The Wildcats lost to Notre Dame Academy, Hingham 6-2 in the first round of the tournament. Trailing 1-0 in the second period, the Wildcats found themselves shorthanded too often, and never really tested the NDA goaltender. NDA scored early in the second period, and then made it 3-0, before Kapolis answered quickly to keep the game alive. Milton trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but NDA wasted no time to extend their lead. They added 3 more, while Adrienne Shea, who was lively all night, scored the games final goal with 2 minutes to play. Congratulations to NDA, and congrats to Coach Dwan and the girls on an excellent season. They will be roaring to go next season, with a lot of talent returning.
Girls Hockey scored four goals in the third period to beat Ursuline 6-4 . After entering the period all tied 2-2, the floodgates opened up in the final stanza. Kapolis ended with a hat-trick, while Scannell (2) and Abbot (1) accounted for the other Milton goals. They will play undefeated Notre Dame Academy of Hingham on Saturday, at 7pm at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.
Boys Basketball never found their rhythm against a very aggressive Oliver Ames team. OA played excellent defense and shot the ball extremely well to see off the Wildcats 89-74. Hassell ended with 27 points, while Reddick had 12 and Johnson had 13. Milton ends the season at 13-8, while the Tigers will move on to play Whitman Hanson on Friday.
The Girls Hockey Team will match up against Ursuline again this season, having beat them 4-3 early in the season. They will travel to Roche Arena in West Roxbury for a 4:00pm puck-drop on Wednesday, March 1st. The winner will move to play Notre Dame (Hingham) in the second round on Friday.
Milton vs Ursuline Girls Hockey
Wednesday, March 1st – 4:00pm
Roche Arena, West Roxbury
The Girls Hockey Team looked to be on their way to their 10th victory of the season before a late first period goal from the visitors changed the momentum. After two first period goals from Julia Scannell in quick succession, the Raiders grabbed a goal with under 20 seconds to play. Wellesley came out strong in the 2nd, adding two more within 2 minutes.
The Wildcats battled hard, but couldn’t find an equalizer. O’Connell made a few excellent stops to keep the Wildcats in the game. As Milton pushed to find a goal, Wellesley grabbed a 4th goal in the 3rd period. The Raiders had great skaters on all lines and proved too quick for the Wildcats. This is only the Girls’ 4th loss, however, and they have a chance to bounce back against Brookline on Wednesday.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more complete game played by the girls than tonight against Walpole.
After squeezing out a tight win over Walpole early in the season, Milton dominated this one start to finish. Just 4 minutes into the game, Scannell entered the offensive zone, leaving the defenders out to dry, and shot stick side, which was saved but put home by Kapolis. Just three minutes later, Kapolis took a hard wrister from the face-off dot, which was also saved but the rebound this time fell to Scannell, who easily finished to double the ‘Cats lead. The Wildcats kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a third goal scored by freshman Anna Kennedy. As Kat Buchanan received a great pass from sophomore Bella Calcagno, Kennedy trailed behind anticipating a pass. Buchanan duly delivered, which Kennedy fired high stick-side to give the hosts a 3-0 lead. It was a great one-time finish by the freshman, who was magnificent all night. Sophomore Mary O’Connell finished the period with 5 saves, looking confident throughout.
In the second period, freshmen Avery Blasdale and Kennedy continued to impress up front, while freshman Adrienne Shea and sophomore Calcagno were very solid at the back. Another outstanding underclassman – sophomore Mary O’Connell – was tremendous between the sticks, saving all 7 shots she faced. However, this time it was junior captain Julia Scannell who added to the Wildcats lead. After some good play in Walpole’s zone, Scannell took a hard wrist shot from about 20 feet out, which was redirected by a Walpole defenseman and sneaked past the goaltender.
Entering the third period up 4-0, Milton did not allow complacency to set in. Instead they set out to preserve the shutout that their defensemen and netminder deserved. Buchanan made this period her own, dazzling fans with some great stick-handling while working ever-so-hard on the fore-check. One play in particular saw her put the puck through the defenseman’s skates and shoot short-side, only to be denied by a mix of the goaltender and the frame of the goal – it was pure class. Later on, she set up Blasdale beautifully in front of the net, though Blasdale could not get a shot off. Shorthanded, the Wildcats found themselves deep in Walpole’s zone, and Kat scored a wonderful back-handed goal high pad-side. Mary O’Connell made 6 more saves in the 3rd, bringing her total to 18/18 on the night, earning her 3rd shutout. Milton finished with 32 shots.
Final line reads: Milton 5 – 0 Walpole. Goals :Scannell (2), Kapolis, Kennedy, Buchanan.
Excellent game all around from the Wildcats, who can clinch a tournament birth with a win over Wellesey this Saturday.
Five 1st period goals in the space of five minutes brought the Wildcats to 9 wins already. After wasting a few good chances early in the game, Milton found the net. With 5 minutes to play in the 1st, Scannell opened the scoring with her signature back-hand, fore-hand finish. Buchanan then added a second, opening the flood gates. Just 20 seconds after doubling their lead, Blasdale added a third. Exactly one minute later Kapolis joined the fun, making in 4-0. And then, with just :34 showing on the clock, Buchanan grabbed her 2nd of the game. Both teams would score in the 2nd period, while none were scored in the 3rd. O’Connell might be frustrated by not getting the shutout, but she was great in a net again, saving 23 of the 24 shots she faced.
The Girls improve to 9-2-1 on the season. Their next game is Saturday 1/28 AWAY @ Natick, at 7:20pm.
After a scoreless first period, and a goal from Dedham’s captain in the second, Milton trailed 1-0 entering the final period. The Wildcats came out strong, looking sharper and more likely to score the game’s next. After soaking up a little pressure from the Marauders deep in their zone, Elena Kapolis and Bella Calcagno linked up to find the latter’s cousin, Julia Scannell, sending her in alone from the red line. Scannell skated hard towards net, dropped the shoulder, faked back-hand, and slotted the puck past the goaltender to tie the game for the Wildcats. With 6:46 left in the game – just after having successfully killed off a penalty – Julia Scannell, fresh from the penalty box, chased the puck into Dedham’s zone. The Wildcats were in the midst of a line change, so Scannell had to buy a little time, where she found Kapolis, operating in Gretzky’s office. From behind the net, Kapolis found Avery Blasdale with a neat little saucer pass. Without hesitation, the freshman slipped the puck in stick side to give the Wildcats the lead. It was Blasdale’s 1st Career Varsity Goal. This comeback win lifts the ‘Cats to 7-2-1, and 4-2-1 in the league.