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May 9, 2013

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

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.”

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