Two underdogs have the chance to rewrite history Sunday after losing in last year’s state championship by identical 3-1 scores. Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic and two-time Division 2 state champion Duxbury hope history repeats itself. Here are the biggest storylines heading into the state final:
Division 1: Arlington Catholic (17-4-2) vs. St. Mary’s (18-3-4)
St. Mary’s biggest threat is reigning 2012 Super Teamer Alison Butler. The St. Anselm commit is a few points shy of reaching the 200-point club, doubling her goal count from last year (17) to lead her team with 35 goals and 25 assists. The senior has been a powerhouse for the four-time state champion Spartans, a state record, whose last title was in 2010. Last season, Butler had 44 assists, a single-season total surpassed all-time only by behind St. Mary’s alum Abby Gauthier (48). Butler is one point shy of equaling her scoring total from last winter of 61 points.
Defending state champion Arlington Catholic has Adrieana Rossini, who is known to work best under pressure. The past two years the sophomore has managed clutch overtime game winners in the state semifinals to send the Cougars to the title games. Rossini, a two-time Catholic Central All-Star, has been known to make noise in the tournament, including the game-winner against St. Mary’s for the squad’s second title in five years.
Results from a Globe poll showed fans favor Arlington Catholic to win the Division 1 crown by 52 percent.
Division 2: Duxbury (21-1-2) vs. Falmouth (19-1-2)
This contest features two of the state’s best goalies: Duxbury’s Rachel Myette and Falmouth’s Madison Scavotto.
Myette’s sensational goaltending serves for a decorated resume as a two-time defending state champion, a Globe All-Scholastic and her position as captain this year. Myette heads into the state final on a six-game shutout streak, last being scored upon on Feb. 16 in a 6-3 win over Walpole. The junior posts a career-best 0.79 GAA and .928 save percentage, an improvement from her 1.90 GAA as a sophomore and 1.07 GAA as a freshman. Myette’s 14 saves settled the Green Dragons' fate last season and she’ll be looking for a repeat.
Scavotto made a name for herself as a freshman in last year’s state final, stopping 29 shots to keep the Clippers in the game. She admits nerves got the best of her and this season her grit paid off as her 28-save effort served Duxbury its only loss of the season, one that ended a 34-game unbeaten streak. Duxbury coach Friend Weiler has noted Scavotto as a “high-caliber goalie,” reflecting in her 1.23 GAA and eight shutouts this season. This improved her 1.35 GAA and five shutouts as a freshman.
Results from a Globe poll showed fans favor Duxbury to win the Division 2 crown by 78.36 percent.
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