The Cohasset/Hanover girls hockey team finished the season with a 11-5-3 record, a big improvement from last year’s 5-10-3. It was their best finish in their short four-year history as a varsity team. They were second in the league, and made it to the playoffs for the first time ever.
Seeded 10th out of 28 teams in the Division 2 State Tournament, the team faced #26 seed Milton but lost 4-0.
“It was pretty cool to help start the program and then play my last game in the state tournament,” said captain McKenzie Dunphy, who was among the girls who established the original team. “It was pretty emotional.”
The team’s top scorers from Hanover were sophomore Ari Soldano with 22 points, sophomore Sam Taylor with 19 points, and senior Julia Dares with 16 points.
A highlight of the regular season was beating Whitman-Hanson-Pembroke, the top-ranked team in the league, 4-1. “It was awesome,” said Dunphy. “It was the first time we had ever won against them.”
The combined team will lose five graduating seniors including Dunphy, Whitney Joy and Dares. But with a lot of strong young players on the team, next season looks like it will be a good one too.
“It’s sad not to be coming back,” Dunphy said. “We made our best friends on the team.”