”Hamilton-Wenham is better than most of the Division 3 teams will see, with the exception of St. Mary’s,” said head coach Adam DeBaggis. “It’s a great game for us to have had going into the tournament.”
If the Crusaders get by Lynnfield, they could potentially see St. Mary’s (19-2) in the semifinals. The No. 1 seeded Spartans took down Fenwick twice during the regular and are the clear front runners in Div. 3.
Sophomore Colleen Corcoran, who has played herself into the Crusaders’ top scorer, will play significant minutes in the playoffs. Senior captains Kate Lipka and Gianna Pizzano will also play an intricate role in Fenwick’s tournament success.
On the other side of the bracket, Ipswich earned the 11th and final sport in the Div. 3 North bracket. The Tigers (9-9) clinched a tourney berth in the final game of the season and will face off against Cape Ann League rival Manchester Essex on Tuesday (7 p.m.).
Bridget Curran, Jenna Gagnon, Jordan Morrissey and Jackie Gagnon’s playoff experience from last year will come in handy with so many new faces on the roster this season.
Moving into Division 4, North Shore Tech managed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 2011. The 13th seeded Hawks (10-9) will play at Mystic Valley on Wednesday (7 p.m.).
Peabody senior captain Carolyn Scacchi is nine points away from becoming just the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Scacchi ended the regular season with 298 points on the year for a total of 991 in her career. The 6-foot-2 center has a chance to hit the milestone mark on Tuesday in the first round of the tournament against Reading.
”She makes everyone on our team better,” said Peabody head coach Jane Heil. “Since she has raised her level of intensity, so has everyone else.”