Pioneers lose double OT North semifinal round classic to the Raiders
By Joe Mitchell
Probably the most overused word in sports reporting is heartbreaker, but in the case of the Lynnfield High School field hockey team (16-4-1, fourth seed) it fits perfectly to describe their crushing double overtime loss to Watertown (20-0-1, top seed) in a Division 2 North semifinal game at Reading Nov. 8.
The Raiders went on to blank Manchester Essex (16-1-5, third seed) in the North championship game, 1-0 to win yet another sectional title.
After a scoreless first half, the Pioneers actually scored first on a goal by junior Lily Rothwell assisted by Ashley and Brianna Barrett.
“We came out onto the field and played the game like we belonged there,” said coach Mamie Reardon. “We had no fear, and as a result I think we kind of ruffled their feathers. I think they were shocked, because they were used to beating opponents by large margins.”
The Raiders tied up the game with 10:30 left in regulation on a penalty stroke after a ball inadvertently hit a Lynnfield defender in the crease. They had another penalty stroke opportunity in the first overtime session, but it hit the crossbar, and stayed out of the net. But they eventually scored the game-winner with 8:20 left in the second overtime period off of a corner.
It was a beautifully played back and forth game. Watertown outshot its Lynnfield counterparts by the narrowest of margins, 8-7.
Lynnfield senior goalie Emily Dickey more than did her part to make this a memorable postseason game, including coming up with a high stick save of a sure goal that no doubt helped turn this game into an Instant Classic. “[Dickey] played the game of her life against Watertown,” said Reardon.
“We came into this game as underdogs, but we took it to them, but some of the shots just didn’t go our way,” added the veteran Lynnfield coach. “Everybody played their hearts out. We accomplished a lot just to bring that team [Watertown] to two overtimes. It was a good ending to a great season.”
But now is the toughest part for Reardon, as she has to say goodbye to her 13 seniors, including captains Ashley and Brianna Barrett, and Abby Buckley. “[The seniors] will very much be missed, because they all did a lot for the program,” the coach said.
Ashley Barrett (19 goals, 14 assists) and Rothwell (18 goals, 15 assists) led the team in scoring this year. Sophomore Jen Flynn collected eight goals and nine assists. Brianna Barrett had four goals and 10 assists.
Sophomore Maddy Murphy chipped in with 10 goals and one assist. Junior Carolyn Garofoli was credited with one goal and seven assists. Buckley accounted for one goal and four assists. Mia Lemieux had one and one. Grace Sokop and Lauren Gaudette netted one goal each. Julianne Gildea set up one score.