By Adam Hurwitz
On Saturday, the Newton South boys hockey team clinched a berth in the state tournament, with a big 5-2 win against Bedford. The win gave the Lions a 10-5-2 record for the season thus far. Sophomore Johnny Baker scored four goals in the victory; he now has 20 goals this season, putting him on a potential record-setting pace.
The team is ecstatic about their recent success and the large turnout of fans.
“We’re really excited that we’ve made the tournament for four straight years now,” senior captain Isaac Madigan said. “There’s always a big crowd at the tournament games, which creates a really exciting and memorable atmosphere for everyone.”
Senior captain Yuval Levy agreed, adding that the team needs to play well against every team throughout the tournament, something they have struggled with this season.
“We tend to play down to worse teams and that can’t happen in the tourney. I think that the most important thing for us is to bring that [competitive] attitude.”
The team is excited and optimistic going into the tournament this year, but acknowledging the road ahead of them is going to be a difficult one.
The Lions have three remaining regular season games against East Boston, Brookline, and Lexington. Winning these game would greatly improve the team’s’ tournament seed.
Madigan added, “with the talent and depth of our roster this year we definitely have the ability to make a deep run. But, every game in the tourney is always a close battle, so we need to focus on one win at a time.”