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– Friday, April 21, 2017
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~ Advocate Sports ~
Laxmen’s three-game winning streak snapped by host Newburyport
Pioneers suffer first loss of the year; hope to bounce back against North Reading
By Joe Mitchell
he Lynnfield High School
boys’ lacrosse team’s mod-
est three-gamewinning streak
came to an abrupt halt inNew-
buryport this past week after
the host Clippers pinned a 15-3
loss on them. “It was a very hot
afternoon, andwe are a bit thin
this year, but realistically we
were outmatched, outplayed,
out-skilled and outworked in
this game,” said coach Joe Pa-
pagni, “and the score is indica-
tive of how we played.”
The Clippers jumped out to a
quick 2-0 lead, before the Pio-
neers mentally got off the bus,
team won the opening face-
off and controlled play for two
minutes before Newburyport
attackman John Federico ignit-
ed theoffensewithagoal. New-
buryport again won the face-
off, controlled play for another
fewminutes, before another at-
tackman, Andy Heath, beat Pio-
neer goalie Kingsley Corona to
account for the second goal of
and goalie Corona survived the
Newburyport tidal wave for the
remaining eight minutes of the
first quarter to keep the deficit
within reach. Corona made 10
saves during that span.
Meanwhile, the Lynnfield of-
fense did little in the Newbury-
port zone. “Our offense real-
ly sputtered in this game,” said
Papagni. “We lacked offensive
aggressiveness and the will to
beat our defenders.We need to
get that going tobe successful.”
Unfortunately for the Pio-
neers, the Clippers had that
spark when the second quar-
ter began. Theymaintained the
same successful formula that
they employed in the first quar-
ter to do more first half dam-
age. Newburyport possessed
the ball for what seemed like
minutes before driving to the
net for another score. They
were up 8-0 in the first half, be-
fore Ryan Frasier was able to
get a man up goal after beat-
ing the Clipper goalie with a
difficult shot to his left. Gianlu-
ca Alfe assisted on the play.
The hal f time discussion
didn’t seem to be too much
fun for the Pioneers, with the
coaches talking about “play-
ing with pride” and establish-
ing a work ethic while devel-
oping a never-give-upattitude,
said Papagni.
The Pioneers did respond in
the third quarter, when they
ended up beating the Clipper
defense for twogoals, one from
Freitas assisted by Jack Razza-
boni and the other on a solo ef-
fort by Peter Look.
The Lynnfield defense even-
tually regrouped, and Corona
cameupwith sevenmore saves
in the quarter to hold the Clip-
pers scoreless.When the fourth
quarter began, the visitors
were now trailing by five, 8-3.
They were beginning to show
some life, said the coach. But
the Clippers seemed to catch
their second wind, and as a re-
sult showed why they will be
contenders for the Cape Ann
League title all season long by
rattling off seven more unan-
swered goals.
“Playingoneout of four quar-
ters won’t cut it at this level,”
said Papagni, “and the league
games have tomeanmore than
what we showed in this game.”
It’s now back to the drawing
board before another league
encounter, this time against
North Reading, a team that
hasn’t beaten the locals in five
Lynnfield girls’ tennis team begins
another run at the title with two early wins
Pioneers blank Hamilton-Wenham, Bishop Fenwick to set tone for the season
By Joe Mitchell
he Lynnfield High School
girls’ tennis team has been
the squad to beat in the Cape
Ann League (CAL), not to men-
tion the entire North Shore, for
the last three years, and veter-
an coach Craig Stone expects
more of the same in 2017. “We
have a good shot at both the
league and sectional champi-
onships this year, because we
won the North sectionals the
last three springs, and were the
CALchamps in2015,”saidStone,
“and we hope to return to the
top in 2017.”
Stonehas eight seniorson the
current varsity roster, but seven
of themaremakingtheirdebuts
as starters; the seniors include
Sarah Mezini, Camie Foley, Ka-
tie Nevils, Katie Nugent, Allison
Carey, Rachel Strout, LauraMezi-
ni and Rachel Collins. “With the
exceptionofMezini, our lineupis
completely different after grad-
uating three starters last year,”
added Stone.
Foley hasmoved up fromfirst
doubles to second singles. Nev-
ils is playing third singles after
being in the second spot last
year. Carey, Strout and Mucci
earned varsity letters last year,
but didnot start. Foley andNev-
ils, along with Nugent, are this
year’s captains. All three have
been in the program all four
With the preseason out of the
way, the Lynnfield girls opened
up another championship-driv-
en year with two quick wins.
They shut out both Hamilton-
MEET THE LHS PIONEERS GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS TEAM: Shown, from left to right, are (top
row) Allison Carey, Rachel Strout, Rachel Collins, LauraMucci, MakaylaMaffeo, Gillian Skelley,
(bottom row) Kathryn Nugent, Katherine Nevils, Sarah Mezini, Cameron Foley, and Alexa
(Advocate photos by Ross Scabin)
CAPTAINS: KatherineNevils, SarahMezini, CameronFoley, and
Kathryn Nugent.
SENIORS: Shown, from left to right, are (top row) Allison
Carey, Rachel Strout, Rachel Collins, Laura Mucci, (bottom
bow) Kathryn Nugent, Katherine Nevils, Sarah Mezini, and
Cameron Foley.