Taking a look at the girls’ lacrosse brackets, there weren’t too many surprises, as the logic here is we could see another classic Algonquin/Westboro clash in the final.
The three byes were expected, as Westboro (17-1) looks like the team to beat (again), but should Algonquin (14-6) and Shrewsbury (13-5) will have to be watched as well. No. 4 Groton-Dunstable (13-3) is an intriguing team, as they have one of the best players in Erika Eipp and could make some noise, but it will be tough to get past a very good Westboro team.
No. 4 Groton-Dunstable (13-3) vs. No. 13 Bromfield (9-9) – This will be a good game to watch, as it features two of the best players in Central Mass in Eipp and Bromfield’s Lindsey Hazel, who combined for over 150 goals. The Crusaders might have too many weapons to stop in this one, however – especially since they took down the Trojans twice this year, 19-5 and 18-9.
Jim’s pick: Groton-Dunstable
No. 5 Oakmont (13-3) vs. No. 12 Leominster (8-8) – Oakmont has beenevery bit as impressive as Groton-Dunstable this year, and the Spartans have their own dynamic goal score in Amanda Gauvin (60 goals). They also have some key contributors like Michelle Boudreau and Courtney Nivilla that should have Oakmont moving on. The Spartans edged the Blue Devils twice this year already, 14-4 and 13-8, so it wasn’t close enough to make me think Leominster can make the necessary changes to get a win in the postseason.
Jim’s pick: Oakmont
No. 6 Nashoba (9-7) vs. No. 11 Tantasqua (12-7) – This one could be tough to call, as Nashoba is much better than its record indicates because of those tough Mid-Wach A games against the Westboros, Algonquins and Shrewsbury all year. However that tested the Chieftains and if Britney Wuorio and Jesslyn Joseph can’t be stopped, it will be a long night for the Warriors.
Jim’s pick: Nashoba
No. 7 Wachusett (9-9) vs. No. 10 Nipmuc (11-7) – The Mountaineers are red-hot, winning three straight to cinch a tournament berth, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep this roll going against the Warriors.
Jim’s pick: Wachusett
No. 8 North Middlesex (9-9) vs. No. 9 Milford (10-8) – The Scarlet Hawks are setting team records left and right, but they drew a tough opponent in the Patriots here. Kelsey Murphy is going to have to be contained and that might be too much for Milford to handle. North Middlesex is going to have to contain a powerful scoring trio of
Valerie Ferrante, Reba Barrows and Alyssa Nania, who combined for over 120 points.
Jim’s pick: North Middlesex