HARVARD -- Bromfield head coach Dave Planchet knew when he inherited the Trojans girls' lacrosse team that he was inheriting a skilled group.
The Trojans have yet to be beaten in 11 straight games this season, and they have already locked up a spot in the Central Mass. District playoffs.
Bromfield defeated a gritty Oakmont team, 15-6, Tuesday afternoon in Harvard.
The Trojans were paced by their sophomore leading goal-scorer Sophia Turchetta, who potted a game-high nine goals. Senior Jackie Planchet (two goals, five assists) dished out a game-high five assists in the win.
Turchetta has netted a Central Mass.-leading 66 goals and 27 assists. Captain Lexi Dutkewych also added two goals for Bromfield.
"Coming into this year, I knew if we could get the ball in Soph's hands and Jackie's hands that we could score," Planchet said.
"They pressure the ball really well. It was keeping the other side of the equation down, in terms of the defense.
I am so proud of my team's goals against average. I like that we are starting to move the ball side-to-side -- I'm really thrilled to death with my defense."
Tuesday's game was delayed by an hour-and-a-half as a result of a miscommunication of the start time between the officials.
Turchetta netted the first goal of the game at 3:16 of the opening half.
Turchetta collected a cross-field pass from Jackie Planchet to beat Oakmont goalie KC Bartkus left side. Oakmont senior attackman
Rachel Testa leveled the score two minutes later with an assist from Courtney Allard. Testa ducked-and-dodged her way through a host of Bromfield defenders before beating goalie Julia Hoggins.
Bromfield reclaimed the lead on a ladle pass by Jackie Planchet to the slicing Turchetta, who skipped it home to take the lead, 2-1.
Following the Testa goal, Oakmont tied the game again on a tally from 10 yards out by Shayla Beatty. Bromfield's offense found its groove with a 4-1 run before half-time to take a 6-3 lead.
"Oakmont gave us a fight today," he said. "I was not expecting them to play like that today. Usually, when we get up by four or five goals early, teams just shut down.
I was very impressed with how (Oakmont) didn't quit. The score was not indicative of how hard they played us. Oakmont still has a chance to make the playoffs."
Throughout the course of the season, the Bromfield defense has posted a goals-against-average of 5.5 goals-per-game. Oakmont drops to 4-5 in the Mid-Wach B, while the Trojans improve to a league best 11-0 at the time of publication.
"My defense has been great all season long," he said. "I have two seniors in Nicole West and Marcy Shappy. Sophomores Lindsey Hoggins and Kelsey L'Ecuyer.
My junior goalie Julia Hoggins is outstanding. That whole unit has been impressive together."
Having already secured its spot in the postseason, Bromfield is hopeful that it can lock up home field advantage in the playoffs.
"We had some goals in mind this year that we wanted to win the Mid-Wach B, and we are well on our way to doing that," he said.
"We also want to lock up a home seed in the Central/West playoffs. Now that we are out west with those teams, we don't want to have to take a two-hour bus ride out there. The divisions have merged, so if the Western Mass. has a strong team, someone from Central Mass. is going out west. I don't want to be that team."