Hits the road to meet Wayland in D2N first round today
Published October 30, 2019
By DAN BYRNE
WAKEFIELD — With the regular season coming to a close in Middlesex League play and the playoff brackets being set, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity field hockey team did everything they had to do to ensure that they’d be taking part in the postseason tournament.
In their final two games of the season, the Warriors hit their stride, taking down Stoneham and Burlington to claim their 10th and 11th wins of the season.
Last Tuesday, the Warriors hosted Stoneham and celebrated Senior Night. It was a great evening for Anabella Forziati, who led the Warriors with three goals, as they cruised to a 6-0 victory.
Wakefield established a four-goal first half lead and added two more in the second half. Along with Forziati – Grace Seabury, Erin Heffernan, and Hope Melanson also chipped in on offense, tallying a goal each with Melanson’s being her first of the year.
Defensively, the Warriors were nearly perfect as they kept Stoneham off the board.
Abby Boudreau had one save, and recorded her fourth shutout of the season.
Finish strong against Red Devils
Wakefield kept their momentum rolling as they played their last regular season game of the year against Burlington last Thursday.
Being on the road didn’t matter at all as the Warriors cruised to another big win by a 6-1 margin.
The two teams battled it out in the entire first half with the Warriors being awarded a last second penalty corner. Forziati made it count, scoring the first goal and establishing a 1-0 lead.
Wakefield’s offense found their rhythm in the second half as the Warriors outscored the Red Devils 5-1 for a 6-1 win.
Grace Seabury, Caroline Melanson, Erin Heffernan, Angela Nardone, and Christina Covelle all added goals to the Warriors total in the 2nd half, with Covelle scoring her first of the year.
Forziati, Hope Melanson and Caroline Melanson chipped in with second half assists as the Warriors cruised to victory.
It was another fine performance in net by Boudreau, allowing just one goal while saving 10 shots.
With the win over Burlington, the Warriors wrapped up their regular season with an 11-7 record. With the MIAA Tournament draw over the weekend, the Warriors were awarded the No. 9 seed and they’ll play against No. 8 Wayland on the road today.
The game is scheduled to take place at Concord-Carlisle High School at 3 p.m. Wayland finished the regular season with a 10-5-3 record.
The winner will play the winner of No. 1 Watertown vs. No. 16 Tewksbury in the quarterfinals.