Published November 5, 2020

THE NRHS field hockey team concluded their season with a 1-1 tie in Georgetown on Tuesday. The Hornets finished their unique 2020 season with a 5-3-2 record. (North Reading Athletics Photo)


NORTH READING — On Tuesday afternoon, the North Reading High field hockey team tied host Georgetown, 1-1, in the final game of the regular season. With that result, the Hornets concluded their season at 5-3-2.

“It was the best 60 minutes we have played all season,” said North Reading head coach Andrea Slaven. “We didn’t play for a week and, with the weather late last week, we didn’t get to practice. However, we had a very good practice on Monday and we were able to dominate the play.”

This game was scoreless through three quarters.

In the fourth, the Hornets struck first with 12:02 left as Paige Thibedeau took the ball down the left side and found fellow senior Morgan Majeski on the right post and Majeski was able to put the ball home.

“It was a pretty play by Paige,” said Slaven. “Morgan has scored several key goals for us all season including this one.”

The Royals tied it up with 5:21 remaining as they converted on a penalty stroke.

North Reading goalie Emma Borland made seven saves as the senior co-captain finished at 5-3-2.

Slaven also praised the play of defenders Rees Lord and Amelia Milano. Lord is a senior co-captain while Milano is also a 12th-grader.

“Rees showed a lot of composure while Amelia, despite only playing for two years, continues her improvement,” said Slaven.

North Reading is currently 4th place in the Cape Ann League with 12 points. 

Newburyport is first with 16 points while Manchester-Essex is second at 14 and Ipswich, a team the Hornets beat, is third with 13.

In a normal season, the league is split into two divisions (Kinney and Baker) but, due the coronavirus, was combined this year.

“I am very proud of what they accomplished this year,” said Slaven, who is in her fourth season at the helm.