THORNDIKE — It happened so quickly, Alexis Lachance only had time to react, not think. The Winslow High School field hockey team’s goalie saw the giveaway right in front of her, saw Mt. View’s Janelle Thornley with the ball, and the next thing Lachance knew, she was sprawled on the turf.

“I don’t even know what happened. I looked around and thought ‘Oh my God. I’m on the ground.’ ” Lachance said.

Lachance was on the ground, but the ball never made it into the cage. Lachance stopped a pair of shots in the sequence, ending the Mustangs’ best chance to score. Winslow hung on for the 1-0 win in the Eastern Class B quarterfinals.

No. 5 Winslow, now 12-3-0, will face No. 1 Nokomis (14-0-1) in the semifinals. No. 4 Mt. View ends the season at 11-3-1.

The Mustangs had 20 penalty corners to Winslow’s five, and Mt. View controlled play throughout much of the game.

“I don’t know how we didn’t get at least one in there. I don’t know,” Mt. View coach Gloria Hewett said. “Sometimes you just don’t get them in. I can’t tell you how many were sitting on the line, sitting right there, that didn’t go in.”

The Black Raiders scored the game’s only goal midway through the first period, when Michelle Greene redirected a Bethany Winkin shot.

Six of Mt. View’s penalty corners came in the final 10 minutes of the game. Winslow spent much of its recent practice time working on defending penalty corners, and it paid off.

“We worked on different formations, to switch that up, depending on what they see. They came up big. Cutting to the ball,” Winslow coach Mary Beth Bourgoin said. “They worked on their communication, who’s stepping up and who’s flying. A lot of work went into that.”

When the Mustangs did get a shot off, Lachance came up big.

“The whole team played amazing. The corners were starting to get unbearable, but we did so good,” said Lachance, who made 10 saves.

“(Lachance) really worked hard all season long. She’s shared the position, but she really just all season long kept growing and growing and growing. She’s very aggressive, a very good communicator,” Bourgoin said.

Abbie Charrier made eight saves for Mt. View.

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