Both Thompson, who stopped six free position shots, and Jackson made some big saves in the first half. Jackson made a spectacular save, denying Vitale with 30 seconds left before Peabody took control in the second half with two quick goals to go up, 6-2.
Nicole Napolitano picked up her fourth when she won the draw, raced down the field, and beat Hindi Aljahari with just seconds gone in the half (Thompson and Aljahari split duties in goal with each playing a half). She won the ensuing draw and made a long pass to Mikayla York, who also found the back of the net.
“We weren’t winning the draws, and that really hurt us,” said Panther coach Alyson Healy. “Early on it was a back-and-forth game, but in the second half draws were a big problem for us. That Peabody goalie made some very good saves. We had our opportunities but didn’t finish.”
The teams then traded goals, with Katie Pietrini scoring for the Panthers and Courtney Smith getting a great pass from Trembley for the first of her two goals. Every time Beverly scored Peabody was able to answer at the other end.
Sarah Napolitano had two goals for Peabody while Muscato had a goal and an assist. For the Panthers, Abbey Carnevale and Meghan Henrichon each scored.