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MIAA Girls Division 2 Semifinals: Wellesley, Notre Dame Hingham Join Garden Party

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.

Mackenzie O’Neil

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.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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