Amanda Conway and the Tewksbury/Methuen girls’ hockey team skated not only into postseason following its 7-3 victory over Wayland/Weston Wednesday, but into the record books, too.
Conway, a junior forward, scored five goals at the MacDowell Ice Arena in Weston to give her 60 this season — a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association girls’ hockey record, according to stats kept by masshshockey.com. The previous record was Andrea Ciarletta’s mark of 56 for Watertown/Melrose during 2002-03.
“It’s amazing,” Conway said. “But I can only thank my team for being there for me.”
Conway’s record coincided with a significant team accomplishment: finishing a 12-0 season in Merrimack Valley/Dual County Small play. That’s a drastic improvement over a 4-3-3 record for the Red Rangers (18-1) in their first season of existence a year ago.
The only game in which Conway didn’t score this season was the only game the Red Rangers lost — a 4-3 decision to Gardner/St. Bernard’s Jan. 29.
“That goes to show how important she is,” said head coach Arianna Rigano. “Obviously we're a team, and a lot of goals she's scored wouldn't have happened without the other girls on the ice. But also a lot of time she's able to take it up the ice on her own unassisted.”
Conway said that after a 52-goal campaign as a sophomore in 2012-13, the record being within reach was always in the back of her mind. But Rigano explained that no matter the circumstances, Conway is the type of player who always keeps her cool. She works hard and doesn’t get nervous, even if the opposing team is shadowing her — a pretty regular occurrence, given Conway’s prolific offense.
Tewksbury/Methuen has one more regular-season game, an away date with Andover Thursday, before embarking on a Division 2 state tournament quest.
But already the question exists: Can Conway top her own record as a senior next season?
“I can try,” she said. “But I'll try to focus on this year.”
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