By David Hu
This past Thursday, the combined Brookline/Newton South girls’ ice hockey team suffered an unfortunate loss to Wellesley by the score of 4-1.
The girls played solid against Wellesley, one of the best teams in the states, as they make a deep run in the playoffs every year.
“It was obviously a tough game against Wellesley,” sophomore goalie Daphne Frantzis said. “
Throughout the game, the combined team matched up well against a strong Wellesley side. But, they were unfortunate to find themselves down a few goals. With spirited play, the team forced Wellesley to take long range shots.
Brookline sophomore Cassie Terranova scored in the third period to half the deficit from 2-0 to 2-1, and both attack and defense played well.
Senior defender Sally Nelson played an exceptional game, patrolling the final third well, and goalie Daphne Frantzis made 41 saves. Overall, the entirety of the defense countered the Wellesley attack remarkably.
The game was at 3-1 before South pulled the goalie out in order to add in more skaters.
Ultimately, Wellesley proved too much for Brookline/Newton South to handle, as they tacked on a 4th goal late in the last period.
“We battled through the whole game”, senior captain Julia Gropman said. “Without our phenomenal defense and goalie it would not have been such a close game. Our spirit lead to a close fight between the teams.”
The team as a whole would like to play more aggressively in attack by controlling the pace of the game.
The team will look to rebound against Masconomet Friday, January 20th. With a young and talented team, the future looks bright.