EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

Final score

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Perfect finish

Lauren Murtagh recorded 18 assists and both Azita Bakhtyari and Lauren Gibson had eight kills as Andover swept Methuen in girls volleyball to finish the regular season 20-0.

Best since 2003

Haverhill’s girls volleyball team wrapped up its best regular season since 2003 with a sweep of Lowell. The MVC Div. 2 champs, who got strong games at the net from Haley DeRoche and Abigail Sonuga, improved to 14-4.

Second-half surge

Ronald Ried, Michael Buraczynski and Olof Lindhe all scored second-half goals as top-seeded Merrimack men’s soccer won 3-1 over eighth-seeded AIC in the Northeast-10 quarterfinals.

Merrimack (13-2-2) tied a program record by extending its unbeaten streak to 12 consecutive games and advanced to the semifinal round where it will host fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce tomorrow.

Overtime heroics

After neither team scored during regulation or the first 7 minutes of overtime, sophomore forward Katie Bresciani received a long pass and scored on a breakaway, leading fourth-seeded Merrimack women’s soccer 1-0 over fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce in the Northeast-10 quarterfinals.

The Warriors (11-7-1) advanced to the semifinals and will face either top-seeded AIC or No. 8 Adelphi.