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April 27, 2013

Gloucester girls lax runs through Revere

GLOUCESTER— The Gloucester girls lacrosse team was essentially handed a win before it even stepped on the field for its Northeastern Conference South tilt with Rever at Magnolia Woods.

The Patriots, whose regular starting goalie was out with an illness, forgot to pack their goalie equipement for the bus ride to Gloucester and as a result had to play without a goalie for the entire first half until a set of pads was delivered in time for the second half. The results are just what one would expect as Gloucester ran away with a dominant victory to improve its record to 4-1 on the season. More importantly, the Fishermen are an unblemished 4-0 in Northeastern Conference play.

“It throws you for a loop a little bit finding out two minutes before the game that they are going to play without a goalie and with an extra player on defense,” Gloucester head coach Amanda Levie said. “It was difficult to set up offensive plays at first because we were looking at an open net for an entire half but once we settled in I thought we did a really good job finding the open player.”

Although Revere played the entire first half with an empty net, it would not have mattered much if there was a goalie in net as Gloucester’s dominance was on display from the get go.

Gloucester jumped out to the first four goals, two from Melodie Orrell, who finished with four goals and one each from Kelly Foster and Angela Marino. It was all about the fast break opportunities early on as the Gloucester attack was able to weave its way through the Revere defense which led to a number of easy goals.

Gloucester took a 14-4 lead into the half, and even with a goalie in net during the second half, Gloucester still carried play and put together some nice scoring opportunities thanks to a strong transition game.

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