Connor Gillooly ’14 | Staff Writer
Battling against North, the girls varsity hockey team pulled out a win late in the third period on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Taking control early in the first period, Darian Dempsey ’13 scored to put South ahead 1-0. Only three minutes later, South received its first of eight penalties of the night. However, North was subdued by South for the entire first period.
“Darian’s early goal gave us some great momentum,” said Lindsey Makos ’13. “After that, we played a strong first period and our lead gave us some confidence.”
During the second period, the momentum shifted. The penalty box was home to South’s ladies four separate times.
“We weren’t happy with a lot of the calls,” said coach Joe Provenzano. “Whether we like it or not, they were calling it the same both ways.”
North did not fail to take advantage of the 10 minutes of penalty time served by South, and scored twice in the period. When the second period concluded, South was trailing 2-1.
“We were really chaotic in our own zone and that didn’t allow us to do anything we do,” said Provenzano.
Following an intermission, Ellie Flom ‘15 tied things up at two with 11:41 left in the game.
“Our team came back ready to play,” said Alex Golden ’13. “The intermission gave us time to regain our energy and make a strategy.”
However, the teams penalty issues were not over. Two more trips to box in the heart of the third period left them short-handed once more. However, with the help of a few power-play saves from goalie Anastasia Diamond ’13, the girls defense held strong.
“Defense has been a big part of our game that we’ve been working on,” said Provenzano. “Our strong d-zone coverage has allowed us to get control of our game and allow us to do what we do well which is to attack the other team and have speed through the neutral zone.”
With only 2:28 remaining in the game, Eliza Bourke ‘15 scored the winning goal.
“Eliza stepped up and scored that last goal to give us the lead, it was perfect,” said Makos. “There was not a lot of time left and at that point we knew we just had to play great defense to keep North from scoring.”
The team will play next on March 4th, their competition and the time of play is to be announced.
“Our team is definitely ready,” said Golden. “With the win against North behind us, all we have to focus on is playing well in the playoffs.”
Photos By Connor Gillooly ’14