Senior Kaleigh Finigan scored a hat trick as St. Mary’s girls’ hockey team defeated Arlington Catholic, 4-1, Wednesday at Connery Rink in Lynn in a rematch of last year’s Division 1 state championship.
The Spartans, who fell to the Cougars (2-2) in last year’s championship game, improved to 3-1-1.
“This is a new year and there were some other people who weren’t on our team last year, so we came with a fresh mind-set,’’ said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca. “We did want to play them hard because they are one of our league opponents and we don’t have a big league, with only four teams and six league games, and we knew that they are a good team.’’
The Cougars struck first as Adrianna Rossini netted a goal with assists from Duggan Blanca and Jessica Piracini with three minutes left in the first period.
“Arlington Catholic came out very strong and they beat us to a lot of loose pucks and we weren’t aggressively pursuing the puck in the first 10 minutes of the game,’’ said Pagliuca.
After the Cougars’ goal, the Spartans tied the score 11 minutes into the first period. Senior center Alison Butler stole the puck and set up Finigan with a forehand from the slot for her first goal of the night.
“I think our team is smart and disciplined and after we evened the game up, we started getting our legs up and being more aggressive and game was back and forth after that,’’ said Pagliuca.
Finigan scored her second goal seven minutes into the second period. Eighth-grade forward Sarah Ryan poked the puck out of the neutral zone and allowed Finigan to scoop the puck and skate by the weak-side defender to beat the goalie on a partial breakaway and make it 2-1.
St. Mary’s received tremendous play from junior goalie Lauren Skinnion, who finished with 32 saves, including two key stops on a power play in the third period.
Finigan completed her hat trick with an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
Wellesley 7, Weymouth 0 — Molly Connolly recorded three goals and two assists and Cecily Docktor had five assists for the Raiders.
Archbishop Williams 2, Ursuline1 — Erin Dwyer had one goal and assisted on the winning tally by freshman Erin Crocker with 8:33 left in the third period to lift the Bishops.
Acton-Boxborough 11, Chelmsford 0 — Freshmen Olivia Keefe and Megan Barrett both had hat tricks, with Barrett also recording two assists, and Kaitlin Hoang had four assists. Freshman Cali Loblundo had 16 saves for the shutout.
Norwell 5, Quincy 2 — Senior Tori Dinger had two goals for the Clippers.
Canton 6, Dover-Sherborn 1 — Meaghan McKenna’s hat trick propelled the Bulldogs.
West Roxbury 73, O’Bryant 58 — Guard Timoy Garret scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift the visiting Raiders to their first win.
Everett 64, Lynn Classical 62 — Gary Clark and Timmance McKinney each scored 18 points for the Crimson Tide.
Middleboro 60, E. Bridgewater 32 — Sachem Matt Kenney hit seven 3-pointers and had a career-high 27 points.
Malden Catholic 73, Gloucester 50 — Kyle Sangster led the Lancers with 18 points. and Karlens Joas added 11 with nine rebounds.
Holy Name 50, Acton-Boxborough 48 — Junior Ama Biney (16 points, 6 steals) and sophomore Gigi Guenther (15 points, 6 steals) both hit key 3-pointers for the No. 2 Naps (3-0) over the final 90 seconds to stave off a late rally by the Colonials (0-2).