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Marblehead High girls’ lacrosse earns pivotal point against Ipswich

Tyler Phillips (left) of Marblehead looks to steal the ball from Ipswich’s Sophie Clark during the first period on Monday.
Tyler Phillips (left) of Marblehead looks to steal the ball from Ipswich’s Sophie Clark during the first period on Monday.Marc Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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IPSWICH — The matchup was circled in red during the preseason.

Marblehead at Ipswich: May 13.

For the Magician seniors, who had absorbed three straight regular-season beatings at the hands of Ipswich, the showdown was their showcase.

And the game was even more magnified given Marblehead’s marvelous play. After suffering a loss in the season-opener against Acton-Boxborough, the Magician girls’ lacrosse team had ripped off 13 straight victories.

The Tigers roared ahead, 8-5, but Marblehead stormed back on two straight goals from Emily Freedland to make it 8-7, and then a seemingly back-breaking game-tying goal from senior captain Meggie Collins for an 8-all deadlock. Tyler Phillips, who scored five goals in all, netted the go-ahead tally with three minutes left, but Ipswich answered at the buzzer for a 9-9 draw.

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