LITTLETON - The season-series between Bromfield and Littleton has been decided by a mere two goals. The Lady Trojans defeated Littleton back on April 25 9-8 at home, but they found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard Monday afternoon, as they fell to the Tigers 12-11.
Bromfield compiled a miraculous comeback in the final minute of play, but lost possession in the attacking zone with 10 seconds left. Lady Trojans head coach Hilary Kuss said she was pleased with her team's effort.
"They stuck with it," said Kuss on her team's performance. "Nobody gave up and we were still in it even in the last 10 seconds. It is just disappointing to lose that way."
Bromfield secured its spot in the district tournament field with a win over Marlboro last week, and is vying for a higher seed in the CMass. District playoffs.
Littleton got on the board first with a goal off the restart from center Erin Dorey. Dorey strode in around the Bromfield goal, and beat Hannah Basnett top-shelf to make it 1-0 Littleton at 2:10 of the first half. Dorey's scored again in the three-unanswered goal sequence by the Tigers.
Trailing 3-0 with 17:02 left to play in the first half, the Lady Trojans finally found an answer to the Tigers' stingy man-to-man defense.
Lexi Dutkewych caught Sophia Turchetta driving towards the cage in transition, and Turchetta shoveled the ball into the low-right pocket to stymie the Tigers' run.
Littleton reclaimed a three-goal advantage when Kelsey Doran skipped home an unassisted fast-break goal at 8:17 of the first half. Kiley Nygren brought the Lady Trojans back within two when she slam-dunked the ball over the right-shoulder of Littleton goaltender Nicole Patterson to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Amanda Cory extended the Tigers lead to 5-2 when she corralled a rebound in front of the goal circle and rippled the twine at 12:37 of the first half.
Bromfield continued to peck away at the Littleton lead. Jackie Planchet steamrolled her way through a double-team and lofted the ball stick-side past Patterson to trim Littleton's lead to 5-3 at 14:04 of the first. The Lady Trojans went on a 3-1 run to close the first half and trailed 8-7 at halftime.
Littleton continued to build their lead in the second half as Bridget Schofield scored 49 seconds into the half. Schofield collected a delayed pass from Alana Moher to make it 9-7 Tigers. It was déjà vu for the Lady Trojans to start the second half, as the Tigers sounded off three consecutive goals to push their lead to 11-7.
Planchet patiently put an end to the Tigers run at 8:00 of the second half. Planchet weaved through the Littleton defense, and swept the ball past Patterson to cut the Tigers' lead to 11-8.
Turchetta struck again for the Lady Trojans a little over a minute later, when she launched the ball from the center-hash to bring Bromfield back within two. Cory provided the Tigers with an insurance goal at 14:25 of the second half to push their lead to 12-9. Cory's goal came off of a save by Basnett that was ricocheted back in front of the net.
Planchet nestled the ball under the crossbar to narrow the Tigers' lead to 12-10. Tuchetta's fifth goal came with 42.5 seconds left as she slung the ball across her body from inside the 9 yard-line. Bromfield controlled the ensuing faceoff, but failed to convert.
Turchetta led all scorers with five-goals, while Nygren and Planchet each recorded three-goals. Littleton outshot Bromfield 31-29, and Basnett finished the game with 17 saves.
" I think every game is an opportunity at this point to ready ourselves for districts," said Kuss. "Their (Littleton) defense really gave us a hard time on the attack. Unfortunately, we couldn't squeak out that last one.(goal)"