With less than two weeks before the pairings are announced, there are plenty of great games on the schedule this week. Here are a few:
No. 18 Fontbonne at No. 5. St. Mary's, Wed., 4:30 p.m. -- Junior forward Shannon McIsaac leads the Ducks (9-6-2) with 10 goals and 10 assists and freshman Samantha Moussalli posts a 1.13 goals against average in net. St. Mary's (12-3-2) is loaded with stellar senior forwards like Alison Butler (23 goals, 20 assists) and Kaleigh Finigan (16 goals, 23 assists).
No. 1 Woburn at No. 6 Reading, Wed., 6 p.m. -- Senior forward Kayla Smith (23 goals, 21 assists) has helped keep the Tanners unbeaten this winter and Courtney Davis has had a solid performance between the pipes with a 1.00 goals against average. Jan. 12 the Tanners delivered a 3-1 victory over Reading. Will this be different?
No. 3 Falmouth at No. 8 Hingham, Wed., 6 p.m. -- These two square off for the first time this season and goalie Madison Scavotto is sure to give Hingham fits with a 0.950 save percentage and six shutouts this season. The Harbormen haven't been perfect but came out on top when it counted against Arlington Catholic, 3-1.
No. 11 Westford at No. 12 Acton-Boxboro, Thurs., 7 p.m. -- The Colonials (11-4-1) delivered a 4-2 victory over Westford on Jan. 16, the squad's first loss of the season. Trio Megan Barrett, Lauren Roche and Leah Cardarelli combine for nearly half of the Colonials' production on offense.
No. 10 Lexington at No. 4 Arlington Catholic, Sat., 6 p.m. -- Both squads can use this matchup as preparation for The 8 Showcase Tournament . The Cougars (12-2-2) are playing well, with a momentous 3-2 win over St. Mary's. Cougars Megan Messuri is easily one of the best goalies in the state with a 0.93 goals against average.
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- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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