With three minutes left in a Thursday night Top 20 showdown, No. 17 Lincoln-Sudbury’s girls’ hockey team was tied, 1-1 with host Westford Academy.
Then the No. 13 Grey Ghosts' senior left winger Lindsay MacDonald took matters into her own hands.
MacDonald scored the winning goal, then another, all in the final three minutes for the 3-1 victory over the Warriors. MacDonald also assisted the Grey Ghosts’ first goal earlier in the game.
Westford Academy's fifth-year coach Bob Ware could have predicted a battle to the end between these teams.
“Lincoln-Sudbury is a gritty, physical team,” said Ware.
But while the Warriors (6-2) were able to battle with the Grey Ghosts (7-0) until deep into the game, there was a difference Ware saw.
“Our strength is depth,” said Ware. “We have three or four lines that can roll and just keep coming.”
One of the keys to the game was getting past the Warriors' standout goaltender, junior Sarah Provost, who has recorded five shutouts after just eight games. Ware knew from the start that it would be tough to beat Provost.
“She’s as solid as we’ve seen anyone,” he said. “She moves great side-to-side and she covers the bottom really well, so we tried to roof it. That’s exactly how we scored.”
Ware is happy with the amount of experience that the Grey Ghosts carried over from last season.
“They all take pride in sticking with the system,” he said. He made a point that Westford Academy build from the back, understanding that defense is the cornerstone of his team.
Despite the positive start, Ware is cautious about the season ahead, noting his team’s schedule.
“We’re off to a good start, but we understand we have a difficult schedule throughout the season,” he said. “We’re a long way away, but we’re happy where we are.”
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