THE NRHS girls’ lacrosse team is on a four-game winning streak as they prepare for the state tournament. Pictured, the Hornets celebrate Brianne Slattery (6) after their win over Malden Catholic on Friday. Slattery reached the 100 career points mark in the game with five goals and an assist. (NRHS Girls’ Lacrosse Photo)

 

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

BOSTON — On Tuesday afternoon, the North Reading High girls’ lacrosse team beat host St. Joseph’s Prep at Smith Field in Allston, 14-13. The Hornets had to hold on for dear life after leading 12-5 as the hosts stormed back in the second half.

“We have to do a better job of finishing games,” said Hornets head coach Matt Costello. “We have a young team with only two seniors but at least we did hold on.”

St Joseph’s Prep, who trailed 9-5 at the half, cut the lead to one with just under two minutes left but the Hornets were able to hold on.

With that non-league win, the Hornets ended the regular season at 11-9.

Brianne Slattery, Jenna DiNapoli, Faith Newton and Jenna Mahoney all scored multiple times while Audrey Buckley scored once.

Hornet goalie Kaitlyn Supple made seven saves in net to improve to 7-5.

On May 27, the Hornets won their last home game of the year beating Malden Catholic 17-14.

“This was just like the St Joseph’s Prep game where we had a big lead and almost gave it away,” pointed out Costello.

The Hornets led 10-5 at the half but the Lancers tied the game up at 12. North Reading then outscored MC 5-2 the rest of the night.

“Callie (MacLellan) gave us the spark we needed when they tied the game,” stated Costello, as MacLellan had two goals and one assist.

Slattery, who scored her 100th-career point in this game, led the way with five goals and one assist. Buckley and Mia Pittore both had two goals and two assists. DiNapoli had two goals and one helper while Mahoney scored twice.

Newton and Lily McInerney had one goal and one assist each.

Supple, who had one assist, made 11 stops in this game.

On May 26, the Hornets beat guest Malden, 16-6, on Senior Night.

North Reading was in control the entire game as they led, 10-2, at halftime.

Megan Slattery led the offense with three goals and two assists while her sister, Brianne, had 2 goals and two assists. Alexa Pepper and Mahoney both scored twice while Pittore had one goal and one assist.

Single goals were scored by Colleen Gwozdz, Molly Junta, Riley Garrity, Newton and Katie Good.

Lindsay Rosenthal had two assists while Shea Tully and Lily McTeague both had one assist.

Supple turned back four Golden Tornado shots.

Before the game, Buckley, Megan Slattery and team manager Megan Madden, the three Hornet 12th-graders, were honored.

Later this week, the seedings for the Div 3 state tournament will come out.

The Hornets first playoff game will be sometime next week.