With a 10-6 home win over Needham Sunday afternoon, the Notre Dame of Hingham girls’ lacrosse team earned its first trip to the Division 1 South sectional final. The Cougars will face the winner of Monday night’s game between Franklin and top-ranked Westwood.
Needham didn’t go down without a fight. The Rockets came back from a three-goal deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the first half. However, they couldn’t stop the Cougars from scoring two more goals before halftime.
“It was an incredibly physical and hard-fought game that could have gone either way,” said Notre Dame coach Meredith Frank.
Notre Dame’s plan was to shut down Needham attacker Maddie Stenberg as best it could. The bulk of that job fell on the shoulders of defender Mary Kensinger.
“Mary’s sole responsibility was to deny Maddie the ball,” said Frank. “She is an incredibly, incredibly good attacker. We wanted to slow her down and I think Mary did an excellent job of that.”
The second half belonged to Notre Dame. The Cougars gave up just one goal, with 16:42 left, before scoring the remaining four goals. Isabella O’Connor led all scorers with three goals and an assist. Keeley MacAfee, Alex Dalton, and Charlotte Allard each contributed two goals.
“In the first half Needham was really capitalizing on our mistakes and we were not taking advantage of our possessions,” said Frank. “When Alex Dalton scored the equalizer in the first half on a free position shot, that sort of spurred everybody else.
“This is the first time we’ve made it to the sectional final. We’re just really, really excited.”
Division 1 South
Silver Lake 3, Somerset Berkley 2 — Junior Emily Colton drove in the winning run for the Lakers with a single in the sixth inning. Freshman Maddie Barone had nine strikeouts and improved her record to 15-2.
Franklin 1, Marshfield 0 — Elizabeth Criscione pitched a complete game and had 11 strikeouts for the Panthers.
Division 3 South
Avon 12, Norfolk Aggie 0 — Maggie Hoffman tossed a three-hit shutout and also hit a grand slam. Jen Crane went 3 for 3, and Maggie Duggan had two RBIs and scored twice.
Division 3 North
Shawsheen 6, Latin Academy 0 — Senior Meghan Walsh pitched a one-hitter for the Rams.
Track and field
At Saturday’s All-State track meet, Barnstable’s Amanda Henson became the first girl in state championship history to win both the 100 and 200 meters. Her 200 time of 24.43 seconds was a state meet record and a state all-time best. Her 100 time of 12.12 was the fastest in the state this year.