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June 26, 2013

South wins Agganis Women's Lacrosse Classic, North claims men's contest

LYNN — The South women came from behind in the second half to beat North, 12-11 in the opening game of the Agganis Classic lacrosse doubleheader at Manning Field in Lynn. It came down to a thrilling finish when Marblehead’s Cassie Rodgers raced down the middle in the final seconds only to have her shot blocked.

Bishop Fenwick’s Grace Celona, who had five of the North’s six first half goals, was named MVP for her team. The South win evened the tally at 1-1 in the second year lacrosse has been added to the Agganis schedule.+

“It was awesome playing with such great talent,” said Celona, who will play at Iona next year. “It was so much fun being on the field with these girls with so many going on to great schools. I played against Marblehead in the tournament, and it was so nice to be on the same team with a lot of those girls.”

Marblehead’s Annie Pugh coached the North while her rival Winchester’s Suzanne Ontso took charge of the South. The coaches last battled in the Division 2 North finals.

“It is an honor to be selected to coach,” said Pugh. “This game was a little less competitive than the last time Suzanne and I coached on opposite sides. It was back and forth, and we had a good chance to tie it up at the end. A very talented group was chosen to play for both teams, and I think that just shows how lacrosse in Eastern Mass is starting to really flourish.

“Celona is an outstanding player. She played for me three years ago on the Lower New England team in a national tournament. So many girls stepped up tonight. Allie Forman (North goalie from Marblehead) had a great game against some top shooters from Norwell and Winchester. Bridgewater State is lucky to get her.”

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