Host St. Mary’s beat Shrewsbury, 8-0, Saturday night in the first round of the Division 1 girls hockey tournament but the talk afterward was of a more impressive number. The win pushed St. Mary’s unbeaten streak to an even 100.
‘‘I’m proud of the kids. It’s the last home game and they’ll play here and they knew that and [the upperclassmen] led today,’’ said Spartans coach Frank Pagliuca.
It was like target practice for the Spartans in the early going with senior forward Sabrina Iannetti scoring first at 11:34. Sophomore forwards Marisa Maccario and Alison Butler pushed the lead to 3-0 before senior defenseman Angela Dandreo made it 4-0 with a slapshot at the buzzer.
The second period was no different with back-to-back goals from junior forward Genevieve Benoit and junior defenseman Rachel Donahoe to make it 6-0. Benoit scored again off an assist from Maccario for make it 7-0 before Madison Molea finished the scoring with an assist from Butler to end the game, 8-0.
‘‘They were perfect. You can’t let off at all and they didn’t. We played well from the goalie to defenseman to forward, and our speed tonight … that was the difference,’’ said Pagliuca.
The Spartans will play Hingham in the quarterfinals.
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