“That’s the first time Gianna ever played goalie and I can’t say enough about the great job she did,” said Peabody (3-6) head coach Dennis Desroches. “She volunteered because we needed somebody to do it and was outstanding.
“What we tried to do was control time of possession, and we were able to do that in the second half. The kids were very patient waiting for opportunities. The last three draws at the end of the game were the difference, though. Marblehead is so strong to the goal; losing those draws decided this game.”
Marblehead shot out to a 5-2 lead after a Freedland goal, but Peabody cut the deficit to one on tallies by Courtney Smith (who finished with 4 goals) and freshman Lauren Wolf (2 goals). But Freedland (5 goals total) and Cayen answered before halftime, giving the visitors a 7-4 lead at the break.
“We had freshman Ellie Ronan take the draws and moved Cayen into the circle to take advantage of her height and speed. That worked well, and Freedland had an outstanding game,” said Pugh. “She stepped up like a true leader to help us win a close one. I thought Caroline Helmes stood out on defense and had some clutch ground balls. She also came up with a big turnover, and Lydon made an outstanding save at the end.”
It was all Peabody for the first 19 minutes after intermission, however. Denisco set the tone with two huge saves before Smith scored three in a row to tie it at 7-7.
The Tanners’ patient attack against the tough Marblehead defense paid off when Aly Bortone scored her second of the game. Wolff used her speed to cut to the front of the net and beat goalie Brittany Lydon to give Peabody a 9-7 lead with just over six minutes remaining.
Lucie Poulin had two goals and two assists for Marblehead while Kelsey Detels also scored twice and Amanda Gregory also had an assist for Marblehead. Napolitano also scored for Peabody.
“To hold Marblehead to seven goals for most of the game is outstanding,” said Desroches. “We’re improving with every game, and we can play with the best in the league.”