SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 9, 2013

Fischer, Marblehead take down Beverly to earn 13th straight win

By Gianna Addario
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY— The Marblehead girls lacrosse team prides itself on its high-powered attack and its ability to get all of the forwards involved in scoring opportunities.

The Magicians have dominated with their offensive pressure for the majority of the season, and continued to do so by taking down host Beverly yesterday, 11-6.

“Day in and day out we’ve been working on our freelance offense,” said Marblehead head coach Annie Pugh. “We’re trying to make sure that everybody on our attack is able to score. The flexibility of having multiple scorers off of the 12 really makes us a threat.”

The win is Marblehead’s 13th straight after dropping its season-opener to Acton-Boxboro. Since then the Magicians (13-1) have gone undefeated and are using each game as another learning tool in preparation for the state tournament in a few weeks.

“We’re giving it all we’ve got every game and are just looking to keep it going,” captain Cassie Rodgers said of the team’s outstanding record. “We haven’t changed much over the course of the season, just trying to keep our conditioning up.”

Rodgers scored Marblehead’s first goal and added another two goals later on in the game to lead the offense, along with Kiley Fischer to put the Magicians up 3-0.

Beverly answered with a goal from Camden Vitale, but Marblehead came right back to score again on an Emily Freedland goal. The Magicians went into the break with an 8-2 lead and displayed strong defense in the first half to limit Beverly’s chances.

“We know that they have a lot of offensive threats,” said Beverly head coach Alyson Healey, whose team dropped its third straight. “We needed to mark them tight and work really hard at the basic fundamental game. This game was really about staying focused on the job and not necessarily focusing on the score as much.”

Healey’s team came out firing in the second half, as Grace Otterbein and Liz Musumeci netted the goals for Beverly within the first two minutes after the break. The Panthers (5-6) talked about stepping up and capitalizing on chances, which is exactly what captain Becca Kemmer did.

Kemmer, normally a defender, got a feed up top and took the ball to the net herself to give the Panthers their fifth of the day.

“We needed someone to take the initiative,” explained Healey. “We talked about doing a few thing offensively and Becca said she’d do it. Usually she doesn’t go up on offense as one our lower defenders, but it just worked out and that was really exciting to see. For her to step up the way she did just shows why she’s in the spot she’s in.”

Marblehead scored just three goals in the second half to Beverly’s four. The Panthers picked up their man-to-man coverage early in the second half to try and stifle the Magicians’ attack.

“Beverly rode the ball very well coming out of their defensive end,” noted Pugh. “They did a great job at pressuring us in the midfield. I was saying to the girls that we play an 18 game schedule so that we can prepare for the tournament and that’s what we get from of games like this.”

Fischer finished with three goals and three assists for Marblehead, while Freedland ended the game with two and Meggie Collins and Tyler Phillips each had a single goal. Ally Forman made five saves on 11 shots for the win.

Katie Ball and Alicia Cecchini rounded out the scoring for the Panthers.