Brookline, Mass. -- A goal at 6:45 of the third period by Broghan Cully lifted Noble & Greenough to a 3-2 win over a tough Choate squad -- and the 2005 New England Girls Title.
For Nobles, it was their second title in a row and, like the New England Patriots, their third in four years. So, yes, we can call them a dynasty.
On the winning goal, the play started when Pam McDevitt had the puck behind the Choate net. McDevitt passed it to Tracy Ferriter who passed it to Cully in the slot. Cully got enough on it to get it over Choate’s stellar goalie, Nicole Stock. That goal gave Nobles the 3-2 lead, and it held up.
Earlier, the first period looked like it might end scoreless. While Nobles outshot Choate, 16-6, and had a couple of power plays, they couldn’t get anything by Stock.
Then, with 52 seconds left in the period, Choate went up 1-0 on a power play goal by Judi Krakower, with an assist going to Hilary Knight.
At 2:44 of the second period, Ferriter made it 1-1, scoring for Nobles on a rebound, with assists going to Sarah Parsons and McDevitt.
Nobles went ahead 2-1 with 3:55 left in the second on a Leanna Coskren power play goal. The goal came about when Parsons took a shot that hit the Choate goalie’s stick and went behind the net. Erika Nakamura circled out of the right corner and hit Coskren at the back door. Coskren tapped it home to make it 2-1 Nobles, which is where the second period ended.
By the close of the period, Nobles had built up a two-period shot advantage of 38-17.
At 6:14 of the third, Choate, on the power play, tied it up at 2-2 on a rebound of a Caroline Boudreau shot from the point that hit a skate before Ashley Bairos put it home.
Just 31 seconds later, Nobles got it back, as Cully struck for the game-winner.
For the game, Nobles’ goaltender Kyle Stephens made 25 saves, while Nicole Stock had 46 for Choate.
Afterward, Nobles coach Tom Resor said, “We were able to get a lot of activity in front of Stock and find a way to get a couple of pucks behind her. It was also key to tie it up early in the second -- and then get that breathing room going into the third.
The other key,” said Resor, “was that we were able to answer right back. We didn’t have time to think that we were tied when Choate scored that third period goal.”
Indeed, it took Nobles just 31 seconds to get the lead back for good, and then take it on home.
Resor tipped his hat to his departing seniors Sarah Parsons and Carry Resor, who were five-year varsity players who won three championships and reached the semis twice; and Whitney Dziama and Nakamura.
Greenwich Academy Wins Div. II Crown
Brookline, Mass. – Greenwich Academy won the Div. II New England Girls Prep Hockey title here today, topping Kents Hill, 4-2.
Sophomore Bray Ketchum, who was named tournament MVP, had a goal and two assists. Others with multiple points were Torrey Taussig (2g), Erin Brawley (1g,1a), and Brady Keeshan (2a).
Ketchum, the sister of Salisbury forward Ben Ketchum, whose team was in the boy’s tournament in Salem, NH, got things going just 30 seconds into the game when she took a pass from Keeshan and fired a slapshot into the upper corner to give Greenwich a 1-0 lead.
After Kents Hill tied it at 5:37, Greenwich got it back as Torrey Taussig tucked a missed shot from Ketchum into the corner of the net with 1:07 left in the first period. That goal gave Greenwich a lead they would never relinquish.
Midway through the second period, Greenwich went up 3-1 when Brawley scored at the 7:05 mark.
After Kents Hill scored early in the third, Taussig scored from a scramble in front for the final 4-2 margin of victory.
Goaltender Jess Zublin kicked out 21 of 23 in the Greenwich net; Jill Doherty stopped 30 of 34 for Kents Hill.
Greenwich, the #5 seed in the tournament, edged #1 seed Governor Dummer, 2-1, in Saturday’s semifinal.
It’s Nobles and Choate – For All the Marbles
Noble & Greenough, on a third period goal by Sarah Parsons, topped Pomfret, 2-1. On Sunday, Nobles will play Choate, 3-2 winners over Cushing, for the New England Div. I prep school girls title.
The winning goal, with 8:53 remaining in the third, came on a 4x4 situation. Leanna Coskren picked up a loose puck to the left of Nobles goalie Kylie Stephens and beat a forechecker by banking it off the boards to Parsons. Parsons, a Dartmouth recruit, picked it up just outside the Nobles’ defensive blue line, skated it through the neutral zone, and heading down the left wing – her off-wing – beat her defender. Cutting in tight, she deked Pomfret goalie Jennie Bollonio, and scored five hole.
Earlier, after a scoreless first period, Julie Flynn put Nobles on the board with 2:38 left in the second, assists going to Jenny Cedorchuk and Whitney Dziama.
With 14 seconds remaining in the period, Pomfret tied it at 1-1 off a faceoff play, as Andrew Hunter drew the puck back to Micaela Long, who backhanded it into the upper corner.
Nobles outshot Pomfret, 48-18. Pomfret’s Bollonio, though she came out on the short end, was excellent in net.
We're looking for reporting help for the girls' prep tournament this weekend. If anyone would be willing to do a game or two -- or more -- it would be much appreciated by many. And there's no heavy lifting involved.
This typist has to be at the Boys' tournament, but I have a cell phone, and can take calls. No writing is necessary. I'll also have a laptop there, so can post results at the conclusion of every game.
Please call Chris Warner at (617) 480-1755.
Today's Quarterfinals: Live Scoreboard
Here are today's quarterfinal matchups. We'll be getting updates througout the afternoon and will fill in the details as soon as we get them, so check back often.
#8 Tabor at #1 Nobles, 3:00 pm: Nobles got goals from Broghan Cully, Maggie Suprey, Sarah Parsons (who also had 3 assists), Jenny Cedorchuk, and Pam McDevitt in a 5-0 win. Stephens had 22 saves for Nobles; Ford had 31 for Tabor. Final: Nobles 5, Tabor 0.
#7 Cushing at #2 Berkshire, 4:00 pm: Goalies: Bonnano (B) and Arsenault (CA). 2-2 after 1st. Zavisza and Holmes scored for Berkshire, and Tobin and Lawler for Cushing. Reported to be a fast-paced game. **** After second period, score remains 2-2. **** Lawler scored the game-winner for Cushing in the third, her second goal of the game. Final: Cushing 3, Berkshire 2.
#6 Choate vs #3 Loomis, 4:00 pm: Loomis outshot Choate, 39-16, but Choate senior goaltender Nicole Stock was excellent, only allowing one goal. Final: Choate 4, Loomis 1.
#5 Pomfret vs #4 Lawrence, 4:00 pm: Goalies: Muse (LA) and Bellonio (Pomfret). 0-0 after 1st. **** After second, Pomfret leads 1-0 on a Micaela Long breakaway goal. **** Long adds another in the third. Final: Pomfret 2, Lawrence Academy 0.
Div. I Saturday Semifinals Matchups (at Dexter and Southfield Schools, Brookline, Mass.):
#1 Nobles vs. #5 Pomfret, 2:00 pm
#6 Choate vs. #7 Cushing, 4:00 pm
Div. I Championship Game is on Sun. March 6, also at Dexter/Southfield. Game Time: 12:30 pm.
DIV. II :
#8 Brewster vs. #1 GDA: GDA 3, Brewster 0 (Final)
#7 Kingswood vs. #2 Gunnery: Gunnery 7, Kingswood 0. Kroleski (3 g), O'Connor (2 g), Biron (1g), Davies (1g) -- and a 23-save shutout by Michelle Chabot.
#6 Middlesex vs. #3 Kents Hill: Kents Hill 3, Middlesex 1 (Final)
#5 Greenwich vs. #4 Brooks: Greenwich 2, Brooks 0 (last goal an empty-netter)
Div. II Saturday Semifinals Matchups (at Dexter and Southfield Schools, Brookline, Mass.):
#1 GDA vs. #5 Greenwich, 10:00 am
#2 Gunnery vs. Kents Hill, 12:00 pm
Div. II Championship Game is on Sun. March 6, also at Dexter/Southfield. Game Time: 10:30 am.
Calling All Blackberries
We’re going to do things a little differently for the quarterfinals this year. We’re going to attempt to post updates at the end of every period of every game, both Div. I and Div. II, and both girls and boys.
We’re looking for volunteers, most especially volunteers with Blackberries who would be willing, when each period ends, to send a short e-mail to us with the score at the end of each period and, if known, goal scorers. It’s fine, if something seems newsworthy, to add additional info. The important thing, however, is to get the basic info in, so people can get scores in what will be pretty close to real-time.
If anyone has a Blackberry and would be willing to help out, please email email@example.com and let us know which game you will be attending. Also, if you do NOT have a Blackberry, but would be willing to phone in scores at the end of periods, please email us and let us know because we may be able to use you, too, either as a principle reporter or as a backup. After all, not everyone has a Blackberry, but virtually everyone has a cell phone.
The goal is to keep the whole hockey community up to date, and give those who can’t be at the games timely information. With your help we can pull this project off. It should be fun.