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May 6, 2014

Knights zoom past Pinkerton

Motivated Knights out fast, hold off Pinkerton

DERRY — “Win the minutes. Win the moments. Win the games.”

North Andover sophomore Michelle Poirier wrote that phrase on her goal sheet at the start of this season.

Fellow sophomore Abbie Karalis made a more specific goal: Beat Andover twice.

“Check that one off,” Poirier said about Karalis’ goal. “That was nice.

“Our goal sheet is really helping us,” Poirier added. “We all wrote down our goals and we bring it to every game and practice and it motivates us even more for these games and other games.”

Somewhere on some North Andover player’s goal sheet had to be to beat Pinkerton, right? Especially after last year’s devastating 14-13 loss to the Astros in sudden death overtime at home.

Yesterday, the Knights earned revenge, beating the defending-Division 1 New Hampshire champions 12-10 at Pinkerton in a cross-state clash.

“There was more extra motivation because of the fact that we lost to them in triple-overtime last year,” North Andover first-year coach Meredith Prior said. “I think that was what really motivated us in practice this past week. And then we came out and played an amazing first half (built a 5-0 lead and led 7-2 at halftime). That let us hold on for the second half.”

Poirier added: “It was great to get the win and it was great to get revenge, too, because we played so hard last (year).”

Poirier netted three goals and added an assist. Leah Chittick scored four goals and recorded two assists. Karalis chipped in two goals and two assists and Erin Kelley added three goals and two assists.

“I get really motivated because these are teams we don’t usually play and it’s good competition to come out here and play (a team) that’s No. 1 in their state,” Karalis said. “We just beat them to knock them off their undefeated season. They had a lot of good players on attack and they moved the ball well. But I feel like we stepped up.”

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