Marblehead girls lacrosse senior captain Grace Arthur came through when it mattered most Thursday, scoring the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left to lift the No. 4 Magicians over No. 5 Central Catholic, 11-10, in the Division 1 North quarterfinal at Piper Field.
Arthur finished the game with five goals and one assist to lead the offense, while Lydia Bongiorno was right behind with four goals. Carter Murray and Maddie Erskine each had one goal, while Sara Campbell had two assists. Goalie Elizabeth Driscoll had nine saves.
Marblehead (15-5) will go up against No. 1 Reading (19-2) in the Division 1 North semifinal at a date and time to be determined.
Manchester-Essex 16, Winthrop 6
The No. 12 Vikings finish the season at 13-8.
Marblehead 11, Masconomet 7
It was a tight battle for the majority of the night but the Magicians pulled away with four goals in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
Marblehead advances to the Division 2 North semifinal. The No. 2 Magicians will play No. 6 Billerica Monday (5) at St. John’s.
Lynn Tech 1, Cathedral 0
The No. 9 Tigers advanced via forfeit. Tech (9-10) will go up against No. 1 New Mission Monday (4).
Arlington Catholic 3, Marblehead 2
Erica Johnson gave Arlington Catholic a 2-0 lead with a 2-run single in the bottom of the fifth. Jolie Quintana plated Charlotte Plakans with a RBI double in the top of the sixth. Madi Monahan followed suit with a RBI single, knotting the score at 2-2. Arlington Catholic loaded the bases and scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Magicians pitcher Lauren Donovan recorded eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
The No. 12 Magicians close the season at 11-10.
Dracut 1, Saugus 0 (F/8)
Saugus pitcher Caitlyn Wood allowed six hits and struck out 11 over eight innings of work. Dracut’s lone run was unearned, as the Middies took advantage of an outfield error for the game-winning run.
The bats went silent for the Sachems in this one. Wood reached on an infield error and was Saugus’ only baserunner of the night.
“We put the ball in play,” Saugus coach Steve Almquist said. “We had a couple of nice pieces but they made the plays. We couldn’t make anything happen. We just couldn’t find the holes. Other than that one error that Caitlyn reached on, Dracut made all the plays.”
Saugus ends the season at 12-9.
“I’m very proud of the kids for the season,” Almquist said. “This was by far the toughest schedule we’ve played since I’ve been here. We were in almost every game. We beat some quality teams. I couldn’t be prouder. We played hard, it wasn’t for lack of effort.
“Hopefully we’ll give it another crack next season. We have a good group of kids coming back next year.”
Reading 5, Revere 2
The No. 23 Patriots finish the season at 10-11.
Matignon 15, Winthrop 3
The No. 22 Vikings finish the season at 6-15.
Marblehead 4, Tewksbury 1
The No. 3 Magicians won two singles matches and two doubles matches en route to a Division 2 North quarterfinal victory.
Winners for Marblehead were Michelle Shub (6-0, 6-0 at first singles), Hannah Porath (6-0, 6-3 at second singles), Simone Likterov/Cannan Whittier (6-0, 6-1 at first doubles) and Cahill Whittier/Tess Keaney (6-2, 6-3 at second doubles).
“We played a solid match and were able to come away with a win,” said Marblehead coach Tracy Ackerman. “Michelle, Hannah, and first doubles continue to give us a huge advantage in matches. I am extremely confident in winning their points. They know what it takes to win at a high level, and their play is reflecting that.”
Marblehead (20-2) takes on No. 7 Newburyport in the Division 2 North semifinal Monday (3:30).
Austin Prep 4, Swampscott 1
The Big Blue end season at 14-6.
Lynnfield 5, Winthrop 0
With a clean sweep of the No. 5 Vikings at Lynnfield Middle School, the No. 4 Pioneers advanced to the semifinal round in Division 3 North. Lynnfield hosts No. 8 Weston Monday (3:30).