Lancers girls ice hockey co-op finally coming together

Longmeadow goalie Mackenzie Rae fights to keep her eyes on the puck during their game against Algonquin Thursday at Amelia Park Arena. (BILL DEREN PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – The Longmeadow High School girls ice hockey co-operative team is headed in the right direction.
With several players – – including some from Westfield and surrounding areas – – sidelined earlier due to Covid restrictions, Longmeadow struggled out of the gates. The Lancers fell flat on the road, losing to Algonquin 7-1 before rebounding with a narrow 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury. They then tied Pope Francis 4-4.
On Thursday, Longmeadow waged a physical, defensive battle against Algonquin, emerging with a 2-2 tie.
Camryn Scanlon and Abby Hartley scored one goal apiece for Longmeadow. Nina Cuccovia and Madison Fox assisted Scanlon; Mia Ollari assisted Hartley.
Longmeadow goalie Mackenzie Rae made 21 saves.
“It’s been tough,” said Longmeadow Lancers head coach Melissa Vandermyn, whose team now sits at 1-1-2. “We had to reschedule one game, but we’re trekking along.”
Longmeadow next travels to North Star Youth Forum to take on Shrewsbury Saturday at 7 p.m.

Westfield’s Emma Renaudette finished fifth overall (27.41) and fourth in the North Division, the team leader on the hill as the Bombers placed sixth. Andrea Walker (31.68), Abigail Balser (37.11) and Aleksandra Hitchcock (37.16) added contributing times. …Chloe Lussier had another good night for St. Mary’s, finishing eighth overall and second in the division (27.93).

Westfield’s Billy Fouche finished first for the boys team and just missed cracking the top 10 in the North Division, placing 11th (one spot better than a week ago) with a time of 42.33. Connor Carrier came in right behind Fouche with another great run, finishing 13th place in the league (42.73). Declan Matthews (53.84) and Jack Clark (67.29) contributed to the boys team time, good for sixth in the North. …St. Mary’s Collin Freeman placed ninth overall and sixth in the division (36.80), while Manny Umana Kimura was 11th overall and 8th division (37.32). Saints’ eighth grader Mike Callahan cracked the top 20 in the division with an 18th place finish (52.53).

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