|Notre Dame’s Lauren Flynn kept her focus all round, claiming the girls’ medalist title with a 74. (Joanne Rathe/For The Globe)|
Another crown for Notre Dame
Six days ago, the girls from Notre Dame Academy of Hingham were playing their worst golf of the season, according to coach Dave Gianferante.
Gianferante gave his team two days off to clear their heads, the first time he had done so this close to the state tournament in his 12 years of coaching.
But the move paid off as the Cougars won their 10th straight MIAA state championship with a score of 317 at Green Harbor Country Club in Marshfield yesterday, shattering the school record by 15 strokes.
“We know we work hard and we’ve done our homework,’’ Gianferante said. “They came down here not being nervous and very comfortable, and I told them to just go enjoy it.’’
Juniors Lauren Flynn (74) and Aimee Dubois (75) paved the way for Notre Dame, with the two best scores of the event.
Flynn had a 38 on the front nine, but cruised home with a 36, making par on seven holes.
“I kind of got off to a rough start, but I kept trying to think positive,” Flynn said. “I was trying to play a little more conservative [on the back nine], and I was just playing more consistent. I just tried to keep each hole separate and not even think about my [score].”
Dubois, beginning from the 10th tee, shot a 36 on her front nine and played conservatively on the back.
“I knew I didn’t really want to go for pins that were left to right, I just wanted to hit fairways and greens,” Dubois said. “I just wanted to play conservatively and go and get pars because I knew if I went for birdies, it might not end up well.”
Westborough finished second with 353 points, followed by Ursuline with 358. Any players that scored 92 or better advanced to the individual state championship at Crestview Country Club in Agawam Tuesday.
Volleyball MIAA South Sectional final Newton North 3, Newton South 1 — In a rematch of last year’s sectional final, the Tigers (17-2) used the firepower of Luke Westman (20 kills) to beat the Lions (25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17) at Quincy.
“We had to play really good volleyball,’’ said Newton North coach Richard Barton. “We pulled it out because we kept our pedal to the metal the whole night long. We bombed from everywhere and we kept hitting.’’
The Lions won last season’s sectional championship, 3-0.
Boys’ lacrosse MIAA East Division 1
Acton-Boxborough 10, Haverhill 4 — Graham Sacks and Ryan Stelling had three goals apiece for the Colonials (14-6).
Girls’ lacrosse MIAA North Division 1
Acton-Boxborough 15, Masconomet 11 — Nathalie Gruet had three goals and six assists and Hannah Joyce made 12 saves to lead the visitors.
MIAA North Division 2
Triton 16, Newburyport 10 — Jill Gallagher (four goals, one assist) led the Vikings’ offense.
MIAA South Division 2
Norwell 17, Hanover 5 — Molly Cox and Lexi DeMarco combined for nine goals and three assists for the Clippers (10-6-2).
Globe correspondent Liz Torres contributed to this report.