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May 23, 2014

Girls lacrosse state tournament: Masconomet a threat in Division 1; Ipswich top seed in Division 2

The Second Season begins for nine North Shore girls lacrosse programs, who learned of their postseason seedings and first round opponents yesterday afternoon.

Leading the way in North Division 1 is Masconomet. A year after reaching the sectional semifinals, the Chieftains (13-5-1) have followed that up with another terrific regular season in 2014 and are hoping for even better playoff results this time around.

After winning the Cape Ann League’s Kinney Division with a perfect 9-0 mark and scoring a whopping 252 goals this season, Masconomet is seeded fourth in the North. They were rewarded with a home game next Wednesday (time TBA) against 13th seeded Lowell (13-7).

Senior captain Kathleen Gillespie has had a spectacular season; the midfielder is the CAL’s Player of the Year and a scoring force up front. So is her sophomore sister, CAL all-star Molly Gillespie, while junior midfielder and CAL All-Leaguer Meg Collins may be one of the best and fastest athletes in the area.

Freshman Grace Fahey, another midfield, has made an immediate splash in the Chieftains’ lineup and earned All-League accolades. Sophomore defender Abby Reblin and senior captain Sarah Yeakel at attack were other CAL all-stars for Masconomet, which relies on dependable junior Kaitlin Dierze in goal.

The Chieftains, who have beaten their foes by an average of four goals, suffered two of their first losses to the draw’s No. 1 seed, North Andover. They could potentially face the Scarlet Knights for a third time in the North semifinals.

Should Masconomet beat Woburn, it would then face the winner of fifth-seeded Danvers (15-3) and No. 12 Woburn (9-7-1).

The Falcons, who won only four games a year ago, have had a terrific spring under first-year head coach Nicholas Prandi, having captured the Northeastern Conference North crown with a perfect 7-0 record. They’ve also won eight of their last nine contests coming into the playoffs and have scored 208 goals.

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