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April 1, 2014

Swampscott girls lacrosse drops Gloucester to start season

GLOUCESTER — The Swampscott girls lacrosse team didn’t start the season perfectly, with host Gloucester handling the pace in the first 12 minutes of play.

Trailing by one, the Big Blue went on to score the next seven goals en route to a 13-7 win at Newell Stadium. Gloucester starts the season at 0-1 while Swampscott opens at 1-0.

“It’s tough because I don’t think the score represents the difference in talent on the field,” Gloucester head coach Amanda Levie said. “Up and down the field it was pretty even but (Swampscott) executed a little better around the net and when they got up by two goals, we got a little too down and it snowballed.”

Gloucester’s transition game was solid from start to finish as it did a good job moving the ball up and down the field. But errant passes close to the Swampscott goal prevented the Lady Fishermen from finding the back of the net more than they could have.

Swampscott, on the other hand, hit on those passes near the goal and did a better job of finishing when it got in close despite a strong game from Gloucester goalie Lily Kuhns, who had 15 saves.

“The looks were there and I think that’s something important down the line,” Levie said. “They’re playing the way I want them to play, it’s just a matter of when everything is going to click. Some things didn’t go our way today, we had a bunch of misconnects after three or four nice passes. But it’s a young team, today was a learning experience and the girls are putting in the effort to work together as a team which will help us in the long run.”

Over the first 12 minutes, Gloucester was connecting on all of its passes and with three goals from O’Leary and a goal from Lindsey Parrish, it found itself ahead 4-3. But the Big Blue took over from there taking advantage of every Fishermen mistake.

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