Boston High School: Rachel Myette

On Sunday night, we presented our 2014 ESPN Boston Miss Hockey award to Duxbury senior goaltender Rachel Myette at the Dragons' championship banquet in Plymouth.

Myette became the second Dragons player to earn the award, joining defenseman Martha Findley (2012). Here Myette shows off the award in front of Duxbury's four state championship trophies, after winning three straight Division 2 titles (2011-13) before claiming the Division 1 crown this season:

Duxbury's Myette is ESPN Boston Miss Hockey

March, 24, 2014
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ESPNBoston.com and its high school section today announced that Rachel Myette, senior goaltender for the Duxbury Dragons, is the recipient of its fourth annual "Miss Hockey" award, presented to the top female high school hockey player in Massachusetts.

The Miss Hockey Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and high school hockey coaches. Myette will be presented with the award at a later date.

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Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comDuxbury's Rachel Myette had a 0.72 GAA this season with 11 shutouts, bringing her career total to 39.
“During a historic run of four straight championship seasons, Duxbury has always had Rachel to rely on in between the pipes,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools and coordinator of the site’s hockey coverage. “She came to embody the consistency and work ethic the Dragons have showcased during their on-going dynasty. As one of the top goaltenders in the state throughout her four-year career, she is most deserving of this award.”

Myette is the second Dragons player to win the award, following defenseman Martha Findley in 2012. She is also the first goaltender to receive our Mr. Hockey or Miss Hockey distinction.

Myette was four-time MIAA state champion, as a four-year starter in net for the Dragons, leading them to three straight Division 2 titles before earning the Division 1 state crown this season.

The three-time ESPN Boston All-State selection again finished with the best save percentage (95.4) in the state, while maintaining a career goals against average of less than a goal per game. While posting a 0.72 GAA this season, Myette turned in 11 shutouts, capping her career total at 39, including 10 post-season shutouts.

“Rachel stepped right in as a freshman and, believe it or not, continued to get better as her confidence increased,” Dragons head coach Friend Weiler said. “She has backboned our team through her four years -- from the quiet freshman, who just did her job, to the senior captain, who was barking orders to her teammates. She is a great kid and a fierce competitor.”

Myette will continue her hockey career at Quinnipiac University next year.

“She was not only extremely consistent, but she also made the highlight reel save when we needed to take back momentum,” Weiler said. “The tougher the opponent the better she played. She always rose to the occasion and saved her best stuff for the tournament — a true big-game goalie. I have always tried to build my teams from a ‘defense first’ perspective and she was a wonderful foundation.”

D1 girls final: Duxbury 2, Arlington Catholic 1

March, 16, 2014
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BOSTON — Midway through the third period of the Division 1 girls’ state final game at TD Garden, the Cougars of Arlington Catholic tied the game at one and appeared to seize the momentum.

However, there is a reason the Duxbury Dragons had won three consecutive state championships coming into the game.

Just 11 seconds after AC tied the game at one, junior Marissa Fichter pounced on a Julia Nolan face-off win and fired a blast past Cougars goalie Katherine Crane for the eventual game winner in Duxbury’s 2-1 victory.

“It is a lot of credit to my center Julia Nolan,” said Fichter. “We practice it all the time and scored on it once before in a game. I would like to say I was picking a spot but I just fired it towards the net and it went in.”

It is the fourth straight championship for the Dragons, their first in Division I, after being moved up from Division II this season.

“This team was not going to be denied,” said Duxbury head coach Friend Weiler. “It was a complete team effort. This team just worked so hard and never gave up. The girls just wanted it today.”

After a relatively quiet first two periods, things opened up in the third period, specifically for Duxbury who got on the board just 40 seconds into the final stanza.

On the first shift of the third period, Dragons junior forward Jane Dudley crashed hard into the end boards but later in the shift, she exacted her revenge.

Collecting a loose puck near center ice, Dudley broke down the left wing with an AC defender draped on her, but Dudley stayed strong on the puck and cut to the middle firing a low, hard shot through the legs of Crane for a 1-0 lead.

“Jane [Dudley] has been on fire for the entire playoff run,” said Weiler. “She is a fierce competitor and today when we needed her at the biggest time, she came through. She had kind of been pushed to the outside and I was trying to get her to get her to lower the shoulder and cut it to the middle and she did today.”

The Cougars would not go quietly and despite having many good chances on Duxbury goalie Rachel Myette, they finally broke through with 6:59 left in the third period.

After some hard work behind the net by senior Danielle Kelley, the puck squirted in front to Jackie Sindoris who tucked a nifty back-hand pass to Kelley who beat Myette high to tie the game at one.

The celebration was short lived as Fichter provided the game winner just seconds later, leaving the Cougars stunned, and unable to rally in the final minutes.

“We didn’t play our style of hockey the first two periods I felt,” said Cougars head coach Maggie Taverna. “Danielle [Kelley] came up with a huge goal for us and then they got a quick goal back. It was a good game. Duxbury is a great team and has a great goaltender.”

OH MY-ETTE: Midway through the third period, Duxbury senior goalie Rachel Myette proved that she was human, after allowing a goal to tie the game at one.

The goal was noteworthy because it was the first she had let up the entire postseason.

In fact, Myette went through all of last postseason not allowing a goal. You have to go back to the 2011-12 final against Falmouth to find the last time she allowed a postseason goal before today’s final which locked up her fourth individual championship.

“I don’t think it is real at all right now and I feel like I am in a dream,” said Myette. “It is real and it is an insane feeling that I can’t describe. To end my senior year like this is just insane.”

Despite allowing the tying goal, Myette’s confidence never wavered.

“My team is a third period team and we have shown that we have the heart in us to dig down deep,” added Myette. “It was really important to get on them and destroy their momentum after their goal.”

As the final seconds ticked down, the Cougars had a last ditch effort as snipers Jess Piracini and Adrieanna Rossini bore down on a two-on-one. The Duxbury defender played the pass, allowing Myette to play the shooter, and flash a pad to deny Piracini with five seconds left, putting a stamp on a remarkable career.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: For Arlington Catholic, the sting of losing consecutive state title games will take some time to wear off.

However, they will return their three top scorers in Rossini, Piracini, and Sindoris as well as their group of four talented defensemen.

Goaltender Katherine Crane also returns but recall that she was a first-year goalie this year, so the future is sure to be bright for the Lady Cougars so don’t rule out a potential return trip to the Garden next year.

“We do have a lot of good kids coming back,” added Taverna. “We had a great year this year and the kids were very successful early on and into the rest of the season.”

D1 girls semifinal: Duxbury 3, A-B 0

March, 9, 2014
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STONEHAM, Mass. -- Dynasty is a term often considered over-used in sport. Many programs speak it but few are able to sustain it over a long period of time.

The Duxbury girls’ hockey team does not talk in such rhetoric, preferring to do their talking out on the ice. However, if the Dragons are able to win next Sunday, it will be hard not to link this program and dynasty together.

Sunday night, Duxbury made surprisingly easy work of Acton-Boxborough in the Division 1 semfinals, shutting the Colonials out 3-0 at Stoneham Arena.

With the victory, the sixth-seeded Dragons (17-1-6) now sit on the threshold of capturing their fourth consecutive state crown. They will face No. 3 Arlington Catholic (19-2-2) in the final Sunday at TD Garden at a time to be determined.

Duxbury has won the Division 2 state title the last three seasons before moving up to Division 1 status this season. The transition to a higher level never seemed to phase the Dragons, unanimously believing they had the talent and muscle to compete with team at any level.

Against No. 1 seed A-B, they certainly proved it.

After allowing the Colonials (21-3-0) to dictate the tempo during the early stages of this one, Duxbury turned on the after-jets midway through the opening period and never looked back.

Whether it be nerves or A-B coming out full-throttle to start, the Dragons would eventually settle back into their style of fast-break offense, unselfish passing and tight, physical defense to turn this contest in their favor.

Duxbury forward Jane Dudley put her team on the board at 9:53 of the first. Following a scrum inside the Colonials' crease, Dudley was able to find the loose puck and shoot it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, the Dragons were on the attack again. With Dudley leading a 2-on-1 break from just outside the blue line, her shot caromed off of A-B goaltender Cali Loblundo and onto the stick of Payton Donato, who was streaking down the right side. The sophomore flipped the puck past Loblundo to give the Dragons a two-goal advantage from which the Colonials would never recover.

"I don't think we played well at all tonight," said A-B head coach Brian Fontas. "It's disappointing being the No. 1 seed to go out like this. I'm not taking anything away from Duxbury because they're an excellent team. Bottom line is they know what it takes to get to the Garden. That's why they're going back for a fourth straight year.

“We didn't have a lot of puck luck tonight and sometimes you need that. Duxbury wanted this a little more than we did and got the win as a result. They do every single, little thing right. Their special teams are excellent and their penalty kills are excellent. That team just works extremely hard. They thrive off of work-ethic."

For the remainder of the tilt, the Colonials did manage to step up their play at both ends of the ice some. Duxbury was still getting its share of quality looks on Loblundo (22 saves), but the sophomore stood poised, swatting them away. But for a team that came in having scored 110 goals, A-B's offense had great difficulty setting up shots once inside the Dragons zone.

Duxbury's defense, along with its forwards moving up, put forth a joint effort to keep most of the Colonials shots from the perimeter. Several A-B chances never even reached goalie Rachel Myette (18 saves), as the Dragons were sacrificing their bodies to deflect shots off their intended mark.

"Our defensive play from everybody was really solid," Dragons head coach Friend Weiler said. "We were rotating all six of our defensemen out there. We didn't want to give (A-B) any room to be creative and go hard to the net. We wanted to keep them outside and I think we did that very well for most of the game. Rachel always seems to play the biggest on the biggest stage. She keeps everything calm back there and is the best goalie in the state as far as I'm concerned. At times I thought (A-B) got real physical but our girls showed they were up to the task against that tonight."

After a scoreless second period, the Colonials played like a desperate team over the final 15 minutes. They did start to create a little spacing and were shooting at will every time they stepped over the opposing blue line in an effort to draw even.

But the script never wavered. The Dragons refused to allow A-B to seize any momentum to climb back into this affair as they continued to block shots out in front and knocked the Colonials off of their respective routes with a mix of back- and fore-checking to keep them at bay.

"We're a third period team so we felt it would be key for us to get an early jump on them which we did,'' said Dudley, a junior. "We knew [A-B] has scored on everybody this year so we just made sure we played defensive-minded the whole game. It was defense first tonight. Going into the third, because we have played so well in the third period all year, we knew they weren't going to score two goals against us."

Adding to an already frustrating evening for the Colonials, junior Meredith Wright scored an empty-net goal at 14:11 to account for Duxbury's three-goal margin of victory.

Recap: No. 5 Falmouth 4, No. 1 Duxbury 2

February, 17, 2014
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FALMOUTH, Mass. –What Duxbury girls’ hockey has accomplished during the past two-plus seasons is quite remarkable. The Dragons’ seniors have two state championships under their belt, both with wins over Falmouth and are in the hunt for their third.

But No. 5 Falmouth has an achievement of their own that they can boast. The Clippers kept the Dragons from an undefeated year last season, and they ruined another undefeated run on Sunday night with a 4-2 win over top-ranked Duxbury.

With a playoff feel in the air and a packed house at Falmouth Ice Arena, the Clippers came out with offensively sound game plan and looked like a completely different team than they did last week when these two teams battled to a 1-1 draw.

“It’s a huge win for us,” Falmouth coach Erin Hunt said. “Huge for us too because we played three solid periods and that’s something we were working on going into the states.”

Uncharacteristic of a Duxbury team, the Clippers got three breakaways in the first two periods but Rachel Myette was there to stop every Falmouth shot. The Clippers got 13 shots on net though nearly two complete periods, but it was the 14th that changed the course of the game.

With 0.4 seconds showing on the clock, the puck fell into Alexa Scribner’s lap. A quick shot glanced off Myette and into the net for a huge boost of confidence for the Clippers are they skated off to their locker room.

“I didn’t really know the time on the period but Kelly [Ferreira] tried the toe drag and someone stuck their stick out an it came right to me.,” Scribner said of he play. “I didn’t even look at the net I just shot it.“

That momentum transitioned into the third period as just 1:14 into the period, Ferreira took a puck into her offensive zone. She shot the puck through the legs of Jacqui Nolan and one hopped over Myette right pad and into the net.

“Yeah, that was the plan,” Ferreira joked after the game. “I don’t think the goalie saw it. I was just trying to get it on net because I didn’t have a play to take it out wide.”

Falmouth was ready to blow the doors off when 1:06 after Ferreira’s goal, Madison Haberl got loose on a breakaway. Myette stoned Haberl, but the puck found its way to Maggie MacDonald who buried it from the slot and put the Clippers ahead, 3-0.

Anyone who though the Dragons would go away quietly, however, were quite mistaken as Falmouth would need all three of those goals.

Nolan stole a puck in the offensive zone and fired off a wrister that beat Madison Scavotto at the 6:15 mark. The goal broke a nine period scoreless streak posted by Scavotto.

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Duxbury put Falmouth on the defensive when Marissa Fichter flew up the right wing and slipped a puck inside the near post to cut the deficit to one.

The Dragons launched everything they had at Scavotto and went on the power play with 2:19 left, but Scavotto and her nine third period saves kept the lead alive.

“It was a battle, we’ve been able to come out on top for the last couple but tonight we started just a little too late,” Duxbury coach Friend Weiler said. “Every time we play, it’s always that great atmosphere, high energy and the girls working hard. Not a lot of love lost between the teams but hey, that makes it more fun.”

No rematch this year: Players on both tams and those in attendance Sunday night would love to see these two teams square off again in the tournament. But that won’t happen this year since Duxbury moved up to Div. 1 this offseason.

Both times the two teams have met this season, it has gone down to the wire. Last Saturday, Ferreira scored with 45 seconds left to tie the game at one, and on Sunday, both teams pulled out all the stops in a wild third period.

“Even though Barnstable is our rival, I think Duxbury is a bigger rival,” said Scribner.

Recap: No. 1 Duxbury 1, No. 5 Falmouth 1

February, 9, 2014
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KINGSTON, Mass. – State championship rematch? Check.

Pair of top-five teams? Check.

Two top-tier goalies? Check.

All the ingredients were there for a tournament caliber game between Falmouth and Duxbury and they sure did not disappoint. In a game that had an early-March playoff feel to it, the late heroics of the Clippers led to a 1-1 tie between two teams that are all too-familiar with each other.

Trailing with by one 44 seconds remaining and the goalie pulled for the extra skater, Falmouth’s Kelly Ferreira buried a rebound in traffic sending the Clippers into an uproar.

“My center Maddie Haberl, she pushed the puck forward and tied up their center,” Ferreira said of the frantic rush in front of the net. “Alexa Scribner came across and took a nice rebound shot that went off her pad and me and a Duxbury goal both hit it and it went in.”

The way the third period was going, it was only a matter of time until the Clippers pushed across the game-tying goal. The Dragons owned possession of the puck for the first two periods, outshooting Falmouth 22-10 in the first 30 minutes. But when the teams took the ice for the third period, the Clippers team that we’ve come to expect took the ice.

“It was a different team, I knew they had it in them,” Falmouth coach Erin Hunt said. “We talked about it in-between periods about okay, time to turn it on girls lets go.”

The Clippers outshot Duxbury 12-1 in the final period and if it weren’t for the fantastic play of Quinnipiac commit Rachel Myette in net, it is likely the Dragons would have been on the losing end.

“Our teams starts with Rachel and is built from the back out,” Duxbury coach Friend Weiler said. “She made the saves she needs to make and absolutely is a force and I’m glad she’s my goalie and arguably she is the strongest goalie in the state and keeps us in the game when we need her to.”

The Clippers generated their offense off the rush all game long, but in the third period they got a couple of breakaways that were stonewalled by Myette. None bigger was a short-handed bid from Haberl that was stopped by Myette’s right leg. Maggie MacDonald swooped in for the rebound but her shot bounced harmlessly off the post.

“In the first and second period we didn’t have many opportunities but in the third we really turned it on and played great,” said Ferreira. “It was just a matter of time before it happened.”

Coming into the game both teams knew a low-scoring affair was in store and a couple of bounces would decide the outcome.

With 2:07 left in the first period, one of those bonces went the Dragons way. Julia Nolan ripped a shot from the slot that Falmouth goalie Madison Scavotto grabbed with her glove but it popped out and Nolan poked the puck into the net that account for all of Duxbury’s scoring.

“They had an odd man rush coming in and we didn’t have a great job on our gap and Maddie had the save but she got the rebound and our defense didn’t really step in and stop that play from happening,” Hunt said of the only goal they surrendered.

Boasting the best: With Myette in net for Duxbury and Scavotto for Falmouth, two of the best goaltenders in the state were going head-to-head. It was no secret that goals would be few and far between.

It was Scavotto putting together a highlight reel in the first two periods as she turned away 21 of the 22 shots she faced in the first two periods as Duxbury dominated time on attack early on.

“[Scavotto] held us in the game, covering rebounds and coming out of the net which is what we’ve been working on,” said Hunt.

In the third period, it was Myette’s turn to show off her ability as momentum shifted toward Falmouth and their offense. She saw 12 shots and was kept on her toes all period as a majority of the play was in her own end.

“That is playoff hockey,” said Weiler. “It’s a great rivalry that has been going on for a couple years and we had a great 44 and a quarter minutes but a little breakdown in the end but I thought our girls carried play well.”

Power outage: Adding to the frustration of playing a majority of the first two periods in their own end as the struggles of the power play unit.

During that span, the Clippers went on the power play five times and came up empty-handed. An additional man advantage in the third period was unsuccessful and Falmouth closed out the game 0-for-6 on the power play.

Even down a player, the Dragon defense swarmed the puck carrier, clogged up shooting lanes and kept the puck out of their zone.

The slot was congested and Falmouth was never given a chance to set up their offense.

The rivalry continues: If you missed this game, don’t worry you get another chance Sunday when Duxbury makes the trip to Falmouth with the chance that the SEMGHL coastal title will be on the line.

These two teams know each other very well already but seeing each other twice in a week will be sure to bring out some extra emotion.

“We are so familiar,” Weiler said. “We’ve played about 12 games in the last four years, every time we play them we know it’s some to be a war and come down to a play or two. But again, we have them again in a week and you don’t get too high on a win or low on a loss.”

Recap: No. 2 Duxbury 1, No. 10 Hingham 0

December, 31, 2013
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BOSTON – Dragon junior goaltender Rachel Myette accomplished something on Tuesday afternoon that no other goaltender ever has; shut out an opponent at both Fenway Park and the TD Garden.

Her Garden shutout, of course, came last March when she shut out Falmouth in the Division 2 state championship game. On Tuesday, she turned seven shots at a frigid Fenway Park in a game that Myette and her teammates won’t soon forget.

“It just feels amazing, with my team in front of me I can always trust them and I halways have their back if they make a mistake,” said Myette. “I’ve had a shutout at the Garden and now one at Fenway, so I’m sure not a lot of people can say that.”

Duxbury got the game’s lone goal 9:10 into the first period on a goal from Jane Dudley. Hingham goalie Taylor Walsh made a beautiful save on the initial shot from Meredith Wright, but the puck ricocheted back to Dudley who ripped a shot from inside the right circle for her first goal of the season. Liz Collins was also credited with an assist.

“She was terrific out there,” said Duxbury coach Friend Weiler of Dudley. “I thought she was moving well out there so it was a perfect place for her to notch her first one.”

Hingham came out strong in the opening period, controlling the puck and taking advantage of time on attack early. But the Dragons settled their nerves and dominated the rest of the period, outshooting the Harborwomen, 7-2, in the first.

The combination of Dudley and Marissa Fichter were a big reason why. Wherever the puck was, one of the two was always nearby. Their speed to attack the puck-carrier and the ability to get away was something that Hingham couldn’t match.

Experience of a lifetime: Neither team will forget their game at Fenway anytime soon. The MIAA got three games at Fenway this year and to be selected to play, both teams were honored.

“This is once in a life time,” said Weiler. “The smiles of their faces, that’s what keeps me coming to the rink anyways but today they were a little bit brighter and wider and a great experience for everybody. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Just a terrific day.”

It took a little but longer for Duxbury to settle into the game with a tougher playing surface that what they are used to, but once they figured it out, Duxbury never looked back.

“First five minutes it took us to get used to the ice surface,” said Dudley. “It’s a little different, it’s a little brittle. But after the first five minutes we started to really get into our game.”

The Dragons are no strangers to playing on the big stage. Three years in a row, they have played at the Garden. From last year, there are only two new players to this team, so adjusting to the big stage is no stranger to them.

“It kind of like the Garden, where most of the team has experience in a special venue,” said Myette.

Relying on Myette: The Dragons didn’t have to depend too much on their senior goaltender, but she came up with the big saves when needed.

Hingham’s Catherine Linehan had had a three-on-one opportunity and a semi-breakaway but both times her efforts were thwarted by Myette.

“Perfect place again to get the first shutout of the year but she’s a stall work back there,” said Weiler. “We depend on her a lot and build out from the net.”

Myette also can rely upon her teammate to help her out. That was shown by them only giving up seven shots, which mostly came in the beginning of the opening period.

“With my team in front of me I can always trust them and I always have their back if they make a mistake,” said Myette.

It turns out she can trust them. When a loose puck was in the neutral zone, the Dragons were quick to take possession and never let a scoring chance occur for the Harborwomen.

“We tried to keep them to the outside, and I thought we were successful doing that,” said Weiler. “But against a strong team that can breakaway at any time I thought our girls really worked on the one-on-one battles and won a lot of pucks in the neutral zone.”
Presenting our MIAA boys' hockey preseason All-State team:

1st Team
F – Ashley Moran, Sr., Woburn
F – Ali O'Leary, Soph., Reading
F – Adrieana Rossini, Jr., Arlington Catholic
D – Tatiana Doucette, Sr., St. Mary's (Lynn)
D – Annie Messuri, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
G –Rachel Myette, Sr., Duxbury

2nd Team
F – Amanda Conway, Jr., Tewksbury/Methuen
F – Emily Lissner, Sr., Woburn
F – Brittani Lanzilli, Sr., Medford
D – Ally Hammel, Sr., Duxbury
D – Caroline Seibold, Soph., Reading
G –Courtney Davis, Sr., Woburn

3rd Team
F – Maggie Layo, Sr., Sandwich
F – Emily Loprete, Jr., Watertown/Belmont
F – Nicole Woods, Sr., Beverly
D – Tori Messina, Sr., Hingham
D – Kendall Stouffer, Jr., Falmouth
G –Madison Scavotto, Jr, Falmouth

Our MIAA girls' hockey All-State Team

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FIRST LINE
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateD - 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.
All-StateD - 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.
All-StateG - 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.
SECOND LINE
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateF - 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.
All-StateD - 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.

All-StateD - Annie Messuri, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
Messuri was named the DCL/MVC Large division Most Valuable Player this year after posting 13-17-30 totals.
All-StateG - 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
Forwards

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

Defense
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

Goalies
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.

Finalists:
Todd Fletcher, Westford Academy
Michael Golden, Reading
Friend Weiler, Duxbury

Girls All-Star: North 4, South 2

March, 31, 2013
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Earlier this week, Alison Butler was honored as ESPNBoston.com'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."

MIAA championship hockey picks

March, 16, 2013
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GIRLS’ DIVISION 2
No. 1 Duxbury (21-1-2) vs. No. 2 Falmouth (19-1-2), 11 a.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: Duxbury – F Hannah Murphy, F Marissa Fichter, F Jane Dudley, F Meredith Wright, F Julia Nolan, D Ally Hammel, D Payton Donato, G Rachel Myette; Falmouth – F Alexa Scribner, F Rachel Moore, F Madison Haberl, F Kelly Ferreira, D Hannah Ghelfi, D Alexx Good, G Madison Scavotto.

Breakdown: It is perhaps the most predictable of all of Sunday’s matchups and the most anticipated. The Dragons and Clippers renew a burgeoning rivalry, intensified by last year’s duel at the Garden and invigorated by the fact that either team’s lone loss of the season was handed to them by the other. Duxbury has been playing lockdown defense throughout the playoffs and haven’t allowed a goal in more than six games, including the regular season. The Clippers’ young corps will look to get over the hump, building on a bittersweet experience on the Bruins’ home ice sheet one year ago.

X-factor: Scavotto. As dominant as Duxbury’s defense has been in front of and including Myette, the Clippers are capable of the same. And their sophomore netminder is a big reason why. She could steal one.

Pick: Duxbury, 1-0.

GIRLS’ DIVISION 1
No. 4 St. Mary’s of Lynn (18-3-4) vs. No. 7 Arlington Catholic (17-4-2), 9 a.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: St. Mary’s – F Alison Butler, F Kaleigh Finigan, F Gabby Crugnale, F Madison Molea, D Tatiana Doucette, D Amanda Donahoe, G Lauren Skinnion; AC – F Adrieanna Rossini, F Jess Piracini, F Duggan Delano, F Hayle Rudin, D Melissa Richard, G Megan Messuri.

Breakdown: The Catholic Central rivals meet for the second straight year on championship Sunday and, like their Div. 2 counterparts, also split their season series at a game apiece. Behind the benches, both the Spatans’ Frank Pagliuca and the Cougars’ Maggie Taverna have done work worthy of Coach of the Year honors. St. Mary’s has the feel of a team of destiny, neither a short bench nor nagging injuries all season long have kept the Spartans from returning to the biggest stage, all while dispatching No. 1 Woburn in the process.

X-factor: Rossini. You’d be hard pressed to find a young player in recent memory who has scored more clutch playoff goals than the AC sophomore.

Pick: St. Mary’s, 3-2.

BOYS’ DIVISION 3
Swampscott (19-5-0) vs. Westfield (18-3-2), 3:30 p.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: Swampscott – F Corey Carmody, F Noah Maercklein, F Nunzio Morretti, D Chris Carman, D Trevor Massey; Westfield – F Sean Spohr, F Mike Santinello, F Anthony Cagliostro, F Adam Collier, F Neil Parrow, D Nate Barnes.

Breakdown: The Big Blue took down defending D3 finalist and South sectional champion Medway (thanks to an OT goal from Maercklein) to advance to the program’s first title game appearance. Westfield returns to the Garden ice after a one-year hiatus after taking a scorched-earth policy to Western Mass. competition, while averaging more than 5.5 goals per game.

X-factor: Swampscott freshman goaltender Tristan Bradley. The first-year backstop has been a key element to the Big Blue’s success, maintaining a 91.5 save percentage through the season.

Pick: Swampscott, 5-4.

BOYS’ DIVISION 2
Wilmington (20-3-2) vs. Franklin (17-7-2), 1:30 p.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: Wilmington – F Cam Owens, F Brendan McDonough, F Jake Rogers, F Dylan DiNatale, D Brian Pickett, D Cam Collins, G Drew Foley; Franklin – F Cam Curley, F Dennis Pisani, F Aidan Isberg, F Troy Donahue, D Kyle Powers, D Kyle Filbert, G Devon Maloof.

Breakdown: The third of six rematches on the day, after the Wildcats claimed a 3-2 victory over Franklin a year ago on championship Sunday, propelled by a hat trick from Owens. The Panthers will be looking to avoid their third straight fruitless trip to the Garden, having dropped title tilts with Wilmington and Tewksbury. The Wildcats, who had Super 8 aspirations until late in the season, are eying their second straight title.

X-factor: McDonough. He’s been the break-out performer of the tournament and provides a great complement to Owens on Wilmington’s top line.

Pick: Wilmington, 3-2.

BOYS’ DIVISION 1
Burlington (13-6-5) vs. Marshfield (20-6-0), 8:15 p.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: Burlington – F C.J. Grinnell, F Joe Berardi, F Joey Scali, D Adam Crowley, D Sean Costa, G Derek DeCastro; Marshfield – F Mike Carbone, F Pat Burchill, F Joe Admirand, F Pat Shea, D Matt Burchill, D Trevor Salmon.

Breakdown: While this isn’t another rematch, these teams are no strangers to this stage, with the Red Devils and Rams representing as the last two Div. 1 state champions. Both teams were near .500 squads through the first month of the season, and closed their regular-season slates with momentum they’ve carried over into the playoffs. Both these teams can skate with the best of them, but they also pay attention to the little things in the defensive zone as well.

X-factor: Crowley. I’d expect a defensive struggle in this one and so I’m going with the Red Devils’ blue-liner who always makes his presence felt.

Pick: Burlington, 3-1.

BOYS’ DIVISION 1A – SUPER 8
No. 4 Austin Prep (16-1-6) vs. No. 7 Malden Catholic (15-6-3), 6 p.m., TD Garden

Players to watch: AP – F Nolan Vesey, F Bobby Carpenter, F Frankie Candelino, F George Sennott, F Eric MacAdams, D Andrew Cross, D J.J. Layton, G Elijah Harris; MC – F Ara Nazarian, F Mike Iovanna, F Tyler Sifferlen, F Pat Wrenn, F Austin Goldstein, D Casey Fitzgerald, D Nick Rolli, G Connor Maloney.

Breakdown: AP, while short on years, is not short on talent. I think we all knew coming into this season that they were capable of reaching this stage, but it might have been a question of when. The Cougars earned their way to Sunday after dispatching town rival Reading and then No. 1 seed St. John’s Prep in Wednesday’s semifinal. It seems like years ago since there was a time when the Lancers were in jeopardy of missing the tournament all together, but they’ve played the best hockey in the state during the last month.

X-factor: Nazarian. It’s his tournament, the rest of us are just living in it.

Pick: Malden Catholic, 4-2.

D2 girls: Duxbury 8, Tewksbury/Methuen 0

March, 10, 2013
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BOURNE, Mass. -- At least one team will be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day on the ice at the TD Garden, and they won’t be there because they got lucky. The top-seeded Duxbury Dragons earned their third consecutive trip to the Division 2 state championship game, where they will be looking to capture their third pot of gold in a row, after pounding upstart Tewksbury/Methuen, 8-0, at Gallo Ice Arena Saturday.

Duxbury’s game plan was to get out fast and quick, and never let up. They did that quite effectively.

“We wanted to stay aggressive, just really attack, attack. I felt that our depth was really going to carry the day and the girls came out with high energy,” Duxbury head coach Friend Weiler said.

It was evident early on that the Dragons (21-1-2) were simply on a higher plane than the Red Rangers and that depth that Weiler spoke of was on display from the outset. Payton Donato, Jacqui Nolan and Liz Collins each scored twice for the Dragons, and Hannah Murphy assisted on three scores, giving her 50 points (27 goals, 23 assists) for the year.

Duxbury scored four times in the first period and cruised from there, adding a pair of goals in the subsequent frames. Duxbury’s first came at 5:22 of the first on a goal by Nolan, who tipped in a slapper by Donato for an early power play goal. Three minutes later, at 8:54, Donato got her first of the day when she unloaded from the left point and it hit a stick on the way, averting the pads of Taylor Lirakis.

The Gallo PA man hadn’t finished announcing Duxbury’s second goal before the third one was hung on the scoreboard. Marissa Fichter put home a nice feed from Murphy to the far post. Closing out the lopsided first period was Collins’ first of two, a blast from the perimeter that hit Lirakis’ shoulder, went high into the air and landed behind her, in the net.

From that point, it was just a matter of getting to the final whistle for the Dragons. Duxbury outshot the Red Rangers, 48-11, in the game and bottled up the Red Rangers’ top weapon, Amanda Conway. The state’s top goal-scorer, who had 52 markers coming into the night, was held to just three shots on goal in the game, and had no serious scoring bids against Duxbury’s Rachel Myette.

Myette kept the Dragons’ run of shut-out hockey going. Duxbury has not been scored upon in the state tournament, and last gave up a goal on Feb. 16. Myette had a rather easy go of it as she earned her eighth shutout of the season, and fifth straight.

“It’s about trying to take away the middle, and that’s what we want to continue to do,” Weiler said. “My defensive core has played really tough all throughout the season and they’ve gotten better as we’ve gone along. It’s just hard work, and focus, and puck protection, that’s the key. The girls were ready to go today, they had high energy, and that’s what you’re looking for, to be peaking at the right time.”

In the second period, Duxbury added goals Nos. 5 and 6. They came off the sticks of Donato and Nolan, during the middle of the frame. In the third, the Dragons’ Collins and Meredith Wright rounded out the shellacking.

The 8: Duxbury shuts out AC

February, 22, 2013
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HINGHAM, Mass. -- The running theme when playing against the Duxbury girls hockey team this season has been pretty simple - sure, you may be able to hang with them for a period or two, but in the end, the chances are fairly strong that their depth, strength and overall ability will eventually wear you down.

Such was the case Thursday in the opening game of the second day of The 8 Showcase as the second-ranked Dragons did all their scoring in the third period to shoot past No. 4 Arlington Catholic, 3-0, in a clash of the two reigning girls hockey state champions at Pilgrim Arena.

Liz Collins and Marissa Fichter scored back-to-back goals in a 54-second span and Carly Campbell added an empty-netter in the final seconds to ice the win.

"Our second and third lines won this game," stated Duxbury coach Friend Weiler. "They were matched up against first and second in both games and they prevailed and worked hard."

AC (13-4-2) goalie Megan Messuri more than held her own against the Duxbury (17-1-2) onslaught, making 15 of her 22 saves during the first two frames to keep the Dragons off the scoreboard.

"Megan in general as a goaltender is consistent. She's always been consistent for us," praised Cougars coach Maggie Taverna. "Sometimes a goal will come in here and there on her but overall, she's a consistent kid. She loves the sport and she loves the game. She always plays well, always."

Duxbury goalie Rachel Myette stopped 16 shots for her seventh shutout and it took nearly 38 minutes for either side to break through. The Dragons finally did with something a flukey goal as Collins fired off a shot through a screen in front that Messuri never saw at 7:21 of the third.

Less than a minute later, a two-on-one breakaway developed with Jacqui Nolan making a perfect pass across to Fichter streaking down the middle, and the sophomore buried her opportunity. AC used a power play with under three minutes remaining to pull Messuri for an extra skater, then did it again in the final minute, but Myette was able to hold the Cougars off until Campbell finished it with her empty-net tally.

"The girls showed their heart tonight," praised Weiler. "To come out with all the energy and the hard work that they did during the third period, I'm really proud of them. Arlington Catholic is a phenomenal team. They took the middle away for most of the game and we were finally able to work from the outside back in and get some better opportunities. Thankfully we were able to convert because the girls were moving and cycling it around."

Fichter and Myette were named to The 8 Showcase All-Star team, while Messuri and Jackie Sindoris were the selections from Arlington Catholic.

ST. MARY'S 2, LEXINGTON 2
The Minutemaids got off to a strong start with a pair of first period goals, but the injury-plagued Spartans rallied behind star forward Alison Butler, who scored twice to force her team's second tie of the showcase.

Lexington (12-5-3) shot right out of the gate as Jackie Denning converted a nice feed from Sara Lehman for a power play goal just 2:43 into the game. Shortly after killing off a penalty of their own, Lehman found herself on the receiving end of a pass from linemate Carolyn Avery and finished strong as the Minutemaids opened up a 2-0 lead.

"On Sara's goal, we've been working hard with her on reading the defenseman in front of her and trying to make a defenseman move and step out to the side instead of going through and she did that," explained Lexington coach Mandy Ciarletta. "Her focus and determintaion resulted in a goal for her. It was good that she saw the net. It was nice that Jackie was able to get a goal as well."

Junior goalie Amanda Charlton was tough beat for the second straight night, stopping 14 St. Mary's shots in the first and finishing with 31 saves. the Spartans finally broke through with 5:40 left in the opening frame as Gabby Crugnale fired a shot that Charlton initially gloved, but the puck popped out and Butler was in prime position to bang home the rebound.

In the second, Butler got loose for a breakaway but was stoned by Charlton. The heady senior followed the rebound, however, and got off a shot from the low, left-wing circle that somehow found its through in between Charlton's left shoulder and the near post to tie the game at 1:48.

Despite playing without All-State forward Kaleigh Finigan, who suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday's scoreless draw against Duxbury, the Spartans still managed to put together 33 shots and numerous scoring chances. Defenseman Tatiana Doucette rifled a shot that rattled around under the crossbar and should have been ruled a goal but the referee was out of position to see the play. Then, with 1:10 left in the game, Butler got loose once again for a breakway and made a late deke but Charlton managed to shoot her left leg out in the nick of time to deflect the puck with her pad to preserve the tie.

"We have to mentally focus a little bit more before we get on the ice and I think it showed tonight," admitted Spartans head coach Frank Pagliuca. "We came out slow and good teams like Lexington are going to take advantage of that and they popped a couple in. I'm a little disappointed how we played overall but we'll take the point and move on. We have to be ready to go right from the drop of the puck. We can't wait and decide to turn it on and turn it off. Teams are too good for us to do that and that's what we'll take from tonight - mentally show up ready to play."

Lehman and Avery were Lexington's selections to The 8 Showcase All-Star Team, while Butler and Crugnale earned the honors from St. Mary's.

The 8: Duxbury, St. Mary's skate to tie

February, 20, 2013
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HINGHAM, Mass. -- With eight of the state's best girls hockey programs on display at The 8 Showcase at Pilgrim Arena, you had to expect at least a nailbiter or two. That game turned out to be the third of the day as No. 2 Duxbury and No. 5 St. Mary's battled to a scoreless draw.

At the end of regulation, a three-skater shootout was held for fun and the Dragons' Hannah Murphy scored the only goal.

The goaltending was nothing short of spectacular at both ends, necessarily so in the face of two of the state's most potent offenses. Spartans (15-3-3) junior Lauren Skinnion made 25 saves while her counterpart Rachel Myette stopped 16 shots in goal for Duxbury (16-1-2).

"Duxbury is a great team, they hustle a lot and they are really talented," Skinnion said. "For me, it's just focusing on one shot at a time and not worrying about what's going to happen next. Just focusing on what I have to do on each individual shot. My defense really stepped it up and played great. They were really aggressive and kept people away from and cleared pucks well."

Added Duxbury head coach Friend Weiler, "Rachel [Myette] is always there when we need here. She came up huge in the shootout, even though it didn't mean anything it's still good practice to get. She's nursing a few injuries, trying to get back healthy again and she's definitely a gamer. She stepped up big for us."

St. Mary's already thin roster took a couple of hits as first-line forwards Kaleigh Finigan (shoulder) and Sam Callahan (hamstring) were taken to the hospital with injuries. That forced Spartans head coach Frank Pagliuca to do some juggling with his lines, but players such as Madison Molea, Jacqueline Murphy, Sarah Ryan and Kira Iaccoupucci filled in admirably.

Additionally, second line center Gabby Crugnale continued to look like the most improved player in the state. The senior has the talent to play up on the Spartans top unit, but instead serves as the lynchpin of the second line. She was one of the most notable players on the ice for either side at both ends, as well as on special teams.

"I'm proud of my kids, we battled hard today," Pagliuca said. "We had some kids step up. Obviously the depth is an issue when we lose two of our regular players but I was proud of our kids. I thought we played a really good game considering everything."

The Dragons also got key contributions from several spots aside from the usual standouts. Weiler praised freshman defenseman Payton Donato, who continues to look like a player to watch over the next few years, as well as top blue liner Ally Hammel. Sophomore Marissa Fichter also continues to gain tremendous strides, displaying incredible strength and skating ability while excelling in all facets of the game.

"She's a complete player," Weiler said of Fichter. "She works just as hard in the defensive zone as the offensive zone and in the neutral zone as well. She's always in the right place. She's just a high caliber kid and a high caliber hockey player. She's a force out there and she never quits."

ARLINGTON 2, ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 1
The Spy Ponders, the lowest ranked team in the field at No. 18, may have been the biggest surprise on the first day of the showcase. Carolyn Woodin and Katie Cummings had the goals in a 2-1 victory over No. 12 Acton-Boxborough.

"We have to do the little things and get the puck in deep and chip it in and forecheck and play smart," explained Arlington coach Jeff Mead. "We have nine seniors, we're big and we're strong. We don't have a tremendous amount of skill but we can skate and we're physical. We just have to keep doing the little things. Today was one of those games where we got the bounces and AB didn't."

The Colonials (13-5-2) scored the game's first goal as Lauren Roche collected a bouncing puck that came off the stick of teammate Megan Barrett and rifled home a bull's-eye wrist shot for a power play goal at 5:33 of the first period.

Arlington (11-8-0) got it back late in the frame as Woodin converted a feed from captain Kaitlyn Morse. Then, midway through the second, senior Eva Colarusso made a pair of heads up plays, first intercepting an attempted clearing pass and then having the presence of mind to dish the puck over to Cummings, who buried her shot into an open net.

"Eva is a workhorse," praised Mead. "She works hard all the time and she's one of those kids that, once the puck is below the dots, she's big and she's strong, she knows how to protect the puck and she keeps it below the circles. Katie Cummings is another one. They're my number one penalty killers and they're tough to knock off the puck. When they get the puck on their stick its tough to knock them off it."

SEMGHL girls' hockey All-Stars announced

February, 14, 2013
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The Southeastern Mass. Girls' Hockey League All-Stars were announced this morning with Duxbury and Falmouth leading the way with five selections each.

Here's a look at the list:

(Note: All league representatives, athletic directors and coaches are encouraged to send their representing league all-star teams to sbarboza@espnboston.com)

Barnstable
Morgan Richard,D, Sophomore
Sarah Boule, F, Sophomore

Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham
Kate Albretson, F, Sophomore

Canton
Meghan Lennon, F, Senior
Meaghan McKenna, F, Senior
Bethany Kelly, D, Senior
Jill Eckler, D, Junior

Dennis-Yarmouth
Jess Linell, F/D, Senior

Dover-Sherborn
Brittany Carte, F, Senior

Duxbury
Hannah Murphy, F, Senior
Rachel Myette, G, Junior
Marissa Fichter, F, Sophomore
Jane Dudley, F, Sophomore
Ally Hammel, D, Junior

Falmouth
Madison Scavotto, G, Sophomore
Hannah Ghelfi, D, Sophomore
Rachel Moore, F, Sophomore
Amy Wilson, F, Senior
Alexa Scribner, F, Junior

Franklin
Hannah Magerman, F, Senior
Alex Mitchell, F, Junior

Hanover/Cohasset
Julia Dares, F, Junior

King Philip
Danielle Hamilton, F/D, Junior

Latin Academy
Natalie Lombardi, G

Marshfield
Taylor Newcomb, G, Senior

Martha's Vineyard
Texe Craig, G, Senior
Aubrey Ashmun, F, Sophomore

Medfield
Mimi Borkan, G, Senior
Nicole Reardon, F, Senior

Medway/Ashland
Kait O'Sullivan, F, Senior
Katrina Anderson, F, Senior

Norwell
Lilly Cleary, F, Sophomore
Caroline Nichols, F, Freshman
Tori Dinger, F, Senior
Rachel Talanian, D, Senior

Oliver Ames/Mansfield
Victoria O'Heir, F, Sophomore

Quincy/No. Quincy
Erin McGinnis, G, Senior

Sandwich
Katie Flynn, D, Senior
Courntey Alexander, D, Senior
Maggie Layo, F, Junior

Scituate
Hannah Clougherty, G, Junior
Corey Murray, F, Sophomore

Westwood
Siobhan Burke, G, Junior
Ela Hazar, F, Junior
Kailey Jacobs, F/D, Freshman

W-H/Pembroke
Jane Morrisette, F, Junior

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