THE LHS field hockey team celebrates their 2-1 win over CAL foe Ipswich in the first round of the Div. 4 state tournament on Nov. 2. After press time: Lynnfield falls 2-1 in overtime to No. 7 Hopedale in the the Round of 16 on Tuesday, Nov. 7. (LHS Field Hockey Photo)



Update post publication:
Lynnfield falls to #7 Hopedale 2-1 (OT) in the Round of 16 (Nov. 7)



Published November 8, 2023

Field hockey team wins first round tourney game, 2-1 over Ipswich


LYNNFIELD — In their regular-season meeting back on Sept. 18, the Lynnfield High field hockey team beat guest Ipswich by a final score of 3-0.

The two schools met again on Nov. 2 in the MIAA Division 4 Round of 32 game back at Lynnfield High.

The Pioneers ended up winning this game, 2-1, as the Tigers provided a scare to head coach Samantha Pindara’s squad.

With the victory, the 10th-seeded Pioneers improved to 12-7-2. Meanwhile, the 23rd-seeded Tigers finished at 4-9-6.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Pioneers got the first goal of the afternoon off a corner as Melissa Caprio scored off a rebound to make it 1-0 with 2:50 left in the first half.

Lynnfield struck again with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter as Taylor Valiton scored with the assist going to Sophia Fiorentino to send the locals to the half up by two.

That lead held until there was less than five minutes left in the game as the Tigers were able to capitalize on a corner.

Harper Ross took the corner and Natalie Whitten beat goalie Lauren MacDonald to make it 2-1.

From there, the Pioneers were able to hold on to the lead the rest of the day.

MacDonald, recorded her first playoff win making five saves while Tiger net-minder, Abbie Allen, had six stops.

“This was a hard-fought game,” said Pindara. “Ipswich is a well-coached team full of players who are athletic and hustle. Allen is fantastic, so we knew we needed to find a way around her. We came out strong and played that way for the entire 60 minutes.

“Every player on our roster got minutes in this game, it was a full team win.”

Pindara went on to say that she was not happy to have to face a fellow Cape Ann League team since she wants the teams in the league to have success in the states.

Lynnfield took on 7th-seeded Hopedale on Nov. 7 in the Round of 16 game on the road (results not available at press time).

If the Pioneers won that game they would take on the winner of the Manchester-Essex- St. John Paul II game in the quarterfinal round (date, time and location unknown as of press time).