Taylor Brownâ€™s blast from 45 feet with 1:23 to play gave the Winthrop Lady Bulldogs hockey team a 2-2 tie with Masconomet last Wednesday. Brown, a defenseman who has emerged as the teamâ€™s leading scorer, had moved around two defenders before letting go her slap shot for the unassisted tally.
â€œTaylor is known for her big shot, and that was one of them,â€ said head coach Anthony Martucci. â€œShe beat one of the best goalies in the league, which says something about how hard she can shoot.â€
Winthrop had taken a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a goal by Lindsey Barker, assisted by Chelsey Bartlett and Kelly Devenney. However, Masco punched home two power play goals in the third period, necessitating Brownâ€™s late game heroics.
Martucci and his crew then hosted Springfield Cathedral on Saturday, a co-op team that is an amalgam of girls from western Mass. Two goals by Brown left matters at 2-2 midway through the second period, but Cathedral then burst out with three unanswered goals before the frame ended. Two more markers in the third period resulted in the 7-2 final score.
The loss was the first of the season for the Winthrop/English squad, which now stands at 3-1-4 on the season and is halfway to a berth in the post season state tournament. Martucci and his crew now will make the long trek to Springfield for a return engagement on Saturday before returning home for a 3:00 match up with Wilmington on the holiday on Monday.