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Division 4 girls soccer: Granby steamrolls Lenox to take 3rd straight championship

  • Granby girls soccer players including Mallory Beauregard, center left, Trystin Burger and Nora Young hold the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, left, hoists the trophy for a photograph as teammate Madison Sexton holds her Nov. 11, 2017 after the girls soccer team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Nora Young, center, goes in for a shot under pressure from Lenox's Paige Looney Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. Lenox's Kristin Parkinson looks on, at left. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, center, keeps the ball from Lenox's Kristin Parkinson, left, and Milly Hernandez Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Nora Young, left, controls the ball under pressure from Lenox's Milly Hernandez Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby girls soccer players hoist the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Lenox goalkeeper Sophie Patella, center, fends off a shot under pressure from Granby's Nora Young Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. Lenox's Julie Pehlert, left, Granby's Summer Molin and Lenox's Zenani Santos, at right, look on. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Brianna Sosa, center left, and Trystin Burger hug teammate Summer Molin after she scored against Lenox Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Kaeleigh Croteau, left, advances the ball under pressure from Lenox's Julie Pehlert Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Nora Young, left, controls the ball under pressure from Lenox's Katherine Nichols Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, front, lines up a shot under pressure from Lenox's Zenani Santos Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Lenox's Erin Czelusniak, left, and Granby's Allison Bessette look on as a Granby shot moves past Lenox goalkeeper Sophie Patella Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby girls soccer players celebrate after scoring against Lenox Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby girls soccer players hold the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby girls soccer players celebrate Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Kayla Tudryn, left, takes a selfie of herself and teammate Rachel Netta holding the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Kaeleigh Croteau, left, jumped up to hug teammate Nora Young after Young scored against Lenox Nov. 11, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 girls soccer championship at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, left, and Kayla Tudryn pose for photographs with the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, left, Kayla Tudryn, right, Trystin Burger, center, and Madison Sexton pose for photographs with the trophy Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Granby's Summer Molin, left, and Kayla Tudryn hug Nov. 11, 2017 after the team won its third straight Western Massachusetts Division 4 championship 5-1 over Lenox at Westfield State. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

WESTFIELD — The word dynasty applies to the Granby girls soccer team.

The top-seeded Rams beat Lenox, 5-1, to win their third straight Western Massachusetts Tournament championship, Saturday at Westfield State.

The Rams took home their first Division 4 title after winning the previous two in Division 3.

“We are so close as a team,” Granby’s Trystin Burger said. “We all have the same goal and we have made it every year. From ninth grade on, we have won. We just want to keep that going and see how many times we can get this. I am so happy we got this again.”

The Rams had to do it without starting midfielder Julia Frappier, who hurt her ankle in the quarterfinals against Lee. Kayla Tudryn started in her place.

“It hit us hard that game when she got hurt,” Burger said, adding that Tudryn has “been ready to fill in whenever we have needed her, and she has filled in great.”

Burger had an assist on Granby’s fifth goal, scored by Summer Molin with five minutes left in the game.

Granby coach Bob Weaver has watched his team celebrate a championship during his first two seasons on the sidelines.

“There’s a tradition at Granby,” Weaver said. “We are losing four seniors this year and we know we are going to rebuild. We are looking forward to next year as much as this year.”

Granby (13-5-3) moves on to the state tournament where it will play Central champion Millbury (12-4-5) at Marlboro High School, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Rams lost to Millbury the last two seasons in the state semifinals.

Frappier’s status for the state tournament is undecided.

“We will see what happens with Julia (Frappier),” Weaver said. “Our approach will be the same. We will attack for a third time.”

Julia Gauvin made five saves for Granby.

Both Nora Young and Molin had two goals for the Rams. They traded assists to each other as well.

“It’s pretty awesome when you have everyone to rely on,” Young said. “There’s so many girls that can put it in the back of the net.”

Young is a dominant presence in the field, shielding defenders to get shots off. Molin has her own dominant method, an unlimited motor attacking the ball.

With Burger controlling the midfield and Emily Vallee in the middle of the defense, Granby limited Lenox to a handful of scoring chances.

In the first half, Granby had a barrage of opportunities but watched No. 3 Lenox (12-6-3) scored first. Abby Schilling launched a shot from the 18-yard line that sailed into the upper-left corner of the goal.

Lenox’s lead did not last very long as the Rams scored three straight goals to close out the first half.

Allison Bessette’s pass gave Young the ball for a long strike that beat Lenox’s Sophie Patella to make it 1-0. Granby’s second goal came when Young sent a sky high pass into the penalty area. Both Patella and Molin closed in on the ball but Molin’s head found it first for the goal.

“It doesn’t matter who scores,” Molin said. “It’s an amazing feeling when anyone scores. Whenever Nora does it to me I do it to her all the time. It’s a back and forth.”

Molin returned the favor late in the first half, setting up Young’s second goal to give the Rams a 3-1 lead going into halftime.

A Lenox own goal moved the score to 4-1 in the second half with 28:09 left in the game.