The Swampscott field hockey team executed its game plan to perfection as the fourth seeded Big Blue defeated Wayland 1-0 to advance to the North Division 2 tournament.
Annie Kane stuffed home a rebound after a Victoria Himaras shot in the first half for the only goal of the game. Wayland nearly scored in the final 30 seconds but the play was called back due to a falty corner.
“I almost had a heart attack, but it worked out,” admitted Swampscott (13-2-2) head coach Toby Channen. “It feels great. The girls really wanted it and they worked so well togehter today. Everything clicked. They really wanted it for the seniors.”
Sophomore goalie Katie Papele made 15 big saves while Angela Videtta, Tessa Bean, Nora Walker and Lydia Antrim had strong defensive efforts. Danielle Mayblyum and Tori Thistle helped the Big Blue in transition.
The team will host fifth seeded Tewksbury (13-4-2) tomorrow.
Weston 4, Bishop Fenwick 0: Seniors Kathleen Moran and Erinn Johnson had strong games but Bishop Fenwick (10-8-1) couldn’t find a way to stop sixth seeded Weston.
Newburyport 2, Marblehead 1: Suzanne McCarthy had the goal for Marblehead (10-7-2) as Newburyport scored the game-winner as the clock expired. Senior Eliza Fitzgerald and juniors Olivia Hazlett, Abby Dimare and Kendall Casey all had good games.
Concord 1, Pingree 0: The Highlanders dropped to 7-5 in the Eastern Independent League and 8-7-1 overall.
Waring 5, Gann Academy 0: Waring (14-1) andvanced to the Independent Girls Conference Finals behind four goals and one assist from Amanda Adams. Grace Gustaferro added the other goal while Meg Graves and Brooke Adams led the Waring defense
Pingree 7, Concord Academy 1: The Highlanders (12-0-1) had three goals from Lexie McNinch and strong performances from Charlotte Esty (two goals, one assist), Kerri Zerfoss (goal, assist) and senior captain Hannah Becker (three assists). Mollie Smith also had a goal for Pingree.
Salem Academy 3, Kipp Academy5: Salem Academy (5-2) had goals from Chanelle Camah, Hannah Magee and Ruby Cheresnowsky.
Waring 6, Newman Prep 2: Waring got three goals from Kyle Patrick and single tallies from Isaac Stewart, Nick Wigglesworth and Aiden Wood to win a league semifinal game. Wigglesworth added two assists and Patrick had one while Nat Lyman played well for Waring (11-0-2).
Dana Hall 3, Pingree 0: The Highlanders (6-11) were swept in straight sets (5-25, 8-25, 12-25) as senior setter Haley Sabino recorded 10 assists.
Peabody 3, North Reading 2: The Tanners won a nail-biter, 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14, to finish the regular season 20-0. Carolyn Scacchi led the way with 24 kills and 18 digs. Olivia Summit contributed seven kills, Katie Gallo pitched in with 16 digs, and Maddie Mahoney produced 16 service points.
North Andover 3, Masconomet 0: The Chieftains dropped their regular season finale 25-14, 25-14, 25-23. Senior Kate Barry had nine service point, 12 digs, two kills and one block to power Masco (12-8). Seniors Maddie Kelly (7 service points, 8 digs, 3 kills) and Haley Greenslade (13 service points, 15 digs, 3 kills) also played well for the Chieftains.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
UNE 3, Endicott 2: Emily Sawchuck scored and assisted on Amanda Glynn’s goal as the Gulls (8-10) led 2-1 at the half, but host University of New England scored two second half goals to snatch the CCC victory.
Salem State 3, Springfield 2: Taylor Nawn’s tally with just over eight minutes left helped Salem State (8-8) win and inch back to .500. Katie Pietrini and Lauren Pazdziorny also scored for the Vikings and Michaela Boyer made 16 saves in a strong effort.
Gordon 5, Nichols 0: Sisters Karli and Bailey Balmer had a hand in all five goals for the Fighting Scots (15-5). Karli had two goals and two assists and Bailey had one assist while Courtney Scott added two goals to hike her seasont total to 29. Katherine Bailey also scored.