“I was also pleased with the play of senior Courtney Long on defense. She has great body position and got the job done slowing down their offense.”
There were three goals in the first minute of play, all coming off the draw. Catherine Ecker scored the first of her three for the Generals, but Soliozy and O’Flynn answered for Ipswich. O’Flynn’s second goal less than four minutes in gave her team a 3-1 lead, but H-W stormed back with goals by Rourke, Ecker (man up) and Franny Ambrose to go ahead, 4-3. The Tigers knotted it up on a free position shot by O’Flynn and took a two-goal lead at intermission after scores by Ellie Swenson and Moutevelis.
“I had a lot of help because we have such good players to assist,” said O’Flynn. “Natalie (Soliozy) did a great job feeding me. A lot of props go to my teammates, who put the ball right on my stick.”
Hamilton-Wenham used its speed to get breakaways and kept the game close. They also tightened up their defense in the second half and prevented Ipswich from getting as many shots off but had no answer for stopping O’Flynn, who scored three times in the second half.
“What a good game,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Amanda Chase. “This is a tough loss for my girls because we played hard against a very good team. Our defense came together to shut down their explosive offense for long stretches, and I’m pleased with the whole team effort.”
Sophie Clark had two assists for Ipswich while Swenson had one. Emily Gaucher picked up an assist for the Generals.