THE LHS girls’ lacrosse team started their season with a thrilling 10-9 win over Danvers at Pioneer Stadium on March 28. (Courtesy Photo)



After press time: Lynnfield falls to Hamilton-Wenham 15-7 (April 3)



LYNNFIELD — Christina Serra is back for her third season as the head coach of the Lynnfield High girls’ lacrosse team. Last spring, the Pioneers lost at home, 8-5, to Monomoy in the first round of the Division 4 state tournament to end the year at 9-11.

In the Cape Ann League, they went 3-9 as they finished in 5th place in the Baker division.

The team lost eight seniors from that squad to gradation including two Cape Ann League Second-Team All-Stars, Maddie Daigle (defenseman) and Charlotte Radulski (midfielder), but Serra did welcome back 11 veterans when practice opened on March 18.

Three of those veterans are this year’s tri-captains: attacker Maddie Mastrangelo, goalie Casey Flynn and midfielder-attacker Taylor Valiton.

Mastrangelo and Flynn are seniors while Valiton is a junior.

Valiton was a Cape Ann League First-Team All-Star last spring as she led the team in goals with 70. She also had 78 draw controls and six assists to finish with 76 points.

The 12th-graders back are Sophia Fiorentino (utility), Sophie Bergeron (attacker) and Quinn Lavey (defenseman).

Along with Valiton, the other juniors back are Kayla Santo (defenseman), Clara Caulfield (defenseman), Lily White (midfielder) and Caitlin Buoniconti (midfielder).

Attacker, Alex Schmidt, is the lone returning sophomore.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way the first week went,” stated Serra, about the first week of practice. “We have some speed and a lot of players with good stick stills.”

With Essex Tech entering the CAL this year, the Pioneers were moved down to the Baker Division from the Kinney Division. They will play 20 regular-season games with 13 CAL games and seven non-league contests. Lynnfield will play the Baker schools twice and the Kinney teams once.

Serra feels that Ipswich will be the team to beat in the CAL Baker Division.

It was a successful season opener for the Pioneers on March 28 as they edged non-league Danvers, 10-9, at home.

The Pioneers led 4-1 after the first quarter but the Falcons scored three times to knot the score at four in the second.

Lynnfield was able to score the final two goals of the second to lead, 6-4, at the break.

It was a nip-and-tuck second half as the Pioneers were able to hold the lead but the Falcons did make it 10-9 in the waning minutes.

Lynnfield was able to get possession late and run out the clock.

“I was very proud of the girls,” said Serra. “We had good transitions and were smooth out there. We also shot the ball well but we still have a lot of things to build on.”

Taylor Valiton led the team in scoring with five goals while her freshman sister, Hayden, had a solid debut with two goals and two assists.

Another player who had a great debut was freshman Ava Damiani who scored three times.

Lily White led the team in assists with two.

Lynnfield goalie, Casey Flynn, made six saves in net.

The Pioneers have a busy upcoming schedule since they will not be playing during April Vacation Week.

On April 3, they host Hamilton-Wenham. They then welcome non-league Wakefield on April 5. Both of those games will start at 4 p.m.

On April 8, the Pioneers go to Wilmington with that game starting at 4:15 p.m.

Lynnfield then returns to Cape Ann League play on April 9 as they visit Triton.