Trailing, 1-0, in the third period in the Division 1 semifinals at Stoneham Arena Sunday, Arlington Catholic finally cracked the code. Arlington Catholic senior winger Duggan Delano collected the puck on the right side, weaved through multiple Austin Prep defenders, and flicked the equalizer over the right shoulder of goalie Caty Flagg with just over six minutes remaining. The game moved to overtime and Arlington Catholic's Adrieanna Rossini played the hero. Just 1:30 into the extra period, the junior forward collected a pass on the left side and rifled a shot top shelf for the winning goal, sending Arlington Catholic (19-2-2) to the Division 1 final against Duxbury at TD Garden on Sunday. "It's something that we always have been able to accomplish," Arlington Catholic coach Maggie Taverna said of her team's comeback effort. "When we're losing or we're tied, we pull out a win somehow." Asked of Rossini's overtime winner, Taverna wasn't surprised that it was her team's leading scorer who pulled through. "If a kid's going to score a goal to win a game, it probably is going to be Rossini," Taverna added. Arlington Catholic had trouble finding the back of the net despite outshooting Austin Prep, 37-13. Flagg was impeccable for Austin Prep, stopping multiple opportunities during four power plays and in the waning minutes of regulation. "She is unbelievable that kid," Taverna said of Flagg, who finished with 35 saves. "How much can a wall take before it breaks?" Junior center Maddy Ricci scored just over three minutes into the third period for Austin Prep (15-6-3). She buried a nifty wrap-around past Arlington Catholic goalie Katherine Crane on the power play.
Arlington Catholic 2, Austin Prep 1
Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014, at Arlington
Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014, 10:53 p.m.