Duxbury coach Friend Weiler couldn't be happier with his squad after the Green Dragons took on Falmouth in the Division 2 girls' hockey championship, a 1-0 win. Falmouth was the only team to hand Duxbury a loss in the regular season. The lone goal by Liz Collins meant three straight championships run for Duxbury, a first-ever for Division 2.
The squad's consistency and impenetrable defense that carried on a seven-game shutout streak into the tournament earned them No. 1 spot in the Top 20 rankings.
The biggest postseason surprise came when St. Mary's knocked out Woburn, 4-3, the favorite to win it, in a shootout in the Division 1 state semifinal. St. Mary's went on to continue the program's legacy after Alison Butler's winning shot over defending champion Arlington Catholic, earning the Spartans' fifth state championship. The squad's regular season losses stopped them from reaching the top spot.
The Cougars took on Westford, 3-2 in overtime in the semis and delivered a 4-0 shutout over the Beverly/Danvers co-op. Billerica, who took down Braintree and Lincoln-Sudbury, ultimately fell to Woburn in the quarterfinals.
Tewksbury/Methuen sensation Amanda Conway, with 60-plus points, took her squad all the way to the state semifinals against Duxbury, losing 8-0.
This season featured three players who made their way to the 200-point club: Hannah Murphy of Duxbury, Britanni Lanzilli of Medford and Kayla Smith of Woburn.
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