The visiting Lexington girls field hockey team stunned top-seeded Andover, 2-0, in the Division 1 North quarterfinals on Sunday, striking 11 minutes in on junior Lauren O’Keefe’s goal off a penalty corner and extending the lead on sophomore Felice Brennan’s tally three minutes into the second half.
“We’ve been preparing for three days,” said senior co-captain Emily Devine, who assisted on both goals. “We knew we had to come in and play really tough. To just do the things we’ve done in practice, we knew we could stay with them.”
Andover (17-2-1) appeared to score first on a tap-in by junior forward Kathrine Furry, but the goal was quickly disallowed. That was all Lexington (15-4-1) needed.
“All I knew was that Emily [Devine] was going to take that huge shot right into me,” said O’Keefe. “I knew I had to get my stick back in there, and it went in and it was awesome.”
When Brennan connected, “It made the coaches feel better on the sidelines,” Lexington coach Laura Galopim said of the second tally. “I think for us, confidence-wise, to be able to pull the trigger offensively and really focus on stopping them from scoring.”
The Lexington defense pressed up, not allowing Andover to get scoring chances, forcing the Warrior offense to the perimeter.
“We decided to play a little more defensively,” said Galopim. “We pulled our best defenders back a bit, and since we had the two-goal lead, we felt we could do that. It felt like we could play defensively better. It was a tournament game, we just wanted to come out with the win, didn’t care what the score was.”
A late Andover corner forced sophomore goalie Abbie Ortyl to make several saves, and Lexington held on for the win.
Division 2 South
Nauset 5, Canton 0 — James McCully scored twice to boost the host Warriors (19-0-0).
Division 2 North
Beverly 2, Reading 2 — Dan Russell scored twice in regulation time to lead the Panthers, and Michael Pinter scored the clinching goal to win 8-7 in penalty kicks.
Division 4 South
Archbishop Williams 7, St. John Paul II 1 — Senior Sean Keenan scored a hat trick to lead the Bishops (13-3-4).
Cohasset 4, Millis 2 — Senior Mathias Loft scored twice in the Skippers’ (15-3-1) victory.
Swampscott 5, Stoneham 1 — Senior Jaymie Caponigro netted two goals to boost the host Big Blue (17-1-1).
North Reading 2, Tewksbury 0 — Rachel Hill found the back of the net twice to lift the host Hornets (14-4-1).
Hamilton-Wenham 1, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Elizabeth Kirschner scored, and Kelly Walsh made 13 saves in her 13th shutout this season.
Division 4 North
St. Mary’s 2, Mystic Valley 1 — Codi Butt scored two goals — including the winner in double OT with two minutes left — to lead the Spartans (11-9).
Division 2 North
Bishop Fenwick 3, Danvers 1 — Seniors Molly Camelo and Steph Bona combined for 30 kills in the win.
Division 3 South
Case 3, Bourne 0 — Seniors Lauren Davidson and Madison Majewski tallied eight kills and 25 assists, respectively, for the victorious Cardinals.
Globe correspondent Griffin Connolly contributed to this report.