The Ursuline ice hockey team has developed some winning ways! Over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, they traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to put themselves to the test in the 20th annual Nan Rheault Invitational Tournament. They won the tournament, improving their record to 10-1-1 and securing a spot in the state tournament.
On Saturday, the team began its day by attending Mass together at St. Mary's Chapel at Boston College, gaining inspiration from the words of Father Jack Butler. They then traveled to Martha's Vineyard where the tournament got underway. In the first round, they faced off against Bourne/Old Rochester, the favorite to win the tournament. After a back and forth battle, the game came down to a 5 on 3 penalty kill for the Bears in the defensive zone with less than two minutes left in the game. Ursuline was able to defend it 3-2 lead to win the game.
The championship game against the home team, Martha’s Vineyard, started off with a scoreless battle in the first period. In the second period, the bears outplayed Martha’s Vineyard to pull ahead with a 2-0 lead. They finished the game, securing the championship with a 4-1 victory. Goals were scored by senior tri-captain Bridget Popkin, sophomore Emily McHugh (two goals), and eighth-grader Kayla Rice.
Said Head Coach Tom Keady, “The team is on a roll! They are playing great hockey and believing in themselves. They also showed their integrity by delivering canned goods and personal care items to the Martha’s Vineyard Food Pantry while on the island.”
Ursuline next plays Dedham High School on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5:15pm at Noble and Greenough School. The complete schedule can be found here.
The UA hockey team prepares to depart for a weekend of
tournament play on Martha's Vineyard.