Duxbury: Girls’ Hockey Team Skating Towards State Title

Duxbury celebrates after sophomore Grace High's first period goal against Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Duxbury celebrates after sophomore Grace High’s first period goal against Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

In Division 1, the Duxbury High School girls’ hockey team has emerged as a legit contender.

The Dragons (11-1-1) are winners of nine straight games, and clinched the Patriot League title with a 4-0 win over Pembroke on Saturday.

Paul Reissfelder took over as head coach a season ago, and has seen much improvement from a group that was mostly underclassmen a year ago.

“They’re starting to get some momentum and poise with the puck, instead of just shooting it to the other team,” said Reissfelder. “I think our team is better than we were last year, just because of the maturity we have on the team.”

Scoring depth is a major factor for the team this season, with every line contributing key goals. Senior captain Jillian Cosgrove leads the team with 10 goals and 5 assists.

“We have a really good forecheck and I think we’re jelling better as a team. All of our lines are contributing,” said Cosgrove. “Last year, we were relying on the first two lines. This year we’ve been rolling three. It was something we couldn’t do every game.”

The team is motivated by three goals this season; to qualify for the postseason tournament, to win the Patriot League, and to play in the State Championship at TD Garden.

With the league title and a postseason berth secured, a banner at their home rink serves as one final reminder. In their locker room, it reads “The Journey to the Garden.”

Junior assistant captain, Mairead Kennedy, says it’s a motivator for the team that’s trying to win its first state title since 2014.

“It’s a long road to get there, but it means everything to win everything to win it all and prove that we are the best, because I know we are,” said Kennedy.

The Dragons are nearing their toughest stretch in their schedule, with games against some of the top teams in Eastern Mass.

“I think we have the skill, we have a really deep team. We all really want it, and we have a good work ethic,” said Cosgrove. “I think if we keep pushing ourselves and working hard, we can make it.”

Sophomore defender Kiley Erickson scored her first career goal and got an assist in a 4-1 win over Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Sophomore defender Kiley Erickson scored her first career goal and got an assist in a 4-1 win over Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Duxbury coach Paul Reissfelder and his team before the second period against Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Duxbury coach Paul Reissfelder and his team before the second period against Hingham. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com