MCL secures third place with 5-0 win
Cumberland’s DeSousa, Mount’s Mastroianni too much for Storm
WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles/Cumberland/Lincoln School co-op hockey coach Tony DiLorenzo didn’t care how many goals his team won by Sunday afternoon against South County Storm, all DiLorenzo wanted to see at the final buzzer was a zero on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard.
The Mounties went into Sunday’s game tied with Burrillville/Ponaganset/Bay View co-op with one game left in the the regular season. Because the teams split their regular-season meetings, DiLorenzo said the tiebreaker is goals allowed.
Lincoln School goalie Amelia Lambert and the Mounties had allowed one
fewer goal than Burrillville goalie Emily Etheridge. Thanks to Lambert’s solid work in net and the play of defensemen Katielyn Mastroianni and Elise Curren, the Mounties secured the No. 3 seed in the state playoffs with a 5-0 victory over the rebuilding Storm at Adelard Arena.
“They have a heck of a goalie over there [Peyton Newman] and she was no easy to score on,” DiLorenzo said. “I wanted to see a lot of shots and we did that. I wanted to see some puck movement and I wanted to see some back-door plays because you have to do that against a good goalie. We wanted to get inside more, but they clogged up the middle.
“In the third, we tried to move the puck on the perimeter, but we wanted to change sides. There was too much traffic on one side of the ice.”
MCL (11-5 Division I) will begin a three-game quarterfinal series against No. 6 Warwick co-op Friday night at Adelard before the scene shifts to Thayer Arena for the second game of the series. The Mounties won both games against the Titans, but both contests were one-goal games.
South County (3-10-1 Division I) would’ve secured the sixth seed and a date with BPBV in the quarterfinals, but the Storm fell behind in the opening three minutes and rarely created good scoring chances against Lambert, who made 14 saves for her second shutout of the season.
The Mounties, who snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory, scored the only goal they would need 2:35 into the opening period when Mount senior Maddie Cataldo and DeSousa created a power-play goal for junior Macee Salley. Mount doubled the lead at 9:44 on Cataldo’s lone goal of the afternoon.
“It was nice to have a buffer going into the second period with those two goals,” DiLorenzo said. “This division is what it is right now. Going forward, we’re going to have to be picture perfect to beat [No. 1 seed La Salle]. That’s the case for everyone. Does anyone have enough to beat them? Burrillville seems to play them tough.”
Narragansett’s Victoria Gauvin proved to be the Storm’s best goal-scoring threat, but the Mounties did enough to control the game in the second period. Newman made 19 saves in the middle period, including spectacular breakaway saves to rob DeSousa and Salley of goals.
Mount made an effort to get traffic in front of Newman in the third period and that paid off with a goal at 7:48 when Cumberland’s Elise Curren played a puck to Mastroianni, who ripped a shot from the blue line into the net.
DeSousa scored a great solo goal just 17 seconds later before the talented freshman finished off the scoring with a rip from the left circle at 11:24 past reserve goalie Mandy Koskela.
“I know we have enough on the defensive end to win in the playoffs, it’s just whether we can score enough goals,” DiLorenzo said. South County 0 0 0 -0
MCL 2 0 3 -5
First period – MCL, Macee Salley (Sara DeSousa, Maddie Cataldo), pp, 2:35; MCL, Cataldo (Leah Gallagher, Katielyn Mastroianni), 9:44.
Second period – No scoring.
Third period – MCL, Mastroianni (Elise Curren), 7:48; MCL, DeSousa (unassisted), 8:05; MCL, DeSousa (Mastroianni), 11:24. Saves – SC, Peyton Newman (48 saves), Mandy Koskela (1 save); MCL, Amelia Lambert (14 saves).