For the past few years, the St. Mary’s girls’ hockey team has vacuumed up top-notch teams, and Wednesday night was no different.
Top-ranked St. Mary’s defeated No. 4 Fontbonne, 6-0, in Lynn continuing its 92-game unbeaten streak, in what coach Frank Pagliuca called his team’s ‘‘best performance of the season.’’
‘‘I thought we just came out for the first time this season and played three strong periods,’’ he said. ‘‘We did a great job on puck pursuit and pressured them in their defensive zone. They have such an explosive team but we did a good job on backchecking and limiting chances [by] Taylor Shepherd.’’
Senior Sabrina Iannetti had a pair of goals for St. Mary’s. Senior Bridget Donovan (goal, two assists), sophomore Alison Butler (goal, assist), sophomore Gabrielle Crugnale (goal), and freshman Gina Beth Manganiello (goal) all contributed, as did freshman defenseman Hannah Quinn (two assists).
Goalie Sarah Foss had 12 saves. She’ll be featured in the Feb. 14 edition of Sports Illustrated in its Faces in the Crowd.
‘‘It’s a great accomplishment for her and the program,’’ said Pagliuca. ‘‘It’s well-deserved for such a great young lady and she worked hard for it on and off the ice.''
‘‘She’ll tell you it’s a nice gesture, but she’s only focused on getting better.’’ he said.
With all of the team’s success, all that is on Pagliuca’s mind is ‘‘continuing to play with consistency. It’s a tough stretch and it’s nice to come out and play at high quality against an excellent team.
‘‘Our goal is to accumulate as many points as possible. It’s important for senior purposes and for playing our best in the tournament. We need to come out with a sense of urgency.’’
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