By Andrew MacDougall
The first time coach Cheryl Poore and the Monomoy field hockey team played Scituate in 2012, they led the majority of the game before a late goal lifted the Harbormen to victory.
When the teams played again on Oct. 31, neither could break through as the Sharks and Harbormen ended in a 0-0 tie.
But in their third and most important meeting of the season, Poore and her Sharks were finally able to exact some revenge.
After a goal by Gabby Crowell tied the game late in the second half, senior Meghan Richer notched the winner with four minutes remaining in overtime as No. 2 Monomoy moved past 10th-seeded Scituate and onto the Division 2 South semifinals with a 2-1 win.
“We’re both pretty equally matched teams,” said Poore. “I told the team that the team who wins today would have worked hardest and had a little bit of luck.”
Scituate was quick to jump on the scoreboard, netting its goal just five minutes into the game.
A shot into the circle deflected off a Monomoy defender, popped into the air, and landed at the stick of a Scituate forward, who took advantage of the lucky bounce by finding the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The Sharks pressed hard against the Scituate backline the remainder of the first half, earning 10 shots in the period, but Monomoy trailed, 1-0, at the break.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair, according to Poore. With a minute and a half remaining in regulation, Richer dribbled the ball into the circle before outletting the ball to right winger Brooke Wrightington.
The freshman put a shot on net, forcing Scituate’s goalie to make the save, but the rebound found the stick of Crowell, who made the most of her opportunity by knotting the game at one apiece.
In overtime, Monomoy worked to capitalize on the sway in momentum, but the Sharks were forced to make a key save off a Scituate penalty corner to keep their season alive.
The Sharks then marched down the field and earned three consecutive corners of their own. On the third corner, Monomoy’s Maddie Lucarelli carried the set ball into the circle before outletting to Richer at the top of the circle. With the defense caught off guard, Richer scored her 51st goal of the season (tops in Eastern Mass.) for the win. Monomoy will host Westwood in the semifinals Wednesday.
Franklin 3, Duxbury 1 — Goals by Kelly Dubowski, Hannah Magerman, and Emily Jefferies powered the No. 12 Panthers.
Winchester 2, Wayland 1 — Senior Megan Miranda scored the winning goal four minutes into overtime for the No. 13 Sachems (16-3-1).
Weston 2, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 — Katherine Goguen and senior Ayh Dweik scored on penalty corners to secure the victory for the No. 20 Wildcats.
Acton-Boxboro 7, Danvers 0 — Junior Eleana Cardarelli led the No. 6 Colonials (19-1-1) with two goals and two assists.
Apponequet 3, Cohasset 0 — Cara Storms led the No. 11 Lakers (19-0-1) with two goals.
Masconomet 2, Newton North 1 — Junior Maddie Doyle scored the winning goal two minutes into overtime to lift the Chieftains (17-0-3).
Canton 1, Old Rochester 0 — Meaghan McKenna scored on a penalty stroke for the No. 15 Bulldogs (14-1-4).
Canton 4, Southeastern 0 — Senior striker Michael Denehy netted two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs.
Notre Dame (Tyngsboro) 3, Mystic Valley 0 — After 14 years with the Lancers, coach Rob Mahoney earned his 200th win.