By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield High School girls’ lacrosse team (12-7), the ninth seed, defeated host Winthrop (14-6), the eighth seed, in a Division 2 North first round game, 13-4 June 5. Lynnfield then took on Cape Ann League rival Newburyport (20-0, top seed) in a North quarterfinal round game June 7 after press deadline.
In Tuesday’s first round game at Winthrop, the Pioneers went up against the Vikings, and from the opening draw it was all Lynnfield.
Liv Smyrnios scored the first four goals of the game to propel her teammates to an 8-1 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers pushed the lead to 13-3 in the second half, before the host team accounted for the last goal of the game.
Several players stood out for Lynnfield in this game, according to coach Ethan Blanchette, most notably senior Gracie Sperling, who scored three goals, while collecting a game-high seven groundballs.
Classmate Liv Smyrnios collected three draw controls to go along with four goals to also help pace the offensive attack.
Sophomore Liz Sykes played solidly at midfield, causing a team-high four turnovers. She was also credited with four groundballs.
Her classmate Mac Schenna also caused four turnovers, while securing a pair of groundballs.
Freshman goalie Grace Magno made seven saves to help lead her teammates to the opening round win.
Sophomore midfielder Tori Morelli contributed in all areas, according to Blanchette, as she notched three caused turnovers and three draw controls, not to mention a pair of assists and two groundballs, while producing a goal, as well.