Boston High School: Sophia Agostinelli

Wellesley sweeps season series with Framingham

May, 5, 2011
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."

Westwood downs Framingham by shocking margin

April, 21, 2011
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- This wasn’t your typical Westwood-Framingham girls lacrosse game.

Over the past decade, these perennial powers have tossed the title of best team in the state back and forth, with seven Division 1 titles between them (Westwood four, Framingham three).

But usually when one is on top of the other, the outcome is not as lopsided as it was Thursday, when the visiting Wolverines ran roughshod over the reeling Flyers, 15-2, avenging last year’s loss in the state semifinals to the eventual champions.

Midfielders Laura McHoul (five goals, assist), Sarah Biron (five goals) and Kate Rich (four goals, assist) paced the Wolverines offensively.

“I think it motivated us a lot,” Biron said of last year’s postseason loss to the Flyers. “Coming into this game, we all said to ourselves, ‘We remember what happened last year. Not this year. Not today.’”

Westwood (6-0) was simply better in every facet than Framingham, which has fallen to a very un-Flyer-like 2-3-1. The Wolverines held a 10-1 lead at the half and enjoyed a 10-goal, running-clock advantage over the hosts for nearly the entire second half. The hosts only had six shots on net, trying to shorten the game with a stall when they held possession.

“Westwood doesn’t let you make a mistake,” said Framingham coach Stacey Freda. “And I think maybe against other opponents you might have the ball back. We just know that you have one chance at it and if you give the ball up you’re not going to get it back.”

And Westwood took the ball early and often against the Flyers and capitalized on its chances. Biron and McHoul scored two and a half minutes apart early on and Rich added a free-position strike to make it 3-0 with 17:42 remaining in the first half. Emily McGrail (goal, three assists) popped in another a minute later and then set up Biron in transition after a long but fruitless Framingham possession to make it 5-0 with 11:12 to go.

McHoul sandwiched a pair of goals around a Rich free position to make it 8-0 with 8:06 left in the half before Framingham’s Rachel Igoe briefly halted the Wolverines’ momentum with a free-position goal with 2:53 left.

But that’s as close as the Flyers got, as McHoul buried a Jamison O’Neil pass with 2:29 left and Rich scored off a McGrail helper as time ran out in the first half with Westwood firmly in control, 10-1.

When Rich converted a quick-stick from McHoul 31 seconds into the second half, the clock kept running and the rout was on.

Sophia Agostinelli scored Framingham’s other goal, while second-half netminder Casey Curran made nine saves for the Flyers.

Overall, Westwood had 27 shots on cage.

But while her players acknowledged the revenge factor, Westwood coach Leslie Frank played it down.

“We don’t think about those things really,” she said. “It’s two brand-new teams. (Beating Framingham in the regular season but losing in the playoffs) has happened to us in the past, so I’ll mention that (to the team).”