By the time you read this story, the DHS field hockey team could be riding a 14-game winning streak or recovering from its first loss of the season.
On Monday afternoon the Lady Dragons took on Hopkinton, a team that has caused Duxbury much pain over the last two seasons and is a perennial field hockey power in Massachusetts.
But despite the fear of getting a mark on its unblemished record, it looks like Pam Manleyâ€™s team was ready for Hopkinton after a 5-0 shutout win over Scituate and a 4-1 non-league victory over Notre Dame of Hingham last week.
Having already qualified for the State tournament, the Lady Dragons have yet to wrap up the Patriot League title with their 8-0 league record that is just one game ahead of Hanover that stands at 6-1.
Two games with the Indians in the next six days could well determine who walks away with the crown.
Goals by Emmy Horton at the 12:15 mark on an assist by league scoring leader Grace Nissi and Molly Zaveruchaâ€™s score with 1:05 left in the first half gave Duxbury a 2-0 halftime lead in the win over the Sailors.
Duxbury continued to attack Scituate goalie Michaela Doughty in the second half, as Horton picked up the rebound of a blocked corner and beat Doughty at the 19:47 mark for an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
After assisting on Hortonâ€™s second goal, Hannah Murphy scored one of her own, knocking home a rebound out of a scramble from a corner to make it 4-0 with 8:38 left in the game.
Murphy would score again with 36 seconds left to complete the shutout.
Duxbury entertained Notre Dame on Friday afternoon and continued their offensive dominance, as Murphy, Zaverucha, Emilie Munson (2 assists), and Briana Connolly took care of the scoring.
Connolly got the Lady Dragons on the board first with a penalty stroke with 11 minutes left in the first half.
â€œShe has been working on that shot all season and handled the pressure with confidence,â€ said Manley.
Duxbury dominated the second half, as Murphy and Siobhan McCarthy stepped up their play when the game became physical and denied ND any chance of a comeback with the help of goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick who turned aside 10 shots.
By weekâ€™s end, the Lady Dragons sported the leagueâ€™s top two scorers in Nissi (20 goals/11 assists) and Murphy (17/7).