Girls hockey upsets Dennis-Yarmouth, 4-2

Host Vineyarders stand tall against tourney-bound Dolphins

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The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls hockey team, owners of four wins, took on 16-3 Dennis Yarmouth at the Ice Arena on Wednesday and came away with an impressive 4-2 victory. The girls entered the game with momentum. They had battled a tough Bourne team on Saturday before losing 3-1, then knocked off Norwood on Monday by a 3-2 score.

When the puck dropped on Wednesday, the team was still flying high. Less than a minute into the first period, junior defenseman Lauren Boyd put the home team on the board with a blistering slap shot from just inside the blue line. Junior Alex Rego assisted on the play.

D-Y, an experienced team, responded with two goals of their own. After Lily Holmes tied the game with a long screen shot, Chase Holmes gave the Dolphins the lead on a deflection in front of the net.

Unshaken, the hosts kept battling, and tied the score when senior Meghan Sonia muscled the puck into the D-Y net from a jam-up in the crease. It was 2-2 after one period.

The second period was evenly played throughout, with continuous end-to-end action. Late in the period, Lauren Boyd struck again. Taking control of the puck 10 feet in front of the D-Y goal, she maneuvered to her left, eluded a defenseman, and lifted the puck into the top left corner of the net. The goal proved to be a game-changer.D

From the outset of period three, the Vineyarders controlled play. Their fore-checking and tight defensive coverage kept the Dolphins at bay, and provided support for sophomore goalie Maria Frangos, who was steady throughout.

When Megan Sonia netted her second goal, a ricochet from behind the D-Y net, it was a two-goal game with the Vineyarders in control. The 4-2 final gave the Vineyarders a 5-14 record on the year, and even more momentum going into Thursday’s last game — also Senior Day — at home against Dover-Sherborn.

Coach John Fiorito told The Times he “couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish off the season for seniors,” after the girls team overwhelmed the Dover-Sherborn Raiders 8-0. Led by seniors Meghan Sonia, Hailey Meader, and Sally Caron, the girls team tested Dover-Sherborn defense with aggressive and accurate shooting.

The girls’ Senior Day culminated in all three seniors scoring, with Meghan Sonia taking home an impressive hat trick.

Seniors presented bouquets of flowers to parents, each of whom, Fiorito said, is very active in the school athletics community: “These families are so dedicated to the school, and they were all very proud to see their girls succeed.”

Reporter Lucas Thors contributed to this report.