After seven years of operating as a varsity program, the Ursuline Academy (Dedham) girls’ hockey team this season will be playing in meaningful games in late-February.
The Bears picked up a 3-2 victory over No. 11 Walpole Monday night to punch their inaugural ticket to the state tournament.
“The girls are ecstatic,” said coach John Enright. “And I said to them, ‘We don’t want to wait until till last game to decide our fate. We want to take care of business tonight.’'
Ursuline (8-6-4) will enter the Division 2 bracket, which includes No. 7 Fontbonne, a team that has beaten the Bears twice this season by a combined score of 12-4. But Enright believes his team can make a postseason run.
“We’ve seen [Fontbonne] before and I think the girls are ready if we have to face them,” the coach said. “Wherever we get placed, we’re going to come out and be ready to go. We’re ready to take them.”
Juniors Emily Sullivan and Delia O’Malley (who leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and 6 assists) have captained a young team that includes just one senior.
Sophomore Erica Ragazzo has played strong between the pipes, making 18 saves in the win over Walpole.
“She’s been playing phenomenal,” Enright said. “And she’s been playing pretty strong towards the ends of the games. We’ve had a couple let downs but one spot that has been strong and consistent has been the goaltending.”
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