Dover-Sherborn girls lax champs again by moving to Div. 4 – The Boston Herald

WELLESLEY – For the second consecutive season, the Dover-Sherborn women’s lacrosse team is state champion, this time as a member of Div. 4 following a 10-7 win yesterday over Manchester-Essex at Babson College in Wellesley.

Trailing 2-1, the third-seeded Raiders (16-9-) score five straight times to take control in the first half, starting with a goal by senior captain Rylie McLaughlin on a lead from Elo Luczkow with 10 :40 for Come on.

Dover-Sherborn junior Mia Guarini took charge, scoring three in a row in a span of 1:48 to make it 5-2 in the blink of an eye.

“Mia throughout this tournament has been our go-to girl,” said DS Head Coach Erin Massimi. “She rose to the occasion. she has been waiting for this seat, and to see her participate in this tournament is very exciting.”

Guarini was a threat throughout the night, giving the Hornet defenders a tight fit.

“I have been discovering my game during the tournament and I wanted to introduce myself for my team,” Guarini said. “I just did what I’ve been doing, and I know my teammates are going to set me up and that’s what happened.”

Luczkow scored with 4:55 remaining to make it 6-2 before Emma Fitzgerald stifled the Manchester-Essex run (19-3-0), scoring with 2:28 remaining to make it 6-3. before half.

Guarini would score his fourth, again finding space in a narrow window, to start the second half scoring, making it 7-3 in just 1:49.

Fitzgerald scored with 21:25 remaining, cutting the deficit to three, but McLaughlin got the next two, completing the hat-trick and making it 9-4 with 18:17 left.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” McLaughlin said. “The entire team stepped up to help set them up.”

Mercedes O’Neil responded twice in a span of 1:21 to cut the lead to 9-6 with 13:40 to go, before Ella Chafe made it 9-7 just 34 seconds later.

That was as close as the Hornets got, though, as Avery O’Connell stopped the run with 8:09 left to complete the score as the Raiders closed the door defensively down the stretch.

“Trust each other,” Massimi said. “Our instincts are what brought us here, I think the defense just needed a little reset, to recover, they came back and finished.”

Dover-Sherborn opened the scoring at 2:15 of the game when Rieper scored on an assist from Luczkow, but the Hornets would respond 32 seconds later with Chafe’s first.

Garlitz scored his first to make it 2-1 with 12:53 left in the half.

For the Raiders, it’s their second straight title, having won the Div. 2 title last year, and now reclaiming the Div. 4 throne after realignment.

“We were excited for that new start, we were excited to build something,” Massimi said. “We are very proud to be here.”

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