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October 9, 2012

Swampscott field hockey shakes up NEC race by knocking off previously unbeaten Beverly

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“We don’t have the concussion results back yet,” said Panthers head coach Trish Murphy, who accompanied Flaherty to the hospital. “Hopefully, we’ll have her back before long.”

It was the second serious injury in the last week for Beverly, which lost star right wing Kate Silvestri, a junior, to a broken hand against Marblehead.

On a day where both teams had trouble stickhandling in the long, wet grass, Woods had an outstanding contest for Beverly, scoring on a penalty stroke with 11:38 remaining to cut Swampscott’s lead in half. The Panthers — who finished with 19 corners, including 11 in the second half — kept up the offensive pressure the rest of the way, but couldn’t net the equalizer.

“At the end, everyone on the field was taking swings at the ball,” Woods said. “We were so close to having a penalty stroke called, but time ran out.”

Panthers forward Katie Pietrini came close to scoring twice. In the first half, her shot went across the crease with Samiljan out of her net, but she just missed the far corner. Late in the second half, she had a breakaway, but was denied by the Big Blue’s Nora Walker right in front of the net.

“My defense did a great job,” Channen said. “Those last few seconds were crazy; Beverly came so close. Samiljan had a terrific game with 17 saves; that’s the most she has been challenged this year.

The hosts, who had been applying pressure on Beverly keeper Felicity Otterbein early on, got on the scoreboard nine minutes into the game when Christina King was set up by Tori Thistle.

Swampscott then scored what proved to be the game-winner off a corner with just under five minutes played in the second half. Captain Alexa Steriti set up Sammi Sinrich, who scored on a high shot.

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