Boston High School: Amanda Ciarletta

Girls All-Star: North 4, South 2

March, 31, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Earlier this week, Alison Butler was honored as's Miss Hockey, an award that recognizes the top female high school hockey player in the state. On Saturday, the St. Mary's of Lynn star suited up for the final time as a high schooler, taking part in the inaugural Aleppo Shriners MSHCA High School All-Star Classic.

As she has done throughout her tenure at St. Mary's, which included a Division 1 MIAA state championship a couple of weeks back, Butler, yet again, put her pure offensive talents on display as she scored a pair of goals to help lead the North All-Stars to a 4-2 victory over the South All-Stars at the DCU Center.

"I hadn't skated in nearly two weeks so it took a couple of shifts to get my hockey legs back," said Butler, who now set her sights on playing for St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. next season.

Butler scored the lone goal in the opening period _ a hard wrist shot from the low right slot that slipped underneath the catching glove of South goaltender Mimi Borkan (Medfield) coming with only seven seconds left. She would add her second tally during the final minute of the second period, tipping in a rebound past Braintree netminder Rachael Brazil which would stake the North squad out to a 3-1 advantage.

"It's kind of sad that (high school hockey) is over for me," said Butler. "I wish I could play another year because it has been a lot of fun but I also can't wait to go to St. Anselm. I'm excited the way things have gone for me (at St. Mary's). My hard worked has paid off."

It was looking as though the opening period would result in a scoreless standstill. But with time ticking down, Butler, with the puck on her stick, was left all alone coming down the right side. Seeing her opportunity, Butler ripped a shot past Borkan giving her squad the early lead.

"Alison is such a great player," said North head coach Amanda Ciarletta, who is also coaches the Lexington High girls team. "I don't have the privilege of coaching her over the season but she hustles all the time, is fast and makes smart plays. It was fun being able to coach her today."

Just 1:11 into the middle period Westford Academy's Kim Lizotte would extend the North advantage to two goals after gaining control of a loose puck inside the South crease and sticking it into the back of the net.

Throughout the early portion of this contest, the South team was having its fair share of difficulty trying to generate much offense. That would change, however, at 7:28 of the second period after Duxbury's Hannah Murphy flew down the right halfboard and
blasted a shot from 25 feet out that snuck underneath the cross bar making it a 2-1 game.

"This was a fun event for everyone," said South and Franklin High head coach Margie Burke. "A lot of these girls have played against one another in high school and club teams so it is great for them to comeback and play together on one team. It's an all-star game and it's all about having fun."

North was able to cling to its one-goal lead until Butler netted her second score seven minutes later.

The final period became an old-fashioned offensive shootout with each team getting quality chances on net. Falmouth High product Alexa Scribner managed to inch her club closer by putting back a rebound score coming at 4:07 which made it 3-2.

Hoping to sieze momentum off of that goal, South spent the remaining minutes of the period working feverishly in attempting to notch the equalizer. But such hopes were cast aside after Lexington's Sara Lehman broke into the South zone, skating past two defenseman and beating Duxbury netminder Rachel Myette with a pretty backhand goal at 8:12 which gave North back its two-goal cushion and the victory.

"That's a typical Sara Lehman goal," Ciarletta said. "She one of my players on my team at Lexington and it's always great to see her hands working and moving the puck. Today she got the goalie beat which was great. She practices those kinds of plays all the time in practice. I'm really happy she was able to get a goal for us, especially on a play like that."

The 8: Hingham, Woburn hold on

February, 19, 2013

HINGHAM, Mass. -- Despite allowing two third-period goals, Hingham was able to stay the course and knock off Lexington, 3-2, during Tuesday’s opening day action at The 8 Showcase.

The No. 6 Harborwomen (13-6-2) took control of the game early by putting a lot of pressure on Lexington goalie Amanda Charlton (34 saves).

“We try and play by the model, even if you are up by a couple of goals, to play like we are down two goals,” Hingham head coach Tom Findley said. “We have been playing very well of late, but we need to be able to tighten it up a little bit on some of the smaller plays.”

Charlton was able to limit the Harborwomen attack and gave Lexington (12-5-2) a fighting chance throughout the game.

“They had a lot of shots on her, and she was able to keep us in the game,” Lexington head coach Amanda Ciarletta said about her goalie’s play.

At the other end of the ice, Hingham goalie Taylor Walsh was no slouch, turning away 19 of 21 Lexington shots. One big save was stopping Sara Lehman on a breakaway in the first period by holding the angle. As a result, the Harborwomen were able to come back less than two minutes later and take the early 1-0 lead.

Sam Ryder got Hingham on the board with only 34 seconds left in the first period by splitting the Minutemaids defense. Ryder got in alone with Charlton and made a nifty move to the backhand to finally get Hingham a goal. Charlton had turned away the first 16 shots she faced.

Hingham’s Jane Freda didn’t waste any time in the second period getting her team on the board, scoring 12 seconds in. Freda was able to fly around the defense on the left wing and walk around Charlton for the goal.

“I saw an opening in the defense, so I was able to get around them,” Freda said. “I made a move, and I was able to slide the puck around the goalies pad on my forehand.”

Charlton bounced right back though making several key saves to keep the Minutemaids in the game. Hingham’s Katherine Saleski dangled around the defense and tried to wrist a shot past Charlton, but the goaltender kept her angle to make the save.

In the third period, Charlton made three big stops down low, which allowed Lexington to pull within one goal as Carolyn Avery beat Walsh.

Unfortunately for Lexington, Catherine Linehan got it back as she walked in uncontested and rifled a shot to the back of the twine, which put Hingham up, 3-1.

After robbing Lehman on the first period, Walsh didn’t fare so well as Lehman got a second opportunity late in the third. Lehman got by the Hingham defense was able to beat Walsh with a deke to the backhand.

Lexington didn’t pull the goalie until only 2 seconds were remaining with the face-off in the Hingham zone. Hingham won the face-off however, preventing a last-second shot from the Minutemen.

In the 2 p.m. matchup between No. 1 Woburn and No. 4 Arlington Catholic, the Tanners mustered up a sound attack to defeat the defending Division 1 champs, 4-1.

“That was one of the best [games] all year, as we did our jobs all over the ice, especially defensively,” Woburn head coach Bob MacCurtain said. “Defensively, last year we were not very good, so to see a performance like this now is a positive.”

Woburn’s Ashley Moran (2 G, 1 A) and Kayla Smith (1 G, 2 A) turned in 3-point games, assisting on each other’s goals.

“I have been really leaning on them the past few weeks,” MacCurtain said. “They were really good moving the puck around out there and making smart decisions.”

Woburn goaltender Courtney Davis was sharp in the Tanner goal turning away 15 of 16 shots from the Cougars (14-3-2).

The Tanners lit the lamp early in the first period on a nifty backhand move by Moran as she slid the puck through the 5-hole of Arlington Catholic goalie Megan Messuri.

“Coach [MacCurtain] told me that I needed to start getting to the net more, so I was able to do that there,” Moran said.

The Cougars came right back with several chances, but Davis stayed square making three consecutive stops to keep the Tanners ahead.

Erica Lissner wasted little time in the second period as she beat Messuri (15 saves) with a backhander within the first two minutes.

Back at the other end, Davis robbed Danielle Kelley with about 8:20 remaining in the second down low on the power play. Before the second period ended, the Cougars finally had a brush with luck. A shot from Jackie Sindoris deflected high, and although Davis gloved the puck, she could not hold on as it fell into the goal.

The Tanners (16-0-3) bounced right back in the third as Smith scored on a breakaway. Moran picked up the assist, feeding Smith on the breakaway.

Moran followed suit minutes later on a two-on-one with Smith by rifling a wrist shot top shelf.

“I had Kayla [Smith] with me and both the goalie and defensemen started pulling over to her, so I just shot the puck,” Moran said.

The Cougars tried to mount a comeback as they had several chances, but Davis was up to the challenge making multiple key saves. Adrieanna Rossini had the best chance on a one-timer in the slot, but Davis sprawled across her crease to make the highlight reel save.

Recap: No. 5 Lexington 3, No. 7 Arlington 2

February, 12, 2012
LEXINGTON, Mass. -- In a game that needed nearly all its minutes to decide an outcome, No. 5 Lexington netted a go-ahead goal with seven minutes remaining in the third period and defeated No. 7 Arlington on Saturday evening, 3-2.

“Arlington’s a tough game for us,” Lexington head coach Amanda Ciarletta said. “They just play hard, they play fast, they play gritty, and I love playing [these] games.”

“We just had a hard time finding the back of the net,” Arlington head coach Jeff Mead said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get it tonight, but the girls played hard.”

Following the initial face-off, both Arlington and Lexington (11-5-0) spent the first few minutes chasing the puck up and down the ice until junior Sara Lehman (two goals) stole it from the Spy Ponder defense and lifted it over the right shoulder of senior Casey Schaejbe (18 saves) for the Minutemaid’s first goal at 5:24.

Nine minutes later, the Spy Ponders (7-6-4) answered when junior Kaitlyn Morse collected the puck after it bounced off the left shoulder of Minutemen senior goaltender Katie Lenard (17 saves) and pushed it directly into the net, which tied the game, 1-1.

Junior Eva Colarusso doubled Arlington’s goal total a minute into the second period when she rifled the puck from her team’s bench past Lenard’s right arm and into the cage.

“My teammates have always been really supportive of me, and it’s just so helpful to have them there," Lenard said. "When you’re a goalie, you beat yourself up, [and think], ‘oh no, I just blew the game,’ but they came over and were like, ‘we’ll do this together.'"

Lehman helped Lexington climb back into the contest late in the second period when she weaved through the Arlington defense and slapped the puck past Schaejbe for the equalizer.

“The kids got a little lazy, little complacent, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Mead said. “[After Lexington tied the game], I just told them to make sure we get pucks in deep, and do the little things.”

The Spy Ponders didn’t exactly follow their coach’s demands entering the third period, as they watched senior co-captain Danielle DelGreco skate past them, and deposit the puck at 3:21 to give the Minutemen a one-goal advantage.

Arlington then ramped up its pressure by firing numerous shots on Lenard, which were turned away. Juniors Katie Cummings and Shannon Hickey each had chances to tie the game, as well as Morse during the final seconds of regulation, but the Minutemen defense assisted their goaltender with deflections and clears that helped Lexington earn the season series sweep.

“[Legnard] held her own, she stayed calm, she stayed cool, she stayed collected, and she really helped us on [Morse’s] breakaway at the end that could have tied it," Ciarletta said. "So we’re proud of her, and she’s a hard worker, and she put her team on her shoulders tonight."

For the past few years, Lexington’s coaching staff has challenged their players to organize one community service project that gives back to their town, and this year, the Minutemen chose to participate with the Susan G. Komen organization in the ongoing fight against breast cancer by decorating the rink with balloons and streamers, and sporting pink jerseys. They also sold various baked goods, and sold raffle tickets to raise money for their donation.

“Our girls worked really hard over the week to put [this event together], and a big motivator for us doing this was one of my former college teammates had breast cancer.” Ciarletta said. “She’s a survivor, and she actually was the assistant coach on the Arlington team tonight, so it even brought it more home for us because she’s a survivor, she was a teammate of mine, great friend of mine, and it’s special that we can raise awareness for this [battle].”

The head coach continued by saying, “We have so many kids here, who’s families are affected by it all the time, so we just wanted to give back, and just raise awareness for the cause.”