HARVARD — The match-up between a pair of strong girls lacrosse teams, Oakmont and Bromfield, lived up to its advanced billing on a soggy afternoon. The teams battled on even terms throughout most of the contest, before a late spurt by Bromfield created breathing room as the Lady Trojans recorded a hard-earned 12-10 victory.
Oakmont came into the contest with an unblemished league record and having never lost to Bromfield, but both those streaks came to an end.
The teams battled to a 7-7 tie over the first half, but the offensive pace slowed down in the second half. Trailing 9-8, Bromfield took control with three consecutive goals just past the midway point of the second half.
After Jackie Planchet tied the game when she fired a shot into the net while cutting across the field, Sophie Turchetta (three goals, one assist) took a pass from Lily Alfano on the right wing and ripped a low shot into the net to put the Lady Trojans on top for good at 10-9.
Nygren (six goals, two assists) then tacked on a crucial insurance tally when she finished off a strong run down the slot by netting a low shot for a two-goal advantage.
With just over three minutes remaining, Oakmont’s Cortney Nivala (six goals, two assists) netted a low shot after breaking in alone to cut the lead in half.
Bromfield did an outstanding job of maintaining possession of the ball for the final two minutes, staying spread out and not allowing the Spartans to double team the player with the ball. With the clock winding down, the Spartans tried to double or triple team to gain possession, but Nygren sent a pass to Lily Alfano outside the left post, and she put the game on ice with a hard shot under the cross bar.
Bromfield goaltender Hannah Basnett backboned the victory with eight saves, including some strong stops in the first half when Oakmont enjoyed an edge in play. Kaya Phillips and Miranda Deguglielmo turned in strong defensive efforts for the Lady Trojans. Nygren also was a large part of the defensive effort, with her hustle and ability to pick up ground balls and get the Lady Trojans’ transition game into gear.
“The girls are really excited about this win because this is the first time we have ever beaten Oakmont” said Bromfield coach Hilary Kuss. “We received a strong defensive effort and we did a nice job of holding on to the ball after Oakmont drew to within a goal in the final minutes.”
The offenses dominated in the early going, keyed by the play of Nivala and Nygren. Nivala scored three goals and handed out an assist as the Spartans built a 5-3 advantage, but Nygren scored four of Bromfield’s first five goals, including a low shot while cutting across the field to tie the game at 5-5. Basnett answered the call, stopping a pair of point blank shots by Papora.
The teams traded goals over the final minutes of the first half.
Lily Alfano put Bromfield ahead 6-5 when she hit the back of the net with a short shot after taking a pass from Nygren.
Nivala evened things up when she scooped up a rebound and fired a leaping shot into the net from close range.
Turchetta regained the lead for the Lady Trojans when she circled the net and finished with a hard, low shot, before Oakmont picked up the equalizer with a minute remaining in the first half.