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Nashoba Goes into Shut-down Mode to Earn Win

September 18, 2018

BOLTON -- Two teams that tend to always be in each other’s way faced off in an early-season showdown that could have league title implications.

This time around it was a dominating performance by the Nashoba Regional field hockey team as they cruised to a 4-0 Mid-Wach B league victory over visiting Marlborough High on Monday night.

With the win, the Lady Chieftains ran their record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Panthers fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in Mid-Wach B action.

“I knew that they had a 4-0 record and have been scoring on teams, so I knew that we were going to have to work hard and come out strong,” said Nashoba Regional head coach Jaime Mariani.

“As you saw, one of the things that I was really pleased with was their passing because they were moving the ball so well. Our plan is to be aggressive and go after it. I think that we were stepping to the ball and beating them to it.”

Nashoba got the eventual game-winner with 22:01 left in the opening half when Gigi Fay scored an unassisted goal as she banged in a rebound off of a corner. With 3:34 left in the half, freshman Lela Boermeester scored as she was setup by Natalie Brown, who had three assists on the evening.

In the second half, the Lady Chieftains scored two goals in a three-minute span. Erica Spallone netted the first tally with 25:16 left in the game and Fay scored her second goal of the game with 22:17 left on the clock. Brown picked up assists on both goals.

“She (Natalie Brown) works really hard as a forward,” Mariani said. “Whether she is assisting or getting the goals, she is doing nice work for this team.”

Julia Straub and Caylie McMahon combined to pick up the shutout in net for the Lady Chieftains as Marlborough didn’t get their first shot on goal until midway through the second half.

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