DOVER – Rumors about Masconomet’s scoring prowess have spread across the state over the past two years. But after a 4-1 win over Dover-Sherborn on Saturday afternoon in a battle of unbeaten title contenders, those whispers will get a little louder.

Sara Graves scored twice and delivered an assist to Masconomet (12-0-2), leading an attack that took advantage of sporadic bursts on the field to inflict the Raiders (11-1-4) their first defeat. With scores from Maggie Sturgis and Julia Graves, the Chieftains have scored the most goals Dover-Sherborn have allowed in a game all year – even despite a sensational effort in goal from keeper Caroline Harvey (13 saves).

Given the Raiders’ competitive status in Div. 3 and the performance of her own defense to hold off Dover-Sherborn without a second-half shot, Masconomet head coach Liz Dean couldn’t have been happier with the win as she prepares for a deep run in the Div. 2 fields.

“It’s an incredibly strong team, it was good field hockey,” she said. “To be able to (score) four against a team like that is incredible. It just shows how high and low – yes, the offense put in those goals, but the amount the defense stopped there- low – it just shows how great the team we’re working with right now.… It shows how talented this team is and how awesome they are as a whole, as a unit together.

While Dover-Sherborn played well enough to push the ball into Masconomet’s side of the pitch as much as he needed to resist, the difference was the Chieftains’ ability to get quality shots on goal on those occasions.

Moments after Drew Hussar delivered a great bouncing ball into the Masconomet circle that no one could get a quality stick on, the Chieftains walked downfield early in the first quarter to take a corner. A hard drive eventually turned into a Sara Graves goal at the post for the 1-0 lead.

Just five minutes later, the Raiders found themselves in rare tune when Julia Graves netted from another corner – on just the second shot of the game – for the 2-0 lead.

“Everything just seemed to fall into place today, which is just awesome to watch,” Dean said. “It shows how great our game, when they play Masco field hockey, what it can do.”

Dover-Sherborn bounced back quickly in the second quarter, as Harvey held Masconomet scoreless in the frame despite six shots on goal – one of which she had to save with the stick at the top level. The bouncing ball sinking into the circle finally worked and Finley Whitlock cut the deficit in half as he entered the break with a goal.

Masconomet’s speed in the wide open helped him sustain his attack in the second half. Harvey and the defense did a good job of dismantling those opportunities for the most part, but with just 45 seconds left in the third quarter, a great downfield dispatch from Piper Morris led to a 2-on-1 that Sara Graves sent to Sturgis for the goal. The Chieftains defense didn’t leave much in their circle for the most part from then on, and another corner in the fourth quarter led to another Sara Graves goal at the post for the final scorer.

“They didn’t let who they were playing or what their record was get in the way of what they could do,” Dean said. “Being in that right headspace can make all the difference.”

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