Updates post publication:
North Reading defeats Cardinal Spellman 14-9 (6/4)
North Reading falls to Newburyport 16-2 in D3 States Round of 16 (6/6)
Published June 1, 2023
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
NORTH READING — It was a successful Senior Day for the North Reading High girls’ lacrosse team on May 23 as they edged guest Wilmington, 7-6, in a non-league game.
With the win, the Hornets finished the regular season at 8-10 overall.
This one was nip-and-tuck as the Hornets led 4-2 at the half.
The key juncture of this game came with a little over two minutes left as the Wildcats scored to tie the game at seven. However, the Hornets challenged the goal due to an illegal stick and the officials agreed as the goal was taken away.
From there, the Hornets were able to run out the clock and hold on.
“It was a frustrating game for us,” said North Reading head coach Matt Costello, despite the win. “It was our second game in two days and we didn’t play our best after a big win over Marblehead the day before.”
Brianne Slattery and Jenna DiNapoli both scored twice while Faith Newton, Shea Tully and Callie MacLellan each scored once.
Hornet goalie, Kaitlyn Supple, made 12 saves to go to 8-10.
Before the game, the eight Hornets seniors, Slattery, Newton, DiNapoli, Tully, Riley Garrity, Ali Labb, Mia Pittore and Colleen Gwozdz were honored.
DiNapoli, Garrity, Labb, Newton, Slattery, and Pittore are the senior captains.
The Hornets were ranked 15th in the latest MIAA Division 3 power rankings which means they will possibly get to open at home in the first round of the state tournament so long as they don’t fall below No. 16.
The bracket came out on May 31 (opponent, date and time unknown as of press time).