When you take Route 111 south from the interstate, the town of Harvard, Mass. lies beyond green rolling hills. Town Hall is a three-store white clapboard building which is undergoing some work, and the town center is dominated by the Harvard General Store, which has in it a Grant Wood-esque painting of the town.
Even in these days of technology, there are still towns that time forgot. The store sells blueberry cobbler, espresso, candy and mementos, and the fizzy New England soft drink called Moxie.
Just down from the cemetery next to the general store sits Harvard Bromfield School (Mass.), which overlooks Bare Hill Pond. It’s a 330-acre body of water visible from the elevated wall that separates Route 111 from the green in front of the school, on which the girls’ lacrosse team plays its home matches.
For the last six years, there has been a singular talent patrolling that field. Sophia Turchetta, the Trojans’ attacking midfielder, played her last regular-season home game this week. Jet quick, with an uncanny knowledge of the game and an aggressiveness borne of having three older brothers, she had honed her game playing with the boys.
This month, Turchetta hit a number of career scoring marks, including surpassing the four-year varsity scoring record, becoming the first known scholastic player — male or female — to record more than 500 goals in a four-year career, and 600 overall.
The thing is, she has had even more goals scored in her varsity career but for the lack of accurate records from her seventh-grade season in 2011. That will come out in time, but she is, by most metrics, the most prolific attacking force that scholastic lacrosse has ever seen.
The Dartmouth-bound senior is unsure of what her exact role will be next year, since she has played all over the pitch during her prep career. In addition to her scoring talent, she takes draws as the Trojans’ center, and, when she was selected to an Under Armour All-America side, she played close defense.
We’ll have a video story on her later this year as the team embarks on another run to the MIAA Division 2 final, which Bromfield has yet to win. The team is seeded No. 1 in the Central/West bracket and hosts Chicopee Pope Francis (Mass.) in the first round on Tuesday.