It is only fitting for St. Mary�s that Alison Butler would score the winning goal and earn the Spartans their fifth MIAA state championship Sunday at TD Garden. The 2-1 victory over Arlington Catholic avenged a 3-1 upset in last year�s Division 1 state final to the Cougars and hands St. Mary�s the record for most state championships with their last one in 2010. With 2:46 left in the third period and the score tied 1-1, Butler slipped one past Arlington Catholic goalie Megan Messuri to give the Spartans the win. Amanda Donahoe was credited with the assist. The goal, Butler�s 36th this season, ends the St. Anselm commit�s career with 199 points. The first goal came with 22.8 seconds remaining in the first period after a power play expired when Spartans senior forward Gabby Crugnale (16 goals, 10 assists) snapped a wrist shot to the back of the net to lead 1-0. Eighth grade forward/defenseman Sarah Ryan had the assist.
St. Mary’s 2, Arlington Catholic 1
Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013, at Arlington
Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:38 a.m.