Leddie’s hat trick powers Duxbury
In the final minute of the Division 2 girls’ hockey state quarterfinal, a chant resonated the Metropolis Skating Rink in Canton: “Leddie, Leddie, Leddie.’’
Senior forward Colleen Leddie had just scored her first career hat trick, helping Duxbury oust Sandwich, 4-1, Monday night.
“I’ve never gotten one in my life but better now than never,’’ said Leddie.
“I’m on cloud nine not for me, but for my whole team.’’
“No girl is more deserving,’’ said coach Friend Weiler.
“To see her get that hat trick tonight brought a smile to everyone’s faces. She got the worker bee goals, which is what we needed.’’
The victory advances the defending Division 2 champion to the state semifinals, where the No. 1-ranked Green Dragons (20-0-1) will face Belmont, a 5-2 winner over Norwood.
Sandwich (16-8) came out strong, shutting down Duxbury’s attack in the opening period and capitalizing when senior forward Kristen Levesque knocked a loose puck home for a 1-0 lead.
“It was the scariest thing ever. We were losing focus at the beginning and psyching ourselves out so we started playing simple,’’ said Leddie.
Leddie responded four minutes into the second period, beating Sandwich senior goalie Molly Connolly to tie it, 1-1.
Five minutes later she beat Connolly again, with an assist from freshman forward Marissa Fichter.
“They turned the corner and it was nice to be able to wear [Sandwich] down. We wanted to ratchet up the intensity,’’ said Weiler.
Fichter sealed the win with an insurance goal on the power play at 8:57 of the third period. Leddie’s wrist shot under the crossbar in the final minute capped the scoring and ignited the crowd.
“What made us the better team, toward the end and throughout the entire game was we were fighting and had a ton of heart,’’ said Leddie.
Belmont 5, Norwood 2 - Junior right wing Alexandra Cellucci notched two goals, including the tally that broke a 2-2 tie in the second period, to lead the Marauders. She also recorded an assist. “We played very good team defense, and our goalie Megan Folly made great saves, including a glove save in the third period to protect our lead,’’ said coach Mark Haley.
Division 1 North
Acton-Boxboro 4, Woburn 3 - Tyler McKelvin capped a third-period rally by scoring the winner with 3:23 play as the Colonials erased a 3-1 deficit. Acton-Boxboro faces Burlington in the semifinals.
Division 2 North
Wilmington 50, Gloucester 47 - Junior forward Michelle Wood netted 13 points and collected 12 rebounds to lift the Wildcats (18-4) past the Fishermen.
Division 1 Central
Shrewsbury 52, Doherty 30 - Elizabeth Grip had 12 points and Remy Talbot added 11 as the Colonials cruised to a home win in a quarterfinal game. Shrewsbury will face Wachusett at 6 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal at Clark University. Jayna Cormier had 17 points for the Highlanders.
Division 4 South
Cathedral 86, Carver 56 - The Panthers were led by senior Kyle Lawyer’s 25 points. Joseph Green added 13 points and Kadeem Edge 10.
Division 3 Central
Littleton 58, Quaboag 55 - Chris Murray had 22 points and sealed the win with a layup in the final seconds to lift the Tigers in a semifinal game. Littleton will face Whitinsville Christian in Saturday’s final.