WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Emily Zlevor burst out from behind the crease and buried a pass in motion from fellow senior Abby McQuillen to put Medfield back ahead by two.
When the Warriors needed the senior one more time, McQuillen was there to force a free position effort, slip the winner under the
keeper and float along the sidelines in celebration.
Burying five goals for the fourth-seeded South champs, McQuillen was always there for Medfield girls' lacrosse (18-5) as she helped them best North champs Winchester (23-2), 10-9, grab the program's first Division 2 State Championship on MacDowell Field at Babson College this evening.
“I just really wanted to finish off my season with a high note,” said Zlevor. “Keep going and make sure I protect my stick so I can get
around (the defender) really fast. Only one team can do it so I am happy it was us.”
Starting with a 2-2 tie, the Warriors gradually pulled away off an 11 save effort from junior Sarah Honan.
Junior Katelyn Noschese (three goals) bounced a free position shot off a defender and into the opposite side to put Medfield ahead 3-2 eight minutes in. Keeping its advantage for 38 minutes, Noschese eyed an top net hole and buried another set effort to grab the Warriors' largest lead up 7-4 with 1:15 left in the half.
“I counted four or five turnovers off the bat, but once we settled down we were able to figure it out,” said Medfield coach Jason Heim. “We really took care off the ball to take that lead. We have a lot of different cuts and screens to try to confuse the defense.”
A pair of unassisted efforts by Megan Hennessey (three goals) and Talene Bush cut the Sachems deficit to 7-6 with 17:33 remaining. Zlevor twice pushed the margin back to two off a side net lob from fellow senior Natalie Gill at 15:27 and an assist from McQuillen at 8:12.
“We can really play well together,” said Zlevor. “Just clear space for the person who is cutting. Try to beat your man one-on-one.”
Bush and Hennessey both swept in from the sidelines and found a scoring gap infront of the keeper to tie the game at 9-9, with scores at 6:06 and 4:27 times respectively. However, a free position tally and two player disadvantage to finish lead Winchester to its seventh loss in what has been eight final appearances in nine years.
The Sachems won the title in 2008.
“A couple bad turnovers in the beginning set the tone,” said Winchester coach Suzanne Ontso. “We did not capitalize on some good chances. My heart breaks for the senior class.”