By Joe Mitchell
It was a most successful week for the Lynnfield High School field hockey team. They were not only able to record another shutout win, this time over Amesbury (4-0) during their annual Play for a Cure game last Thursday night, Oct. 4, but they also raised over $4,000 in so doing for cancer research.
Coach Mamie Reardon’s team then went on to beat Ipswich on Monday, Oct. 8, 2-0 to improve its record to 10-1 overall, 9-1 in the Cape Ann League [CAL]. They are tied with Masco in the division, but are alone on top in the CAL.
The Lynnfield girls clinched a state tournament berth in that win over Amesbury. They scored all four goals in the first half to set the tone for the game.
Lily Rothwell netted the first marker from Brianna Barrett. Ashley Barrett chipped in with the second tally assisted by Maddie Murphy. Murphy was then credited with the next two, one on a solo effort and another from Brianna Barrett.
With the Pioneers comfortably in front, Reardon was able to empty her bench in the second half to give all 14 reserves a chance to get some varsity playing time.
Goalie Emily Dickey picked up the shutout against Amesbury, and then she helped the team to another shutout against Ipswich on Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2-0. Dickey only had to make one stop against the Indians, but she was put to the test in the Tigers’ tilt, coming up with seven saves.
Once again, Lynnfield did all of its scoring in the first half in this back and forth game. Brianna Barrett accounted for the first goal from her sister, Ashley, and Abby Buckley. Ashley Barrett then provided the necessary insurance with a goal from Rothwell.
Dickey received some help from her defenders during this Ipswich game, particularly from Lauren Kustka, who prevented a sure goal, while standing on the goal line backing her up. Buckley was credited with three stops just like that throughout the thrilling 1-0 win over Masco recently.
After the Pioneers took on Triton Oct. 10 after press deadline, they then went up against visiting North Reading on Oct. 12, and Manchester Essex at home on Tuesday, starting at 3:45 p.m. The team’s Senior Night will take place on Oct. 18 versus Pentucket, beginning at 6 p.m.
(Advocate photos by Ross Scabin)