Ashland trampled the state’s last undefeated team Wednesday night in the first round of the Division 2 South girls’ lacrosse tournament, with the 11th-seeded Clockers taking down host Apponequet, 16-6.
Senior Jackie Connors led Ashland with five goals and two assists, tacking seven points onto her 300-plus career total. Junior Bri Maher added three goals and four assists and is now only two goals away from the 100 mark for the season.
“Jackie and Bri have been our 1-2 punch all season, but we had six different goal scorers this game,’’ said coach Rachel Stevenson.
Ashland controlled most of the game, taking an 8-4 lead into halftime. Entering the tournament 18-0, the Lakers were in unfamiliar territory having to play from behind.
“It was back and forth for the first few minutes, I think both teams were working out some nerves. But then we kind of found our groove and I don’t think Apponoquet had ever really been down this season,’’ said Stevenson.
Seniors Alanna Firth and Marissa Yowell and junior Nicole Wendell, the core of Ashland’s defense, helped Katrina Anderson (seven saves) hold Apponequet to just two goals in the second half.
The Clockers (15-5-1) finished fifth in the Tri-Valley League, a conference with two of the strongest teams in the state in Westwood and Hopkinton. Stevenson attributed her team’s postseason success to their tough regular-season schedule.
“We had a really challenging schedule. Being in the TVL, we’ve already played the best teams in the state. Our games really get us ready for the state tournament.’’
Ashland faces third-seeded Hopkinton Saturday in the quarterfinals. In its six years as a varsity program, Ashland has yet to defeat the Hillers.
Division 1 North
Lincoln-Sudbury 25, Haverhill 1 - Sophomore Eliza Guild scored six goals and senior Rachel Sexton chipped in with four to lead the Warriors (20-1).
North Andover 17, Peabody 7 - Freshman Leah Chittick scored a career-high seven goals for the Scarlet Knights.
Andover 15, Medford 4 - Weezie Gross scored three goals for the Golden Warriors (18-3)
Division 1 South
Needham 17, Whitman-Hanson 3 - Senior captains Paige Tormey and Shelby Aubin had hat tricks for the top-ranked Rockets.
Newton North 18, Hingham 16 - Sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald led the attack for the Tigers (13-5-1), scoring six goals and assisting on four others.
Division 1 East
Framingham 7, Marshfield 6 - Junior midfielder Joe Igoe scored four goals, including the winner with 27 seconds remaining in the second OT to lift the Flyers. Brendan Moran had 15 saves.
Mansfield 14, Plymouth North 7 - Mike Barresi and Tim Shield each scored three goals for the Hornets.
Newton North 9, Haverhill 6 - Seniors Will Spiro (two goals, assist) and John Fitzgerald (goal, two assists) paced the Tigers.
BC High 18, Medford 2 - Junior Pat Kearney’s three goals led the way for the Eagles.
Division 2 East
Wellesley 16, Tewksbury 3 - John Caraviello (three goals, two assists), Andrew Volkmann (four goals), and Peter Crane (two goals, three assists) helped the Raiders advance.
Norwood 15, Melrose 10 - Junior Emmet McNamara led the Mustangs (14-5) with seven goals and three assists.
Marblehead 9, Triton 3 - Junior Ian Maag’s four goals led the Headers.
Division 1 North
St. John’s Prep 3, Lowell 2 - Sean Brennan (44 assists) and Brian Keogh (19 kills) paced the Eagles (18-3).
Division 1 South
North Quincy 3, Greater New Bedford 0 - Aris Bega had 16 kills, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead the Red Raiders.