The momentum that the Duxbury girlsâ€™ hockey team developed after big wins over Wellesley and Marthaâ€™s Vineyard seems to keep building, as evidenced by Saturdayâ€™s 11-1 trouncing of the Scituate Sailors at The Bog.
Having demolished the Sailors (12-1) in their first meeting of the year, it was safe to assume the Lady Dragons wouldnâ€™t be challenged much by the second-year program that came into the game with a 1-9 record.
It took just 29 seconds for Duxbury to get on the board, as SEMGHL scoring leader Hannah Murphy was sent in alone on passes by Lily Connolly and Martha Findley and beat Scituate goaltender Hannah Clougherty for a 1-0 lead.
While the Lady Dragons dominated play, the Sailors kept them in check over the next five minutes until freshman defenseman Caroline Shaunessy did a Bobby Orr-like rush from end-to-end, weaving around Scituateâ€™s checking forwards and beating the Sailor defense before going in alone on Clougherty and beating her to the top left corner for a 2-1 lead.
It didnâ€™t take long for Duxbury to go ahead 3-0, as freshman Zoe Griffin needed just 23 seconds to beat Clougherty, stuffing the puck between the netminder and the post with 8:47 remaining in the first period.
The period would come to a merciless end with Murphy and Colleen Leddie scoring again in the final three minutes for a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore goalie Tori Sanchez got the start in net and had to fend off a Scituate power play in the final minute of the period.
Junior defenseman Martha Findley upped the score to 6-0 midway through the second period with assists going to Lily and Briana Connolly, and Murphy made it 7-0 when she intercepted a pass and went in alone on Clougherty for a shorthanded score with 4:22 left in the middle period.
The Sailors finally got on the board a minute later, when Alanna Woodford knocked home a rebound past Sanchez after she stopped a series of Scituate shots that made it 7-1 as the period ended.
The Lady Dragons continued to have their way in the final 15 minutes, as goals by Lily Connolly, Liz Collins, Leddie and Emily Giumetti finished off the scoring for Duxbury and raised their record to 10-1, as they got ready for back-to-back games with Falmouth.
â€œThis win qualifies us for the tournament and itâ€™s the quickest that has happened in the history of the program,â€ said Coach Friend Weiler. â€œItâ€™s tough having been off the ice for a week due to the snowstorms, and you want to make sure the regulars get the ice time they need. You also want to get some ice time for the kids who donâ€™t play a lot. The girls know we have some tough competition in our division, so it is important that they keep hungry by knowing that getting the highest seed possible is important.â€