Bishop Fenwick 2, Tewksbury 1: The Crusaders went on the road and scored an upset win over No. 6 Tewksbury in their Division 2 North opener. Bishop Fenwick (9-7-3) got on the board first when Jen Jordan scored on a penalty stroke in the first half and never looked back.
”To get that confidence boost early on was a big help,” said Fenwick coach Mary Beth Mahoney, whose team advances to face No. 3 Swamspcott tomorrow.
Erinn Johnson extended Fenwick’s lead to 2-0 with an assist from Katie Hart. Kathleen Moran and Maura Benson were strong for the Crusaders, who held on after Tewksbury scored to make it 2-1 with eight minutes left.
Fenwick, which advanced to the North semi’s two years ago but didn’t qualify for the tourney last year, has played particularly well in the second half.
”We have a couple of girls who were sophomores when we made the run a few years ago that are seniors now,” said Mahoney. “Midseason when we really needed some wins they had a meeting with the team and told them the tournament is something you want to experience.”
Winchester 2, Ipswich 0: The No. 12 seeded Tigers were blanked by No. 5 Winchester on the road and ended their season 6-7-6.
Wilmington 1, Marblehead 0: Casidy Alla was phenomenal in goal while midfielders Tyler Phillips and Mimi Goetz nearly helped the Magicians (10-6-3) even things up after Wilmington scored with six seconds left in the first half. Forward Maggie Forbes was also praised by Marblehead head coach Linda Rice Collins.
“We almost put it (the ball) away in the last minute. It was very heartbreaking,” explained Collins. “They (Wilmington) controlled the first half and we controlled the second. We had opportunities we just did not put it away.”
Pingree 4, Landmark 3: Pingree (6-6) won the tiebreaker as the Highlanders were up 10 holes at the end of the match. Brandon Franco, Gabe Salter and Griffin Whitman all won for Pingree.