L-S caps comeback in overtime
Junior midfielder Ellie Landsman secured Lincoln-Sudbury’s spot in the Division 1 North field hockey quarterfinals with a goal in overtime, propelling the Warriors over host Danvers, 3-2, yesterday.
Danvers’s explosive offense sputtered late in the game, as the Warriors rebounded with a pair of goals from senior midfielder Annika Nygren in the second half to push the contest into overtime. Nygren delivered her first goal off a penalty stroke with 6:12 left.
“We have been practicing penalty strokes since Day 1 and it was crucial for her to put it in,’’ said coach Vicky Caburian. “It was a great feeling of confidence and that set the tone for the final minutes.’’
Trailing, 2-1, with 2:01 left, the Warriors were awarded a corner and Nygren, the team’s leading scorer (11 goals), drilled the tying goal.
The Warriors carried their momentum into overtime and took advantage of another corner. Senior captain Devon McCann set up Landsman, who fired a line drive from the top of the circle, 16 yards away.
“I knew it would be important to get offensive corners,’’ said Caburian. “If we could get the ball upfield and get a corner it was a just a matter of execution, and the team put together a textbook corner.’’
The Warriors’ defense, led by senior captains Jessica Lowe and Codi Quirk, was forced to adjust to Danvers’s attack after giving up early goals to Ashley Ataya and Sarah Potter.
“They took advantage of us in the beginning and we tried to trust our skills and stay mentally strong,’’ said Caburian.
“Our transition play was very good. We were very confident swinging the balls and getting nice runs down the wings and we tried to keep the ball away from Danvers.’’
The 10th-seeded Warriors meet the winner of a first-round match today between top-seeded Andover and Westford.
Weston 3, Reading 0 - Seniors Ally Gosman, Grace Truscott, and Grace McMurdy scored for the Wildcats.
North Andover 3, Lowell 0 - Senior midfielder Michelle Martin powered the Knights with a goal and an assist.
Franklin 9, Carver 1 - Senior captain Katy Cronin had four goals and two assists and junior Hannah Magerman had one goal and three assists in Div. 1 South.
Winchester 3, Pentucket 0 - Senior defender Katelyn Bailey scored two goals for the Sachems in Div. 2 North.
Bishop Stang 3, Nantucket 0 - Seniors Emily Morse, Emily Romanelli, and Bridget Cormier scored for the Spartans in Div. 2 South.
Keefe Tech 2, Franklin 1 - Eduardo Gutierrez and Jaio Ceullar led the Broncos in the semifinals of the State Vocational Tournament.
Shawsheen 2, North Shore 0 - Charlotte Ardini scored a second-half goal for the Rams.
Newton Country Day 1, Bancroft 1 - Freshman Maggie Simon scored 17 minutes into the game for the visiting Bulldogs (7-5-1).
Blackstone Valley 2, Assabet 0 - Annie Boisvert had a goal and assist as Blackstone Valley advanced to the final of the State Vocational Tournament by blanking the visiting Aztecs. Ashley Thompson made eight saves in gaining her eighth shutout. Blackstone Valley will play Blue Hills in the final at 3 p.m. today in Canton.
The 20th Veterans Day Classic will be this weekend, split between the Tobin and Vine Street Community Centers. Play begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow with divisions for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For the complete schedule, go to thebabc.com.