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April 23, 2013

Lax Lowdown: Magicians keep moving in right direction

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Marblehead started its seven-game win streak with a one-goal win over Masconomet earlier this season, and the Chieftains are showing that they will be a tough team the rest of the season, too.

Masconomet (4-2) battled a strong Concord-Carlisle team right down to the wire yesterday, but suffered their second loss. Sophomore goalie Lili Miller has been outstanding all season for the Chieftains. Senior Amy Arnold and junior Kathleen Gillespie have been consistently good for Masco on the offensive end.

“Lili has been keeping us in games,” Masco coach Alan McCarthy said. “Amy and Kathleen are big goal scorers, but they spread the ball around, too. Kathleen is a force in the midfield. She aggressively wins ground balls and draw controls. She’s a work horse out there.”

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The St. John’s Prep lacrosse team is riding high, having won six straight games since opening the season with a loss to Xaverian. The Eagles most recent wins — over Walpole and Masconomet — brought the first Creator’s Crosse title back to Danvers, but coach John Roy felt like there was very little time to savor the moment.

St. John’s has a tough stretch of games including 6-1 St. John’s Shrewsbury today, a rematch with Xaverian Thursday, and a trip to 6-2 Hingham on Saturday.

Of course, that mini-stretch of games is only the second most difficult remaining on the Eagles’ schedule.

Four of the final six games of the regular season for St. John’s are against Needham, Lincoln-Sudbury, Duxbury and Medfield. Currently, according to Lax Power rankings, Needham is the fourth-ranked team in Massachusetts East, Lincoln-Sudbury is No. 1, Duxbury is third, and Medfield is second.

“It makes me think, ‘What am I doing to us?,’” Roy laughed.

The Eagles have clearly shown that they belong on the field with the best in the state, however. Lax Power has St. John’s ranked sixth in the East, and it’s the type of team that can play excellent defense and win the possession battle.

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