Boston High School: Cecily Docktor
Wellesley staked itself to a 3-0 lead in the second period and then held back a charge by the Clippers to score a 4-3 victory in the final regular season game for both clubs.
Wellesley finishes the season at 16-2-3, while Falmouth falls to 15-4-2. Both teams are among the favorites to playing for the Division 2 title in mid-March. Wellesley lost in the title game last year, the Clippers were beaten in the finals the two years before that.
Wellesley seemed to have more hop in their collective step throughout the game. The Clippers outshot the Raiders by a 27-17 margin in the contest, but it was Wellesley that was able to put away more of their chances.
The biggest goal of the game for the Raiders was the last one. Midway through the third period the Clippers had begun to seize control, as a goal by junior defenseman Hannah Callahan at 7:06 made it a 3-2 game. Callahan stepped into a loose puck from the high slot and beat Emily King to the top shelf. Rallying from 3-0 down, it looked like Falmouth had all of the momentum, but Wellesley quickly snuffed it out.
Just 28 seconds after Callahan scored, the Raiders struck for a back-breaker. A missed clear-out by the Clippers was taken away by the Raiders' forecheckers, and Keely Corscadden snapped a pass to Cecily Docktor, who was camped on the far post. Docktor tucked it inside the pipe, behind Maddie Scavotto (13 saves) for a 4-2 lead for the visitors.
Wellesley certainly seemed to have more puck luck in the contest, but head coach George Campbell said his Raiders produced its own good fortune.
“I don't think it's accidental. These kids have been playing together so long, they have great anticipation. They know if a shot is taken, they know where that rebound is going to be,” Campbell said. “We have a lot of experience, they grew up playing youth hockey together. They know each other very well and they kind of know how it's going to play out, what's going to happen.”
Falmouth rallied back to score an empty-netter with 16 seconds left as freshman Mckenzie Haberl picked up her second of the night, chopping one through a scrum in front of the net. The goal-scorer's older sister, Maddi Haberl, assisted on that goal, as well as the other two by FHS. Her assist on Callahan's earlier goal put her at the 100-point milestone for her career. She's the second Clipper to reach that mark in the past few weeks, with teammate Kelly Ferreira having also accomplished that feat.
Personal goals weren't on the Clippers' minds, though. They were focused on the loss, which was their first in three weeks.
“Wellesley had to play yesterday, too, and get on the bus this morning at like 7 a.m.," Maddi Haberl said. " There's no excuses."
Coach Erin Hunt echoed her star forward's sentiments saying, “[There are] no excuses. They worked harder than we did and they won the game. We couldn't get it going tonight, they shut us down.”
Wellesley played with a lead almost the whole game. They scored the game's first goal with just 14.2 seconds left in the first, with a bit of a flukey goal. With the puck loose up against the Falmouth net, Corscadden chopped her stick down on the puck and bounced it off the ice. The puck rode up over Scavotto, along the goal line, hit the back pipe and then came out. The referees ruled that the puck had crossed the goal line during its journey from one side of the crease to the other.
Kaleigh Donnelly scored twice in the second period to give Wellesley a 3-0 lead, both times with well-placed wristers from about 20 feet. The first one came at 2:29 as she camped just above the hash marks and snapped one just past the outstretched glove of Scavotto.
About 10 minutes later she struck again. Moments after a Wellesley power play had expired, Donnelly let one fly through traffic near the left wing faceoff dot. Scavotto never saw the puck that beat her up top, and gave the Raiders a commanding lead.
Falmouth began its comeback with 1:13 to play. McKenzie Haberl capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play chance with a wrist shot from just above the hash marks that King was unable to glove. Brooke Bowman and Maddi Haberl assisted.
The Clippers charged back from there to close the gap to one goal, twice, but Wellesley prevailed in the end. King was a big reason for that. Last year she stood on her head in the state semis, making 37 saves in her team's 3-2 win against the Clippers. She wasn't quite as sharp this time around, but finished with 24 saves and stopped a number of good FHS bids, especially late in the second and early in the third.
“She's good,” Campbell said. “Last year she had a really good game in the playoffs against Falmouth...she just stays within herself. She never panics and never loses her focus."
One More Time?: A real rivalry has developed between the teams over the past few years. Falmouth knocked off the Raiders to reach the finals two years ago, and the Raiders returned the favor last year. They've also met at the Classic each of the last two seasons, with a tie last season, and Wellesley winning this time around.
A potential rematch down the road is certainly something that both sides know is a real possibility. If it happens, though, the stakes will be much higher. Not only will one team's season end, but the careers of several talented seniors would as well. Falmouth has 10 seniors on their roster, while the Raiders boast seven.
“They're a team we could play again, and that would be quite a game to have at the Garden, to play them again. That would be good for high school hockey,” Campbell said.
Coach Hunt knows a rematch could materialize, and the Clippers welcome that potential challenge. “We didn't have it today, they played better than us,” the coach said. “We'd like the chance to play them again.”
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Falmouth’s quest for three straight trips to the TD Garden and the Division 2 state title game ran into a brick wall on Tuesday night at Gallo Arena.
That wall’s name was Meghan King.
Wellesley’s junior goalie stopped just about everything that was thrown at her over the final two periods, including 21 saves in the third period alone, to lead the Raiders to a 3-2 victory and the program’s first trip to the state final since winning it all in 2006.
“You get into a game like this, you might have a few jitters but we’re happy with the way she settled down,” said Wellesley coach George Campbell about King, who dropped a couple shots in the first period, but made 30 of her 37 saves in the final two periods.
Campbell continued, “She’s pretty much in control every game that she gets back there. There’s no sense of panic ever and she just has worked herself into a place where she’s as solid as any goalie that we’ve ever had.”
In examining the final result, Falmouth coach Erin Hunt could only applaud King’s effort.
“I really think we played awesome in the third and we battled to the end,” she explained. “I think we outshot them by quite a bit for the game but we just couldn’t pop one in. She played a great game; they’re a great team.”
The Raiders jumped into the lead 2:30 into the first period when leading scorer Cecily Docktor rounded the net and fired a wrister up over the shoulder of Madison Scavotto. Soon after, Docktor nearly added a second after a great move through a pair of defenders but her shot went just wide.
With 3:02 remaining in the first, Falmouth bounced back to tie the game. Maggie MacDonald took and inch perfect pass across the crease and planted a wide open shot into the top corner to make it 1-1.
“That was huge for us to go into the second period with a tie game,” said Hunt. “It’s tough to play with a point down going into the second.”
Unfortunately for the Clippers, the momentum was shortlived. Wellesley stormed out of the locker room in the second period and recorded the first seven shots. Sophomore Carley Boyle, who assisted on the opening goal, punched the Raiders back in front on the third attempt and it was 2-1 after just 40 seconds.
“It was mostly them talking to each other in there,” said Campbell about what was said during the first intermission. “We kind of set the task for them and told them what they had to do and then hoped that we weren’t going to run out of gas with the two lines and they didn’t. They sucked it up and just kept playing hard for the entire 45 minutes.”
From the midway point of the second period to the end of the game, Falmouth controlled puck possession and outshot the Raiders by a 32-4 margin. That was when Kelly took over.
“It’s definitely a lot of pressure and it’s hard but, I mean, I have a great team in front of me so I’m not too worried about that,” she explained. “My team did a great job clearing out the front of the net.”
About the pressure of playing in a one-goal game in the third period, Kelly added, “It’s definitely scary because you don’t want to give up any goals, but I knew coming in that we were the better team and that we were strong. So, we just had to take time and calm down.”
The nerves were eased momentarily by an empty net goal with 41 seconds remaining that appeared to clinch the Raiders a spot in the finals. Keely Corscadden scored the goal to make it 3-1. Each of the three top line forwards (Boyle, Corscadden, and Docktor) recorded a goal and assist apiece.
Falmouth did not give the game up after the empty net goal and Kelly Ferreira had a shot from beyond the blue line skip past Kelly on a very tough hop with still 21 seconds remaining. Kelly recovered to make a two more saves for the win.
“Those kinds of things happen and we knew that Falmouth would not give up and pucks take funny bounces -- that thing had a crazy bounce,” said Campbell. “She had it all the way and then all of a sudden it jumped over her shoulder.”
Kelly simply said, “It’s just a ton of fun to play a fast-paced game like that and to have such a great team around you.”
Wellesley will play either Westwood in the D2 state final at the TD Garden on Sunday.
Wellesley scored three goals over the first 12 minutes of the game and then held off a late charge by Milton (10-9-4). The 3-1 win marked the third time this season that the Raiders had notched a win over the Wildcats, including a pair of Bay State League contests earlier in the year.
With the win, Wellesley will meet Falmouth in the semifinals at Gallo on Tuesday. The contest is a match-up of the two teams that entered the tournament as the favorites to reach the Garden from the right side of the bracket. Wellesley and Falmouth met last month, at the Cape Cod Classic, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.
It took just 31 seconds for the Raiders to light the lamp as they dominated the first 15 minutes. Wellesley scored three times, owned possession of the puck the majority of the stanza and outshot the Wildcats, 10-6.
Co-captain Keely Corscadden got the game off to a raucous start for the second-seeded Raiders, scoring from the slot on a snap shot at the 31-second mark. She was set up by Cecily Docktor.
Shortly after that, at 4:25, the Raiders doubled their lead on a goal by Carley Boyle, who camped on the far post and tipped in a bouncing puck off of the stick of co-captain Sarah Goss.
The team’s third captain, Docktor, capped the scoring for the Raiders at 11:56 of the first. She buried a rebound of a Goss shot that came from the top of the right circle, making it 3-0.
“I thought that we had the advantage early. We were a little bit faster than them. Milton’s a real physical team, they know how to play. We just told our kids that you don’t make it to this level, a quarterfinal game, without being a real good team. They showed what they had,” Wellesley head coach George Campbell said. “They don’t care if you have a three or four goal lead. They keep coming.”
Campbell was right because 26th-seeded Milton did keep coming at his club in periods two and three, which were pretty even.
The D2 Cinderellas showed some moxie and more than held their own. They took it to Wellesley for the entire first half of the middle frame, with Julia Scannell producing a number of quality scoring chances. Wellesley keeper Meghan King (18 saves) robbed Scannell on a pair of point blank to keep Milton off the board.
McKenzie Stanley ended King’s shutout bid late in the second period. Stanley worked up the left side with speed, leaving a defenseman in her wake, and snapped a wrister past King that made it a 3-1 game.
Milton pressed Wellesley in the third, but could not get another one to fall. Elena Kapolis had a quality bid midway through the frame on a wraparound, but King held the post. Scannell followed with a poke at the puck, but couldn’t find a seam.
Milton was able to get the goalie out of the cage with 1:29 left and kept it in the offensive end for over a minute, but the Wellesley defense kept the puck out of harm’s way and held on.
“We felt that our defense was going to hold up and it was just a matter of playing total team defense and getting everybody back and taking away some of the explosive chances that Milton had,” Campbell said. “I’ve seen Milton several times this year. Once they sense a scoring chance, they gain a new speed that you haven’t seen the whole game. Our think our team did a good job of taking that away.”
F - Alison Butler, Sr., St. Mary's
This year's ESPN Boston Miss Hockey award winner, Butler captained the Spartans to their fourth Division 1 state title, scoring the game-winning goal against Arlington Catholic at the Garden. The St. Anselm's commit was third in Division 1 in scoring with 37-25-62 totals. It is her second ESPN Boston All-State nomination.
F - Hannah Murphy, Sr., Duxbury
The fulcrum to Duxbury''s run of three straight Division 2 state championships. Murphy, a three-sport athlete, finished fifth among all Division 2 scorers, putting up 29-24-53 totals. Murphy will play lacrosse at UMass-Amherst.
F - Kayla Smith, Sr., Woburn
One of the most talented pure scorers in the state, Smith finished second in Division 1 across the state in scoring with 34 goals and 24 assists for 63 points. The three-time ESPN Boston All-Stater will continue her hockey career at Salve Regina.
D - Cassandra Connolly, Sr., Woburn
The repeat ESPN Boston All-Stater finished fourth on the Tanners in points (2-15-17) while helping goaltender Courtney Davis notch seven shutouts on the season. Connolly will continue her playing career at the University of New England next year.
D - Hannah Wright, Sr., Arlington
A shut-down, physical blue-liner, Wright also finished tied for fourth on the Spy Ponders with 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists). She will attend Castleton State College next year where she will play hockey.
G - Shannon O'Neil, Sr., Austin Prep
Pitched a remarkable 10 shutouts on the season, along with a dazzling 96.8 save percentage. O'Neil, a Franklin Pierce commit, was also among the statewide leaders in goals against average with a 1.08 marka.
F - Kaleigh Finigan, Sr., St. Mary's
Despite missing time with an injury, Finigan still managed to finish second on the Spartans in scoring - following Alison Butleró with 17-28-45 totals. The Medford resident is also a standout on St. Mary's softball team.
F - Jane Freda, Sr., Hingham
A two-time ESPN Boston All-State selection, the Harborwomen captain finished among the Top 10 scorers in the state, tallying 31 goals to go along with 16 assists.
F - Ashley Moran, Jr., Woburn
The rangy winger made great strides this season, finishing among the Top 10 scorers in the state, posting 25 goals and 31 assists.
D - Brooke Matherson, Jr., Walpole
The blue-liner led the Rebels in scoring this year with 33 points points and her 24 goals were also a team-best. Matherson is also a standout player on Walpole's field hockey team.
D - Annie Messuri, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
Messuri was named the DCL/MVC Large division Most Valuable Player this year after posting 13-17-30 totals.
G - Courtney Davis, Jr., Woburn
Led the Tanners to an undefeated regular season while registering seven shutouts. The three-year starter registered a 92.1 save percentage while posting a 1.35 goals against average.
BEST OF THE REST - HONORABLE MENTION
Carolyn Avery, Sr., Lexington
Megan Barrett, Frosh., Acton-Boxborough
Christie Caliendo, Sr., Billerica
Leah Cardarelli, Soph., Acton-Boxborough
Molly Connolly, Sr., Wellesley
Amanda Conway, Soph., Tewksbury/Methuen
Gabby Crugnale, Sr., St. Mary's
Jackie Denning, Sr., Lexington
Cecily Docktor, Soph., Wellesley
Kara Donati, Sr., Winthrop/Lynn
Erin Dwyer, Sr., Archbishop Williams
Marissa Fichter, Soph., Duxbury
Ela Hazar, Jr., Westwood
Shannon Hickey, Sr., Arlington
Emily Kelly, Jr., Norwood
Olivia Konaxis, Sr., Beverly/Danvers
Brittani Lanzilli, Jr., Medford
Maggie Layo, Jr., Sandwich
Sara Lehman, Sr., Lexington
Emily Lissner, Jr., Woburn
Kim Lizotte, Sr., Westford Academy
Emily Loprete, Soph., Watertown/Melrose
Meaghan McKenna, Sr., Canton
Rachel Moore, Soph., Falmouth
Ali O'Leary, Frosh., Reading
Adrieana Rossini, Soph., Arlington Catholic
Nicole Woods, Jr., Beverly/Danvers
Allison Cunningham, Soph., Arlington Catholic
Tatiana Doucette, Jr., St. Mary's
Erin Ferrara, Sr., Fontbonne Academy
Hannah Ghelfi, Soph., Falmouth
Alexandria Gong, Sr., Hingham
Ally Hammel, Jr., Duxbury
Melissa Richard, Sr., Arlington Catholic
Caroline Seibold, Frosh., Reading
Megan Messuri, Jr., Arlington Catholic
Rachel Myette, Jr., Duxbury
Madison Scavotto, So., Falmouth
Lauren Skinnion, Jr., St. Mary's
Coach of the Year
Frank Pagliuca, St. Mary's (Lynn)
While piloting to the Spartans to four Division 1 state championships, perhaps Pagliuca's finest job behind the bench came this year, as St. Mary's knocked off Catholic Central rival Arlington Catholic in a rematch of the 2012 title game.
Todd Fletcher, Westford Academy
Michael Golden, Reading
Friend Weiler, Duxbury