The Masconomet field hockey team knew it was a whole new season as the Division 1 North state tournament got underway, and the No. 2 seed Chieftains picked up exactly where they left off in the regular season with a 5-0 win over Arlington at home.
Senior Maddie Lefreniere scored a pair of goals to lead Masco while senior Belle Ives had a goal and two assists. Senior captains Maddie Doyle and Julianna Kostas also scored for Masco, which remained unbeaten at 18-0-1.
“The tournament is nerve wracking, but after the first few minutes I think we realized it is like any other game,” said Masco coach Leah Gunner. “The girls maintained their focus and played they way they had to, which is us meaning being patient. They took that deep breathe and worked together.”
Kostas also had two assists for Masco and Doyle had one. Tessa Ives and Maggie Moffit also played well, as did Michelle Falherty and Megan Letvinchuk. Nelle Criscione, making her first varsity appearance on the defensive line, also played outstanding.
“It was a total team effort. Everyone chipped in,” said Gunner.
Masco, which fell in the semi’s last year, advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round where they host Chelmsford (2 p.m.). The Lions were 2-1 winners over Reading.
Needham 4, Danvers 0: The Falcons saw their season end in the Division 1 North first round against a tough Rockets team on artificial turf on the road. Amanda Ward, Raquel Lesley and Nicole Kamens played very well for Danvers, which ends its season at 11-6-2.“Considering all the this team’s been through in the last week, I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Falcons coach Jill McGinnity.