By Matt Williams
---- — The Bishop Fenwick girls hockey didn’t get a chance to sleep in this weekend, playing a pair of games in the early morning hours.
The games the Crusaders played were finally better than ones they would have been dreaming about anyway.
In its third year as a varsity program, Fenwick picked up the first win in team history with a 3-2 decision over Nauset/Cape Cod Tech at Hockeytown in Saugus on Saturday morning, and followed that up by beating the same team, 3-1, on Senior Day Sunday morning at home in Peabody.
“We made some history,” said coach Doug Anderson, in his second year with the Crusaders. “It was quite an achievement for the girls. They’ve been through a lot being a newer team and they’ve been positive all the way. We have our last practice (today) and all 17 girls will be there on time and smiling.”
Saturday, junior defenseman Megan McGunigle scored an unassisted goal and senior captain Nina Groom followed to make it 2-0 with assists from Nicole Muir and Maggie Clark. Nauset rallied to tie it 2-2 and freshman Meaghan Carney netted the first game-winner in Fenwick history with 2:36 to play.
The Crusaders followed it up with another first Sunday morning as McGunigle earned the hat trick ever by a Fenwick girl. Her first two goals made it 2-0 with assists from Olivia and Sophia Vorias, and with the Nauset net empty in the last minute she scored on a 130-foot blast for the third marker.
Goalie Meghan Woodworth, who earned the first point in Fenwick lore with a shutout in a 0-0 tie earlier this year, grabbed both wins between the pipes for the Crusaders.
“Sunday was out senior Day and we were going on adrenaline. The girls were at the rink at quarter of eight ready to go, making signs for the seniors and all of it,” said Anderson, whose team has its last game of the year tomorrow against Matignon (5:15 at McVann-O’Keefe Rink).