SCMB Girls’ Hockey Defends State Title Against La Salle

SCMB Girls’ Hockey Defends State Title Against La Salle

For the second year in a row, the Smithfield-Coventry-Moses Brown Girls’ Hockey Co-Op has once again defeated the La Salle Lady Rams in the Division I state championship.

Last year, during their first year as a division I team, the co-op beat the Rams 3-2 in double overtime. The winning goal, scored by then junior Quinn Faria of Moses Brown, brought the SCMB girl’s hockey team to their first DI State Title.

The faceoff took place at Providence College’s Schneider Arena Sunday, March 17. The anticipated battle had classmates, siblings, parents, and friends on the edge of their seats as the Smithfield Based Co-Op and the Lady Rams returned for a rematch.

In the first period, La Salle’s Eliza Barker was able to slip the puck past Moses Brown’s Ava Porter for the first goal of the game, bringing the score to 1-0 La Salle, putting the SCMB team in a deficit.

La Salle stayed ahead throughout the majority of the game, with the Ram’s Kaylee Butler scoring an additional goal during the second period. La Salle was up 2-0, but the Sentinels didn’t give up at that point, they only played harder.

With just over six minutes left in the second period, Moses Brown Freshman Margaret Baldwin was able to add a goal for the Co-Op, bringing the overall score from 2-0 to 2-1.

Despite trailing behind the Lady Rams, the girls of the Smithfield-Coventry-Moses Brown Co-Op did not give up. They worked their defense, played hard, and competed neck-and-neck with the Rams throughout the entirety of the game.

Within the last two minutes of regulation time, Smithfield junior Kaylin O’Connor received the puck from Keira Goffe, and was able to backhand the puck past La Salle’s goalie, bringing the game to two-all.

Within the last 30 seconds of overtime, a La Salle player was placed in the penalty box for hooking, allowing the Co-Op to move the puck down the ice. With assists from Goffe and O’Connor and just a few seconds to spare, Margaret Baldwin was able to score the final goal of the game for the SCMB team, bringing their state championship title count to three.

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