A matchup of the top two ranked teams in the HNIB News preseason Girls Prep poll materialized at the final of the Harrington Tournament, and in a barnburner of a contest, host Nobles edged #1 Williston, 4-3 in overtime to take home the tournament title.
The game-winner came off the stick of defenseman Becca Gilmore, who moved in from the blue line and potted a backhander with just nine seconds left in the overtime period.
“The championship game was a great one,” said Nobles coach Tom Resor. “It was back and forth the whole way.”
To reach the final, Nobles earned wins over St. Mark’s (5-0), Pomfret (4-0) and Lawrence Academy (4-2). Williston picked up wins over BB&N (8-0), Westminster (2-1) and Milton Academy (2-0).
In the first period, the teams skated to a 1-1 standoff, with Bridget McCarthy scoring for Nobles and Marielle McHale for the Wildcats.
McHale’s second of the game, midway through the second period, pushed Williston on top, 2-1, but Katie Tresca countered for the Bulldawgs.
Williston took a 3-2 lead in the third on McHale’s third goal, but Nobles was able to send the game to extra time when Tess Dupre scored with 3:04 to play, assisted by Lucinda Quigley and Caitrin Lonergan.
On the game-winner, Longeran sent a pass behind the net to Lily Farden, who then hit Gilmore with a long pass to the far blue line.
Lonergan scored five goals in the wins over St. Mark’s, Pomfret, and Lawrence, and McCarthy added four of her own.
In Williston’s 8-0 win over BB&N, the Wildcats rode the two-goal performances of Delaney Belinskas, Lizzie Sheline and Hannah Touzos.
At the Watkins Tournament hosted by Cushing Academy, New Hampton continued its impressive season, grabbing the tournament title with a 2-0 win over Worcester Academy.
The Huskies were dominant at the tournament, outscoring their four opponents by a 14-1 margin. The team’s two goaltenders – junior Cierra SanRoman and freshman Olivia Sollows – each played two games.
“Our depth was also a key factor,” said New Hampton coach Craig Churchill. “All four forward lines contributed on the score sheet with nine different girls scoring those 14 goals. The ability to keep girls rested by playing all four lines allowed us to outwork our opponents in both ends of the ice.”
Junior defenseman Cayla Barnes, a member of the USA U-18 National Team and a Boston College commit, earned Tournament MVP honors, scoring two key goals over the weekend. Barnes and Elizabeth Cho had the New Hampton goals in the title game.
The Huskies also beat Cushing (6-0), Culver Military (3-0) and Brewster Academy (3-1) to advance to the final.
- Rivers, Division 2’s top-ranked club, swept three games at the Southfield Tournament, as did Groton.
- Canterbury was very impressive with three wins at the Portsmouth Abbey Tournament, Senior Maddie Blauth had a strong tournament
- Phillips Andover took home the title at the Patsy Odden Tournament hosted by Taft School. The Big Blue edged past Lawrenceville, 2-1 in the title game, getting a late third-period goal by Meggan Rodriguez to send the game into overtime, where a goal by Charlotte Welch won it. All four of Andover’s game ended with the score of 2-1.
- Host St. Paul’s swept three games to win its own holiday tournament, beating Holderness, Proctor and Northfield Mt. Hermon.
Coming soon: HNIB News updated Girls Prep Polls