John looked back at her, pumped his fist and said, “Just take care of it.”
“And she did,” he said.
Rossini netted the game-winner after out-skating the defense off a face-off play.
Then she looked right up to the stands.
Some other local underclassmen who shined this winter:
■ Megan Barrett/Leah Cardarelli , Acton-Boxborough: Barrett, a freshman, and Cardarelli, a sophomore, received raved reviews from coach Brian Fontas during a season in which they combined for 49 assists and 29 of the team’s 91 goals.
■ Keely Corscadden/Cecily Docktor , Wellesley: The Raiders will be without senior Molly Connolly (39 goals, 18 assists) next season, but return her sophomore linemates, who combined for 30 goals and 47 assists in a 17-2-3 season.
■ Eric Holden/Jacob Sacher , Lincoln-Sudbury: Senior Jordan Dow wasn’t the only one responsible for the reincarnation of L-S ice hockey. Holden posted 19 assists in his freshman year while Sacher, a sophomore, had 20 helpers to go with 19 goals.
■ Dan Quinlivan/Jack Quinlivan , Shrewsbury: The sophomore linemates were each dangerous in their own way, with Dan scoring 24 goals and twin brother Jack dishing out 29 assists for the 16-5-1 Colonials.
Jason Mastrodonato can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.