WORCESTER, Mass – For the second time in program history, the Buccaneers made the MASCAC Playoffs this season. As the five seed, Maritime travelled to Worcester to take on Worcester State in the quarterfinal round. In the regular season, the Lancers beat the Bucs in Buzzards Bay, 15-6. Tonight, the Bucs fell again to Worcester, 12-6, and were eliminated from the MASCAC playoffs.
For Maritime, Anna Deely (Marstons Mills, Mass) scored three goals to lead the guests. Leading scorer Casey Sullivan (Sagamore Beach, Mass) scored twice in the game. Junior Cammi Balentine (Haverhill, Mass) rounded out the scoring for Maritime with one goal. Freshman attacker Alyssa Blumenthal (Braintree, Mass) assisted on two goals, Heather Seggelin (Sharon, Mass) assisted on another. Defensively, the Buccaneers caused nine turnovers, Deely led the way with four, a game-high. Seggelin and Jennifer Leung (Quincy, Mass) each cause two turnovers. In goal, freshman Laura Kleber (Westport, Mass) made 14 saves on 26 shots while allowing the 12 Lancer goals.
The Lancers Abby Magnuson led all scorers with four goals in the game. Three players, Kelly Austin, Kylie Hill, and Madison Brennan each scored twice in the win. Coley Hayes and Rachel Hopkins both scored once for Worcester. Austin and Hill had two assists apiece to go along with their two goals. Defensively, three players caused two turnovers; the Lancers caused nine in total. In goal, Chloe O'Brien faced 18 shots, made 12 saves and allowed six goals.
In the first half, Maritime scored the first goal of the game on a free position shot by Cammi Balentine (Haverhill, Mass). 30 seconds later, Worcester tied the game on a Madison Brennan. Over the next four minutes, Anna Deely (Marstons Mills, Mass) and leading scorer Casey Sullivan (Sagamore Beach, Mass) each scored a goal to give Maritime a 3-1 lead. The Buc lead lasted for seven minutes before Worcester tied the game. The Lancers pulled within one on and Abby Magnuson goal and tied the game five minutes later when Kylie Hill found the back of the net. Just before the halfway point of the first half, Worcester took a 4-3 lead when Brennan scored her second in a man up situation. The Bucs scored a man up goal of their own with 8:30 left in the half and Deely's second of the half. Worcester closed out the first half scoring with a goal at the 1:42 mark by Kelly Austin. The teams went to the break of the quarterfinal game, 5-4, I nfavor of the hosts.
Scoring in the second half was scarce for the first eight minutes. Then, as the clock struck the 22-minute mark, Worcester went out to a 6-4 lead with a Rachel Hopkins goal. Over the next seven minutes, the Lancers netted five more goals, taking the momentum and running with it out to an 11-4 lead with 15 minutes left in the game. In the final 15 minutes, Sullivan and Deely each scored another goal for the Bucs, Magnuson scored again for the Lancers. At the end of the night, Worcester knocked the Buccaneers out of the MASCAC playoffs, 12-6.