DEDHAM – Saturday was a "great day" for the Medfield High girls' hockey program, according to head coach Molly Norton.
"It was Senior Day for our four seniors, we clinched the SEMGHL [Southeastern Mass. Girls' Hockey League North Division] and we won the Blue-White Cup," Norton said following the Warriors' 2-1 victory over Dover-Sherborn.
Nobles Rink in Dedham was decorated with signs, balloons for the four MHS seniors being honored and the team had Warrior-themed cupcakes waiting for them after the game.
"Our four seniors, Meara Stack, Paige Moran, Becca Lueders and Erin Lueders, provide great leadership and teamwork for the Warriors this season and we will truly miss them next year," Norton said.
Before the celebration, work had to be done, however and Medfield (14-1-3, 12-0-3) got to work quickly against Dover-Sherborn.
"We came out the gate flying," said Norton. "We were winning the one-on-one battles and as coaches, we were seeing the girls do some of the skills we had just worked on in practice. [The first period] was one of our best periods all season."
Norton wanted her team to build a large lead quickly, a challenge the Warriors took and met.
"In the pregame huddle I said to the girls I wanted two goals this period and sure enough they accomplished their challenge," Norton said.
Nicole Reardon scored first for the Warriors (assisted by Jeanette Barone) and later in the period Kara Pelosi was able to sneak the puck past the D-S goalie. Ally Slowe assisted Pelosi.
That would be all the scoring Medfield needed as D-S could only beat goalie Mimi Borkan once, late in the third period.
"D-S was able to barely sneak a shot between the pads of Mimi Borkan, you could literally just see it slowly roll over the goal line," Norton said.
Medfield gets back on the ice today for a 5:40 p.m. game against Lincoln-Sudbury in Concord at Valley Sports Inc. Skating Rink.