Heading into Wednesday’s Division 2 North First Round tilt with No. 5 Tewksbury, the chips appeared to be falling into the right place for the 12th seeded Gloucester field hockey team.
For starters the Fishermen, who entered the contest with an 8-7-1 record, finished the regular season with a furious run towards the postseason going 4-01-1 in their final six games and knowing they could hang with anyone that was put up against them in the opening round of the tournament. Gloucester also had senior captain Julia Lamoureaux named to the Northeastern Conference All Star team, Autumn Zubricki named NEC Honorable Mention All Star and first year head coach Lauren Riley named NEC Coach of the Year.
Although Gloucester played great defense throughout the entire game it was the Redmen who ended up prevailing 1-0 on a late goal from Ashley Kelly with just 8:03 to play in the contest.
The loss ends Gloucester’s season at 8-8-1 while Tewksbury (13-4-2) now moves on to the Division 2 North Quarterfinals.
The first half was a battle that took play, mostly, on the Fishermen’s side of the field. With the Redmen attacking the Gloucester zone almost nonstop it was up to its defense to come up with some big stops; and it did just that.
There is no telling how many goals the Tewksbury offense would have scored if not for goalie Deanna Foley and the Fishermen defense. The Gloucester net minder made a pair of enormous saves during a Redmen surge 20 minutes into the game to keep the contest scoreless. Tewksbury’s attack did not stop there putting together a 10-1 advantage on corners at the break, but Foley and the Gloucester defense was there to stop every one of them.
Foley ended the first half with four big saves to her credit and the score tied 0-0 which made it anybody’s game to win over the final 30 minutes of play.