Masco girls hockey team beats Quincy/North Quincy on road, prepares for Beverly
By Sean Stover / email@example.com
The Masconomet girls hockey team fought hard for its place in the state tournament this year. On Feb. 27, the co-op team that includes students from six schools won its first playoff game since the 2008-09 season.
The eight-year drought ended after many first round chances, including three close games for current Masco seniors.
“We’ve made it to states and been knocked out in the first game each [prior] year I’ve been on the team,” said senior captain Madi Brooke. “It feels amazing to have been able to finally get a win in the tourney after working so hard all of these years.”
The Chieftains played 20 games winning nine in the regular season, leading up to their place at states. The team had three ties and eight losses out of all their games and they ranked No. 18 in Division 1, a seeding that puts them as the underdog in essentially any further rounds, unless they end up meeting No. 19 Peabody-Lynnfield in the Division 1 semifinals.
“Going into the game, we were confident and focused,” said Brooke. “We needed to get back to scoring goals early and often and controlling play in the offensive zone. I think we did a much better job.”
On Feb. 27, their opponent was Quincy/North Quincy, which was ranked No. 15. Masco won the contest, 6-1.
“The game was a whole team effort,” said sophomore Abby Gendron, of Masco. “We all knew that both teams wanted it and needed this win, but we came out right from the start and that made the difference.”
Senior captain Izzy Sarra found her scoring touch, netting four of the Chieftains’ six goals. Junior Lexi Rosenbaum and sophomore Mikayla Vincent both scored for the girls as well, and freshman goalie Molly Elmore held Quincy to a single goal.
“Lexi and Izzy scored back to back in the same shift during the first period. I think that really got our energy up,” said Brooke.
The team continues to be hurt by a multitude of penalties, so discipline in the next round will be crucial. The girls had six penalties in the second period, including a four-minute major that put them shorthanded for the majority of the play.
“It’s frustrating to have so many penalties, but we usually play through them well,” said Brooke. “We need to play smart and play the strong, physical game that we are known for, without all of the calls.”
The girls hockey team will be continuing on to the second round of the Division 1 states, where they play their longtime Northeast Girls Hockey League rival, Beverly, which is ranked second in the state with a stellar record of 17-1-3.
Masco accounts for one of those three ties from a game back on Feb. 11. Against Beverly, the team has lost one game and had the tie. They are hoping to bring home the win from Endicott College Friday. Faceoff at Ray Bourque Arena – named for the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and longtime Boxford resident – is 7:15 p.m.
“We all know what is at stake,” said Gendron. “We need to come out ready to play Beverly. To win on Friday night we need to come together as a team and all be mentally and physically ready to play our best game.”
“Beverly is one of the best teams in the state and they have some of the best forwards in the state,” said Brooke. “We know what they’re capable of, but we also know what we’re capable of when we’re all in it and playing our best games. We can’t count ourselves out of this game and I think staying mentally tough, resting up, and preparing this week, playing the best we can, is very important.”
The girls have broken the eight-year playoff curse and are looking to continue on their underdog journey through the tournament. No matter what, that first victory will make it a season to remember for the Chieftains.
Their history with Beverly this year should make Friday’s game a good battle.