Suffering their first loss of the season last week only served to make the Dragons more motivated to prove they belong at the top in Division I.
Duxbury bounced back from their two-goal loss to Needham by jumping in front 12-0 in the first half against the Whitman-Hanson Panthers on the way to an 18-4 win on April 29. The team didn’t slow down from there, opening May with a 19-7 win at Hingham followed by an 18-9 win over the Marshfield Rams at the high school on Saturday to improve to 9-1 on the season and clinch a spot in the MIAA tournament.
The Dragons dominated Marshfield from buzzer to buzzer in their win on Saturday and refused to let the Rams build any momentum by answering every Marshfield goal with at least one of their own. The Rams’ goal with 10 minutes left in the first half brought them within five of the Dragons, but Duxbury scored five of the last six goals of the half to bury Marshfield 16-6 at halftime.
“I think we had control for the whole game,” head coach Kelly Jurgens said.” We really dominated.”
Emma Gill and Steph Harvey added goals in the second half before the Dragons went into clock-killing mode with the game well in hand. Harvey and fellow attacker Jane Dudley each scored in the first half as well while midfielders Katherine Smith, Olivia Smith, Logan Snelling and Riley Buonagurio ran the Rams ragged with their end-to-end speed on fast breaks started off of defensive stops and saves by Charlotte Wahle.
“I think it was the fast breaks that helped us, and that’s something we’ve been working on,” Jurgens said. “I’m fortunate that I have a very fast team this year. They’re strong, athletic girls and our midfield can run for days.”
The Dragons return to Patriot League action this week with games at Quincy and North Quincy as they prepare for their two toughest nonleague opponents of the season. On Saturday, the Dragons will host Westford Academy, currently ranked third in the state by the Boston Globe, before traveling to Hingham to play the top-ranked Notre Dame Academy Cougars. Jur- gens said Duxbury’s two-goal loss to fourth-ranked Needham showed that her team can play with the best in the state and expects them to prove it again this weekend.
“Needham is a very strong team and we matched up well, just our shooting was very off,” Jurgens said. “If any- thing, it gave us confidence that we can play with the best teams in the state.”