Boston High School: Meghan Collins

D1 North: Masconomet 52, Andover 47

March, 1, 2014
Mar 1
TOPSFIELD, Mass. -– For almost the entire first half and most of the second half of this MIAA Division 1 North quarterfinal, No. 3 seed Masconomet outplayed No. 6 seed Andover, but they couldn’t pull away because of the fearlessness from the visiting Warriors.

That is, until Masco junior Meghan Collins took things into her own hands.

She hit a clutch jumper to put her team up 46-42 with 35 seconds left. Then on the ensuing Andover possession, she forced a steal that led to a layup putting the Cheiftains up 48-42 with 23 ticks remaining, all but sealing Masco’s 52-47 win before a standing room only crowd at Masconomet High.

“That was a great shot Meghan made. That little kick out that put us up four because we were teetering a little bit there, we were teetering,” said Masco coach Bob Romeo.

The Chieftains led 36-28 going into the final quarter, but Andover wouldn’t go away, scoring the first five points of the quarter making it a one-possession game at 36-33. Andover freshman Alyssa Casey scored seven straight points for the Warriors, making it a 42-40 game with just over a minute left, but that was as close as the Warriors would come.

“We got it up to 12 at one time, but we never let it get to a tie. We never let them get a tie and that’s so big,” Romeo said.

The first half was dominated by Masco, as they limited Andover to just 13 points, including just four in the second quarter to lead 18-13 at the break.

“It was just a tremendous game and a tremendous effort by both teams,” Andover coach E.J. Perry said. “My hats off to Romeo. He did such a nice job especially in the first half holding us to 13 points. I had two freshman that played significant time in the first half. It’s their first experience in a packed house and that type of intensity, but by the second half they did such an unbelievable job.”

It was Masco’s tenacious, in-your-face defense, which didn’t allow Andover to get an easy basket virtually the entire game. The Chieftains held a 27-15 lead midway through the third quarter; but to Masco’s credit, even when Andover made a game of it late, they stepped up and made the big play.

“They made a couple big plays and that’s what good teams do, they make big plays down the stretch,” Perry said. “My team did everything they could to get it to 44-42, but they responded. You just tip your cap and learn from it for next year and come back a better team.”

The Warriors were led by Casey, who had 14 points, followed by junior Colleen Caveney and senior Jessica Witten who each had nine.

It was a balanced attack for Masco with junior Kate Kitsakos leading all scorers with 18 points, and Collins adding nine. Senior Hannah Kiernan, freshman Stephanie Mini and senior Nicole Femino all contributed seven points.

With the win Masco advances to play Central Catholic in the Division 1 North semi finals. For good reason it won’t be easy, but Saturday’s win over Andover, also a Merrimack Valley power, will give them some momentum going into the game.

“We played Andover tonight and then Central Catholic whenever they schedule it. They’ve won the last five Division 1 state championships between them. So we got the first one and I can’t wait to see what happens with the next one,” said Romeo.

ESPN Boston Girls Lacrosse MIAA All-State Team

June, 29, 2013

Isabella O'Connor, Jr. A, Notre Dame (Hingham)
The Plymouth resident racked up both U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American honors as the Cougars grabbed their first Division 1 state title in program history. O'Connor registered 56 goals, 15 assists, 40 ground balls and 33 forced turnovers on the season. She is verbally committed to the University of Florida.

Maddie Stenberg, Sr. A, Needham
Stenberg was named the Bay State Conference's MVP after leading the Rockets to a 20-3 campaign and D1 South semifinals appearance. She was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, and leaves Needham with 439 career points. She will continue her career next year at Penn State.

Amy Arnold, Sr. A, Masconomet
The Cape Ann League's Player of the Year registered 71 goals and 19 assists as the Chieftains reached the semifinals of the D1 North tournament. Arnold was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, and will continue her career next year at the University of Florida.

Alex Dalton, Sr. M, Notre Dame (Hingham)
The recipient of this year's prestigious ESPN Boston Miss Lacrosse Award, Dalton led an explosive Cougars attack to their first D1 state title in program history. She registering 76 goals, 15 assists, 79 ground balls, 69 draw controls and 61 forced turnovers, and leaves the program with 303 career goals and 44 career assists. Dalton was named both a U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American, and will play next year at Notre Dame.

Marina Burke, Sr. M, Westwood
Burke totaled 48 goals and 39 assists for the Wolverines as the long-time Tri-Valley League juggernaut once again reached the D1 South Final. She was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, and will continue her career next season at Harvard University.

Megan Hennessy, Sr. M, Winchester
A three-time selection, Hennessy had a career-high 91 goals and 55 assists in leading the Sachems to the Division 2 State Final. She leaves Winchester with 290 goals and 163 assists for her career, and will continue her career next season at Harvard.

Bailey Mongillo, Sr. M, Westford Academy
Mongillo took the competitive Dual County League by storm this spring, recording 108 goals and 33 assists as the Grey Ghosts captured the D1 North title to cap an unprecedented season. She leaves Westford with 420 career points, and will continue her career next year at Villanova University.

Ela Hazar, Jr. M, Westwood
A repeat All-State selection, the dynamic speedster led the Wolverines' potent attack with 90 goals and 40 assists, to garner U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors. Hazar is verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.

Alexa Cambi, Jr. M, Longmeadow
The Lancers dominated the Western Mass. scene once again, and Cambi was at the forefront, leading the way with 57 goals as they reached the D1 State Final. Cambi was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American for her efforts.

Taylor O’Connell, Sr. D, Algonquin
One of the top one-on-one defenders around, O'Connell led the Tomahawks to a second straight Division 1 Central title as they allowed 8.2 goals per game on the season. Named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, O'Connell will continue her career next year at Loyola University (Md.).

Aileen Kelly, Jr. G, Framingham
Allowing 10 goals per game, the Flyers defense was solid, and it started in the back with Kelly. She was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, as the Flyers reached the semifinals of the D1 North tournament. Kelly is verbally committed to UMass.


Meghan Collins, Sr. D, Marblehead
Catherine Conley, Jr. M, Needham
Tess Chandler, Sr. M, Hopkinton
Shannon Fitzgerald, Jr. M, Newton North
M.J. Keefe, Sr. A, Andover
Hannah Murphy, Sr. M, Duxbury
Mary O'Connell, Sr. M, Norwell
Annee O'Connor, Jr. G, Needham
Zoe Ochoa, Sr. G, Longmeadow
Abby Quirk, Sr. A, Lincoln-Sudbury
Alison Ryan, Jr. M, Norwood
Kristina Schaefer, Jr. A, Longmeadow
Jillian Scyocurka, Jr. M, Longmeadow
Mariel Teague, Sr. M, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Maddie Ward, Sr. M, Norwell