Girls’ lacrosse: Martinson’s five goals aren’t enough as Concord falls to Nashua South 16-7

  • Concord’s Mary Martinson looks for a pass during her five-goal performance on Friday. Brackett Lyons / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/23/2022 9:58:10 AM
Modified: 4/23/2022 9:56:44 AM

With just over eight minutes to play in the first half of her girls’ lacrosse game on Friday, Concord’s Mary Martinson won a penalty shot on the edge of Nashua South’s crease.

The senior midfielder took full advantage of the opportunity and lashed home her fourth goal of the day. The Crimson Tide was down just 5-4 after the goal and looked ready to push for an equalizer.

Instead, first-place Nashua South (6-0) moved with ruthless efficiency and fired eight straight goals past CHS. The deficit was too much for Concord to overcome, and the Tide fell to 1-4 on the season by a final score of 16-7.

“I’m incredibly proud of how our group played today,” said Concord coach Ashley Durepo. “We’re definitely low on numbers and battling some injuries and dealing with some stuff, especially with it being spring break. So I’m very, very happy with the effort. I think we just didn’t have enough in the tank to compete in the second half.”

Durepo, who is in her first year at the helm of a squad that finished 8-7 a season ago, was overwhelmingly positive in the face of back-to-back defeats to Nashua South (the Tide also lost to the Purple Panthers 13-5 on Thursday). But the young coach (with several years of college coaching experience) said she found small victories that the team can build on despite what the scoreboard said.

An undeniable bright spot for the Tide was Martinson, who finished with five goals on the day.

“Mary’s doing incredible for us, and more than what she brings offensively, she brings us draws and any midfield category, and she works hard on defense. So it’s more than just our offense,” said Durepo. But the Concord coach was quick to point out that the All-State senior can’t do it all on her own. With only two goals from other Concord players (Tess Mulkerron and Sarah Leuci had single tallies), Nashua South was able to concentrate on Martinson and contain her for much of the game’s later stretches.

“Obviously, given how well she does offensively, she draws a lot of attention from the other team. So I think we’re working really hard to make sure we can support her on offense by becoming a seven-person team that can score too. Mary’s offensive production is great, but I think everyone in the state knows how great it is. So they’re pretty ready for it. So yeah, we’ll just keep working to continue to get better,” said Durepo.

A bright spot on defense was goalkeeper Nadia Hanna. The freshman is new to the sport, having played it for only a month and the goalie position for all of one week. Despite her inexperience, Hanna looked sure of herself in net and made several highlight-worthy saves, finishing with nine saves in total.

“She’s doing an incredible job,” said Durepo. “I think the biggest thing for a goalie, especially one just starting out, is their personality and how they can handle it. And she is just crushing it. I’m so proud of her and her saves that she makes.

“She gets hit (with the ball) and she still comes off laughing. So she’s doing an awesome job for us. And I think it’s nice for our defense to have that backbone.”

The road doesn’t get easier for Concord. The Tide washes up against Salem (1-2) and Pinkerton (3-1) in the coming week.

Durepo said the challenge will be to continue to improve every day. And if the team can do that, she believes the results will come.

“We’ve started seeing the glimmers, and I think it’ll definitely click and we’ll have a good second half of the season team for sure,” she said.




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