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Belmont Field Hockey 'Trapped' by Woburn, Miss Out on Playoffs

Losses in final three games leave Marauders out of post season for the first time in five years.

After shutting out a good Reading High team at home on Oct. 18, Belmont Field Hockey needed a single win from their final three games of the season to return to the Div. 2 North playoffs.

And with the Marauders visiting winless Woburn High which they easily defeated 2-1 at Harris Field earlier in the season, it was a solid bet that Belmont would be cheering through town on the bus from that game.

But in sports, there is a matches where the better team, coming off a win or a series of wins against a good teams will have a let down and lose to a mediocre side. They are called a "trap" games. And the Marauders was caught in one at the most opportune time.

Despite outshotting the Tanners by a 25 to 1 margin, (the final shot count was 50 by Belmont to a pair by Woburn), Belmont could not find the back of the goal box.

"They have a good goalie but, really, we just could not get the ball in for a goal. It was frustrating since we practice scoring all week long," said Belmont's Head Coach Jessica Smith, whose team last year played in an epic Div. II North final against arch-rival Watertown.

A tie against Woburn would have given Belmont a chance at the post season with a .500 record but a Tanner goal from nearly 18 yards away after a break away with three minutes in the game sent Belmont to a 1-0 defeat on Monday, Oct. 22 and trapping them into must win games against Div. 1 opponent and Middlesex League rival Lexington at home and defending Div. 1 state champions Andover.

And despite keeping the score close – with a goal by Catherine Moore with an assist from Kendal Brown – against the 10-win Minutemen, Belmont fell behind 3-1 against Lexington and lost, 5-1, on Seniors Night at Harris Field on Wednesday, Oct 24.

Needing an away win, the Marauders defense of Brown, Maddie Devine and goalie Katie Saylor played an outstanding game but a goal by Andover ended all chances for a post season berth as the team lost, 1-0, on Friday, Oct. 26.

The Division 2 Marauders finished the season with a 8-9-0 record while three of their final four opponents – Andover ranked 5th, Lexington 6th and Reading at 15th – will play in the Div. 1 North finals.

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