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December 15, 2012

Methuen girls hockey dominates debut


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Methuen-Tewksbury co-op girls hockey team is a first-year varsity program.

Neither Methuen nor Tewksbury had any hockey program prior to this winter.

So when the Rangers took on an established Boston Latin team in their first ever game, its probably not a big surprise that the final score was 8-0.

But the Rangers won!

Kelly Golini, a 7th grader from Tewksbury, and Amanda Conway of Methuen each had a hat trick. Golini, Hayley McCarthy and Methuen’s Kathleen LeFebre contributed two assists apiece in the Merrimack Valley/Dual County League matchup. Taylor Lirakis posted the shutout.

Boston Latin went 5-14-2 last year.

“The girls did a fantastic job,” said head coach Kim Bruff. “I thought it would be a real close game. We have some players.”

Methuen-Tewksbury 8,

Boston Latin 0

agateText:Boston Latin (0-1): 0 0 0 — 0

Methuen-Tewksbury (1-0): 3 2 3 — 8

Goals: Kelly Golini 3, Amanda Conway 3, Catherine McVey, Hayley McCarthy

Assists: Golini 2, McCarthy 2, Kathleen LeFebre 2, McVey, Victoria Small, Kelly Blackwell, Sophia Tiar, Hayley Sutherland

Saves: Taylor Lirakis 20

Methuen-Tewksbury

2011-12 season: First-year program for both schools

Roster: Taylor Lirakis, Jr., goalie; Hayley Sutherland, Jr., defense; Briana Fotino, Jr., forward; Amanda Conway, Soph., forward; Kelly Blackwell, Soph., forward; Nan Williams, Soph., forward; Kristi Coutu, Soph., forward; Maddie Fotino, Soph., forward; Sofia Tiar, Soph., forward; Hayley McCarthy, Soph., forward; Kathleen LeFebre, Frosh., defense; Amanda Mambro, 8th, defense; Catherine McVey, 8th grade, forward; Niamh Cote, 8th grade, defense; Victoria Small, 7th grade, forward; Kelly Golini, 7th grade, forward; Riley Cote, 7th grade, forward

Captains: Taylor Lirakis, Hayley Sutherland

Methuen players: Kathleen LeFebre, Amanda Mambro, Victoria Small, Amanda Conway, Kelly Blackwell, Nan Williams, Kristi Coutu, Maddie Fotino, Brianna Fotino, Sofia Tiar

Assistant: Dan Merry

Odds and ends: Coach Kim Bruff teaches in Tewksbury. She played at Austin Prep and Maine and was a former asisstant at Austin. Her assistant, Dan Merry, is also a Tewksbury teacher. ... Neither Tewksbury nor Methuen had a sub-varsity program last year. ... Maddie and Brianna Fotino are sisters as are the Cotes. ... Methuen-Tewksbury got a waiver to play 7th and 8th graders. ... The girls have dubbed themselves the “Red Rangers.” ... Taylor Lirakis was a back-up for the Tewksbury boys team last year.