The Winthrop/Lynn/Revere Lady Bulldogs hockey team bowed out of the MIAA Division 1 North sectional tournament with a 4-0 loss to Arlington Catholic in a preliminary round contest played at Larsen Arena last Wednesday evening.
â€œArlington Catholic is a very good team,â€ said WHS head coach Anthony Martucci . â€œWe didnâ€™t play our best and in the tourney, you need your best effort in every game because every opponent will be a good one.â€
AC, which was seeded 20th in the 27 team North bracket with an 11-7-2 regular season record, poured 44 shots on 7th grade Lady Bulldog netminder Katie Burt. â€œKatie was phenomenal,â€ said Martucci. â€œShe did a great job keeping us in the game.
â€œOur big problem was that we could not execute on offense,â€continued Martucci, whose team was seeded 13th with a 9-3-6 mark. â€œWe needed a spark to get us going, but never caught it.â€
The contest marked the final game in a Lady Bulldog uniform for seniors Lindsey Barker, Rachel Mailhiot, and Kelly Devenney. â€œThey were great leaders for us, both on and off the ice,â€ said the coach. â€œThey did whatever they were asked to do and made tremendous contributions to the development of this program. They will be sorely missed.
â€œTo be sure, the loss was a disappointing way to end the year,â€ added Martucci, â€œbut we had a great season and this was a great group of girls. They have a lot to be proud of.â€
The team will hold its annual awards and break up banquet within the next few weeks which is sure to be a celebration both of the past seasonâ€™s accomplishments and the promise of the next one.