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May 6, 2014

Lax Lowdown: Swampscott,Salem set for battle in NEC South

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Alex Balleza is another player who has helped the offense. He saw some time at attack last year and has shown excellent improvement this year, with 13 goals and five assists this spring.

Griffin Hunt, a team captain, has also developed into a dangerous scoring threat from the midfield. He’s also scored 18 goals.

Defensively, Swampscott has been led by seniors Joe Silva, Emory Green, Tucker Merritt, Jared Dignan and Timmy Costin. Pierce is also alternating two goalies who have each earned playing time in seniors Max Cohen and Justin Nestor.

”Coming into the season the goals were No. 1, to win the NEC South. We still have work to do, but we’re off to a good start. The second goal was making the tournament,” Pierce said. “I keep telling them at this point to keep working hard. Good teams would be satisfied; we want to show we’re a great team and keep going.”

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It goes down as a one-sided loss, but Salem girls coach Jessica Trioli believes the experience will help her team immensely.

Reading’s 16-4 win over the Witches last Friday afternoon was a good measuring stick for Trioli’s team, which at 7-2-1 gives them a pretty good idea of where they need to be for the postseason.

“They’re an incredible team and it was good to play them,” Trioli said. “You need to play teams like this because going into the tournament you’re going to face teams like this. It gets our skills a little sharper and makes us a little stronger for upcoming games.”

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A 14-14 tie between the Waring and Montrose girls last Friday meant nothing was solved in the race for the Independent Girls Conference crown. That’s the bad news. The good news is that both teams will get another crack at each other this Friday at Waring.

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