By Gianna Addario
---- — DANVERS — The Marblehead High girls lacrosse team has used its final regular season games as a test heading into the state tournament next week.
With their 17-7 win over Danvers yesterday, the Magicians finished undefeated (8-0) in Northeastern Conference Large play and had just two losses in non-league matchups.
While Marblehead (16-2-1) can seem nearly untouchable at times, head coach Annie Pugh knows never to take anything for granted. Her Magicians mounted an 10-goal lead yesterday against the host Falcons early in the first half and wanted to make sure they could maintain the lead the rest of the way.
“Danvers is a very athletic and talented team, and we came in knowing we had to play our top game,” said Pugh. “We needed to make sure to do all the little things to come out with a win.
“I though that our transitions really were solid. Our (breakout) out of our defensive end really proved to be strong and got us to the next level.”
Danvers (6-11) did spark a bit of a comeback late in the first half, netting three unanswered goals to cut the deficit to 11-4 at the break.
“If we started with that momentum instead of end the half with it, I think that we would’ve had more success in the game,” said Danvers coach Deb Tam. “It was a tough game for us, definitely a mental game right from the start. We weren’t working as a team as much as we have in the past.”
Danvers’ Rachel Trocchi notched three goals in the first half and did everything possible to get her team back in the game. The junior attack has a knack for finding opening spaces and setting up her teammates; she factored into every Danvers goal yesterday.
“Rachel has been the key player for us,” noted Tam. “We really depend on her, especially offensively. She was definitely the leader out there for us, not only scoring but on the face-off draws as well.”
On the other end of the field Marblehead’s offense was firing on all cylinders, actively getting everyone involved in the scoring opportunities. Senior Kiley Fischer (five goals, four assists), Meggie Collins (five goals, four assists), Tyler Phillips (three goals, two assists), Cassie Rodgers (three goals, two assists) and Sydney Cayen (two goals) led the balanced attack and had strong ball movement in front of the net.
The Magicians took what they learned from last week’s loss to Concord-Carlisle and instituted it yesterday’s game plan. “We were able to learn from it and build off it,” added Pugh. “We took away some of their strengths and put it into our game.”