The DHS girls’ hockey team made it to the play-offs by virtue of last week’s 4-1 win over Marshfield, bringing its record to 9-4-3 and guaranteeing them at least a .500 record with five games to play.

The DHS girls’ hockey team made it to the play-offs by virtue of last week’s 4-1 win over Marshfield, bringing its record to 9-4-3 and guaranteeing them at least a .500 record with five games to play.

Meg Muncey was the Duxbury hero in the tournament clincher, as the junior captain scored a goal in each period, and freshman forward Siobhan McCarthy scored what proved to be the game-winner with 3:57 remaining in the first period.

While Duxbury Coach Friend Weiler was excited to make the tournament, he also received some bad news with 46 seconds left in the game when pesky freshman forward Briana Connolly broke her ankle and is gone for the play-offs.

Duxbury peppered Ram goalie Tori Clark with 23 shots, while Julia Hannon faced 17 shots in the Duxbury net.

“We played great,” said Weiler. “After the Patriot’s Super Bowl game I gave them the pep talk about not underestimating your opponent. We were all around the net. The passing was crisp, we moved well without the puck, and we cycled in the corners.”

On Saturday the Lady Dragons made it three straight with a 5-4 win over Boston Latin Academy that almost got away from them.

Senior captain Erin Levesque scored 36 seconds into the Boston Latin game and junior Jen Baran scored with 44 seconds left in the first period to lead the way for Duxbury.

Levesque made one of her patented rushes up ice and broke in on net, putting one past Latin netminder Erin Coffey, while Baran was perfectly positioned in the slot to knock home a rebound as the clock wound down.{sidebar id=1}

Levesque was at it again in the second period, as she blasted a shot from the high slot that found its way up and under the crossbar midway through the period, while junior Annie Grunwald followed just over five minutes later with another rocket that beat Coffey for a 4-0 lead.

Weiler decided to give his subs some ice time late in the second period and Latin scored what appeared to be a meaningless goal.

The score changed the complexion of the game, as Latin came out flying in the final period and scored a pair of goals less than two minutes in to make it 4-3.

Duxbury goaltender Julia Hannon and the defense tightened up over the next 10 minutes and got some breathing room when Levesque scored her third goal of the game to make it 5-3.

Latin was not done, putting one past Hannon with 3:45 remaining, but was unable to dent the Duxbury net as time ran out.

“The whole mindset of the team changed after I put the subs in,” said Weiler. “I think that was a signal to them that the game was over when they saw I was trying to put everyone in. It really got us off our game and it was tough putting the genie back in the bottle.”

Now sporting a 10-4-3 record, the Lady Dragons will travel to Gallo Arena in Bourne for a 4 pm tilt with Sandwich on Wednesday, followed by a 4:45 home battle with Falmouth on Saturday.