AC girls earn emotional win
In the end, an injury provided the Arlington Catholic girls’ hockey team with the inspiration it needed.
The Cougars (19-3-1) dedicated their 3-2 shootout win over Woburn Tuesday night in the Division 1 state quarterfinal to Allyson Cunningham, who hit the boards hard late in overtime and had to be taken out on a stretcher with an undisclosed injury.
With 50 seconds left in overtime, Cunningham went into the boards during a Woburn power play. She was hospitalized for precautionary reasons.
“In a weird way, we were able to rest our kids and interrupt a power play so they may have lost momentum,’’ said Arlington Catholic coach Maggie Taverna.
During the timeout, the Cougars dedicated the game to Cunningham, with the players writing her number 12 on their hands as a reminder.
After missing their first two attempts in the shootout, Cougars senior forward Allie Stone snapped in a shot, and Woburn was unable to get one past sophomore goaltender Megan Messuri.
“[Allie] really came through. It was her last year, that’s the ultimate ultimatum . . . you score, we continue, if not, your career is over,’’ said Taverna.
Freshman forward Adrieana Rossini’s forced overtime after senior forward Natalie Flynn scored for Arlington Catholic with a backhander in the first period. Freshman Hannah Sullivan and junior Kayla Smith scored for Woburn (16-4-2).
Division 1 North semifinals
Andover 56, Central Catholic 36 - Nicole Boudreau scored 17 points and Devon Caveney added 16 and the top-ranked Golden Warriors clamped down on the Raiders to easily advance to the sectional final.
Caveney hit two 3-pointers to give Andover (24-0) a quick 6-0 lead. Caveney was forced to the bench with two fouls midway through the second quarter but still managed 12 of her 16 points in the first half. Boudreau netted 11 first-half points, 6 off turnovers she generated from the Golden Warriors’ full-court press.
Defensively, Andover was on top of its game, limiting Central Catholic’s 6-foot center, Casey McLaughlin, who missed the regular season with a knee injury, to 4 first-half points. Andover took a 28-14 lead into intermission.
“We really stymied them with our defensive pressure. That was the whole key to that game, our defensive pressure,’’ Andover coach Jim Tildsley said. “Just outstanding defense.’’
Division 1 South semifinals
Braintree 44, Dartmouth 27 - Kathryn Hiller finished with a team-high 12 points for the Indians but the Wamps rolled into the Division 1 South final.
Division 4 North semifinals
Shawsheen 54, Lowell Catholic 29 - Freshman Emily Irwin led the Rams with 20 points.
Division 4 North semifinals
Pope John 57, Lynnfield 54 - Senior forward Malcolm Brown turned in a 30-point, 6-rebound, and 7-steal performance to boost the Tigers (19-3) to their first sectional final since 2005.
St. Mary’s 81, Manchester Essex 49 - Nick Gagliolo and Devin Thompson combined for 43 points and sophomore Randolph Thurman added 9 points, 11 assists, and 7 steals to lead the Spartans.
Division 2 North semifinals
Winthrop 6, Saugus 0 - Senior captain Chris Leblanc and sophomore Dan Eruzione each had a goal and two assists and senior Steven Waites earned his third straight shutout.
Wilmington 2, North Andover 0 - Junior center Cam Owen had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats and Drew Foley had 28 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.
Globe correspondent Hannah Becker contributed to this report from Haverhill.