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PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick girls lacrosse team held the lead for a significant portion of the first half Monday, but a tough closing stretch resulted in a loss to Hamilton-Wenham, 15-10, at Steven E. Donaldson Stadium. The Crusaders gave up two crucial runs in the second half — one of four goals and another of three goals — to help give Hamilton-Wenham the win.
“It was tough to give up those two runs in the second half, but other than that I thought we played a pretty good game,” said first-year Fenwick coach Joel McKenna. “We were aggressive on offense and scored in double digits, but we need to work on the defensive side a little more.”
Karina Gyllenhaal scored four goals to lead the way for Fenwick, while Cailyn Wesley had three goals. Gabby Fabiszewski, Mia Tsarparlis and Jenna Durkin each scored one goal.
Hamilton-Wenham took a quick lead less than three minutes into the game, but it was short-lived. Wesley got things going for the Crusaders by tying the score at 1-1, then four minutes later Tsarparlis gave Fenwick the lead after scoring on a corner opportunity. The Generals tied the score just over 30 seconds later, but then Gyllenhaal scored two goals in a three-minute span to give Fenwick a 4-2 lead. But that lead was also short-lived, as Hamilton-Wenham’s Ele and Haley Hamilton netted back-to-back goals within nine seconds of each other to tie the score right back up. Haley Hamilton gave the Generals a 5-4 lead 30 seconds after that, but then Gyllenhaal responded with a goal of her own to tie it at 5-5. The two teams traded goals to tie the score at 6-6 before Ele Hamilton scored with 45 seconds left in the first half to give Hamilton-Wenham a 7-6 lead at the break.
The second half didn’t get off to as fast of a start, but Fenwick tied it up 7-7 on a goal from Wesley with just under 19 minutes left. The Crusaders couldn’t capture the momentum, as Hamilton-Wenham went on a crucial four-goal run to grab an 11-7 lead. Fenwick got two back with goals from Durkin and Fabiszewski to slim the gap at 11-9, but that was as close as the Crusaders would get. The Generals scored quickly to regain a three-goal lead, then scored three more goals in the final two minutes to put the game out of Fenwick’s reach. Gyllenhaal added a goal with just over a minute left to round out the scoring for Fenwick.
Next up for Fenwick (2-3) is a home game Wednesday (4) against Catholic Central League foe Archbishop Williams.
“Conference games are always tough, so we’ll have to bring our best,” McKenna said. “We’ve been doing a lot of good things out there at different times, so once we put it all together I think we’ll be in really good shape.”
Winthrop 14, Saugus 5
Ryan Pugh scored two goals and dished two assists. Mario Desimone also scored twice. Dom Paolo scored a goal and Brendan McCabe logged an assist.
Sachems goalie Derek Martineau made 13 saves.
Saugus (2-4) hosts Everett Thursday (4).