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April 23, 2013

Lax Lowdown: Magicians keep moving in right direction

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Senior goalie Allie Forman, who will play at Bridgewater State next year, has also improved tremendously this spring.

That defense, combined with the outstanding play of fellow seniors Meggie Collins, Kiley Fischer, Tyler Phillips, Cassie Rodgers, Pamela Gregory and Alli Hanratty, has Marblehead playing at full tilt.

Collins (Trinity), Fischer (Babson), Phillips (Skidmore), and Rodgers (Colby) will be joining Forman as collegiate players next year.

Having a senior class like this one has made things a little easier for Pugh.

“This core group of seniors are leaders for us on the field and off the field. They are really paving the way for our program,” Pugh said. “They’ve dedicated time to youth clinics because they understand what it means to be part of the Marblehead lacrosse family, rather than being in it for themselves.”

The Magicians’ balance, especially on the offensive end, makes them very difficult to control. The team is averaging almost 16 goals per game in its last seven games.

“It’s not one person (scoring); it’s each and every one of them going out and doing their part. If someone is having an off day, they’re stepping up and bringing their best game,” Pugh said. “If their scoring isn’t working, then it’s their assist that we need. Everyone has been playing together for so long now that we can use a freelance attack, which is really difficult to defend.”

Pugh likes where he team is right now, but she knows a lot of ground has to be covered for the Magicians to reach their goals.

“We take each day and each game one at a time,” Pugh said. “We look to see what we need to improve on in each game, learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward. Hopefully, that will take us late into the season.”

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