WORCESTER -- Before the start of the playoffs, first-year Bromfield head coach escorted his team inside the gymnasium and pointed out to the girls the numerous banners for soccer and basketball, but there was something missing ... a lacrosse one. The top-seeded Trojans seized the school's first lacrosse title Saturday afternoon at Foley Stadium in Worcester with a 10-8 win over league foe No. 2 Grafton in the Division-2 Central/Western Mass Final. Sophomore sharpshooter Sophia Turchetta paced the Trojans with her game-high five goals.
"I am numb," Bromfield head coach Dave Planchet said. "At the beginning of the year, I thought that we could get pretty deep and into the semifinal. But, to get here and win it -- it's like a dream come true. For a first year coach, it doesn't get any better than that. I am stunned and I am trying to celebrate the moment, but we now move on to the State semifinal."
Senior Jackie Planchet, the daughter of head coach Dave Planchet, has had a weekend to remember. On Thursday, she turned 18-years-old, Friday she graduated and now she is a District Champion.
"We have quite a few first-year lacrosse players starting on varsity," Jackie Planchet said. "Amazingly, our school has no-cuts, so they were able to get on the field and it just came natural to them. My dad has only been the coach this year, and it shows how much he cares for the sport. He analyzes everything pretty good. I have no words to describe how happy I am right now. It's been an amazing week for me so far -- I am so happy, I could cry."
Bromfield fell down 2-0 early following a pair of early strikes by Grafton center Elizabeth Navin.
"I am not surprised that (we) came rolling back," coach Planchet said. "It was no adjustment that I made. I told them to just calm down and play our game. In the last couple weeks people have been throwing their best punch at us. One of the things we talk about is focus."
Bromfield drew within one goal on two occasions, but it finally seized the lead on a goal from Jackie Planchet with 9:48 remaining in the opening half. Planchet shimmied her way through a trio of Indian defenders, before sneaking the ball inside the right post to put the Trojans out in front 4-3. Gianna DiPinto, of Grafton, netted the tying goal inside the right post to level the game at 4-4.
Jackie Planchet and Turchetta found the back of the net, following a Grafton goal by Navin, to make it 6-5 Bromfield at the half. Bromfield attempted to lay the gauntlet to Grafton in the second half, increasing its lead to the largest margin of the night, but the Indians did not retreat."I thought that when we got the three-goal lead that we'd start separating, but (Grafton) came right back," Bromfield head coach Dave Planchet said. "I am very proud of my girls. (Grafton) came out well-prepared, and they fought us hard. Gianna DiPinto was a beast for them on the draws. Coaching your own kid, you want to get close to them and savor the moment. To win it with her is special."