North Andover Scarlet Knights Girls Lacrosse '15

State Semifinals: Chittick, Knights lose heartbreaker

WELLESLEY – All season long, the North Andover girls lacrosse team played opponents tough, riding its heart and skill all the way to a second-straight state semifinal appearance.

But yesterday afternoon, the Scarlet Knights finally met their match.

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Girls Lacrosse, 07/21/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Chittick, Knights roll into final four

BILLERICA — Thursday wasn't the regular season.

Thursday was for champions.

And today, the North lacrosse title still resides in North Andover and belongs to the Scarlet Knight girls.

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights return to title game

NORTH ANDOVER — While the Scarlet Knights didn't finish off the regular season looking real fit and spruce for the postseason, the North Andover girls lacrosse team has proven more than ready for another strong playoff push.

Less than three weeks removed from a heart wrenching triple-overtime loss to third-seeded Masconomet, the second-seeded Knights took command in the second half last night for a 14-9 victory over the Indians in the North semifinals. It was the second straight year North Andover defeated Masco in the semis and the third straight season the Indians had their season squashed in the same round.

The Knights (17-5) go after their second consecutive North title at 4:30 Thursday at top-seeded Billerica. A second straight championship, however, looked improbable after North Andover closed the regular season losing to both Billerica and Masconomet.

"We have a lot of heart this year," said North Andover coach Meredith Prior, whose squad finished 21-2-1 last year after losing in the state semifinals to Westwood. "We went through a few things that we didn't want to go through at the end of the season.

"But we had the heart to come back to win it (after being tied at halftime). That shows their composure and their smarts. I'd rather see the adversity in the regular season and then see them come out like they've done in the playoffs."

After falling behind by two early, North Andover rallied late to first take a lead before going into intermission tied at 5.

"The draws are the most important thing in the game," said Prior, who watched Masco win seven of the game's first 10 faceoffs. "In the first half, we weren't winning them. But our (defense) kept us in the game. It was phenomenal in the first half, and then they played even better in the second half."

One reason for the offensive spurt, was Prior inserting Abbie Karalis on the draw as the junior won two of the final four before half and four of the first five after the break.

That allowed the Knights to forge a 9-6 lead as Michelle Poirier (two), Leah Chittick (who had three in the first half) and Colleen Chittick each scored goals.

"My focus was just to get the ball for our team," said Karalis, who combined with Emma Johns to win seven of the first 12 draws after intermission. "I wanted to win this game so bad because of losing to them in the regular season. We got ourselves together and realized how much we love our seniors and how it's our year to win the whole thing."

Karalis helped finish off the Indians by scoring three of the Knights' five goals the final 12 minutes when NA turned a 9-8 lead into a 14-8 advantage. Goalie Lauren Hiller ensured her teammates effort would stand, making several critical saves on eight-meter penalty plays.

After falling behind 8-5 early in the second, Masconomet (15-5-1) rallied to within one with goals by Sammy Dindo and Molly Gillespie, who scored twice in a 15-second span after winning draws and streaking down field each time. Both Dindo and Gillespie scored three goals while Meghan Collins had a pair and Grace Fahey had five assists — four in the first half.

"We're an explosive team, and it's just that they got a couple breaks," Masconomet coach Alan McCarthy said. "We lost a few assignments and (the Knights) are too tough. We had to play 50 minutes at the top of our game, and that didn't happen over the course of tonight's game.

"Lacrosse is a game of runs, and unfortunately they put a strong one together. Draws are normally our strength, but we lost three or four possessions there that proved key."

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Girls Lacrosse, 06/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Masco stuns Knights

Leading by a goal with seconds to play in double overtime, the North Andover girls lacrosse was stunned at the buzzer as Masconomet scored the game-tying goal with under a second to play before going on to win the game in triple overtime. Leah Chittick, Courtney Karelas and Julia Morandi led the Scarlet Knights with three goals each.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/20/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Karalis goal with two seconds left gives North Andover thrilling win

As the final seconds of regularion ticked away, Michelle Poirier swung a pass to Abbie Karalis, who fired a shot home with just two seconds in the game, giving North Andover a 9-8 thrilling victory over archrival Andover.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/15/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Indians rally

North Andover led 5-3 at the half but unbeaten Billerica took over in the second half to win 11-9. Leah Chittick scored three goals and Abbie Karalis two for the Knights (13-3), who are ranked fourth in the ESPN statewide poll. No. 10 Billerica improved to 13-0.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/13/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Chittick's 10 points

North Andover led just 7-6 at the half but Leah Chittick (7 goals, 3 assists) and Emma Johns (7 draw controls) were too much and the Knights beat Chelmsford 14-7.

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/08/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights rally back


After leading 6-3 at halftime, the North Andover girls needed two late goals to nip Andover in a girls lacrosse thriller.

Leah Chittick got the game-winner with 1:40 to play, unassisted, and goalie Lauren Hiller, who had seven of her 10 saves in the seciond half, made an interception in the closing seconds to preserve the win. Chittick had two goals and an assist and Abby Karalis had a hat trick and an assist for the Knights (5-2).

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Girls Lacrosse, 05/01/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dandy Half-Dozen

Leah Chittick scored six goals, Abbie Karalis had three and Emma Johns contributed eight draw controls as North Andover downed Framingham 13-10.

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Girls Lacrosse, 04/24/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Near Knights upset

Led by four goals from Leah Chittick, North Andover pushed Needham, the No. 1-ranked team in the state, to the limit before falling 7-6. Lauren Hiller made 14 saves to lead a stellar defensive effort for the Scarlet Knights.

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Girls Lacrosse, 04/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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