MIAA Girls Division 2 State Final Preview: Duxbury-Falmouth A Big-Time Championship Matchup

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Top-seeded Duxbury (23-3-0) will go for its second straight MIAA Girls Division 2 state title on Sunday at TD Garden (1 pm). It certainly won’t be easy, as standing in the way is second-seeded Falmouth (23-2-1), also one of the state’s top clubs all season.

Despite many common opponents, these two powerhouse squads did not face each other this season, which makes this matchup even more exciting.

Both teams have deep rosters. Both teams have star quality. Both teams can put the puck in the net.

Since losing back-to-back 2-1 games to Malden Catholic and Pope Francis in early February, the Dragons have been on the top of their game. They have won nine straight, and have outscored the opposition 29-6 during that span.

Duxbury’s road to the TD Garden has included post-season wins over Latin Academy (5-1), Gloucester (4-1), Milton (2-1) and Algonquin (3-1).

Falmouth comes into this title game having won seven straight games. The Clippers have defeated Newburyport (10-2), King Philip (5-2), Canton (4-3) and Marshfield (2-0) in the tournament. They lead the state in goals with 130.

It could come down to which team plays better team defense.

“Falmouth is definitely dangerous on offense,” said Archbishop Williams coach Doug Nolan, who team has faced both state final combatants. “They have a good power play that has been explosive all year. It is important that Duxbury stay disciplined and out of the box. Like most good offensive teams, it starts with a good first pass. If Duxbury gets on the forecheck they can hem Falmouth in in the defensive zone and have some success.”

“In order to win the game, both teams will need to stay out of the penalty box,” said Canton coach Nikki Petrich, who also faced both Falmouth and Duxbury this season, splitting with Falmouth and falling to Duxbury. “It should be a low-scoring game as both teams have solid goaltending.”

Maddie Greenwood

The Dragons have a host of options up front to get the job done in junior Zoey Madigan (12-22-34), sophomore Addy Harrington (15-16-31), junior captain Maddie Greenwood (16-14-30), senior Megan Carney (24 pts), and senior Reese Porter (20 pts) and freshman Shae Martin (16 pts).

Megan Carney

Big games on the blue line will be needed from senior Camryn Holloway (11 pts) and junior Sami Norton (17 pts).

Anna McGinty

Senior Anna McGinty, who backboned last year’s title run in the Duxbury net, has had a big year, as she enters with a 1.02 gaa and eight shutouts.

“Duxbury has a great group of forwards that when they play hard and skate on the forecheck they are tough to beat,” Nolan said. “If Duxbury comes out and pressures the Falmouth D I think they will create a ton of chances.”

Maeve Turner

Falmouth’s offense has been explosive all season. Both senior Avery Johnsen and junior Casey Roth have 25 goals. Junior Ryley Devlin and freshman Maeve Turner each have scored 22 goals this winter. Senior Jane Hostetter and junior Hailey Ferreira have both contributed in a big way.

Avery Johnsen

The Clippers’ third senior on the roster – Gabrielle Ferreira – is a key on the blue line, along with freshmen Rylin Briggs (20 pts) and Hadley Vieira.

Falmouth has nine freshmen on the roster, including goaltender Aspen Devlin, who has played every minute between the pipes.

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