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March 23, 2013

Kick Saves: After big gains, have Beverly and Masco turned the corner?

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Losing captains Kendra Dow and Alex Jones won’t be easy for Masconomet. Jones, the league MVP, has played every minute of every game in the Chieftains’ net for five years. Dow had a tremendous senior season and was her team’s leading scorer.

“Kendra was a leader, both vocally and clearly with what she was doing out there on the ice. She was one of the best players in our tournament game (a shootout loss to Austin Prep),” said Twomey.

“I’ve only been without seniors for two years, but it feels like a lot longer. It’s hard to see them go.”

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Things are a little bit different in Marblehead, where the Lady Headers will be looking to bounce back from missing the state tournament for the first time in eight years.

They graduate no seniors, however, so if every player returns there’s no reason Marblehead won’t be back in the playoffs after missing by just three points this winter.

Keep an eye on the trio of Brittany Lydon, Rachel McKay and Brittany Smith, who combined for 123 points this season. That’s the highest combined point total ever for a Marblehead girls line, according to head coach Emily Hudak.

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Beverly and Masconomet weren’t alone in setting program wins records this season. Peabody did as well in what was the highest scoring, winningest season in the school’s history.

Freshman Sophia Post scored 19 goals and leading point-getter Courtney Smith is just a junior. The Tanners return all but four players from what was one of the deepest rosters coach Larry Minehan has ever had, so there’s no telling how much more progress they can make going forward.

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There are some major net losses facing North Shore teams heading into the offseason. There were 58 games won (combined) this season and nearly 80 percent of those (46) were won by senior goaltenders.

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