Needham girls’ lacrosse makes defense stick

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As she describes the best defensive unit this state has seen in girls’ lacrosse in at least four years, Needham High goalie Annee O’Connor might as well be describing some of the Seven Dwarfs.

One’s tall, one’s short. One’s quick, one’s strong.

“We have many different types of people,” O’Connor said. “Everyone has a different style.”

From 2010-2012, just two teams were able to hold opponents to an average of less than five goals per game: Central Catholic in 2011 and Franklin in 2010.

This season, there were four teams to beat the 5.00 GAA mark, including Franklin (4.61), Longmeadow (4.60), and Westwood (4.35). And then there’s Needham, which posted the first sub-4.00 mark in at least four years, allowing 79 goals in 20 regular season games for a 3.95 average.

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