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January 16, 2014

Kick Saves: Witwicki, Pingree looking forward to second half

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“I think we definitely have depth and we should be strong in our own end,” said Boepple. Masco is in action again tonight against another top 10 team, Winthrop (6:10 at Larsen Rink).

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Bishop Fenwick continues to move in a positive direction despite their 0-7-1 record. The Crusaders earned the first point in their three-year history (a 0-0 tie in which outstanding goalie Meghan Woodworth also earned the program’s first ever shutout) a few weeks ago. It’s a team that has a mix of young players with experience, strong leadership, and players that are new to the game of hockey and are eager to learn.

“We feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” said head coach Doug Anderson. “We’ve made great strides. We lost 11 of our 19 players from last year, and we’re just starting to develop seven or right freshmen and sophomores that are totally new to hockey.”

Nina Groom, who is from Swampscott, is the team’s lone senior and a captain along with junior Maggie Clark. Twin sisters Meaghan and Caitlin Carney are very promising freshmen, as is sophomore Gabby D’Otolo.

“The effort’s been great every night,” said Anderson. “It’s been a great experience teaching them. They’re excited about learning and as a team they’re always smiling around the rink.”

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This weekend’s game to watch is certainly unbeaten Beverly (8-0) taking on St. Mary’s at Connery Rink in Lynn. The Spartans were beaten, 3-0, by the team they met in last year’s Division 1 final Arlington Catholic last night and come into the contest 6-1-2. For Beverly, the game represents a chance to see how they stack up against the state’s elite; a win or tie would almost certainly vault Beverly into the top five statewide.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said coach Brian Seabury, who made a concerted effort to play a more difficult non-league schedule this winter. “I’m a competitor and our girls are competitive. You want to see where you stand, so to speak, and to do that you have to go against the best.”

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