Victories over Nipmuc and Chicopee propel Bromfield girls to district tennis finals

There was no stopping the Bromfield girls lacrosse team Tuesday afternoon, June 11, as they stormed past the Nipmuc Warriors 17-5 to win their MIAA Central/West Division 2 semifinal playoff and advance to the district finals later this week.

Tuesday’s game was played under sunny skies on a pristine turf field at Assabet Valley Technical High School in Marlborough, with a scattering of fans in the stands. It was the ninth straight win for the team and the second of the postseason, following its victory over Chicopee Comprehensive at last week’s quarterfinal. The team’s record for the season is 18-2.

Usually a defensive player, co-captain Caroline Mara scores the last goal of the game. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)

Barely two minutes into the game, Nipmuc scored first on a shot by junior Warrior Isabelle Frieswick, but Bromfield quickly regained control and by the end of the first half was ahead 13-2. In the second half, the Trojans scored four more times before Coach David Planchet began to rotate younger players into the mix; Nipmuc added three goals in the final eight minutes of play, and, with two minutes remaining, came close to a fourth, but was blocked by Bromfield freshman goalie Katie Iacomini for the sole Bromfield save of the game.

From start to finish, Bromfield dominated play. The Trojans outshot Nipmuc, 36-8, and maintained possession for both halves, winning faceoffs (18-5) and minimizing turnovers (5-13). Nipmuc’s goalie did her best, earning 11 saves during the afternoon, but Nipmuc’s defense was no match for the fast-breaking Trojans. Top Bromfield scorer was freshman Tallie Dutkewycz with five goals, followed by sophomore Bella Kehoe (four). Also scoring for Bromfield were sophomore Olivia Kehoe (two), junior Ainsley Jones (two), sophomore Isabelle Katter (two), junior captain Caroline Mara (one) and freshman Meg Hoggins (one). Bella Kehoe and Jones assisted on three goals apiece.

Chicopee Comprehensive win

In their first playoff game last week, a quarterfinal against Chicopee Comprehensive, the Bromfield girls won easily, 16-7, in another lopsided contest, this one played at Harvard Park. The game was over by the end of the first half, with the Trojans leading 14-3, giving junior players a chance to gain playoff experience during the second half. Chicopee scored an additional four goals before the game ended, while Bromfield added two.

At the height of its first-half onslaught, Bromfield scored goals at the rate of nearly one per minute, outsmarting Chicopee’s zone defense. The Trojans’ top scorer was sophomore Olivia Kehoe with four goals, followed by her sister Bella and freshman Dutkewych with three apiece. Katter and Jones each had two, and junior Mara and freshman Hoggins scored one apiece.

Chicopee goalie Katherine Ingram had a challenging afternoon and was credited with eight saves. Bromfield played without junior Isabelle Planchet, who was recovering from an injury. Mara was yellow-carded for rough play and sidelined for five minutes late in the game.

The Trojans will next play 10th-seeded Mt. Greylock High School for the district title, at a date, time, and place that had not yet been announced as this edition was being readied for publication.

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