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December 12, 2013

Wednesday's area roundup: Peabody girls hockey opens season with win

GIRLS HOCKEY

The Peabody girls hockey team built a lot of momentum last season. Last night, the Tanners showed that they want to keep that going this winter.

Sophia Post had a hat trick and Peabody opened the season with a 6-2 win on the road over Brookline. It was the first time the Tanners (1-0) won their first game of the season.

Peabody jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one with goals from Post, Courtney Smith and Alice Murphy. Brookline scored a pair to make it 3-2, and Peabody responded with two more Post markers and a goal from Bella Piscatelli to put the game away.

Goalie Lauren Hennessy, making her first high school start, came up with 16 saves saves including one on a breakaway and a few tough deflections, to earn the win.

“Sophia had a great game on the line with Ciara DiSalvo. They work well together and I thought the combination of Courtney Smith, Alice Murphy and Caorline Buckley worked well together. They’ll only improve over time as they understand each other,” said Tanners coach Larry Minehan. “Hennessy was outstanding in net. Brookline had two 5-on-3’s and we killed one of them.”

Smith registered a goal and an assist while DiSalvo had two helpers and Post had one assist to go with her three goals. Also earning assists were Buckley, Murphy, Hannah Travers and Hannie Aylward.

Newton Country Day 4, Pingree 1: Junior Leah Heinze scored the lone Pingree (2-2) goal on assists from Katie Shreenan and Abbey Dirks.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pingree 51, Dana Hall 45: Haley Sabino scored 13 points, Cassidy Assad added 12 and Hanna Stasiuk chipped in eight as the Highlanders grabbed their first win of the season.

SWIMMING

Exeter JV 86, Pingree 84: The Highlanders dropped a close meet on the road against Phillips. Juniors Ani Pula and Emily Grand recorded personal best times in their races.

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