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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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