Hustle and hard work have been trademarks on the Shrewsbury field hockey scene since the season started several months ago, and nothing changed during Saturday's Division 1 State final against Acton-Boxboro. However, Acton-Boxboro had the quick-footed Eleni Neyland on its side and the junior delivered, knocking in two goals to lead her team to a 3-0 triumph before a large, vocal gathering at Worcester State University's Coughlin Field. The championship was Acton-Boxboro's third since 2007 and first since 2009. Acton-Boxboro finished with a 22-1-1 record, its only loss coming against Chelmsford, 1-0. Shrewsbury finished 19-4-0. The Colonials have won the CMass. championship three times since 2007. "Our girls are always competitive and they played with a lot of pride and a lot of heart in this game, and that's all you can ask for," Shrewsbury coach Lauren Chenevert said. "We just couldn't get the shots off in this game. But it's just amazing to be here."
Acton-Boxborough 3, Shrewsbury 0
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Shrewsbury
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.