“I knew they were talented the minute I saw them,” Massimi said of his current seniors. “Seeing that this will be their last game together is a fairytale ending. “
Senior offense Kate Mastrobuono propelled the Raiders (19-1) with six goals, including four in the first half. Olivia Kehoe scored four goals and Izzy Katter three for the Trojans (18-1), who nearly wiped out a 12-6 deficit but were unsuccessful.
Bromfield took a 4-1 lead thanks to firepower from Katter and Kehoe, but the Raiders responded with an extended 8-1 run to build a 6-4 advantage on a cushion and 9-5 on half-time.
Mastrobuono was the maestro who orchestrated everything, waiting patiently behind the net, beating his defender 1 on 1, and finishing in rhythm by shooting over and around the Trojans. She adapted perfectly to a left-handed goalie and was very deliberate about when to shoot and pass.
“For Kate to come out and keep grinding, keep finding loose balls and putting the ball in the back of the net, we knew she could do it, and luckily she was able to do it today,” Massimi said. .
Senior teammates Hope Shue, Amelia Novitch, Lily Thompson and Annie Parizeau were instrumental in the second half, excelling collectively in the draw and across the field. DS extended their lead to 12-6 thanks to three, but Bromfield never gave in.
Katter and Kehoe both delivered, then Virginia Tech-linked Izzy Planchet scored back-to-back goals for the Trojans to cut the deficit to 12-10 with 52 seconds left. Bromfield had all the momentum, but time simply ran out when DS goalie Kathryn Mahoney made timely saves and found herself in the back of a pig pile moments later.
Bromfield coach Dave Planchet called the season “magical” and said he reminded his players that it’s okay to be disappointed, but that they shouldn’t be sad.
“They changed the program,” Planchet said of the elderly. “The best part, that most people don’t see, is that there are a lot of young children going around. [the town of] Harvard now wants to be like these kids.
Despite a valiant effort, the Trojans narrowly failed, dropping the same score as Norwell in the State Finals game in 2018. Dover-Sherborn simply had too many weapons, too much poise, and too much Mastrobuono .
After the DS Boys (D3) and Westwood Girls (D1) won the night before, the Raider Girls continued their momentum for the Tri-Valley League.
“It means so much, especially with such a strong boys’ program over the years,” Mastrobuono said. “We were waiting for this moment, after COVID, and with our senior class having a disrupted schedule. It’s so amazing to end the year like this.