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May 13, 2014

Gillespie sisters power Masconomet offensively in wild win over Ipswich

BOXFORD — The Ipswich girls lacrosse game has a great goal scorer in Olivia Moutevelis, who struck for seveng goals while adding an assist yesterday.

But Masconomet has two dominant scorers in sisters Kathleen and Molly Gillespie, who combined for 15 points as the Chieftains downed the visiting Tigers in a wild 24-14 contest.

Kathleen Gillespie, a senior captain, had six goals and four assist while Molly Gillespie, a sophomore, scored four times and added one assist as the Cape Ann League Large’s top team bested the CAL Small front-runners.

“Having both of them is a real luxury,” said Masconomet head coach Al McCarthy, whose team is now 11-3-1 overall (8-0 in CAL play). “Kathleen sets us up in every game with the draw and plays with great leadership. She’s always driving, getting coverage and dishing off. Molly has also stepped up and is playing really well.

“We definitely spread out our offense and got a lot of people involved. The goal was the play a full 50 minutes and we did that. We had great teamwork and ball movement.”

Kathleen Gillespie now has 52 goals and 30 assists for a team-leading 82 points while her younger sister has 26 goals and 13 assists this spring.

They combined on two pretty goals, both scored by Molly after her sister put the ball right in her stick.

“We work well together; part of the reason is we play for the same club team (3D Lacrosse),” said Kathleen, who will play at Bentley University next year. I know where she’s going to be and try to set her up.”

The game was close in the first half, with the teams tied on three separate occasions before Masconomet started pulling away shortly before intermission. The Chieftains scored five straight with two goals by Molly Gillespie and one each from Grace Fahey (who finished with 2 goals and 3 assists), Caroline Chipman (2 goals) and Kathleen Gillespie before Moutevelis scored her third of the game for Ipswich to close the gap to 7-4.

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