BEVERLY — The Gloucester field hockey team started off the season in style last week with a shutout win over Revere. In Monday’s second game of the season against Beverly, however, the Fishermen ran into a buzz saw in the form of the defending Northeastern Co.
Following a rare loss over the weekend, the Beverly team made sure it didn’t become two in a row yesterday.
The Panthers scored early and often to notch their third win of the young season, 7-0, over visiting Gloucester at the Beverly High turf field.
Senior Mary Cate Flaherty scored three times in the first half as the hosts built up a commanding lead. Flaherty had scored the first goal of her career last week and followed it up with a terrific performance yesterday.
Six Panthers figured in the scoring, and everybody saw plenty of action. Flaherty opened the scoring after taking a pass from Kate Silvestri, and then made it a 2-0 game on a great setup by Nicole Woods.
After Kate Silvestri put one in the back of the net at the 18:58 mark (with Allison Sheehan assisting), Flaherty notched her first hat trick after taking a perfect pass from Silvestri.
“I had a lot of good shooting opportunities today,” said Flaherty. “Our whole team is really connecting and creating scoring chances. We had a couple of very close games against tough teams, and I think it helped us.”
Coach Trish Murphy is delighted to see Flaherty scoring for the Panthers, who are now 3-1. The lone loss came at perennial state powerhouse Walpole, 3-1, this past weekend.
“Mary Cate came out really strong today. Seeing her scoring goals is a good sign for us,” said Murphy. “She set a goal for herself to score, and it’s important for us as a team to have her contribute to the offense the way she has been.