MARBLEHEAD — Yellow cards can be the difference in a close game, and the Peabody girls lacrosse team found that out the hard way. The Tanners had two yellow cards in the second half, and the Magicians capitalized, scoring four times while a man-up. That was the difference in the 16-12 Marblehead win yesterday on the turf at Piper Field.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Peabody, but wet field conditions forced the change. It was only the second game for the Tanners while Marblehead had already played four times.
“We should have already played three games, but we’ve only been on our field once,” said Peabody coach Dennis Desroches, his team now 0-2. “At this point we’ll play in a parking lot. Marblehead was well prepared and having played a few games showed. I’m very pleased with the effort and happy we showed we could stay with them.”
Marblehead improved to 2-3 on the year and snapped a three-game losing streak by scoring four man-up goals.
“Those two yellow cards were the difference. They were able to score four goals while we were shorthanded, and that cost us the game. Take away those four, and it would have been tied. Who knows what might have happened,” said Desroches. “You can’t go man-down for four minutes; good teams will take advantage of that. We made some mistakes that resulted from not having much time on the field, but those are things we will fix. We have a fairly new roster, and we’re still learning to work together.”
The game was tied four times in the first half, and at intermission knotted at 7-7. Peabody jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Aly Bortone (four goals) and Sarah Napolitano (two goals), but the Magicians stormed back to tie it at 3-3 on a goal by Corinne Mayle, who had four goals and an assist.