girls' lacrosse > division 1 south semifinal
No. 1 Westwood 17, No. 3 Wellesley 8
WESTWOOD -- After bowing to Wellesley two years ago in the Division 1 South semifinal, Westwood returned the favor Tuesday night as the Wolverines handed the Raiders their first loss of the season in a 17-8 triumph last night at Flahive Field.
For the second straight year, top-seeded Westwood (21-0-1) will play for the South title as the Wolverines host fifth-seeded Needham (19-3-1) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Westwood came out strong and commanded the entire first half of play. Senior tricaptain Erin Massimi simply dominated both offensively and defensively as she contributed all of her five goals and two assists in the opening half, where the Wolverines opened an 11-3 lead before the intermission.
However, third-seeded Wellesley (18-1-1) put together a better game plan in the second frame, which resulted in a couple of goals scored by Mary Louise Dixon on an eight-meter shot and Blake Dietrick, which forced Westwood coach Leslie Frank to call a timeout to regroup her squad.
“There were so many forced turnovers on our end thinking [we] could go to the goal and [we] were collapsing, there’s no need for that,” said Frank. “When you’re up you just have to play smarter up and [we] were just not getting that. It’s the level of competition, it’s the excitement, it’s very hard to come play 100 percent go, go, go in the first half then cool down.”
The first timeout worked for about a minute and a half as senior tricaptain Alex Frank (four goals, three assists) connected with sophomore Kelly Rich, who notched Westwood’s 12th goal of the game, but the Raiders strung together a three-goal run with three different contributors and, yet again, Westwood called timeout.
“We didn’t come out as hard in the beginning of the second half like we should of. [Wellesley] definitely capitalized on that,” said Alex Frank. “After we had that second timeout it was kind of like we had to regroup ourselves and get back into it.”
It seemed to work as the Wolverines poured in five unanswered goals led by senior Megan Lally (four goals) who had two in the spurt as Westwood sealed the deal.
“I thought we had a good run in the second half. It was difficult convincing the kids to just play it one possession at a time,” said Wellesley coach Christine Molonea. “You looked at the halftime score, it was a little demoralizing. [Westwood] got off to a quick start, a much quicker start then we did, but I thought our kids showed a lot of character.”
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