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WORCESTER — Teams lean on their go-to players when the bright lights of the post-season are on, and just as she has throughout her career, Meg Flatley delivered for the North Middlesex field hockey team. The senior right inner scored a goal and added a pair of assists to lift the Lady Patriots to a 3-2 victory over Holy Name in the opening round of the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament.

The game was scoreless for more than 20 minutes until the Lady Patriots drew first blood with 7:14 remaining in the first half. Emma Delaney started the goal-scoring play with a long hit that was fielded by Flatley, whose shot was saved. But Becky Batchelder pounced on the rebound and netted a shot to make it 1-0.

Holy Name, which owned an edge in play over the first 30 minutes, beat the clock and tied the game with only five seconds remaining in the first half when Kayla Quinn scored after taking a pass from Destinee Lucier.

After Holy Name took a 2-1 lead in the early minutes of the second half, Flatley tied the game at 2-2 when she fired a penalty stroke over the shoulder of Holy Name goaltender Laura Yurkevicious.

With less than 10 minutes left, Holy Name mounted significant offensive pressure, getting four consecutive corners, but North Middlesex weathered the barrage, setting the stage for the Lady Patriots’ game-winning tally.

With less than five minutes remaining, Flatley made one of her patented runs past the Holy Name defense and sent a cross to Samantha White, who fired a shot past Yurkevicious for the game-winner.

Sophomore goaltender Olivia Dineen made five saves for North Middlesex.