FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Wellesley put the clamps down on host Framingham with strong draw control and a sustained offense in the final 11-plus minutes of the second half, to bring home a 10-7 win on Thursday in a Bay State Conference crossover game.
Blake Dietrick scored three goals and added an assist, and also helped the Raiders (7-1-1) hold a dominating 15-4 edge in the draw department.
"That was one of our major focuses," Dietrick said. "The last thing we said before we went out on the field was that draw control is so important."
After Framingham's Sophia Agostinelli notched the game up at 5-5 on the opening possession of the second half, the Raiders quickly stretched the lead to three, capped by an Adrienne O'Donnell goal in front off a Julia Flanigan feed from behind the net. That gave the Raiders an 8-5 lead less than eight minutes into the second half.
But Framingham (4-5), as most defending state champions do, would not go down without a run. Rachel Igoe had a goal called off due to a whistle, but Hannah Cronan made sure the possession ended with a goal at 12:52.
Kaitlyn Wilder cut the Raiders' lead to 8-7 with 11:28 left, when she ripped a shot that just tucked underneath the crossbar.
"We weren't forcing anything," said Flyers coach Stacey Freda. "They were sliding over a proactive double onto (Igoe) and we just found players inside. We didnt try to force it. If they were going to send a double-player then we would just find a player on a curl cut, it was almost taking candy from a baby when that happened."
The other factor in the run was that the Flyers were able to even out the draw game for a short period of time. Freda decided to call on Igoe the third player to take a draw against Dietrick to handle the draw duties and she had some success, gaining three of four possessions.
However, the burst of dominant play wouldn't last long as the Raiders held serve in the Flyers' end for the final 11 minutes of the game.
"They were changing who was doing the draw, which affects how you are doing the draw a little bit," said Dietrick. "I had to change up what I was doing against each specific person. The most important thing is the people on the circle working hard for every loose ball, so we did a good job on that sense."
O'Donnell netted her third off a free shot with 10:46 lef, to make it 9-7. The Raiders then closed out the scoring with just under five minutes to go, when Leah Dowd burst through midfield, scooped a ground ball and outraced two defenders to notch the final goal for the Raiders.
"No one should be surprised by that," said Raiders head coach Chris Molonea. "She has good speed and she has proven in other games that she can score."