The Holmes Hundredth: Julia Holmes Scores Milestone Point As Winthrop Girls Hockey Team Remains Unbeaten

Five years from now, the Holmes triplets, Emma, Julia, and Abby, will become eligible for the Winthrop High Athletic Hall of Fame. The three multi-sport performers will undoubtedly be first-ballot inductees.

But there are still more team and individual achievements to be attained for the talented daughters of Jay Holmes and Jennifer Holmes. And let’s not leave out their daughter, Olivia Holmes, and her stellar contributions to the Winthrop High girls hockey program.

One week after her sister, Emma, entered the 100-point club, Winthrop center and captain Julia Holmes became its newest member with the milestone-maker an assist as part of an 8-0 win over Gloucester Saturday at faraway Talbot Rink. Goaltender Riley Towse had 13 saves in her second shutout of the season.

Julia had set the stage with a hat-trick performance in a 7-1 win over Masconomet last Wednesday night. She needed two points in the Gloucester game and took care of the record-setting stuff in the first period.

After netting her own goal, Julia assisted on a goal by Adrianna Rizzotto to reach Century City.

“It feels really good to get this [100th point]. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and I’m glad I got it my senior year,” said Julia.

Winthrop coach Butch Martucci said moments after the 100th point, the referee handed the puck to him on the Winthrop bench.

“I put the puck in my pocket and gave it to Julia’s dad as soon as I got off the bench in between periods,” said Martucci. “Let’s just say the puck was freezing.”

After the game, the team presented Julia with a mini-hockey stick and a puck commemorating the accomplishment.

“Julia is a very smart and methodical player in how she attacks the offensive zone, and she reads the play so well,” said Martucci. “Julia sort of quarterbacks the whole thing and waits, and then she’s on the puck. She and her sisters are just great kids. We’ve been together since youth hockey and won numerous state titles and league championships.”

Julia has skated on the same line with her sister, Emma, throughout their hockey careers. Abby Holmes is a defenseman.

“We have a good connection and bond,” said Julia. “Ever since we were in Youth Hockey, we’ve been together.”

Julia Holmes expressed her gratitude to Coach Martucci and her parents, Jay and Jennifer, during a post-practice interview Tuesday at the Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center.

“Coach Martucci has been with me for a while and I thank him for all he’s done,” said Julia. “And thank you to my parents for always being there, supporting my sisters and me along our way. I’m so happy that my sisters and my teammates have been there with me as well.”

Winthrop, which is one of only three undefeated Division 1 teams (St. Mary’s and Shrewsbury are the others) in Massachusetts, has a key league game against Beverly Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center.

“Beverly is a very good team, and I’m sure it will be a stiff challenge for us,” said Martucci.

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