CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: As the pass from behind the net found his stick, Jimmy Boyle struggled for a split second to control the puck. Then, the North Andover senior took care of business.

“I went to shoot it, then realized the puck wasn’t there,” said Boyle with a laugh. “But I got it back, and put it between the goalie’s legs. Then, it was just pure excitement.”

Jack Roe fired a perfect pass in front of the net to Boyle, who hammered it home for the go-ahead goal with 4:42 left in the game. North Andover’s defense locked down from there, and the No. 6 Scarlet Knights beat No. 3 Tewksbury 3-2 in the Division 2 North quarterfinals Friday at the Chelmsford Forum.

“We’re so excited,” said goalie Patrick Green. “We made our chances count, and that’s all the matters. It was awesome. The energy was amazing. The fans were so pumped. Coming into the season, people didn’t think we would be that strong a team. But we love to prove everyone wrong.”

North Andover (14-3-6) advances to the Division 2 North semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury (16-3-2) at the Chelmsford Forum (7:10 p.m.).