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Georgetown Out in D3 State Semifinals to Millis in Girls Soccer

Molly Breen (#2) returns to torment Georgetown a second time

(Quincy) I cringed when I saw that after winning the D3 North, the Georgetown girls soccer team’s next opponent was Millis.

Why?  Because like many of the readers of this blog, I was on hand at the Boston TD Banknorth Garden on March 9th of this year and saw Millis take out the Royals girls basketball team (60-43) in the D4 state finals.

That game introduced a whole bunch of us to Molly Breen (5’11”) of Millis.  In that one the junior had a career game (28 points) and was clearly the key to the Mohawk win.

Learning that Millis was next for the G’Town soccer team in the state tourney, I couldn’t help myself and had to see if Miss Breen was involved.  A Google search eventually turns her up and I learn that she is a captain and major player.

No longer is G’town facing an unknown opponent and I anticipate them having their hands full – which they did in a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night (November 17th) at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy.

Molly Breen was a serious threat on corner kicks and direct kicks but otherwise she had a “small problem” – Kelly Chickering of Georgetown.  The Royal sophomore shadowed the much taller Miss Breen and limited her touches throughout.

Sorting out a soccer game is always difficult.  There are goals but other than that, you work in generalities.  Even shot totals are elusive because some are much more threatening than others are.

Taylor Nelson (Georgetown) hit the crossbar in the first half but it was more of the lazy flyball variety.  Molly Breen, on the other hand, had a direct kick from the middle of the field in the first half that was blistered.  Jamie Block (Georgetown goalie) had a good look at it, however, and caught it.

An even more dangerous shot was the one that Mohawk Ashley Page got off in the first half after a Molly Breen corner kick. Ashley’s shot went just wide right but I saw (from the other end) plenty of room inside the net for a more accurate shot.

I had a very good look at the Royals closest thing to a goal.  It was in the last five minutes of the game.  A direct kick from Emma Cannon put Casey Decareau in a position to send a head shot at the goalie.  Although the header was well struck, it went right where Millis goalie Amanda White was parked.  Those things will happen.

The actual goal by Maddie Brosler in the second half was scored a full soccer field away from me.  However, from my vantage point, it was one of those situations where you have the ball and a whole bunch of players from both teams in a relatively small area.  It isn’t often that someone gets a clean kick/head on the ball but in this case, the Millis player did.

The facility was terrific with a great surface.  The weather was equally nice with little wind and temps in the 40s.

A five o’clock start on a weekday, south of Boston, should have kept some of the Georgetown faithful away but didn’t seem to.

The Millis student section was very active with all sorts of chants.  I recall hearing the “Breen Machine” one back in March at the Garden.

It surprised me that the MIAA doesn’t give out trophies to the participants in the state semifinals when they do in the divisional finals.  Aren’t reaching the semifinals a bigger accomplishment?

Georgetown returns sixteen girls from a fourteen-win season in 2010-11.  This may not be the last time we see them in post-season, girls soccer play.

The Georgetown lineup before the game.

The Georgetown halftime gathering.

The after-the-game crossing.

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Georgetown Girls Lose Finals to Millis – Pictures from the game

Georgetown girls coach Barri Ann Lorenzo looks on during closing minute of the Royals state finals loss to Millis at the BankNorth Garden on March 9th.

Georgetown girls coach Barri Ann Lorenzo looks on during closing minute of the Royals state finals loss to Millis at the BankNorth Garden on March 9th.

(Boston) The Georgetown Royals reached the state finals on this snowy March 9th afternoon but came away with only an appearance in the finals to show for it as they lost to Millis, 60-43.

“It was worth the trip,” said Coach Barri Ann Lorenzo afterwards in the press room.  “But it’s harder without the W at the end of the day. I am very proud of them and equally disappointed with them not in them.”

The Royals actually got off to a nice start as Taryn O’Connell nailed 3’s on her first two shots in the first 1 ½ minutes.  No one knew it then but those were half of the 12 points that G’Town’s all-time scorer would get in the game.

Georgetown, with five busloads of students cheering them on, led 10-8 after one period.  The second quarter was a different story and it was in the first 4 ½ minutes that the Mohawks took control of this game for good.  In thirteen possessions the Royals committed eight turnovers, missed two free throws, and Taryn had a shot blocked.  Meanwhile, Millis started getting production from junior Molly Breen (28 points – career high) and senior Amy Ingraham (20 points).

An Olivia Zitoli layup put Millis in front 11-10 and by the quarters end the lead was up to 29-22.  Breen had ten points in that quarter mostly on layups.

“The answer to #24 (Molly Breen) would have been help defense,” explained Coach Lorenzo.  “We had scouted Millis and knew about them.  We just didn’t defend very well.”  With just one day to practice after reaching the finals on Saturday afternoon you can understand that not only was there limited practice time but certainly a fatigue issue.  “Millis ended up with two days of practice (rest?) and we had one.”

In the third period the Royals put together of string of points (Shannon Hartford layup/Kelli O’Brien jumper/two Taryn free throws) and had narrowed things to 40-35 with 1 ½ minutes remaining.

This was where Molly took this game over.  The last eight points belonged to the 5’11” junior.  She repeatedly found her way to the basket and/or to the free throw line.  This was part of the game where that help defense vanished and when the quarter ended a mountainous 48-33 deficit was in place. 

The Royals could not dent that deficit the rest of the way and by the time the game ended every player on each roster had seen action on the BankNorth Garden floor.

That her team did so well in the tournament (won four games) did not surprise Coach Alonzo.  “I expected us to do well.” 

Georgetown had to have the vision to see the light at the end of the tunnel as they played through 15 losses during the pre-tournament season.  All those losses got them the bottom seed in Division 4 and put them in with the best area Division 4 teams early.  No problem except maybe the close one I saw versus Fenway at Greater Lawrence. 

Coach Alonzo was pleased with the fan support at the Garden.  “It was great because the girls don’t usually get the attention they deserve.”

It was ironic that the G’Town boys had a 14-6 season and had plenty of fan support.  They also were rewarded with a bye in the first round of the tournament and then ended up losing the first game they played.  Therefore, this was a year to follow the boys during the regular season and the girls in the tournament.

I had my camera handy at the Garden.  Anything that is underlined will turn into a picture if you click on it. 

Athletic director Guy Prescott and principal Peter Lucia pose before the game.

Jennifer Donovan and Kelly Gillen prepare to sing the National Anthem.

The Royals line up for the National Anthem.

The opening tip.

Assistant coach Bob Graffum looks on.

Plenty of fans from Georgetown made the trip.

The cheerleaders also performed.

Taryn O’Connell shoots a free throw with Haley Gisonno ready to rebound.

Rachel Sherman gets ready for an inbounds play.

Molly Breen puts in two of her 28 points.

Shannon Hartford studies the situation.

Michelle Reilly with Kelli O’Brien in the background.

Taryn O’Connell scans the floor late in the game.

Taryn, Haley, and Michelle watch from the bench as the game slips away.

Maria DeGenova holds the Division 4 finalist trophy.

The team lines up to receive their medals.

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