MIAA Girls Division 2 State Final: Back-To-Back Titles For Duxbury; Dragons Blank Falmouth 4-0

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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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Duxbury goes for back-to-back state titles after a 4-0 win over Falmouth in MIAA Division 2 state final

Duxbury won its second straight MIAA Girls Division 2 championship Sunday with an impressive 4-0 win over second-seeded Falmouth at TD Garden.

The top-seeded Dragons were oppotunistic on offense, while defensively, held the state’s top offense scoreless. Duxbury was able to keep Falmouth’s high-quality scoring chances to a minimum. When the Clippers did threaten, Dragons netminder Anna McGinty was there to make the save.

“It feels great, it’s been a long road,” said Duxbury coach Dan Najarian. “I said to the girls in the room that we played as long as you can go for the last two years. This is a special group and they proved it today.”

Junior Maeve Gallagher scored what turned out to be the only goal Duxbury would need just 1:52 into the game. Taking a pass from Maddie Greenwood, Gallagher came down the right wing side and buried a shot high to the near side.

** See our post-game conversation with Duxbury’s Anna McGinty, Maddie Greenwood and Maeve Gallagher here:

“She took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone,’ Najarian said. “Before you knew it the puck was under the bar.”

The Dragons struck again early in the second period, this time at the 1:54 mark. It was the most opportune time for sophomore defenseman Lucia Rose to get her first career goal. Taking a drop pass from Addy Harrington, Rose fired a high shot that went over the shoulder of Falmouth netminder Aspen Devlin (27 saves).

Duxbury held a wide advantage in shots on net in the second period, outshooting the Clippers 16-5, and got a huge goal late in the frame. Greenwood made a nice rush up the ice, moved in alone on Devlin, and was able to slide in her own rebound after Devlin stopped the initial bid.

Duxbury’s Megan Carney eludes Falmouth’s Jane Hostetter during MIAA Girls D2 state final won by the Dragon, 4-0

The Dragons were able to kill off three Falmouth power plays in the third period. With 2:02 left, Megan Carney sealed the deal by tapping home the rebound of a Sammi Norton shot.

Najarian knew that the high-powered Falmouth offense could present his team with some problems.

“They (Falmouth) stretch the ice width-wise,” he said. “When they come out of the zone they love to hit the wide wing. We prepared for thst. We adjusted our forecheck and kept someone in the middle and were able to pick off some passes, which I thinkd got them out of their rhythm a little bit. Falmouth has a great power play. When they got those power plays in the third period I was worried.”

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