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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
It was a battle of state championship contenders as two of the TVL’s elite field hockey programs met on the turf at Flahive Field on Thursday afternoon, with the Westwood Wolverines (10-3-2, 7-3-2) hosting the conference-leading and still unbeaten Medway Mustangs (10-0-3, 9-0-2).
Medway struck first with 26:40 to play when Mikayla Berger smacked in the rebound of a penalty corner to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead. A little over five minutes later, however, with 21:21 to play in the half, Abigail Crowley responded for Westwood by potting home a rebound of a shot in front by Kelly Driscoll to even the game at one at halftime.
Westwood keeper Megan Brown kept the game deadlocked at one, thanks to a sprawling save with her left pad early in the third quarter. With 20 minutes to play in the half, Kate Deehan made a game-saving poke with the ball laying loose on the goal mouth. The freshman smacked the ball off the goal line and upfield for a successful clear.
Less than three minutes later, however, Medway was finally able to break the tie when Mackenzie Quigley took a pass from Berger, dangled her way through the Westwood defense and slid home a shot down low with her stick turned onto her off-hand for a highlight-reel goal. The score gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead with 17:26 remaining.
Westwood called a timeout with about 11 minutes to play and began to up their offensive pressure. With eight minutes remaining, the Wolverines nearly evened the game at two on a penalty corner, but a big kick save by Medway keeper Madelaine Murphy kept the game at 2-1.
The Wolverines continued to pepper the Medway end of the field, but to no avail, as the Mustangs hung on for the thrilling 2-1 victory.
Westwood will look to get back on track when the Wolverines return to action against Ashland on October 26 for their regular season finale.
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