Girls’ hockey moves to 14-1

Written by Mike Halloran
 | Monday, 14 February 2011 21:27

There seems to be no stopping the girls’ hockey team after two more wins over Barnstable and Martha’ Vineyard moved their record to 14-1 with five games left to play.
A 4-2 win over Barnstable and an 8-1 crushing of the Vineyarders has the Lady Dragons on course to be the No. 1 seed in the MIAA Division II Tournament should things stay normal for the next two weeks.


Despite their outstanding record, the girls are still one win away from clinching the SEMGHL-South Division title, and that could happen on Wednesday night when the team travels to Sandwich to take on the Blue Knights who are 9-3-2- in the league and 10-4-2 overall.
Things looked comfy for the Lady Dragons when they built a 2-0 lead in the win over Barnstable, but the Red Raiders tied the game and put the pressure on Duxbury for one of the few times all year.
Obviously not liking the situation, Duxbury wasted little time in regaining the lead, as Lily Connolly scored seven seconds later for a 3-2 lead. Briana Connolly would add an empty-netter for her second of the game to seal the win.
Saturday night’s win over MV was a far more relaxing experience, as the Lady Dragons had manhandled the Islanders, 7-0, in their first meeting two weeks ago.
Lily Connolly got Duxbury on the board just a minute into the game, as she scored from a scramble out in front, beating goaltender Tex Craig for a 1-0 lead.
League scoring leader Hannah Murphy added to her season total two minutes later when she broke in alone on Craig down the right wing and buried her shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0.
It was quickly 3-0, 22 seconds later when junior forward Kelsey Powers fired a shot through a little opening in the top right corner.
The visitors settled down over the next 10 minutes and brought the Duxbury offense to a standstill, leaving the ice trailing 3-0.
The Lady Dragons got their offense back in gear in the second period, as Murphy erupted for two goals and freshman Jackie Nolan got her first of the year to make it 6-0 with 9:30 left in the middle period.
Sophomore defender Carly Campbell made it 7-0 at the 7:46 mark, while senior defenseman Kayla Errasti scored her first goal of the year for Duxbury’s final goal.
With his team in winning mode for much of the season, is there anything Coach Friend Weiler can do to keep his squad sharp?
“We need to stay healthy, have to get better in our communication, and work on the little things. We have to fine tune things as we head forward,” said Weiler. “You worry about long layoffs, but we’ll try to put together some scrimmages before the playoffs start.”