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October 30, 2012

Beverly, Masconomet earn top seeds in Division 1 North field hockey


Phillips and junior Belle Ives earned All-League distinction from the CAL, while Feltault, Julianna Kostas and goalie Ali Neuenhaus were named all-stars.

Also in Division 1 North, Danvers (9-6-3) is seeded No. 11 and will travel to Lexington for a first-round game on Friday (2:15). Peabody is back in the tournament after missing last year, drawing the No. 10 seed with a 10-5-3 record. The Tanners travel to Newton North for a first-round game on Friday (2).

Swampscott, which finished second to Beverly in the NEC by a point, drew the No. 3 seed in Division 2 North and earned a first-round bye. The Big Blue are led by a core of Tori Thistle, Alexa Steriti and Lisa Vu and will host the winner of a Tewksbury/Bishop Fenwick first-round game on Saturday.

The Crusaders (8-7-3) qualified last week and will travel to Tewksbury for a first-round matchup on Thursday. If Fenwick, which advanced to the North semis as a No. 14 seed two years ago, wins, they’d advance to a quarterfinal game against Swampscott.

Elsewhere in Division 2 North, Marblehead (10-5-3) earned the No. 9 seed and will travel to Wilmington for a first-round game on Thursday night (6 p.m.).

Ipswich (6-6-6) is seeded No. 12 and will face Winchester on the road on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers are led by CAL All-League selection Sarah Antonucci.

Back in Division 1 North, Beverly and Masconomet can’t meet until the finals as the top two seeds. Looking ahead for Beverly, a possible rematch with Andover looms in the semifinals if both schools advance. For Beverly, a host of strong athletes like Woods, Livvy Konaxis, Katie Pietrini and Camden Vitale hold the keys to a long postseason run.

“We did a lot of changing when Kate (Silvestri) broke her hand and the thing I like about this team is we have a lot of athletes, people we can put anywhere on the field that see the whole field,” Woods said.

“We have a great feeling within this team. Everyone’s friends and everyone gets along and likes each other.”

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