Revere girls lacrosse defeats rival Winthrop

Revere's Kiana Napolitano was named MVP of the NEC South. (Item File Photo)

WINTHROP — A late goal by defenseman Jessica Haggerty was the difference for the Revere girls lacrosse team in a nail-biting 11-10 win over Northeastern Conference rival Winthrop Friday at Miller Field.

The Patriots survived a late second half push by the Vikings after leading by as many as four goals in the first. Revere’s offense ran through senior Kiana Napolitano who scored eight goals. But Patriots coach Manuel Lopes was happier to see contributions from all 12 players on the field.

“Kiana hit her 300th point last year,” Lopes said. “But Kiana’s one player and our goal this year is to be a whole unit. Over the past few years we have depended less on her. If you want to win against these type of teams everyone has to contribute something. The game-winning goal was scored by a defender coming from the back. I’m trying to get them to understand. Kiana will get her six or seven but we want to get more kids involved.”

Emily DiGiulio, Brianna Popp and Haggerty each scored one goal. Patriots goalie Cuertas Lopera had five saves.

It was a tale of two halves for the Vikings, who struggled to control possession in the first half and relied on their speed to keep pace with Revere.

“Early on the draws weren’t going our way,” Winthrop coach Ben Cimmino said. “We didn’t have many possessions so we made a couple of changes. I thought Caroline Earl did a great job stepping up on draws for us and starting to give us some possessions. We knew if we could get the ball to our attack and our offensive unit that we would score goals. We did that. The girls responded well.”

That response was clear in the second half, when the Vikings controlled possession. Winthrop’s Emma Carleton led the way with seven goals, including a pair of go-ahead tallies in the second half. Maura Dorr scored twice while Kaiya Rodriguez had one goal.

“It’s something we can build on,” Cimmino said. “I’m proud of them for coming back after being down four early on. Revere’s a great team and it’s fun playing them. It’s not the result we wanted but it was a good game by both teams. We can come back stronger from this.”

Winthrop goalkeeper Gemma Dimento had a great day in net with 10 saves.

It didn’t take long for the Patriots offense to get to work. DiGiulio got Revere on the board less than a minute in and Napolitano scored her first goal shortly after to put the Patriots ahead 2-0.

Winthrop responded with a goal from Carleton but it was all Revere from there. The Patriots scored three straight goals, one from Popp and a pair of goals from Napolitano, to stretch their lead to 5-1.

Winthrop started to use its speed midway through the first to get back in. Dorr and Carleton carried balls from midfield and scored out front for back-to-back goals to cut the Revere lead to 5-3.

From there both teams traded goals. Napolitano took advantage of a corner opportunity and beat Dimento for a goal before Carleton scored on a corner chance of her own on the following possession.

Napolitano added another goal with just under three minutes remaining in the first but once again Winthrop responded, this time with a goal from Rodriguez, to cut the Revere lead to 7-5.

Dorr found some space with just over a minute to go and ripped a shot that found the back of the net to cut the Patriots lead to 7-6. However, a late mistake gave Napolitano a corner opportunity and the senior midfielder delivered with a goal to give the Patriots a 8-6 lead at the break.

The Winthrop offense started to take control in the second half. The offense ran through Carleton, who ripped off three straight goals to give the Vikings their first lead of the game at 9-8.

Carleton scored once more in the final few minutes, but Napolitano stepped up for the Patriots, scoring two late goals to tie things up at 10-10 with six minutes remaining.

Haggerty made the play of the game with just over three minutes remaining. The senior defenseman scooped up a loose ball and carried it end-to-end before making a move to the net and scoring to put Revere ahead 11-10.

After a faceoff win by Wells Revere ate up the rest of the final minutes and clinched the victory.

“Winthrop always gives us a good game over the last couple years we’ve played them,” Lopes said. “It’s expected. It’s been us and them in the NEC South for three years. The girls respect each other and know each other.”

Revere’s on the road Tuesday (4) at Gloucester while the Vikings will hope to bounce back against St. Mary’s Monday (7) at Miller Field.

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