Courtney Nivala; Oakmont Regional.
Nivala continued to be one of the most prolific scorers in Central
Mass. and led the Spartans to a postseason berth. She was third among
all CMass scorers, and tops in Mid-Wach B, with 137 points (88 goals, 49
assists), and set a school record with 11 points in a game. She netted
seven goals in a win over Leominster in May and scored six in both
victories over Marlboro. Against Hudson early in the season, Nivala
maneuvered between two defenders and scored with seven seconds left to
give Oakmont a 12-11 win. The Spartans finished 11-8, with seven of
their losses coming by two goals or less. Nivala scored twice in a loss
to Groton-Dunstable in the first round of the tournament. Nivala, who
played three seasons of varsity soccer, was a three-year league all-star
in lacrosse and the No. 2 scorer in Mid-Wach B this season. Although
only a junior, Nivala already hopes to attend Southern New Hampshire University to play lacrosse. She is the daughter of Linda and Kevin
Nivala of Westminster.
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