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May 24, 2013

Masco earns high seed, tough draw

The Masconomet girls lacrosse team drew the highest seed in Division 1 North among the local teams, but that doesn’t mean the Chieftains’ draw is any easier than the other three North Shore teams in the section.

Masco finished the regular season 15-5 and won the Cape Ann League Division 1 title. The fourth seed the Chieftains earned is the highest in program history and it gives them a bye into the first round, but it is there were they will likely face 13th-seeded Concord-Carlisle.

Concord-Carlisle went 8-9-1 this season and will host Cambridge in the preliminary round.

One of Masco’s five losses this season came at the hands of C-C, in a 12-8 setback in late April.

“We talked about it and the girls are kind of excited to play them again,” Masconomet coach Alan McCarthy said. “We lost 12-8 but we got out to a 4-1 lead. We feel like it’s a team we can play with. We feel like we can compete with them.”

Masco — with players like Kathleen Gillespie and Amy Arnold — should be pretty well equipped to play with anyone in the bracket.

Gillespie leads the team in points, draw controls, ground balls and turnovers caused. She’s scored 54 goals and dished out 34 assists this year.

The University of Florida-bound Arnold has 60 goals and 17 assists, to go along with 45 draw controls.

Becca Phillips and Rachel Rogal are also dangerous scorers for Masco while sophomore goalie Lili Miller has been outstanding. Marylee Hutchinson has played well on defense for Masco.

Also in Division 1, reaching the state tournament was more of an expectation than a goal for Peabody, but the Tanners were happy to earn a little home field advantage.

Peabody will host Central Catholic on Wednesday (5 p.m.) in a first round matchup of 6 and 11 seeds.

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