Swampscott captain Ocean Crawley-Sweeney scored six goals in the Big Blue's win. (Item File Photo)

Crawley-Sweeney nets six goals in Swampscott’s win

SALEM -- It took the Swampscott girls lacrosse team a little while to get going, but the Big Blue eventually took control and rolled to a 20-3 win over Salem at Bertram Field  Tuesday afternoon.

"It took us a little while to get going today," said Swampscott coach Al Eaton. "But once we got into our groove and figured out how we wanted to break down the defense, the goals started coming and things flowed nicely."

Leading the way offensively was Ocean Crawley-Sweeney, who netted six goals.

"She had a great game again today, and she's been scoring like that a lot this year," Eaton said of Crawley-Sweeney, a senior captain. "It's always nice to have a player like that on your team, and luckily for us she's not even the only one we have."

Right behind Crawley-Sweeney was Emerson Laundry with five goals, while Grace DiGrande had two goals and four assists. Sophie Marston and Layla D'Agostin each scored two goals, Mary Miles, Elizabeth Green and Reese Robertson each scored one goal and Harper Clopton and Olivia Fillenworth each had one assist.

For Salem, Maddie White scored two goals and Stella Rowley scored one.

The first 10 minutes of the game went back and forth. Laundry got the scoring started for Swampscott just under a minute into the action, but White scored for Salem in response just two and a half minutes later. It only took 45 seconds for Crawley-Sweeney to give Swampscott the lead again, then Laundry stretched the lead to 3-1 less than a minute after that. Then, with about 16 minutes to go in the first half, White scored for Salem to make it 3-2.

From there, Swampscott was able to take control. The Big Blue closed the half with 12 goals in the final 15 minutes, blowing the game open. Laundry scored three goals over that time, DiGrande, Crawley-Sweeney and Marston each scored twice during that stretch, while Green, Miles and Robertson each scored once. Salem halted Swampscott's run just before the buzzer sounded as Rowley scored with just one second remaining to make it 15-3 at halftime.

"For us, sometimes it just takes a little time for us to settle things down in a game," Eaton said. "It's nothing new, it's happened a few times to us this year, but we've been able to work through those issues for the most part."

Things were pretty much the same in the second half, as Crawley-Sweeney opened the half with three goals in the first eight minutes of action. That brought in the reserves for Swampscott, which gave D'Agostin the opportunity to score two goals in the final minutes.

Next up for Swampscott (7-3) is a tough NEC matchup against Peabody this afternoon that may be one of the games of the year in girls lacrosse. The Big Blue and Tanners had a thriller of a game last season that went to overtime before Swampscott earned the victory and Eaton thinks there's a decent chance we could see a similar game this year.

"That's going to be a huge game for us, it's one we've kind of had circled on our calendar all season," said Eaton. "We had a great game against them last season that we were able to steal a win on, so we're going to have to be on our toes all game long if we want to get a win in that one."

Swampscott and Peabody will face off at 4 p.m. at Blocksidge Field.

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