It takes a village of defenders to contain Beverly, and Marblehead got that sort of effort from its backline and keeper as they stopped the Panthers, 1-0.
Sweeper Kelly Mealey, stopped Lucy Poulin and backs Abby LeBlanc and Meghan Hanratty were outstanding and sophomore Lauren Unterborn made 15 saves in net as Marblehead (8-2-1) earned its sixth shutout of the season.
”I’ve always been a defensive minded coach and in terms of how they’ve clicked together this has been one of the best defenses I’ve ever coached,” said Marblehead’s Andrew Bub. “As a unit they played great together and they had to because Beverly is strong at every position.”
Mia Bongiorno scored on a penalty kick in the second half for the game’s only goal, and freshman center-mid Meg Ryan had an outstanding game. Senior captain Diandra Crowley played well for Beverly, which fell to 9-2-2.
SWAMPsCOTT 7, REVERE 1: The Big Blue improved to 6-3-3 as Jamie Caponigro dished out three assists and Shauna King scored a goal to go with three assists of her own. Also scoring goals for Swampscott were Sarah Hingston, Meghan Morocco, Ellie Wright, Maggie DeGrande, Emma Wright and Casey Kennedy.
Waring 5, Cambridge School 0: Amanda Adams scored two goals and added one assist and Merilyn Hinrichs pitched in one goal and two assists as Waring moved to 9-0.
Pingree 6, Phillips Exeter 2: The Highlanders (7-0) continue their unbeaten streak as Charlotte Esty (assist) scored a hat trick. Lexi McNinch (two goals) and Emma Wayland (goal) also contributed to the impressive team-win.
Masconomet 4, Rockport 0: Kaleigh White had two goals, Courtney Bouchard added a goal and two assists, while Emma Hibbard also scored for the Chieftains (8-0-3). Lucie Farnham, Abby Reblin and Katie Pelletier (shutout) also had strong games as Masco qualified for the tournament in the win.
Austin Prep 3, Bishop Fenwick 1: Annette Ruggiero scored midway through the second half off an assist from Abi Rockey. Bridget Corcoran played well in the midfield for the Crusaders (5-5-2).