BELMONT — When Watertown High junior Emily Loprete walked into her home rink Monday morning, the décor left no doubt: it was the home of the Raiders’ chief rival, Belmont High.
Marauder maroon adorned Skip Viglirolo Skating Rink.
No matter for Loprete. She scored twice in a come-from-behind, 6-3 win over Medford, a one-game reprieve from the team’s typical home rink, Ryan Arena in Watertown, as it improved to 3-0.
But playing on Belmont’s ice is a part of the harsh reality of girls’ high school hockey. A number of schools do not have enough athletes to put together their own squad, so they are left to choose: form a cooperative team with a nearby school facing a similar numbers issue, or have no team at all. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Tim Healey can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Correspondent Brion O’Connor also contributed to this story.