians got the last word.

Billerica (19-1) survived a furious second half comeback to beat Andover 10-9, ending the Golden Warriors' season in heartbreak. Andover (15-6) trailed by as many as six goals midway through the game, but came surging back after winning a series of draws to tie the game before eventually falling behind for good down the stretch.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham headed back to title game

For the fourth straight year, the Windham girls lacrosse team will be playing in the state title game. The Jaguars beat Winnacunnet 22-7 on Saturday in the Division 2 semifinal, with Ali Connors and Abigail Lagos leading the way with 5 goals each. Windham will go for its third title in four years on Tuesday when they face Hanover in the championship game.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Three-peat thwarted

The Pinkerton girls lacrosse team saw its dream of a three-peat turn into a nightmare on Saturday, as the Astros lost 9-8 to Bishop Guertin after the Cardinals scored the game-winning goal with just seconds left to play. Maggie McCarthy scored three goals in the game to tie Kennedy Daziel's record for goals in a season with 77, and Avery Drouin and Ali Davis each scored twice. 

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Runaway Warriors

The Andover girls lacrosse team dominated the first half en route to another convincing tournament win, beating Beverly 14-4. Jordan Torres had four goals and Caroline Curtin and Veronica Alois each had hat tricks in the game.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/04/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton takes control

Maggie McCarthy scored four goals to help lead the Pinkerton girls lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over Merrimack in the N.H. Division 1 quarterfinals. Amanda Szostak also had a hat trick in the win, and Micaela Capozzo added a goal and 2 assists.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jaguar attack

The Windham girls lacrosse team rolled over Timberlane, taking a 14-0 lead at halftime en route to a convincing 19-2 win. Ali Connors had 6 goals and an assist, Emma Lindquist had 2 goals and 4 assists and Courtney Sweeny had 4 assists for the Jaguars.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/03/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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