The second-seeded Colonials scored once in each half and held off a series of Rebels surges down the stretch for a 2-0 victory before a large crowd at Grafton High. Shrewsbury (18-3-0) plays Longmeadow in a state semifinal on Tuesday at West Springfield High at a time to be announced. The Colonials' last CMass championship was in 2009. Fourth-seeded Notre Dame finished 14-5-2. It was a surprising year for us we walked into the season without a goalie and didn't get one until our first game,'' Shrewsbury coach Lauren Chenevert said. We also were short on numbers. We've had obstacles this season. So that really speaks to the fortitude of the girls and their motivation to get the job done.'' The Colonials scored the goal that proved decisive at 26:29 of the first half when junior Christa Dioron found an opening in the Rebels' defense and scored from within the circle. The goal came after a corner, with junior Alanna Maniatis putting the ball in play. Senior Meg McKinley controlled the ball and got it to junior Justine Sheehan, who found Dioron. Sheehan got the assist. It was a hard-fought, intense game, but we knew coming in that it wasn't going to be an easy game,'' Maniatis said. So we really took the value of working as a team to get the ball in the net. We're an excited, talented bunch with a lot of depth a true family. And we won as a team, not as individuals.''
Shrewsbury 2, Notre Dame (Worcester) 0
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Worcester
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.