(Varsity Head Coach)
(Varsity Assistant Coach)
(Varsity Assistant Coach)
(JV Head Coach)
*Thanks to Robin Davies for taking the 2014-2015 team and individual pictures for the varsity & jv teams.
*Thanks as always to Island Source (formerly Vineyard Bottled Water) for donating the water in the varsity locker room for the season.
* All home varsity games are available on demand at MVTV. Thanks to Ann Lemenager, and all our sponsors, for making the games available.
* Thanks to Robin Davies for the great pictures that are available on this site and the "Friends of Girls Hockey" Facebook page.
Fontbonne Academy 3, Martha's Vineyard 1 (February 25, 2015)
Knowledgeable fans of high school girls hockey knew getting matched up with Fonbonne Academy was a tough draw for the Vineyarders. Fontbonne is a perennial power house, having won the state championship in 2010, and having been runners up at the Boston Garden in 2011 - each year they begin their season with a goal of winning a state championship. While Martha's Vineyard was coming off a wonderful regular season that saw them win 12 games and qualify for post season play for the fourth consecutive year, no one would mistake the pedigree of each program.
However, after 45-minutes of truly spirited play from the Vineyarders that saw Martha's Vineyard in a tie hockey game late in the third period, a message thad been sent to Fontbonne Academy and other perennial power houses, that Martha's Vineyard could play with some of the best in the state.
The visiting Ducks with their speed, strength and experience dominated the first period. Martha's Vineyard was prepared to play much of the period in their own zone, and they protected the front of the net in front of Jackie Hegarty. The junior net minder played the best period of her career and allowed only one shot to sneak past her, and the Vineyarders survived the opening 15 minutes only down 1-0.
Martha's Vineyard used their veteran leadership to stay the course in the second period. Block shots, allow nothing in the middle of the ice, and wait for a chance at the offensive end was their motto. The Vineyard chance would come before the five-minute mark. Kylie Hatt pinched in at the right point, and let go a wrister that found its way behind the Fontbonne goalie to tie things at 1-1.
All the Vineyard wanted was a chance, and they had earned their chance heading into the final period. All of a sudden it was Fontbonne who looked like the underdog at times in the last period. The Vineyard was limiting almost all of the Ducks offensive chances, and Sydney Davies made several glorious moves to free herself for a breakaway with less than six minutes to go in the game. She was pulled down, and the Vineyard was all of a sudden on the power play.
Unfortunately for the home team, that's when the underdog story hit the reality of playing a tournament tested power. Fontbonne quickly drew a MV penalty, and the Ducks found the back of the net for the go-ahead goal with just over five minutes left in the game. Despite another Vineyard breakaway opportunity after the goal, Fontbonne was able to score again less than a minute later, and the dream was over for the plucky group of Vineyarders.
The entire team could hold their heads high when they left Martha's Vineyard Arena to the cheers of the parents and fans who paid homage to their effort. All seven seniors played in the state tournament game, and each had meaningful shifts in the game, the season and their careers. They leave a legacy of 47 wins over their four years, and an understanding that they were instrumental in putting Martha's Vineyard Girls Hockey on the state tournament map.
Martha's Vineyard 3, Marshfield 2 (February 19, 2015)
Martha's Vineyard capped a wonderful season, with arguably their best win yet, a 3-2 decision over the first place Marshfield Rams on Senior Day at Martha's Vineyard Arena. The Vineyarders entered the third period up by a goal on their league rival, with memories of a heartbreaking loss less than two weeks earlier still running through their heads. This time, though, the team showed their resilience and protected the one goal lead. As the buzzer sounded, and a late Marshfield goal was waived off, the Vineyarders celebrated the careers of seven seniors, and a season that saw them post an impressive 12-5-3 record.
Aubrey Ashmun scored two first period goals to post the Vineyard to an early 2-0 lead. A Ram goal late in the opening frame cut the Martha's Vineyard lead in half, but Sydney Davies lit the lamp early in the second to regain the Martha's Vineyard two goal lead. Marshfield tallied late, and the scene was set for a dramatic final period.
The Rams outshot the Vineyard 12-3 in the final stanza, controlled the play, and desperately tried to get the equalizer. However, all seven seniors saw the ice in the final period, and all the underclassmen contributed in front of a stellar Jackie Hegarty. The final horn sounded, and Martha's Vineyard celebrated their dramatic win over the visiting Rams.
The Boston Bruins graciously donated a game sweater signed by the 2014 team. The jersey will be raffled off at the varsity's last home game (February 19). Tickets for the raffle are $10 each, and they are available from any hockey player