Gloucester (5-9) went down fighting in a must win game nearly overcoming a 7-1 halftime deficit, but the newly crowned NEC South champion Witches were able to hold off the second half surge.
“They came out in a different defense then we’re used to in the first half and it took us a little while to figure out how to break it down,” head coach Amanda Levie said. “The girls really wanted this one. It didn’t go our way but the effort and leadership on the field was great.”
Melodie Orrell led the way for Gloucester with five goals while Caity O’Leary and Ariana Puopolo also scored. Goalie Yazmeen Shahain also had a big game with 17 saves.
Although Gloucester will not be heading to the postseason, this is the second year in a row that the program improved its win total and took a step in the right direction.
“The amount of improvement we have shown this season is awesome,” Levie said. “I can’t even explain how far the team has come. Unfortunately it didn’t go our way today but the effort and improvements speak numbers and I can’t ask for more than that.”
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The Hornets (14-0) finish off Cape Ann League play unbeaten and clinch the Small Division title with a win over a strong Newburyport team. Winners for the Hornets were Calvin Lamothe at No. 2 singles (7-5, 6-2), Justin Eichenberger at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-4), Jeff Durkin and Seth Cohen at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-0) and Jake Rich and Winston Feuerbach at No. 2 doubles (6-0, 6-1).
Manchester Essex finishes up the regular season with a nice postseason tune-up today against Northeastern Conference champion Marblehead.
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The Hornets (16-0) continue to roll into the postseason with their 13th shutout win of the seasons. Hornets victors were Kendall McCormick at No. 1 singles, Rachel Daley at No. 2 singles, Molly Carlson at No. 3 singles, Avery St. Sauveur and Ellie Mortillaro at No. 1 doubles and Maura McCormick and Sara Stanton at No. 2 doubles.