By Jean DePlacido
---- — 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.
The Chieftains, who had 10 players figure in the scoring, put in four of the last five goals of the half to take a 14-8 lead at intermission and never looked back. Kathleen Gillespie struck three times in the last four minutes to build up the big cushion.
“Masconomet was the better team today,” said Ipswich (11-3) coach Nicole Linehan. “The first time we played them it was a four-goal differential (won by Masconomet). We made a lot of mistakes and turnovers in this one, but we never had a defeated attitude, never gave up.
“This is the fourth 7-goal game for Moutevelis, who is a great attack leader and does so well on draws. JoAnna Perry also stepped up with two goals and played both ends of the field. Perry and Jordan Morrissey both were outstanding at midfield, which is so important because Ellie Swenson is injured.”
Masconomet was strong defensively in front of goalie Kaitlin Dierze, who made some great saves.
Sarah Yeakel had four goals and Meghan Collins added two for the Chieftains. Kaitlyn Waystock used her speed to score a goal and had two assists while Katherine Glendinning, Sammy Dindo and Abby Reblin also scored.
“Reblin had a great defensive game. When I moved her up to midfield, she scored a goal,” said McCarthy. “Waystack has a lot of speed and really showed it.”
The Tigers got two goals and an assist from Meghan Lindahl and a pair of goals from Julia Glavin. Abby Potter had one goal, Kelsey Daly chipped in with three assists and Eliza Statile made some big saves.