Field hockey team rolling early with eight wins
By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield High School field hockey team came away with its biggest win of the year Monday afternoon, when they took on undefeated Masco and promptly defeated them, 1-0.
As a result of the close victory, both teams are now tied for the top spot. The Lynnfield girls are 8-1 overall, 7-1 in the Cape Ann League [CAL].
“This was a huge win for us,” said coach Mamie Reardon. “Our goalie [Emily Dickey] came up big for us, but so did our defense.”
Reardon was referring to Brianna Barrett, Carolyn Garofoli and Abby Buckley, who all turned in stellar efforts in front of Dickey, who still made five saves.
With just 2:10 left in the game, Ashley Barrett scored the game-winning goal from Lily Rothwell, which turned a sure tie into an electrifying win for the locals.
“The girls were very excited to beat Masco, because it’s been awhile since we beat them,” said Reardon. “It was definitely a well-deserved win.”
The Pioneers tied Masco once in 2016, but lost to them in the team’s other encounter that year. Last fall, Masco dominated with two straight victories.
Before the Masco classic, the Pioneers warmed up against Georgetown last Friday and ended up beating the Royals to the tune of 4-0. They scored twice in each half to seal the deal relatively early.
Ashley Barrett, Jen Flynn, Maddy Murphy and Rothwell netted the goals, while Rothwell also led the team in assists with two.
The troika of Buckley, Garofoli and Brianna Barrett continued to work well together on defense in this game, while Dickey did her part with three stops to earn her seventh shutout of the year, six in the CAL.
The team’s annual Play for a Cure game was held on Thursday night, Oct. 4, against Amesbury (after press deadline). It’s a fundraiser to collect donations during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to find a cure through more research.