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April 23, 2013

Lax Lowdown: Magicians keep moving in right direction

Lax Lowdown

Matt Jenkins

A seven-game win streak for the Marblehead girls lacrosse team isn’t hard to believe. The Magicians are traditionally one of the top teams on the North Shore, and they returned several players from a team that advanced to the Division 2 North semifinals last year.

Magicians’ coach Annie Pugh doesn’t take anything for granted, however.

Even with a strong, senior-laden team returning, Pugh knew it would take a lot of hard work and focus for Marblehead to continuously move toward becoming a better team every day.

Now, after the last seven contests, the Magicians are doing just that.

“We were nervous going into this season. We do have a lot of returning players; however, we lost Eliza Quigley to Phillips Andover and we have a really tough schedule,” said Pugh, whose team plays at Swampscott today. “We’ve risen to the occasion here and we’ve figured out our strengths and weaknesses and are working off that.”

Marblehead opened the season with a loss to Division 1 Acton-Boxboro but has since rolled out wins over Masconomet, Martha’s Vineyard, Manchester Essex, Peabody, Wilmington, Pentucket and Beverly.

The Magicians battled for narrow one-goal wins over Masconomet (11-10) and Manchester Essex (12-11), and Pugh feels like she has watched her team grow a little more with each passing game.

Marblehead has five seniors who will continue playing lacrosse in college next year, and juniors Emily Freedland, Sydney Cayen and Caroline Helmes have provided a huge boost to the lineup.

Cayen and Helmes have filled what Pugh considered two huge defensive holes coming into the season. ”We lost two starting defenders, but they’ve taken over on defense,” she said. “They’ve stepped up and taught some of the younger sophomores what to do. They are taking charge back there.”

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