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THE LYNNFIELD ADVOCATE
– Friday, April 21, 2017
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Lynnfield girls’ lacrosse team cruises past two more foes
By Joe Mitchell
T
he Lynnfield High School
girls’ lacrosse teamwon two
more games this past week to
extend their record to 4-1. They
defeated Mystic Valley, 13-5,
andNorthReading, 13-1, to seal
the deal on a couple of more
conquests.
Amid the rainy weather, a
stark contrast from one day
earlier, the Pioneers managed
to earn a convincing victory
over a scrappy, up-and-com-
ing Eagles teamout of Malden.
Lynnfield poured it on early,
jumping out to a 7-0 lead mid-
way through the first half. After
that sequence, thepace slowed
down, but the Lynnfield girls
were still comfortably ahead
at the break, 8-1. Mystic Valley
then closed the gap on coach
Ethan Blanchette’s team to 8-3
after two quick goals. But Lyn-
nfield was able to crank it up
again with nine unanswered
goals to seal the deal.
Elise Murphy scored five
goals, and Ashley Barrett three
more to pace the locals’ attack,
while Tia Johnson was credit-
ed with her first career varsity
goal. Freshman Tori Morelli led
the team in caused turnovers
with three, and Murphy, along
with Liv Smyrnios, each picked
up three groundballs – tops for
Lynnfield. Goalie LaurenVacca-
ro made five saves to help se-
cure the victory.
Itwasmoreof the samedom-
ination against the Hornets.
The Pioneers put together a
convincing win last Friday on
the road, thanks to a complete
team effort, and a dominant
performance in the draw circle
by Caroline Buckley. She cor-
ralled 8 of 15 draws by herself,
and as a teamLynnfieldwon 12
of 15, which allowed them to
control thegameand the score-
board. Lynnfield methodically
built up a 9-1 lead by halftime,
and was able to cruise home.
Smyrnios turned in a com-
plete game, scoring two goals,
while dishing out an assist. She
also led the team in ground-
balls andcaused turnoverswith
three apiece. EliseMurphy, Gra-
cie Sperling and Buckley each
scored multiple goals for the
Pioneers, who had eight differ-
ent players find the back of the
net, includingElisa Brooks, who
ended up scoring her first ca-
reer varsity goal. The defense,
led by Rachel DiTullio, Hannah
Filipe, Melissa Morelli and Tori
Morelli, was again stout, limit-
ing the Hornets to only three
shots on goal.
Lilli Patterson signs letter of Intent
to play Northeastern Field Hockey
[Editor’s note: LHS Senior Lilli
Patterson recently signed a let-
ter of intent to play field hockey
at Northeastern University. She
tells the story of her four years
as a Pioneer below]
I
would’ve never thought that
a simple decision I made en-
tering high school would still
have an impact on me four
years later. It was one week be-
fore preseason and it also hap-
pened to be the first time play-
ing field hockey. I was attend-
ing a field hockey camp at Gor-
don College with a few of my
friends who were already play-
ing field hockey and were en-
couraging me to join. I was ex-
tremely hesitant; not only had
I never played the sport before,
but that would also mean hav-
ing to give up soccer which I
had been playing since I was
five. After finishing my week
at camp and talking to a high
schooler who told me how
close the team was, my deci-
sion became clear.
I arrived at themiddle school
on the first day of preseason
with a borrowed stick and but-
terflies in my stomach. Coach
Reardon had all the Freshmen
sit down and she said, “Who
played in middle school?” Ev-
eryone had raised their hand
except for me and a few oth-
er girls. I wasn’t initially pulled
up to Varsity, but I didn’t get
discouraged because I knew I
had only just started and since
JV and Varsity were so close, it
didn’t feel like there was any
separationof talent levels. Each
week, I worked hard at prac-
tice and tried to apply the ad-
vice from Bailey and Tara. I felt
myself getting better and so
did Ms. Reardon because she
pulled me up to practice with
Varsity, and soon enough I
found myself getting put into
games. Coach Reardon found
a spot for me on the defensive
line as right back when her
starter got injured, but soon
after she moved me back to
sweeper. We qualified for tour-
nament that year, went on to
win against Wilmington but
lost to Watertown, and luckily
for me I got to play the whole
time in each game. Even at the
end of my first season I was
Lilli Patterson is shown signing her letter of Intent to attend
Northeastern playing field hockey.
(Advocate photos by Ross Scabin)