St. Mark's 1, Brooks 0 (2OT)

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at North Andover

St. Mark's won the NEPSAC Class B field hockey championship, 1-0, in double-overtime against rival Brooks Sunday in Windsor, Conn. It was the Lions' first Class B title since 1997. It was a tight defensive game until early into the second overtime. A corner eventually found its way to junior Sophia Millerick, and then the back of the net. ‘‘I had a feeling last season that this year could be our year,'' said coach Jodi Dolan, whose team finished 14-2 and was ISL co-champs. ‘‘This is an extremely talented team, we had every component needed to win, we knew we could do it.'' The Lions got it done Sunday and the entire season with strong defensive play and terrific performances from senior goalie Paige Duffy, who had eight saves in the final. The Lions had eight shutouts on the year, allowing only 13 goals in 16 games. ‘‘She's a very strong goalie, and has been for the three years she has started here,'' Dolan said. The Lions also happen to be strong offensively, scoring more than 40 goals. Alexa Mackintire, who led the team in goals, was named tournament MVP. ‘‘The other players use her as a role model, she inspires them,'' said Dolan. ‘‘They see the way she's able to control the game, and they work to improve their own skill.'' Mackintire is a member of the Under-19 national team and has verbally committed to Duke. Dolan had a feeling that this was a special group. ‘‘We had strong seniors, a great supporting cast, great chemistry, I knew if we were going to do it, it would be this year.''

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.

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