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First-year goalie steadies North Andover girls’ lacrosse

North Andover’s Audrey Samuelman (left) battles Pinkerton Academy defenders Tuesday. Samuelman is one of three senior captains for the Scarlet Knight girls’ lacrosse squad.
North Andover’s Audrey Samuelman (left) battles Pinkerton Academy defenders Tuesday. Samuelman is one of three senior captains for the Scarlet Knight girls’ lacrosse squad.Photos by Mark Wilson for The Boston Globe

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NORTH ANDOVER – Her helmet still strapped on her head, Lauren Hiller was sitting in the corner of the field with her rest of her North Andover teammates, quietly waiting for the postgame chat from coach Karen Murdoch-Lahey after a convincing 18-8 win over Chelmsford.

After the Scarlet Knights broke their huddle, the freshman goalie began answering questions, a bit nervous at first, a contrast to her poised play in the cage for 45 minutes.

But as soon as the conversation turned from small talk to lacrosse, her head popped up, her eyes opened wide, and she relaxed.

It was fitting. With the first-year goalie proving to be an anchor in the back, North Andover is quietly letting foes know that it is here to stay, off to a 9-1 start.

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