BOXFORD — The perfect subject hockey staff within the Northeastern Convention for 2022 is not able to be decided simply but.
League (and state) powerhouses Danvers and Masconomet battled to a 2-2 tie Friday afternoon on the grass behind Masconomet Regional. Each groups got here into the sport undefeated and left that means with similar 5-0-1 information.
Just like final yr’s conflict on the similar location, the visiting Falcons scored first solely to see the Chieftains rally with back-to-back objectives in fast succession.
This time, nonetheless, Danvers bought the equalizer. Junior Bobbi Serino, located on the far put up, was on the proper place on the proper time following a nook, knocking within the rebound with somewhat below 12 minutes to go.
Whereas each groups produced scoring probabilities after that—notably the hosts, who utilized heavy strain from stretches of the second half—neither squad may produce a game-winner.
“They’re an unbelievable staff,” first-year Masconomet head coach Liz Dean mentioned. “They went out and confirmed grit and resilience. Their nook performs have been executed effectively and we bought a bit misplaced there, which resulted in an excellent end result for them.”
Clean passes from the again line close to the circle that occur on turf are fairly completely different on the NEC’s solely grass subject, which compelled the Falcons to regulate their corners.
Such a sequence led to Serino’s fifth purpose of the season. The preliminary shot on purpose actually ping-ponged across the entrance of the Chieftains’ crease earlier than Shea DiGilio was in a position to get it over to Serino on the far facet, and the junior alertly smacked it house previous goalie Maddi Wayland (3 saves).
“(These corners) are like a scrum in ice hockey,” mentioned DHS head coach Kristen McCarthy, who along with being a standout subject hockey participant in highschool and faculty was additionally a superb ice hockey participant.
“It was like night time and day; we dominated the primary half and so they did the second. So to come back again and rating (the tying purpose) was enormous. To go on the market and play our sport — we new we may get it by them within the fourth quarter — we simply needed to get our confidence again after it had been shattered.”
Masconomet, which ran its common season profitable streak to 61 video games (57-0-4), discovered itself trailing for the primary time all season when DiGilio gave the Blue-and-White a 1-0 lead halfway by means of the second quarter. Captain Sadie Papamechail collected a nook rebound and slid the ball over to DiGilio, and the senior ahead did not miss.
“That is the primary time this season we have been down at any level,” mentioned Dean, “so to point out how they labored collectively, communicated and trusted one another, it was superior to see.”
Senior defenders Kayleigh Monagle, Shaye Trodden and Piper Morris, together with freshman Savannah Stevens, locked it down for almost all of the second half.
“We’re very fortunate within the again finish. They’ve labored collectively for a bit and have teamwork and camaraderie,” Dean mentioned. “They have been the primary cause we have been in a position to maintain the ball on their facet of the 50 for probably the most half.”
It did not take lengthy for the Chieftains to tie the sport as soon as the second half began, with famous person Maggie Sturgis lifting a shot from the left nook over Danvers keeper Meg McGinnity (6 saves) simply 1:37 in. Fellow captain Julia Graves assisted on Sturgis’s area-leading sixteenth tally.
Simply two-and-a-half minutes later Avery Magnifico bought free in entrance throughout a nook, collected a Sturgis go and scored to offer Masco the lead. McCarthy shortly referred to as day trip to offer her staff a break each bodily and mentally.
“Time outs did not exist final yr, however that was an enormous factor for me to offer them that psychological reset,” she mentioned. “We have been somewhat rattled, so the ladies mentioned ‘Guys, we would like this and may’t let or not it’s the identical as final yr’.”
Masconomet stored up the strain offensively from that time on, with Julia Graves denied by McGinnity with a phenomenal diving save.
“Julia took the shot and (McGinnity simply got here out of nowhere),” mentioned Dean. “We bought her down from her and he or she nonetheless made one thing occur.”
It stayed a one-goal sport till Serino notched the tally that tied issues up as soon as once more.
“Resilience and the power to get our composure again,” mentioned McCarthy, when requested what she realized about her staff following this contest. “To have the ability to come again and rating and by no means quit.”
Cousins and staff captains Sophie (“she simply shut it down,” mentioned McCarthy) and Sadie Papamechail each had stellar video games for the Falcons, who will host Masconomet when the 2 groups meet once more at Deering Stadium on Wednesday, Oct 19.
Dean was happy with the play of sophomore Mia Juliano and freshman Sara Graves on the wings, senior Greta Mowers at midfield (“she has nice velocity and labored very well with Greta,” mentioned the coach), and captains Sturgis and Julia Graves, two gamers she referred to as “the ringleaders everybody appears to.”