Astros bounce back
After their first loss of the season, the Lady Astros blanked Dover April 16, 9-0.
Junior Rebecca McGrath remained unbeaten in both singles and doubles on the season. First, she dispatched her opponent in an impressive, 8-0 win at Number 6 singles. She then teamed with fellow junior Julia Janigian for an 8-4 win at Number 3 doubles, earning two points on the day for the Lady Astros.
Pinkerton shuts out Memorial
The Lady Astros were impressive against Manchester Memorial April 18, winning 9-0.
Senior captains Casey Gilman and Anna Lee led the charge as the Astros gained their second consecutive shut-out victory.
Seniors Elizabeth and Lauren Rialdi preserved the shutout with a come-from-behind, 9-8, tie-break victory at Number 2 doubles.
Lady Astros move to 5-1
Pinkerton beat Alvirne on the Lady Broncos' turf April 20, 8-1.
Senior Olivia Fagone and junior Brenna McNally continued their solid play in convincing wins at Number 3 and Number 5 singles, respectively.
McNally, a standout volleyball player, has shut out her last two opponents. Fagone has won five out of six and is riding a four-match win streak, helping the Lady Astros to their best start in four years. The team is now 5-1 on the season.
Concord trounces Pinkerton
The Lady Astros lost a tough ones to Concord April 18, 14-3.
Pinkerton's Riann Daziel scored twice and Erin Coutts had 1 goal. Devin Collins-Ives had an assist. Julia Hoyt had a save in the first half. Katie Jones took over goal tending in the second half and had 4 saves.
Astros fall to Andover
The Lady Astros fought hard against an undefeated Andover, Mass., team April 19, but they fell, 17-8.
Pinkerton had a stronger second half. Kennedy Daziel had 2 goals and 1 assist. Riann Daziel and Erin Coutts each had 2 goals; Maggie McCarthy and Devin Collins-Ives each scored once.
Pinkerton's Katie Jones had 7 saves. The Lady Astros' defense was led by Canada Stewart and Chevy Collins. Ground ball controls were led by Kennedy Daziel with 5, Caitlyn Whearty had 3 and Jackie Johnson had 3, with a strong performance on draws.
The loss dropped Pinkerton to 0-4 on the season.
Close game goes to N. Andover
The Lady Astros came closer, but are still searching for their first win. On April 21, Pinkerton fell to North Andover, 7-6.
Maggie McCarthy had 3 goals. Riann Daziel had 2 goals and 3 assists. Erin Coutts had a goal and Kennedy Daziel had an assist.
Goaltender Katie Jones had a season-high 14 saves. Pinkerton's defensive effort was led by Jess Cote, Canada Stewart and Maddison Driscoll.
The Astros are now 0-5.
Pinkerton tops Memorial
On April 13, the Lady Astros topped Memorial, 5-4.
Melanie Dusseault had 3 singles, and RBI and a run scored. She also was the winning pitcher in relief, allowing 1 earned run in 6 innings.
Kasey Marraffa had a big day at the plate, with 2 singles, a double, an RBI, and 1 run scored, with the game winning walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Britney Bernard and Rachel Byrd both had a triple, a single, an RBI and a run scored.
Pinkerton improved to 3-1.