Here are some interesting tidbits on the high school girls' hockey scene:
1) Defensive player of the week: Annie Messuri of Acton-Boxboro was named the MVC/DCL Division 1 Player of the Year. The defenseman has 13 goals and 14 assists to end the regular season after dropping a game 5-3 to Woburn in the girls' 8 Showcase. The honor comes as no surprise as the "go-to person on the power play," coach Brian Fontas told the Globe earlier this month.
2) Offensive player of the week: Junior Ashley Moran sent Woburn on its way to a 4-1 victory over defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic in the debut of the girls' 8 Showcase, grabbing her 100th career point. Moran paced the Tanners with a pair of goals, including the first of the game. The forward has compiled 23 goals and 25 assists for the unbeaten Tanners at 17-0-3.
3) Team to watch: Tewksbury/Methuen qualified for the postseason in the squad's inaugural season with a 5-1 victory over Concord-Carlisle. Amanda Conway, who set a single-game record for most goals in a game (7), leads the team with 44 goals and six assists. The sophomore ranks eighth in the state for points.
4) Biggest update from this week: Hannah Murphy came through for Duxbury scoring the lone goal in the shootout against St. Mary's in the girls' 8 Showcase. The senior captain leads her team with 23 goals and 16 assists and is sure to bring the heat in the tournament.
5) Looking forward: Brittani Lanzilli leads Medford with 32 goals and 27 assists to tie with Sandwich's Maggie Layo for the state's leading point scorer. The junior posts a career total of over 240 points and was designated the GBL MVP. Keep an eye on her to see the ultimate record she may set for her school's program after tournament play.
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- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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