“I never expected this,” Owens said. “This is nuts. I can’t describe it. You want this your whole life and then it happens twice? It’s unbelievable.” Swampscott falls, in shorthanded bid
Seemingly, there were always roadblocks for the Swampscott High boys’ hockey team. And that didn’t change in Sunday’s state final.
The Big Blue won a school-record 19 games while losing five. They won their first Division 3 North title, beating Bedford, 3-2. They defeated Medway, 4-3, in the state semifinals, advancing to the championship game for the first time. They received a police escort out of town for the drive to the TD Garden.
The final roadblock, however, was too much to overcome.
On Saturday, the players learned that team captain Trevor Massey (7 goals, 22 assists), the Northeastern Conference South Division MVP, along with sophomore forward Ryan Cresta (7-8-15), would not be skating Sunday due to a violation of MIAA rules involving alcohol that took place at a school dance Friday night.
Minus the pair, the Big Blue struggled getting shots on goal, managing just 23 and eventually losing 4-1.
“The guys that were here today played their hearts out,” said Swampscott coach Geno Faia. “There’s nothing we can do about it.
“We had a history-making season. They’ve got a lot to be proud of. All the excitement in the town — any of these guys thinking about going elsewhere just have to take a hard look at the experience these guys just had. It’s a big positive for the program.”
Pat Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.