The stars were out Tuesday for the Hingham Girls’ Hockey Showcase at Pilgrim Rink.
For No. 17 Hingham (10-5-6), the game against No. 7 Westford Academy was exciting until the final horn.
Down by one, on the power play, and with the net empty, Julianna Lynch scored her second goal of the game for Hingham with 40.1 seconds remaining to draw her team to a 2-2 tie with Westford (15-2-2).
“We worked hard, got to the net, Julianna, our top player, made the play,” said coach Tom Findley. “Not just the way we drew it up, but that’s what you want. We got pressure on the puck, a loose puck, and it went in.”
Freshman goalie Leah White was key for Hingham, with crucial saves throughout, including a save on a breakaway and a follow-up rebound with a minute remaining to keep her team in the contest.
“Leah’s always there when we mess up, said junior defender Quinn Maguire. “She gets all those pucks that you miss, and we just try to get it out for her.”
After the game, White was quick to deflect credit to her teammates.
“We have a great defense that always helps me out . . . they always make me look good,” said White.
After a scoreless first, Hingham opened the scoring midway through the second when senior Catherine Wilk batted down a puck and Lynch shot it into the net.
The lead wouldn’t stand for long, as Westford sophomore Kayleigh Butler tied it 22 seconds later, with an assist by senior Colleen Ellis.
Ellis got the go-ahead strike
with a power-play goal late in the second.
After end-to-end action in the third, Hingham’s Madeline Young was able to draw a penalty to set up the tying sequence.
“It was a real good game against a good opponent in a good environment. Hey, it’s just one of those things,” said Westford coach Bob Ware. “Six on four at the end is hard to defend. But you know, I thought our girls played well, our girls fought.”
Reading 4, Braintree 3 — Senior Michaela Boyle netted two goals and set up another as the fourth-ranked Rockets (16-2-1) edged the Wamps in the Hingham Showcase at Pilgrim Arena.
Masconomet 3, Winthrop 0 — Junior Lexi Rosenbaum scored a pair of goals 40 seconds apart on her first shift of the game and freshman Molly Elmore (34 saves) earned her fourth shutout as the Chieftains (9-7-3) qualified for the state tournament.
Quincy 4, Whitman-Hanson 2 — Senior defenseman Owen Lynch scored the go-ahead goal with less than 30 seconds left as the host Presidents (7-10-3, 5-7-1) clinched a state tournament berth. His brother, Griffin, a sophomore, scored his second goal of the game just seconds later. Shamus McBride also had a goal.
Xaverian 6, Catholic Memorial 1 — The 14th-ranked Hawks (10-6-3) were powered by sophomore forward Egor Borshchev (two goals, assist) and senior forward Andrew McInerney (three assists).
Rockland 74, Quincy 71 — Senior Jakigh Marcelin tallied a team-high 22 points, including 6 in overtime, to lead the Bulldogs (14-6). Senior Ugo Kamalu led the Presidents (13-7) with 17 points.
Gloucester 47, Winthrop 43 — Junior point guard Tayjuan McKenzie paced the Fishermen (8-11) with 22 points and classmate Devin Pulsifer added 13.
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