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St. Mary's edges AC girls, 2-1, with 3rd-period goal

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Arlington Catholic girls, the defending state champ, tied St. Mary's of Lynn in the third period on Sunday, March 17, in the Division 1 finals of the MIAA state tournament at the TD Garden for the second straight year, but St. Mary's pulled it out late.

The Cougars (17-3-2) got to the final by edging Westford in overtime, 3-2.

Read the March 17 Boston.com summary here >>

The Boston Globe provided this game summary March 10:

Adrienna Rossini scored her second goal 2:56 into overtime to lift the defending state champion Cougars (17-4-2) past the Grey Ghosts.

Freshman Mickey McLaughlin and Rossini scored first-period goals to put Arlington Catholic ahead, but Westford (17-4-2) rallied in the third period.

Junior Bretta Beer cut the deficit in half just 49 seconds in, a hard wrister that sneaked inside the far post, with the assists going to sophomore Sarah Lizotte and senior Ali Defonzo.

With three minutes left, Kathryn Walker was awarded a penalty shot after getting tripped on a shorthanded breakaway. Walker rocketed a shot in to tie the score at 2.

It was the second year in a row that Rossini has won the semifinal game in overtime for Arlington Catholic.

“We tried to hit it past their center and the wing so I could cut around her and use my speed to get past them and it ended up working out,” said Rossini.

Fifty-seven minutes of hockey was not enough to decide a winner when undefeated Woburn and St. Mary’s of Lynn met Sunday in a Division 1 state semifinal at the Chelmsford Forum.

St. Mary’s eighth-grader Ashley Wojewodzic scored in the 10th round of the shootout to put St. Mary’s ahead and junior goaltender Lauren Skinnion deflected the final Woburn shot into the post, sending St. Mary’s to TD Garden with a 4-3 win. Wojewodzic’s goal was the only score for either side in the shootout.

"I didn’t expect it at all," said Wojewodzic after not skating a shift the entire game. "I heard him [coach Frank Pagliuca] call my name and he just looked at me and told me to go and I was really nervous. As I was getting off to shoot Amanda Donahoe told me, ‘Just do it for us.'"

St. Mary's tops undefeated Woburn

St. Mary’s (18-3-4) beat undefeated Woburn in a shootout, 4-3, as reported in the March 10 Globe.

After St. Mary’s had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by freshman Vanessa Vanbuskirk and senior Gabby Crugnale, Woburn’s Kayla Smith made a nice move late in the second to cut the lead in half.

That score held until late in the third period when, with 1:31 remaining, Smith found a rebound of Ashley Moran’s shot and knocked it in to tie the score.

Just 18 seconds later, though, St. Mary’s regained the lead on a goal by senior forward Alison Butler, who put back a rebound. Then, with 33.5 left, Woburn’s Emily Lissner tied the game to send it into overtime, during which neither team could score for the 12-minute period.

Woburn (19-1-3) lost defenseman Morgan Bishop to a concussion when she went hard into the boards after a check just 2:36 into the game. Bishop stayed down on the ice for several minutes before eventually going off on her own and heading to the dressing room. She did not return.

The seventh-ranked AC girls' hockey team shut out Beverly/Danvers, 4-0, Wednesday, March 6, at Woburn after topping No. 10 Lexington (13-5-4) Saturday, March 2, at the Ed Burns Arena in the first round of the Division 1 .

The Cougars face Westford (17-3-1) in the semifinals at the Chelmsford Forum at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

The AC boys' hockey team, ranked No. 3, lost to No. 6 Waltham, 3-2, on Sunday, March 3, at Stoneham Arena in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North bracket.

The Arlington Catholic boys' and girls’ basketball teams won Thursday, Feb. 28, to move on in their respective playoff brackets.

The Arlington High boys' basketball and girls' hockey teams lost Feb. 28, ending their 2012-2013 campaigns.

Cougars' boys' basketball loses

The fifth-seeded AC boys' hoops squad (15-6) defeated No. 12 Stoneham (11-10), 50-43, at Woburn High School in the first round of the Division 3 North bracket. The Cougars advanced, but lost, 72-49, to No. 4 Wayland (17-4) on Monday, March 4, in Wayland in the quarterfinals.

The third-seeded AC girls' team (17-6) took the court at Woburn and ran over 14th-ranked Salem (10-11), 59-28, in the first round of the Division 2 North bracket. The girls' team lost to North Andover, 57-43, on March 3 in the quarterfinals.

The boys, ranked 16, lost, 76-52, at 21-0 Melrose, the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 North bracket. The Spy Ponders beat No. 17 Tewksbury, 68-52, at home in the bracket’s preliminary round. The AHS boys end their season at 11-11.

The 19th-ranked girls' hockey team (12-9-1) lost, 2-0, to No. 3 Westford (16-3-2) at the Groton School in the first round of the Division 1 state tournament. Arlington had beaten No. 14 Watertown/Melrose, 2-0, in Watertown.

In a surprise, the Arlington girls' hockey team beat Watertown/Melrose, 2-0, in Watertown on Monday, Feb. 25. The team record is now 12-8-1, according to Boston.com.

The Spy Ponders (11-12) face No. 1 Melrose (20-0) in the first round of the bracket at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Melrose High School after beating Tewksbury, 68-52.

The Arlington Catholic girls' hockey team, ranked No. 7, is set to play Cambridge or Somerville in Arlington on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. 

The Arlington Catholic girls' basketball team (14-6), ranked No. 3, is set to play No. 14 Salem at Woburn on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:45 p.m. 

A Feb. 24 Globe feature headlined "Primed for the postseason" takes a look at the girls' season.

The defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic girls' hockey team appears to be overshadowed by undefeated Woburn, as this Feb. 24 Globe story reports

AC is 13-4-2, according to Boston.com.  

Summary of AHS winter sports

Here is an update about AHS teams from Mary Villano, interim principal:

Boys' hockey got off to a great season with a 4-0 record. The team finished equally strong by qualifying for the state tournament with a 9-6-5 record. They finished the year fourth in the Middlesex Liberty division. The team was led by captains Brian Jigarjian, Seth Coiley, Dan Russell, John Lepore, and Luke Tremblay.

Girls' hockey started the season extremely well with five straight wins. They cooled off a bit midseason but finished strong qualifying for the state tournament. The girls had an overall record of 11-8-1 and a league record of 8-7. Their league record placed them 4th in the Middlesex Liberty division. The team was led by captains Hannah Wright, Kaitlyn Morse, Katie Cummings, Shannon Hickey and Eva Collaruso.

Girls' track exceeded all expectations this year. They had some tremendous victories making their coaches quite pleased. The team finished the year 3-2, which gave them their first winning season in three years. The team competed in the D2 State Relays in seven different events. There they succeeded in breaking three school records. Senior Sarah Cassidy has been great for the team. She stepped up as a captain and helped lead the team forward. New additions, Emma Maxtutis, Abbey Jones, and Katerina Gentile are also a couple names to look out for.

The boys' team was equally as impressive as the girls. They have not only had individual victories, but team victories as well. Daniel McDonald-Meteer continued to surpass all expectations. Sam Chakmakjian, Matt Garcia, Chris Coleman, and Antonio Xelhua also contributed greatly to the team’s success with the team finishing the season 2-5. During the State Relays the boys broke numerous school records.

The AHS wrestling team had a very impressive season, with only two seniors returning from last year. The team started nine sophomores in the varsity lineup and finished the year ranked 15th out of 48 teams in the Division 2 state tournament. The team was led by Senior Captains Mike Pieroni (113) and Nick Sullivan (160) Sophomore Captains Nick Rose (195) and Andrew Ellis (120). Most recently, the team had 3 state qualifiers: Tom Kearney (106), Andrew Ellis (120), Nick Sullivan (160), Nick Rose (190), Lakota Samuels (285), and Lukas Stavropoulos as an alternate. Also receiving a great honor was assistant coach Mike Covel who was awarded Division 2 Assistant Coach of the Year. Mike was a 1997 graduate of AHS and has coached wrestling for 14 years. He is also a veteran of the Iraq and Afghan war.

The boys' basketball team finished the regular season with a 10-12 record. They finished fourth in the Middlesex Liberty division with an 8-9 record. Senior David Shin was the team's leading scorer averaging 17 points per game. Senior Tyler Sullivan was the second leading scorer averaging 14 points per game. Sophomore Miles Robinson averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds per game. Most importantly, the team qualified for the state tournament and look to carry over the success they had in the last few games of the season, which included a victory against Arlington Catholic. Senior Tyler Sullivan was awarded the John Bowler Sportsmanship Award for his efforts in the game.

The girls' basketball team finished with an overall record of 5-13. The team was led by junior Anna Smokavich, who averaged 10.5 points per game. The girls had an outstanding “senior night” game against Arlington Catholic who was ranked 20th in the state. Although they fell short, the team played extremely hard and shows a lot of promise for next year. Senior captain Kathryn McGonagle was awarded the Jack Bowler Sportsmanship Award for her performance on Gameday against Arlington Catholic.

The gymnastic team competed with only five girls this year. Four scores are needed for every event so each girl contributed greatly throughout the year. Captains Ruthie Ferrante and Chase Currier are the team leaders in the “all-arounds” (Meaning they compete in all four events each meet). Ruthie is performing great on the vault this season and with an average of 9.0. Chase's strongest event is the balance beam and she has averaged an 8.7.

Marybeth Ciarlone is putting up solid scores on bars, beam, and floor for us as well. Bianca Tauro is competing vault, bars, and floor and has quickly picked up new skills over the last two months. Freshman Maddie Goldstein has stepped up and competes in vault, bars and beam, and continues to improve each and every day. Ruthie Ferrante qualified for states in the vault and the floor routine. She ended tying for fourth on the vault at states. Chase Currier also qualified on the beam.

The boys' swimming team qualified for the sectionals and the state tournament in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay. They also had a number of student-athletes qualify for individual events: Michael Packard (100 meter breaststroke), John Prindle (100 Fly), Michael Prindle (50 free and 100 free), Ben Shriner (200 free and 500 free), and Arnaud Vaganay (200 individual medley and 100 fly).

The girls' swimming team qualified for sectionals in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. Molly Mahoney qualified for the sectional and state tournament in the 50 Freestyle while Brooke Bernardin qualified for sectionals and states in the diving competition.


This story was published Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, and updated March 17.

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