Falmouth Girls Hockey Hosts Cape Cod Classic
By: Rich Maclone
What was talked about for years has come to fruition. A girls’ round robin has been added to the Cape Cod Classic hockey tournament and will be played this week as Falmouth, Barnstable, Norwood and Wellesley make up the field in the debut of the girls’ field.
All four of those teams have qualified for state tournament play, and all could be major players in the road to the Garden. The Clippers, in Division II, played in the state championship game last year. Barnstable won a preliminary round game last year in the Division I tournament, before bowing to eventual state champion Arlington Catholic in the first round. Norwood advanced to the quarterfinals of the D2 tourney, before losing to Canton in overtime. Wellesley lost a heartbreaker to Falmouth in the first round last year, 2-1.
Here’s a look at the teams:
Rankings: No. 16 Mass High School Hockey
Breakdown: The Lady Red Raiders showed a ton of heart in their last game, a 5-3 loss to Falmouth on the road. Against their rivals hey battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to cut the lead to one on two different occasions, but could never get over the top. Forward Sarah Boule has a nose for the net and is athletic. Forward Callie Rogorzenski has shown flashes of good things to come and is quite speedy on the ice. Goalie Carly Spalt has played the majority of the minutes this year and has kept her team competitive most of the way. BHS probably won’t be winning the state title this year, but the future looks oh so bright. BHS has just two seniors on the roster and a slew of youngsters. Eleven of the varsity players are sophomores or younger.
Rankings: No. 3 ESPN Boston, No. 12 Mass High School Hockey, No. 3 Boston Globe
Breakdown: Imagine if they were healthy. This could be a challenging week for the Clippers as they play some of their toughest competition, and have to shuffle their lines up. First line center Rachel Moore injured her knee in practice a week ago, and is likely a week away from returning. Second line center Maddi Haberl is hoping to return from a wrist break this weekend and third line center Emily Sanidas has been out of the lineup with the flu. But, the Clippers still have perhaps the best goalie in the state, in Maddie Scavotto (1.18 GAA, .950 save percentage) and a rock solid defense, led by senior co-captain Alexx Good and sophomores Hannah Ghelfi and Kendall Stouffer. Alexa Scribner is one of the top snipers in the state, having scored 17 goals, and Kelly Ferreira has been getting hot with her stick at the right time.
Rankings: No. 15 Boston Globe
Breakdown: The Mustangs know how to put the puck in the net, there’s no doubt about that. Kacie Smith and Emily Kelly make up one of the most dynamic 1-2 punches in Massachusetts. The pair have combined to score 56 goals over the team’s first 17 games and each has 44 points overall. Smith has netted 29 markers and Kelly has 27. Sophomore Sam Hayes is also capable of potting her share of goals, having netted 10 so far. If Norwood gets strong play from goalie Samantha Baturin, who has allowed 3.34 goals per game, they are a tough squad to deal with.
Rankings: No. 9 ESPN Boston, No. 11 Mass High School Hockey, No. 7 Boston Globe
Breakdown: Senior Molly Connolly has been on a season-long tear. Her 30 goals heading into Wednesday night’s action was tied with Ashley Moran, of Woburn, for the second most by any player in that state (Tewksbury/Methuen’s Amanda Conway has 34 to lead all). Cecily Docktor has lit the lamp 13 times, which is second-best on the team, and the Raiders have also gotten solid play from forward Keely Corscadden. The Lady Raiders have not tasted defeat all season long, but will see some of their top competition so far in the final week. The squad is guaranteed of a high seed in the Division II state tournament, and the season finale against Falmouth could be a preview of a big time state tournament game down the line.
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