Lightning, thunder, and the Merrimack High Lady Tomahawks all appeared to be conspiring against coach Jen Resmini and her Pinkerton Academy field hockey squad in its season-opening match in Derry Thursday, Sept. 3.
The Lady Astros and Lady Tomahawks endured three 30-minute delays that were forced by thunder and followed by lightning, and Gabby Guerard’s first-half goal ended up being the margin of victory in a 1-0 decision for the host team.
Merrimack coach Ann MacLean – a Pinkerton graduate and former athletic standout – and her charges had begun their season the day before by defeating Nashua North in a 2-0 shutout. But the Lady Tomahawks proved unable to find the back of the net against Pinkerton in the Lady Astros’ home-opener.
Goalie Abbey Doherty was credited with four stops in the host team’s net, and Madison Lolicata was responsible for setting up Guerard on the contest’s lone goal.
The Pinkerton crew’s lone game this week – slated for Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Nashua South, after Nutfield News press time, pitted the 1-0 Lady Astros against an 0-1 Purple Panthers’ contingent that dropped its season-opening match 1-0 to Manchester Memorial.