METHUEN — Amanda Conway never flinched when the topic was raised. Without a doubt she could have had success playing boys varsity hockey.
“I may not have put up the numbers I have against the girls,” said Conway, “but I would have been something. I actually asked early on about playing for the boys team after playing on the boys JV team as a freshman, but everyone decided it was best if I played against girls.”
We will likely never know how she would have fared against the guys, but given what the 5-foot-3 Methuen High junior has accomplished in her varsity career, it is unwise to doubt Amanda Conway.
Faced with the challenge of following up her historic season from a year ago, when she shattered the modern area record (boys or girls) with 52 goals and led Methuen-Tewksbury on a dream run to the state semifinals, Conway has been just as spectacular this season.
She has scored a stunning 34 goals so far this season, leading the Methuen-Tewksbury co-op hockey team to a 10-1 record, the No. 3 ranking in MIAA Division 2 hockey and No. 16 overall in Eastern Mass. In the last scoring leaders published in the Boston Globe she shared the EMass. goals lead with Beverly’s Julia Nearis.
“It has really been unbelievable watching Amanda do this,” said her father, Brian Conway. “You could tell from when she was very young that she had a sense for the sport and a nose for scoring goals. We like to tell people that when Amanda was born, we had a family friend who was playing travel hockey for Methuen. So, literally the weekend she was born she was at the hockey rink.”
Amanda, who recorded her 100th career point in less than two full seasons of varsity hockey last week, needs just 13 goals over her final eight regular season games to lock up the two most prolific seasons in modern area history.