Needless to say, Pentucket’s senior captain trio of Alex Moore, Tess Nogueira and CAL Large Player of the Year Coley Viselli has experienced its fair share of tournament play.
“Pentucket’s the team to beat,” said Ipswich captain Brigid O’Flynn. “We’re ready to take on that challenge. We know we have the skill to beat them and the heart to play with them.”
Ipswich boasts a 19-3 record, which two non-league losses in addition to their setback vs. Pentucket. The Tigers have shown tremendous growth over the past year and continue to awe with their young talent: sophomores Masey Zegarowski (15 points per game) and Caroline Soucy (10 ppg.) along with freshman Jenna Gagnon.
Senior captains Julia Davis and O’Flynn bring their leadership and post games to the Ipswich attack. Davis, who was named CAL Small Player of the Year along with Zegarowski, is the team’s second-leading scorer (14.3). O’Flynn has great tournament poise and is hoping to make her sixth Div. 3 North final appearance (including 2 in soccer, 2 in lacrosse and 1 in basketball).
One thing is certain: Ipswich isn’t about to let the past dictate which way tonight’s game will go. The Tigers are looking to play their game and focus on establishing an early lead.
“That’s the goal; to go out and really compete against them,” said Ipswich head coach Mandy Carter-Zegarowski. “We haven’t been able to beat them in the past, so I know it would be great to play well (tonight) and get the win.
“We need to believe. Pentucket is coming off of a state title and lives off of their confidence with a great deal of talent. We need to come in and believe that we can win, too.”