Girls Lacrosse Unbeaten Through Three
Monday, 14 April 2014 19:10


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The Mustangs are led by captains Sheila Carroll and Sammy Hayes.


By the Sports Staff

The Mustangs have won three straight to start the season, opening Bay State Conference play with a 14-10 over Milton last Thursday and a 16-3 rout of Brookline on Tuesday. Junior Kacie Smith has been tough to stop in the early going, registering eight goals and an assist against the Warriors and six goals and two assists against the Wildcats. Shannon Gillis added two scores and Sheila Carroll, Sammy Hayes, Valerie Quinlan, Lisa Moynihan, Maura O’Neill and Kelsey Doherty all had single tallies in the Brookline victory.

Hayes and Quinlan each had four-point days in Milton, with Hayes posting three goals and assist and Quinlan scored twice and setting up a pair. Gillis, Hailey Guglietti and Meghan Shaughnessy rounded out the Mustang scoring.

 
A Fountain of Youth
Monday, 14 April 2014 18:57

 

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Junior captain Erin Garczynski takes a cut Monday during the Mustangs 4-1 win over Weymouth to open the season. 




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By Tom Fargo
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The injury cloud that has camped over the Norwood High softball team for much of the last two seasons may finally be producing a silver lining.

 

The injury cloud that has camped over the Norwood High softball team for much of the last two seasons may finally be producing a silver lining.
Losing a veteran nucleus that included the middle four hitters in the lineup and their top pitcher may gut a lot of a programs. But with the Mustangs being forced to incorporate a number of youngsters into action the last few years, the players being asked to fill many of those roles already have their feet wet.
Norwood's starting lineup for the season opener against Weymouth on Monday featured five sophomores, a freshman and no seniors, but didn't perform like it, posting a 4-1 win to begin the spring.
"The nice thing is about this group of kids is that they are willing to work their butts off," said Norwood coach Carol Savino, whose team went 15-7 a year ago. "And I look at the core group, most of the kids are here this year and two more years."
The Mustangs scored twice in the third and fourth innings and starter Katie O'Donnell squelched one final Wildcat rally attempt in the seventh as Weymouth brought the tying run the plate, but Nicole Butts caught a fly ball down the right field line with a pair on the end it.
"It's really only our second time outside. Weymouth is obviously a great team, they are very competitive, but so are we apparently," said junior captain Erin Garczynski, a returning Bay State Conference All-Star at catcher. "It was a good team win, today, we kept talking and picking each other up."
Garczynski and junior third baseman Kristin Flynn are the only Mustangs back in the same spots where they were full-time starters a year ago. Sophomore Alyssa Chamberlain takes over at shortstop after seeing action at both middle infield positions last year. Against Weymouth, freshman Siobhan Reen was at second and sophomore Taylor Reed at first, both making their varsity debuts.
Reed drove in the first Mustang run in the third. After Garczynski reached on a single with two outs, she blasted a ball to gap in right center for an RBI triple
"If our fence was up she wouldn't have been running the bases," said Savino. "That would have been gone."
Garczynski, who doubles as one of the league's most feared hitter and best defender behind the plate, had the only multiple-hit day for Norwood, collecting two of the Mustangs five hits.
Flynn followed with a walk and Reed came home on a double steal, staking the Mustangs to a 2-0 lead.
Chamberlain and Kara Shea led off the fourth with back-to-back singles and moved up on another double steal. Chamberlain was plated on a Kasey Michael bunt and Shea scored on a sacrifice fly by Reen, making it 4-0.

"All in all I was happy with the fact that if first game what they did do well is put the ball in play," said Savino. "They had some errors, but they are errors that we know we can fix."

Sophomore Michael and junior Shea flanked sophomore Emily Flavin in the outfield on Monday, although senior captain Emily Johnson is expected to see plenty of time as well. Sophomore Kristina Michael was the designated player but is also in the mix at second base. In addition to senior captain Butts, sophomore third baseman Emily Bonaccorso also saw action off the bench.

O'Donnell had her shutout bid spoiled with two out in the seventh when Sarah Finnigan's line drive to center field went off the glove of a diving Flavin, scoring Angela Milks from second.

The junior hurler, who started several games her first two years when Jill Shepherd missed time with shoulder ailments, had to work way out of trouble in the middle innings, stranding seven runners from the second to the fourth. O'Donnell struck out 10, the first seven of which were looking, in the complete game while working around five walks.

Freshman Cassie Pinciaro should also contribute in the circle for the Mustangs this season.

Norwood was scheduled to host Milton yesterday before a big visit from rival Dedham, a Division 2 South finalist a year ago. With Brookline opting out of its BSC, the Mustangs have filled their non-league slate with two games against Brockton and Notre Dame of Hingham, and one with Cardinal Spellman

"We are a young team, but we are making it work," said Garczynski. "Our expectations are high, especially after this game, but we know we still have a lot of work to do."

 

 
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