WORCESTER -- One minute into the first half of Tuesday's State semifinal game against East champion Wayland, Bromfield found itself in a similar predicament down two goals.
The Trojans trailed by two goals in their Central/Western Mass Championship win over Grafton two days prior, and they were able to overcome the deficit en route to a 10-8 win.
On Tuesday, the Bromfield girls did it again defeating Wayland, 9-8, in a physical grind-it-out defensive game. Bromfield sophomore marksman Sophia Turchetta (7 goals) netted the eventual game-winner with 47 seconds left to send Bromfield to Saturday's Division-2 State Championship against Newburyport at Boston University's Nickerson Field.
"We don't let down when we get down like that," Turchetta said. "Our coach told us that this team is a very good team and they might score four-or-five easy goals. Our goal was to hold off for the last shot. We did that against Groton-Dunstable and scored with two seconds left. Then, we got it from eight-meters, so that was good. As soon as I got the ball from the top-of-the-12, I looked to my coach and he said take the shot."
It has been a whirlwind of a season for first-year varsity head coach Dave Planchet.
"You can say what you want about Sophia and her goals, but our goalie Julia (Hoggins) played out of her mind today," coach Planchet said. "Anytime you play a team from Eastern Mass, you are going to get that physical brand of lacrosse.
Tip your hat to Wayland, they're a phenomenal team. It's a dream come true for us -- I am numb."
Wayland struck 43 seconds into the first half, when senior captain Amy Cunningham pitched the ball over to her racing teammate Bronwynn Davies, who finished low-right to put the Warriors up one. Two-minute elapsed, Cunningham picked up her second assist of the game, as she linked up with Margo Turner. Turner finished with a thunderous whip-shot from the right side to make it 2-0 Wayland.
Bromfield weathered the Wayland offensive onslaught in large part to its defense anchored by junior newcomer goalie Julia Hoggins. Hoggins stopped 10 shots in the game, and came up big on a blast from the outside by Davies with 21:15 remaining. Turchetta drove the length of the field, shimmied to her left and put the ball between the cleats of Wayland goalie Anna Downs to spark a 3-0 run for the Trojans.
Turchetta tied the game with 15:06 remaining in the first half on a breakaway goal, this time from the right side to make it 2-2.
Three-minutes later, senior captain Lexi Dutkewych gave Bromfield its first lead off the night with a goal that skimmed past Downs to put the Trojans out in front, 3-2. Bromfield toted a slim 5-4 advantage into the second half -- four-of-the-five Bromfield goals were off the stick of Turchetta.
Wayland came out guns blazing in the second-half, scoring four unanswered goals to take an 8-5 lead with 19:56 remaining. Turchetta brought her team within one, 8-7, with two goals in a span of 27 seconds. Senior midfielder Jackie Planchet evened the scales at 8-8 with her clutch goal with 8:01 remaining in the game. Bromfield head coach Dave Planchet shifted into a possesion-based offense following the goal by Jackie Planchet, and it worked. The Wayland defense started to fatigue, and that's when Turchetta struck the game-winner off a free position shot from the eight-meter hash. Bromfield won the ensuing draw and milked the clock dry.
"We are a team that when we face adversity we use it to our advantage," Dave Planchet said. "We have done the slowdown offense for the past three games. When you have four good ball handlers with speed, it's easy. You talk about a fairy tale ending -- it is just crazy. We talked at the beginning of the game that Julia needed to step-to-ball, and she did just that. She was just dialed in today."
Hoggins finished the game with 10 saves for Bromfield.