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|Field hockey firepower sinks Sailors|
|Written by Wendy Genereux|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:51|
Having outscored their first five opponents 27-2, the Duxbury field hockey team looks poised and ready for the post-season. It’s only September, but with another lopsided victory over a good Scituate team on Friday afternoon, it's easy to look past the league opponents.
Duxbury started with the ball, and it didn't take long before senior captain Lily Smith fired a shot on Scituate goalie Aylish Lynch, who made the first of two early saves. However, the Lady Sailors could not get the ball past midfield where they were met by senior captains Zoe Griffin and Ally Hammel, who were relentless in their pursuit of the ball.
Some hard work by senior captain Katie Smith and junior Madison Vuilleumier along the sidelines kept the ball in the attacking zone. That set up a Bella McCann pass to Lily Smith, who once again got behind the defense and found the net to give Duxbury an early 1-0 lead.
After a rare scoring opportunity for Scituate, and a save by Duxbury goalie Maggie Connelly, the Lady Dragons were awarded their first penalty corner of the day. They immediately capitalized on it when Katie Smith scored off her twin sister’s rebound, giving Duxbury a 2-0 lead.
Junior Meredith Wright was all over the field for Duxbury, setting up the Smith twins and senior Caroline O'Connor, who got off two more shots on goal before Scituate called a timeout. Unfortunately for the hosts, the timeout seemed to re-energize Duxbury. The Lady Dragons wasted little time getting the ball into the offensive zone where Vuilleumier passed to Lily Smith who got her second assist when junior Charlotte Wahle netted her shot.
With a 3-0 lead, Duxbury continued to show off its impressive stick skills, speed, and athleticism. Scituate had no answers for their relentless attack, and mistakes weren't helping the Lady Sailors either. However, this time they escaped unscathed when Wahle's shot off of a penalty corner went wide.
It didn't take long before Wright was once again pushing the ball up the field, feeding the ball to the speedy forwards. This time McCann scored, but she had plenty of help from Katie Smith and Wahle, who scored her second goal minutes later on a booming shot from 15 yards out.
With a commanding 5-0 lead, Wright was finally rewarded for all of her hard work when she netted a shot right before the end of the first half, giving Duxbury a 6-0 lead.
The second half featured more of the same with a few new faces getting in on the action, and Scituate tightening up on the defensive side. Some of those players picking up where their teammates left off in the first half were senior Jillian Woodgate and junior midfielders Riley Buonagurio and Maddy Lyons. However, it would be the combination of Katie Smith and Charlotte Wahle who would score Duxbury's seventh and final goal of the game. It would be Smith's second assist and Wahle's second goal of the game.
With time winding down in the second half, Scituate's Lily Lynch scored the lone Sailor goal when Connelly could not corral a rebound, giving the home fans something to cheer about. That would be all Scituate could muster, however, and the Lady Dragons celebrated their 7-1 road victory.
Duxbury will host Hanover on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.