For the first time since 2002 the women’s lacrosse team at Assumption College had a winning season, and a major reason why was the work three local players did to solidify the defense.
Junior captain-elect Mary Guinee of Topsfield, who starred at Masconomet Regional, and former Danvers High standouts Allison Tivnan and Rebecca Cann anchored a defense that allowed only 13.2 goals per game for the Greyhounds, who tied the school record for wins in a season (9-8).
“The three of them together are huge threats on the defensive end of the field,” said Assumption coach Abbey Capobianco. “Next year they’ll take on leadership roles, and I could not be more excited for what the future holds for them.”
A sophomore, Tivnan is the first Assumption defender to be named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference second team, voted on by the league’s coaches. She was ranked fourth in the league in caused turnovers with 27, finished in the NE-10 top 10 in groundballs with 43 (with a season high 8 in a win over Grand Valley State University) while playing in all 17 games..
“Tiv was the anchor of our defense,” said Capobianco. “She’s an excellent defender; whenever we needed a big stop on defense, she would be the one to cause it.”
Tivnan and fellow sophomore Cann were three-sport teammates at Danvers High (soccer, basketball and lacrosse) and visited several colleges together. They were delighted when each chose Assumption.
“We’ve been best friends for such a long time, and I’ve known Mary a while because we played against each other,” said Tivnan, a human services major. “Rebecca and I both fell in love with Assumption.
“My grandfather told me I should play lacrosse in college when I was trying to decide on a sport. He loved the game, and said I would get a good opportunity in that sport. He was right.“