In a battle between perennial girls lacrosse powerhouses, Westwood and Needham left everything on the field Monday night. The teams fought to the bitter end at Westwood High, with the No. 1 Wolverines edging the No. 4 Rockets, 10-9, on Kim Egizi’s goal with just 1:16 left.
“Both teams are high-caliber teams and both come to play,” said Needham coach Beth O’Brien after letting her team know that she was proud of them because they never stopped fighting.
Westwood (13-0) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes with goals from Colleen Burke and Brooke Troy. Needham (11-2) retaliated with goals from Catherine Conley and Kailey Conry to tie it less than seven minutes into the game. Neither team seemed to have the edge until the Rockets slowed their offense, moving the ball around rather than trying to outrun the Wolverines’ speedy defense.
Conley’s third goal put the Rockets up, 7-5, heading into halftime, but Needham couldn’t sustain its momentum in the second half. Conley received her second yellow card at 22:36 and had to sit for the remainder of the game.
“When the pressure is on and the intensity is on and fouls are flying, the fundamentals go away,” said Westwood coach Leslie Frank. “It is about learning to play with your body. You have to keep it calm, keep the sticks quiet.”
The Wolverines scored four straight goals before the Rockets were able to find the back of the net for the first time in the second half at 5:54. Junior Kira Oberle’s two unassisted goals tied the game at 9-9 with 2:25 to go.
“They weren’t sending doubles out on Kira. We know what a force she is coming from the top,” said O’Brien, praising Oberle’s ability to finish under pressure.
An offensive charge on Westwood’s Ela Hazar gave Needham the ball at 1:41 but a turnover at midfield soured their chances and Egizi snuck in a shot under goalkeeper Anee O’Connor’s stick to put Westwood up, 10-9.
Westwood’s Marina Burke scored a game-high four goals. Conley led the Rockets with three goals and an assist — all in the first half. Needham senior Maddie Stenberg’s assist on Conley’s first goal was her 400th career point and she finished the day with 402.
Notre Dame (Hingham) 17, Norwell 8 — Sophomore Lexi Lenaghan and freshman Charlotte Allard each scored four goals for the No.2 Cougars (11-2).
Melrose 9, Arlington 8 — Maddie Sullivan had three interceptions and Maeve Moriarty collected five ground balls for the Red Raiders (4-6).
Arlington Catholic 1, Austin Prep 0 — Justin Dall hit a walkoff single in the ninth for the game’s only run and Aidan Freeberg picked up the win, tossing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Cougars.
Charlestown 15, Dorchester 0— Rodney Soto went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs for the Townies.
Stoneham 6, Lexington 1 — Mike Andrews picked up the complete game win after allowing four hits and striking out seven and Jeff Fagan blasted a two-run homer to boost the Spartans.
Fenway 21, Snowden 10 — Freshman Manny Alaverez went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs for the Panthers (3-9).
Cohasset 10, Carver 7 — Senior Connor Goetz went 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs for the Skippers. Brookline 2, Braintree 1 — Freshman Jonas Webler threw a complete game in his first ever varsity start and catcher Ervin Kantardzik went 3 for 4 with two triples.
Milton 4, Natick 3 — Sophomore Lloyd Hill went 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs for the Wildcats (4-10).
Winthrop 5, Revere 0 — Chris Fucillo tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Vikings (4-9).
Billerica 2, Central Catholic 1 — Max Frawley picked up the complete game win after allowing seven hits and fanning seven and Eric Eknaian went 2 for 3 and drove in both runs for the Indians.
Boys’ lacrosseNorth Quincy 8, Dedham 6 — Mike Finn had five goals and Benson Chau made 18 saves win for the victorious Red Raiders (2-8).
Quincy 15, South Shore Tech 4 — Mitchell McGowan had six goals and an assist for the Presidents.
SoftballCase 5, Old Rochester 0 — Leslie Denis threw a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Ally Santerre went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs for the No. 14 Cardinals (12-2).
Malden 7, Everett 0 — Alexis Brown picked up her sixth win of the season for the Golden Tornadoes (6-5) after allowing two hits and striking out eight. Emily Moran and Hannah Calderone each had three hits for Malden.
Wellesley 2, Walpole 1 — Emily Dudek drove home the winning run as the the Raiders (3-10) scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Norton 8, Medfield 3 — Christen Cavanaugh went 2 for 3 with four RBIs for the Lancers (10-1).
Woburn 5, Wakefield 4 — Courtney Davis went 3 for 4 with a triple and a pair of RBIs for the Tanners (7-6).
Abington 11, East Bridgewater 2 — Senior Halee Rogers went 2 for 4 with two doubles and 3 RBIs for the No.16 Green Wave (12-2).
Framingham 4, Needham 1 — Junior Jess Proia tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Flyers (12-2).