In a pair of Division 1 state semifinal thrillers, St. Mary's stayed in it to force Woburn, this season's favorite to win it all, to a shootout. Ten rounds later, Ashley Wojewodzic put St. Mary's back onto the state championship platform, for the squad's fifth time in the past six years, with a 4-3 win. St. Mary's goals came from Vanessa Vanbuskirk, Gabby Crugnale, and Alison Butler, who evened the score in regulation.
On the other side of the bracket, Adrieana Rossini gave defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic that extra push with an overtime goal that decided the 3-2 victory over Westford Academy, a move she pulled last year. Freshman Mickey McLaughlin scored the first goal.
The Division 2 lineup comes to no surprise with Duxbury and Falmouth battling it out... again.
Falmouth prevented a stalemate after an onset of scoring from Madison Haberl, Maggie MacDonald and Kelly Ferreira late in the game for a 3-1 win over Westwood.
Defending two-time Division 2 state champion Duxbury shut out Tewksbury/Methuen 8-0 with shots from Payton Donato, Jacqui Nolan and Liz Collins, who each scored twice. Hannah Murphy assisted on three shots, paving her way into the 200-point club. The Green Dragons prevented Tewksbury/Methuen standout, Amanda Conway, the state's top goal-scorer (52), who was just five goals short of tying a state record.
And now, we move on to TD Garden.
History certainly repeats itself and it looks like each of this year's contenders, in Division 1 and 2, squared off in last year's tournament where Arlington Catholic and Duxbury took their respective crowns with 3-1 finals.
All four teams have split their regular season matchups, making this year's tournament all the more enticing.
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