Two programs that are very familiar with playing in state final games at TD Garden will make another appearance Sunday as fifth-seeded Wellesley and seventh-seeded Notre Dame of Hingham both posted solid semifinal wins Tuesday night.
Wellesley, the defending MIAA Division 2 state champion, returns to the state final for the fifth time in six seasons after a 4-1 win over Walpole. Notre Dame, the champions in 2016 and 2017, are back after a one-year hiatus, thanks to a 3-0 blanking of Westwood.
* Tied 1-1 going into the third period, junior Mackenzie O’Neil scored to give the Raiders the lead for good. Emily Rourke added a huge insurance marker and then an empty-netter to clinch the win for Wellesley, which played to a 1-1 tie with Walpole, the #1 seed, during the regular season. LuLu Rourke gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Rebels, who finish at 18-4-1 and reached the semifinal round for the first time, drew even with a goal from Audra Tosone.
* Notre Dame grabbed an early 2-0 lead over third-seeded Westwood to gain early control. Both goals were scored by senior Caitlin Delano. The Wolverines (15-3-5) generated some good scoring opportunities but were unable to get a puck past Cougars goalie Lily Prendergast. Senior Kelly Morrissey scored a third period goal for Notre Dame.
It makes for an interesting state title game, as the two teams played twice during the regular season in a four-day span. The first game ended in a 1-1 draw, and Notre Dame took the second by a 3-2 score.