Creative Danvers carves out 2-1 field hockey win over Swampscott

SWAMPSCOTT – With the motive force’s seat in a dramatic Northeastern Conference title race considerably on the road Thursday, the No. 17 Danvers discipline hockey staff unveiled its creativity on corners to finish a 2-1 comeback win over Swampscott and stay unbeaten in convention play.

Gabby Griffin-Fetsch assisted Bobbi Serino on each objectives for the Falcons (9-1-2, 9-0-1 NEC), matching the staff’s objective whole from the earlier 4 video games mixed.

Each objective got here on corners with no less than two passes after the Big Blue (5-5, 5-4 NEC) took a 1-0 lead late within the third quarter, serving to the Falcons keep a slim lead over Gloucester (7-1-2, 7-1-2) and Masconomet (6-2-2, 5-2-2) within the convention standings.

They nonetheless have to face each groups once more, so this was an enormous comeback.

“We’ve been kind of in a scoring drought and my main takeaway from that game is when we want to score, we can,” stated Danvers head coach Kristen McCarthy. “In terms of the NEC, I love how close it is this year and how competitive it is. … (The comeback is) a great takeaway.”

With no scarcity of hustle and depth, Danvers and Swampscott gritted by a scoreless defensive showdown that noticed neither staff produce many harmful probabilities on offense.

Once Sawyer Groothius tallied a objective with 1:13 left within the third quarter for a 1-0 Big Blue lead, it appeared like a tall job for the Falcons to reply. The solely main menace Danvers produced up till then got here when it was awarded a stroke, however Swampscott’s Lilah Caplan stuffed the bid close to the tip of the primary half.

The Falcons solely wanted one minute and 6 seconds to tie it again up, although, as they took benefit of a drained nook protection with correct lateral passes. Abby Sher obtained the insert on the high of the circle, discovered Griffin-Fetsch on the best aspect, and her ship into the center was slammed in by Serino.

“We do have corner plays, but we kind of have to improvise a lot – and that’s what ended up happening,” Serino stated. “It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, you just have to be ready.”

With 12:27 left to go, Danvers then took the 2-1 lead on one other nook that noticed the three of them join. If it have been ice hockey, Sher would’ve had two assists.

“I was telling them to just read it, and they read it on that last one,” McCarthy stated. “That last one was just made up … For (the goals to come) that quick and that automatic is huge.”

The pair of corners Danvers drew beforehand noticed Groothius use his pace to interrupt up. Chloe Puzzo additionally made an excellent play on one to forestall a shot.

After failing to attain within the two video games prior, it was a aid to lastly get again on the board. Especially in an enormous win that noticed each defenses play extraordinarily powerful, together with two large clears from Danvers’ Mia Lewis and Molly Emery within the closing minutes.

“We saw what we needed to do and we got it done,” Serino stated.