Pioneer field hockey winning on and off the field

Oct 10, 2018 by

Upset Masco; beat Amesbury during Play for a Cure fundraiser

Published in the October 10, 2018 edition

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

LYNNFIELD — On Columbus Day morning, the Lynnfield High field hockey team won at Ipswich, 2-0. With that win, the Pioneers improved to 10-1 overall and 9-1 in the Cape Ann League. They are in first place in the CAL Kinney Division.

“Ipswich is always very competitive against us,” said Pioneers head coach Mamie Reardon. “However, our kids really wanted to get this week off to a good start.”

Both goals came in the first half. Brianna Barrett scored the first one off a corner assisted by Abby Buckley and her sister Ashley Barrett.

Ashley Barrett then had the other goal with Lily Rothwell assisting.

Pioneer goalie Emily Dickey improved to 10-1 in net as she made seven saves. It was her ninth shutout of the season.

Play for a Cure a huge success

MADISON MURPHY (20) celebrates her goal against Amesbury during the Play For a Cure fundraiser game. Also pictured is Mia Lemieux (3), Abby Buckley (2) and Lily Rothwell (12). (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

Last Thursday night, it was the Pioneers’ Play for a Cure game to benefit breast cancer research as they welcomed Amesbury. The locals dominated in the first half as they won 4-0 with all four goals coming in the opening half.

“Everybody got in for the second half,” said Reardon, as she got her bench a lot of playing time.

Maddie Murphy finished the evening with three points, with two goals and one assist while Brianna Barrett added two assists. Rothwell and Ashley Barrett had the two other goals against the overmatched Indians.

Dickey only had to make on stop in net for the shutout.

With that win, the Pioneers also punched their ticket for the Division 2 state tournament. It is the eighth year in a row the team has qualified for the states.

Upset Masco

On Oct. 2, the Pioneers upset guest Masconomet, 1-0. This was the first time since 2009 that they have defeated the Chieftains who have dominated the CAL for many years.

“It was a fantastic game,” recalled Reardon. “Abby (Buckley) came up big.”

Buckley, a sweeper, turned back three Chieftain shots on the goal line.

The lone goal of this game came with 2:13 left as Ashley Barrett scored assisted by Rothwell.

Dickey made five saves.

“This was our biggest win of the year,” stated Reardon. “Beating them was one of our goals heading into the season.”

The Pioneers visit Triton on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and then welcome North Reading on Friday (Oct. 12). Next Tuesday (Oct. 16th), they have a very tough road test at Manchester-Essex.

All three games will start at 3:45 p.m.

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