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October 3, 2012

Falcons take down Beverly

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Noticeably absent from Beverly's lineup was junior sweeper Kristen O'Connor, who is normally the anchor in the backfield for the Panthers. Though her teammates tried to fill the void defensively, O'Connor's presence was surely missed.

"Man we missed her," said Simpson. "She really would've helped us, but I think the team did a good job rallying around scoring opportunities. Hopefully we'll have her back soon because we need her. Times like this is when you realize how important certain players are, we always knew how good she was — but we missed her."

As Danvers continued to penetrate into the Beverly defensive zone, the Falcons continued to get more and more looks in front of the net.

Stephanie Kowalski put the Falcons back up by a goal with under 15 minutes to play in the game, to notch her second game winner in just three games, off of a great feed from Pohle.

"We shot ourselves in the foot a lot and missed some open looks," Hinchion said. "We knew we couldn't just sit on a one-goal lead. Stephanie was just at the right place. She's been on varsity since freshman year and has been through these battles. She really stepped up big in the Marblehead game and now this one."

Delaney Zecha gave Danvers an insurance goal just two minutes after Kowalski's marker to put the game away.

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