This season, Pugh’s third at the helm, was the Magicians’ best under her tutelage. Marblehead went 19-3-1 and advanced to the Division 2 North final, where it lost to state power Winchester.
Pugh implemented an uptempo style that suited her team well. With a large group of talented scorers, the Magicians were dangerous from anywhere on the field. They rolled to the Northeastern Conference title with an 8-0 record in the North and placed six seniors on the league all-star team, led by Player of the Year Meggie Collins.
“Our team this year was dedicated and driven,” said Pugh, a fifth-grade teacher in Marblehead. “Each player knew their role and came every day ready to work harder than the previous.”
Pugh thanked her father, veteran Masconomet football coach Jim Pugh, the seniors on the team, and her fifth-grade class, which became a big part of the team’s fan base.
BOYS LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR
John Pynchon would be the first to tell you that this was the most talented team he’s had at Beverly High in his six years as head coach. But just having talent doesn’t always translate into wins on the field.
Pynchon, who has enjoyed a lot of success within the Northeastern Conference during his tenure, helped the Panthers return to being a team capable of playing deep into the state tournament.
The Panthers went 9-1 in the NEC, sharing the conference crown with Marblehead, and 16-4 overall. It was in the state tournament where Beverly truly proved its mettle. Easy wins over Apponequet (19-3) and North Andover (14-7) set the Panthers up for a showdown at higher-seeded Wayland.
Beverly passed that test with a 9-4 victory to advance to the East Division 2 semifinals, where the run came to an end with an 8-4 loss to Hingham.