THE NRHS girls’ lacrosse team stuck together but came up just short in a back-and-forth 12-8 loss to Pembroke in a first round state tournament game on Tuesday. (NRHS Girls’ Lacrosse Photo)


PEMBROKE — It was a great game played by the North Reading High girls’ lacrosse team in the Division 3 state tournament but they fell short at Pembroke, 12-8, in a first round game on Tuesday afternoon on a mild, cloudy day.

With that defeat, the 17th-seeded Hornets ended the year at 11-10 while the 16th-seeded Titans improved to 5-14.

The Titans, who led wire-to-wire, led this one, 7-4, at the half. In the second half, the hosts were able to keep the Hornets at bay as they led, 10-6, with 13:30 left and were up, 11-7, with 3:42 left in the game.

“They are a good team and were able to make some plays,” said Hornets head coach Matt Costello. “I was proud of the way we played and the way we fought to the end.”

North Reading was led by Brianne Slattery who had two goals and one assist while Lily McInerney also scored twice. Audrey Buckley also had three points with a goal and two assists.

Single Hornet goals were scored by Faith Newton, Mia Pittore, and Jenna Mahoney as the team scoring was balanced.

SENIOR CAPTAIN Audrey Buckley and the NRHS girls’ lax team battled to the end in Pembroke. Buckley had a goal and two assists against the Titans. (File Photo)

Meg Dorsey led the Titan attack with five goals and two assists while Meg Holmes scored four goals. Emma Ledger found the back of the Hornet net twice.

Hornet goalie, Kaitlyn Supple, made 11 saves in net to end up at 7-6 overall.

The key juncture of this game took place in the first half when the Titans scored three-consecutive goals to go up 4-1. From there, both schools scored three times for the rest of the first half.

“Their goalie made some key saves, including two eight-meter shots,” said Costello.