North led 6-5 at intermission but South stormed back led by MVP Mary O’Connell of Norwell, who is going to Middlebury, and Winchester’s Megan Hennessey (Providence College). O’Connell finished with three goals and six assists.
“I had so much fun playing with so many of the girls I played against all year,” said Marblehead’s Kiley Fischer, who will play at Babson. “This game was so close all the way.”
In the boys nightcap, North shot out to a 6-0 lead and went on to win, 11-6. It was the second straight year North has prevailed. Connor Brimley of Chelmsford, who scored four goals, was named MVP. South honors went to goalie D. J. Smith of Billerica, who was in net for the second half.
Brimley and Peabody’s Keifer Heckman worked well setting each other up. Heckman finished with two goals and two assists. Beverly’s Ryan Shipp also had a pair of goals, both in the second quarter. The teams played four 15 minute running time quarters because of the threat of thunderstorms.
“This was great because it’s the last time I will play with my buddies so I just went out there to have fun. Brimley and I had a connection right from the start,” said Heckman, who will play at Southern New Hampshire.
“I just love playing with so much talent,” said Shipp, who staked his team to a 7-1 lead. “When there’s this much talent on the field you don’t have to worry about scoring because so many others can do it.”
Masconomet goalie Tighe Van Lenten started for the North squad and made some huge saves to hold South to just one goal in the first half.
“I love competition, and it was great to deny some of their shooters,” said Van Lenten, who will play at Keene State.