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March 20, 2014

Kick Saves: What's My Line? Beverly trio one of the area's best ever

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Highlander juniors Katie Shreenan and Leah Heinze were also named All-EIL, while freshman goalie CeCe Purcell and freshman defenseman Abby Dirks received EIL honorable mention.

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Dating back to 2005, there have been 24 instances of a public school skater recording at least 30 points. Need evidence that girls hockey continues to improve in skill? Of those 24, 11 have come within the last two seasons, and eight of the 11 instances of girls scoring 40 or more points have come in the last two as well.

Wondering which schools have the most? Among the 30-point campaigns, Beverly has 11, Marblehead has 10, Masconomet has three and Peabody has one.

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Looking at the area 100 Point Club (which includes Pingree), there are now 12 members. Woods graduates with 169 points as the area’s all-time leader while co-MVP of the Northeastern Hockey League Brittany Smith of Marblehead finished with 107, and Witwicki also joined this year.

The Century Club should expand again next winter. McCarthy is a sure bet to join and Beverly defenseman Caitlin McBride (87 career points) will likely become the first rear guard to hit 100 points in the area.

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Woods and McBride will be skating in the Mass State Hockey Coaches Shriners’ All-Star Classic hosted by the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center Saturday. The girls all-star game, which also includes Boxford’s Lauren Skinnon (a goalie for St. Mary’s Lynn), will be played at 1:45 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 4 p.m.

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Marblehead’s Lexie Laing, a senior at Noble & Greenough, was named Player of the Year for the New England Prep School Girls Athletic Conference. Laing, who is competing with Team USA at the Women’s World Junior Championships, was also a first-team All-New England all-star selection.

Lynn native Katie Burt, who played for Winthrop/Lynn English during middle school before matriculating to BB&N, was the first-team All-New England goaltender.

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Kick Saves, a column on North Shore girls hockey, appears every other Thursday during the winter sports season. Contact Salem News assistant sports editor Matt Williams at 978-338-2669, MWilliams@salemnews.com and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN.

 

 

 

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