The faces may have changed, but the results seemed to remain the same for the Needham Rockets.
After opening the season with three consecutive losses, the seventh-ranked Rockets continued their upward trajectory with a 14-6 takedown of 19th-ranked Westwood on Thursday, marking the 11th win in the last 12 games for Needham (11-4).
What’s been most impressive about the Rockets’ re-launch has been how they overcame injuries that left them without their top two scorers — junior Callie Hem and sophomore Lilly Doherty — vs. Westwood (8-5).
“We knew that we’d have to make some adjustments,” said Needham coach Paula Kelley. “We put kids in different roles and these girls came through. Everybody adjusted beautifully.”
Freshman Grace Kelley (five goals, two assists), the coach’s daughter, and juniors Abby Dateo and Maeve Barker, who each had four goals and one assist, spearheaded the offense for the Rockets.
Kelley scored four times in the first half – three times after a penalty reset – including the goal which put Needham ahead for good, 3-2.
With a 6-3 halftime lead, Dateo and Barker alternated scoring for the Rockets to open the second half by combining for five goals in the first five minutes to put the game out of reach.
Dana Fernandez also scored for Needham, while goaltender Lilly Callahan made 10 saves for the Rockets.
Kelley was particularly proud of her team’s defensive approach, lauding the work of Chloe Newman, Eileen Manning and Elizabeth Phalen. Newman drew the assignment of Westwood’s top scorer, Alex Finn, and held her to just one goal.
“I didn’t expect anybody to do it all themselves, but I said each person had to pick it up a little bit more,” Kelley said. “They really did a good job.”
Fiona McGowan led the Wolverines with four goals while Caroline Kremer had the other tally for Westwood.
“It was confidence,” Newman said of Needham’s success against Westwood. “We took a few big losses in the beginning of the season, but ever since then we’ve been on a roll.”
Archbishop Williams 11, Hull 4 — Junior Haley Mullen scored three goals for the Bishops (11-3).
Rockland 14, Abington 8 — Senior Courtney McCabe set Abington’s career record for goals with her 210th in a six-goal, one-assist performance in the loss.
Sandwich 17, Nauset 5 — Sophomore Tatum LaRochelle led the way for the Blue Knights with four goals and four assists.
Middleborough 4, Carver 0— Senior pitcher Laura Hatch tossed her second no-hitter of the week, striking out eight with a hit batter while also going 2 for 3 at the plate for the No. 20 Sachems (13-1).
St. Mary’s 15, Marian 0 — Christina Nowicki and Lily Newhall combined to toss a no-hitter for the Spartans (7-5).
Haverhill 6, Chelmsford 5— Senior Sarah Cowley hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh for the Hillies (3-8).
Sacred Heart 12, Holbrook 7— Emily Finn had three hits, three runs and three RBIs from the leadoff spot to pace the Saints (6-1).
Shawsheen 13, Essex Tech 6— Katelyn Logue’s grand slam paced the Rams (6-4) to a win.
Lynn Classical 11, Swampscott 9 — Johnna Calder went 3 for 5 with three RBIs for the Rams.
Saugus 4, Stoneham 0 — Todd Tringale tossed a perfect game for the Sachems and struck out 12 of the 21 batters he faced.
Franklin 5, Catholic Memorial 1 — Senior Bryan Woelfel scattered nine hits and struck out eight, and senior Colby Fitzgibbons went 4 for 4, with one run and one RBI for the No. 9 Panthers (12-3).
St. John’s Prep 14, Peabody 0 — Senior captain Jacob Bolger led the offensive on-slaught for the host No. 4 Eagles (9-4), crushing a pair of two-run homers.
Austin Prep 5, Chelmsford 3 — Pitching in relief, Andrew Croteau ran his record to 5-0 for the third-ranked Cougars (10-1).
Cardinal Spellman 10, Rockland 7 — Robbie Maguire went 4 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run and two RBIs.
Whitman-Hanson 3, Hingham 0 — Ethan Phelps tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout, striking out six and scattering four hits and a walk as the Panthers (9-1) won their seventh game in a row.
Taunton 3, Quincy 0 — Ricardo Da Fonseca dished out 40 assists and Lance Law (18 kills, 1 block) and Lens Esquil (11 kills, 3 blocks) spearheaded the offense for the No. 4 Tigers (13-0).
BC High 3, Barnstable 1— Ethan Lunny (20 kills) and Andrew Phillips (23 digs) lifted the No. 18 Eagles (12-2) to the win.
Stanley Chamblain, who played under and served as an assistant to former coach John DiBiaso, was introduced Thursday morning as Everett’s boys’ varsity basketball coach. Chamblain, 32, played for DiBiaso before graduating in 2003. After collegiate stints at Hesser College, Keene State and Lesley University, where he earned a communications degree in 2008, Chamblain returned to Everett in 2013 as a guidance counselor and an assistant on DiBiaso’s basketball staff.Nate Weitzer contributed. Dave Souza reported from Danvers. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.