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St. Mary’s, Westford girls’ hockey teams leaning on playoff experience

St. Mary’s of Lynn goalie Lauren Skinnion and her teammates prepare to take the ice for a recent game against Winchester. The Spartans are defending Division 1 state champions.
St. Mary’s of Lynn goalie Lauren Skinnion and her teammates prepare to take the ice for a recent game against Winchester. The Spartans are defending Division 1 state champions.Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe

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A number of teams are shooting to add to their legacy. Others are fighting to create their own.

In the state tournament, every team starts with a clean slate.

The St. Mary’s of Lynn girls ‘ hockey team is the defending Division 1 state champions. But at 10-6-6, the Spartans entered Wednesday night’s preliminary round matchup against Hingham as the 15th seed in a 24-team field.

Frank Pagliuca’s team may have more experience than a year ago, with 10 returning players, but consistency has been an issue.

“Mentally we haven’t been ready to play and that’s cost us a bit this year,” said the St. Mary’s coach. “ We have to focus on coming out to a strong start.”

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