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Westford Academy girls’ lacrosse rode positivity to deep postseason run

Westford’s Bailey Mongillo (18) tries to get the ball past North Andover goalie Lauren Hiller. Mongillo scored four goals in the second half to lead Westford to a 13-7 victory.
Westford’s Bailey Mongillo (18) tries to get the ball past North Andover goalie Lauren Hiller. Mongillo scored four goals in the second half to lead Westford to a 13-7 victory. Jon Mahoney for The Boston Globe

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At Westford Academy, the theme is positivity.

Julie Devlin Olivier does not allow the players on her girls’ lacrosse team to even use words such as “lose” or “bad.” Even when the Grey Ghosts do lose — and that is not every often — the focus instead is on what the team won that day.

The strategy, seemingly, has been successful: Westford squared off against Notre Dame of Hingham in the Division 1 state semifinals Tuesday night.

But a closer look at the Grey Ghosts reveals that there were a few issues along the way that were not so positive.

“We had to find the good and highlight the positives,” said captain Bailey Mongillo of the team’s overcoming a number of hurdles this season.

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