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April 13, 2013

Peabody girls lacrosse handles Beverly in rain

BEVERLY — Rain, cold, wind — all weather conditions that girls’ lacrosse is not usually played in.

On a day when the temperature was in the 30s and the Red Sox postponed their baseball game, the Peabody and Beverly High girls braved the conditions to play on the turf field at Beverly High.

Senior Nicole Napolitano scored four goals and added an assist as the visiting Tanners improved to 3-1 on the young season with a 10-5 victory.

“This is not good for either team,” said Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches. “It was a messy game, with the ball skipping all over the place. We were fortunate to capitalize on our chances despite committing several turnovers. The weather was a big factor in those turnovers.”

Peabody goalie Cheyenne Jackson had a monster game with great saves. She denied the Panthers time after time and was immense on free position shots.

“Cheyenne was outstanding,” said Desroches. “She made some crucial saves, especially early on when the game was close.

“I thought our defense did an outstanding job. Victoria Digiacomo, Christine Feudo and Christa Trembley all had strong games. Any time you can hold a team like Beverly to just five goals, you’re playing good defense.”

Nicole Napolitano put the Tanners on the board first, but Beverly’s Liz Musumeci tied it up minutes later when she made a nice cut to get free in front of the net and beat Jackson.

The Tanners used their speed to regain the lead when Bianco Muscato made a perfect pass to Nicole Napolitano, who beat Panther goalie Ami Thompson. Once again Beverly (2-1) answered on Camden Vitale’s goal to knot it at 2-2.

The Tanners scored two more goals before halftime to go ahead, 4-2. Sarah Napolitano put her team ahead for good, and with just over two minutes until intermission her sister Nicole notched her third goal of the day.

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