“The team that plays the better game with fewer mistakes will win,” Pynchon said. “Then we’ll look toward that second game. That game is really the one where both teams will be firing on all cylinders. Marblehead was on a roll last year and they shut us down. The great thing about it is we play them, then it’s the home stretch and the playoffs. It’s a great little rivalry.”
The Salem girls are off to a fantastic start so far. The Witches already own wins over Greater Lowell, Swampscott, Revere and Winthrop, and Salem pulled away in three of those victories (Greater Lowell, Revere, Winthrop).
Salem coach Jessica Trioli is pleased with the team’s fast start and the improvement.
Alexa Gilbert has played very well so far, accumulating 13 goals and seven assists and she’s averaging eight loose ball recoveries per game. Emily Coehlo is another solid scoring threat for the Witches. She’s produced 12 goals and four assists to date.
Defensively, Salem has been strong too, having allowed only 13 goals through the first four games. Seniors Brenna Burke and Shayna Hall and junior Gabrielle Rocheville have stood out so far.
“They are a smart defense that has been playing together for a few years and it shows when the other team has a hard time getting shots off on net,” Trioli said.
Even when shots do reach the Salem cage, Witches’ goalie Abigail Meadowcroft has stood strong. Meadowcroft even posted a shutout against Revere.
The Peabody boys lacrosse team has a bit of a different look this year without the high-powered offense the Tanners were used to while Keifer Heckman was positioned up front.
Heckman graduated from Peabody as the program’s all-time leading scorer and headed to Southern New Hampshire University with his step brother Nick Ouellette, another high scoring attackman for Peabody last year.