PEABODY — Both the Marblehead and Peabody High girls lacrosse teams can take a lot of positives out of yesterday’s exciting game between the two rivals — a clash that wasn’t decided until the final minute of play.
The visiting Magicians found a way to stem the tide after Peabody had scored five unanswered second half goals, turning a two-goal deficit into an 11-9 victory after netting the game’s final four tallies.
“Peabody had momentum in that second half,” said Marblehead head coach Annie Pugh, her team now 6-5 on the season after beating the Tanners for the second time in as many tries this spring. “They’re aggressive and talented; our strength is our stick skills. Once we started winning the draws, we were able to regain the lead.”
Senior captain Emily Freedland’s fourth goal tied it up at 9-9 with just under five minutes left after Marblehead won the draw. Sydney Cayen then got the game-winner 39 seconds later after another draw control.
Goaltender Brittany Lydon made a huge save for the Magicians on Peabody’s Sarah Napolitano on a free position shot with two minutes left before Freedland added a man-up goal in the final seconds.
“We held it for almost two minutes, and then coach wanted us to shoot to secure the win,” said Freedland, who will play basketball at Bates College next year. “Draws are important, and we won some big ones. Usually we get off to a slow start, but today we won the (opening) draw and scored right away which was important.”
It was a disappointing loss for the host Tanners, who played well and gave Marblehead everything it could handle. Peabody’s goaltenders, starter Alison Hennigan and backup Joanna Ambeliotis, were both injured, so freshman attacker Gianna Denisco stepped in and did an outstanding job against an explosive Marblehead offense.