2011-2012 Varsity Coaches Awards: Most Improved- Tayla Kuehne, Kassisy Bettencourt and Katy Smith Coaches Award- Skylah Forend Most Valuable Player- Celia Mercier
Norwood 4, Martha's Vineyard 3 (March 2, 2012) Norwood scored with 52 seconds left to lift the Mustangs to a 4-3 round of 16 victory over the upstart Vineyarders who played their hearts out against a talented Division 2 power. The Vineyarders tremendous 2011-2012 season ends with 14 victories, their first ever MIAA postseason experience, a MIAA tournament home victory and a stirring performance in front of a huge Vineyard crowd in Canton. Norwood took a 1-0 first period lead 4:19 into the contest but the Vineyard quickly settled down and learned that they could skate with the vaunted Mustang lineup that lost in overtime in the state semifinals last year. Aubrey Ashmun evened things at 1-1 early in the second period with an assist from Kassidy Bettencourt. Norwood quickly answered but the Vineyard carried much of the second period play and found the equalizer when Ashmun found Celia Mercier on a 2-on-1 break and the senior co captain beat the Norwood netminder to knot things at 2-2. The third period proved to be a heart wrenching affair. Norwood star Emily Kelly was awarded a penalty shot with 11:56 left in the period and she made a great goal scorers move to beat Texe Craig. However, the Vineyard would not quit, and they came out strong on the ensuing shift. Mercier crashed the net and slammed home a rebound of a Olivia Cimeno shot to tie the game once again at 3-3. Craig played her best hockey of the year as the third period clock ticked down. The Mustangs were storming the Vineyard end and Craig made many amazing saves before Kelly made a great move at the blue line to split the Vineyard defense and score on a partial breakaway with 52 seconds left. Martha's Vineyard still showed resiliency and was able to pull their goalie and add the extra attacker. There just wasn't enough time left and the final horn sounded ending the Martha's Vineyard season. Congratulations to the entire team for their great run. Celia Mercier, Maggie Johnson, Olivia Cimeno, Lily Gazaille, Rilla Hammett and Lizzie Kelleher will all be able to look back and know that they were a huge part of the Vineyard transformation over their four years with the program. The Vineyard parents and community, who embraced the team with their support and their incredible presence at home and on the road, are proud of the their six seniors and the team that finished 14-8 with a tournament run that will be remembered.
Martha's Vineyard 5, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 (February 28, 2012) Martha's Vineyard's magical season continues after a convincing 5-0 victory in the programs first home MIAA tournament game before a packed house at Martha's Vineyard Arena. The Vineyard moves on to the round of 16 and a date with Division 2 powerhouse Norwood on Friday, March 2 @ 5:00pm. Senior cocaptain Celia Mercier finished off a feed from Emily Cimeno to get the Vineyard on the board 1:42 into the opening period. Texe Craig made six saves to help Martha's Vineyard hold the 1-0 lead after the first. The second period saw the Vineyard play some of their best hockey of the season. Mercier set up Aubrey Ashmun on a 2-on-1 break and Ashmun finished to give Martha's Vineyard a 2-0 lead. With just under four minutes left in the middle period Callie Jackson upped the Vineyard lead to 3-0 and Mercier ended the second period scoring at the 13:41 mark by tallying a sweet shorthanded goal to pace the Vineyard to a commanding 4-0 cushion. Kassidy Bettencourt ended any thoughts of the Dolphins making the third period interesting when she stuffed a rebound home for her 8th goal of the season just 1:27 into the final period. Every skater took a shift in the third and the Vineyard was able to revel in their first MIAA victory. The boisterous crowd serenaded the Vineyarders as the clock ticked down. Special ovations rang out for the six seniors who played the final home game of their career. Olivia Cimeno, Lily Gazaille, Rilla Hammett, Maggie Johnson, Lizzie Kelleher and Celia Mercier all saluted the crowd and the Vineyard entered the celebratory locker room knowing they live to play another day. MV Times article Cape Cod Times article Vineyard Gazette article on all the Vineyard winter sports teams. Congratulations to all the teams for their tournament runs.
Tournament brackets released: The MIAA released the 2012 Division 2 State Tournament bracket on Saturday afternoon and Martha's Vineyard received the #13 seed. The Vineyarders will host a preliminary game against Dennis Yarmouth on Tuesday, February 28 @ 4:15pm at MV Arena. This is the first time the Vineyard will play in the MIAA postseason. Dennis-Yarmouth played an independent schedule and finished the year 4-4-2 with an impressive victory over Division 2 power Falmouth.
Congratulations to all four Martha's Vineyard winter sports teams for qualifying for the state tournament. Check out Ivy Ashe's story in the Vineyard Gazette.
Senior Day (February 24, 2012) The seniors for both teams could not have finished their regular season in better fashion. Courtney Mussell and April Hargy played very well in their final JV game against a very talented Westwood team. Olivia Cimeno, Lily Gazaille, Rilla Hammett, Maggie Johnson, Lizzie Kelleher and Celia Mercier finished their varsity regular season in style as they lead their team to a stirring 3-2 victory over Division 2 powerhouse Westwood. Congratulations to all the seniors for their hard work and special kudos to their parents, other family members and friends for their love and support.
Martha's Vineyard 5, Latin Academy 2 (February 22, 2012) Martha's Vineyard took care of business on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over the visitors from Boston. Katy Smith won her second game in her second varsity start and Maggie Johnson and Celia Mercier tallied two goals each to pace the Vineyard to their seventh win in their last nine chances. Everyone contributed to the victory and the Vineyard gets ready to honor their six seniors on Friday in a 3pm start vs a very talented Westwood team.
Martha's Vineyard 2, Medway/Ashland 1 (February 20, 2012) The Vineyard followed their tournament clinching victory on Saturday with a dramatic 2-1 come from behind win against a Medway/Ashland team that needed three points in their last three games to qualify for the Division 1 state tournament. Medway came out the more desperate team and controlled play the entire first period. Texe Craig was the only Vineyard first period highlight as she played a strong 15 minutes in net. Despite an astonishing 11-0 Medway shot advantage, Craig only allowed one goal and the Vineyard went to the locker room trailing 1-0. A different Martha's Vineyard team entered in the second period and a dominant 15 minutes ensued. Martha's Vineyard turned the tables on the visitors and outshot Medway 11-1. Kassidy Bettencourt got the Vineyard on the board 6:25 into the period as she finished off a nice dish from Callie Jackson to tally her seventh goal of the year. With 1:36 left in the period Maggie Johnson let a blistering low slap shot go from the left point that the Medway goaltender initially stopped but Jackson tipped in the loose puck and Martha's Vineyard had their first lead of the afternoon. A back and forth third period left the crowd on the edge of their seats. Craig stood tall in net, stopping all nine shots, and all the Vineyarders played hard to help secure the hard fought victory. With the win Martha's Vineyard improves to 11-7 on the season with two more home games Wednesday and Friday.
February 18, 2012 Martha's Vineyard beat Marshfield 2-1 Saturday to qualify for the MIAA state tournament for the first time in school history. Celia Mercier scored in the first and Emily Cimeno tallied the game winner in the second to help the Vineyard secure their 10th win of the season. Congratulations to the entire team and especially the six varsity seniors; Mercier, Olivia Cimeno, Lily Gazaille, Rilla Hammett, Maggie Johnson and Lizzie Kelleher.
Falmouth 3, Martha's Vineyard 0 (February 15, 2012) Martha's Vineyard gave a quality effort in their final road game of the 2011-2012 season and the last trip any Martha's Vineyard team will take to the venerable old barn that is Falmouth Arena. After allowing a goal on the first shift of the game, Texe Craig and the whole Vineyard team settled down and played a good 30 minutes of hockey. Craig stood strong in net, seniors Lily Gazaille, Olivia Cimeno and Maggie Johnson played strong defense and fellow seniors Celia Mercier, Rilla Hammett and Lizzie Kelleher all played well up front. Falmouth had more scoring opportunities but the Vineyard had their chances. Mercier was robbed on a breakaway late in the first and Hammett jumped off the bench in the second and had a quality chance as the Vineyard was ending a power play and the score was still 1-0. Later in the period Falmouth beat Craig on a redirect in front and then they put the game away with a screen shot from deep that put the Clippers ahead 3-0. Callie Jackson had her strongest game of the year and the Vineyard kept grinding but they couldn't find the back of the net. Martha's Vineyard returns home for a showdown with Marshfield Saturday and three more home games follow with the Vineyard needing two points to qualify for a post season berth.
Martha's Vineyard 3, Latin Academy 2 (February 13, 2012) Just over 48 hours after a deflating loss to Scituate the Vineyard traveled to Boston for an important game against league foe Latin Academy. It took some time to wash away the lingering bad taste from the recent defeat as the Vineyard fell behind 1-0 after 15 minutes of play. But three second period goals reminded the players that one defeat could not ruin what has been a wildly positive season to date. Celia Mercier tallied her 25th goal of the season to get the Vineyard on the board just 1:50 into the second period and momentum had quickly swung Martha's Vineyard's way. Emily Cimeno finished a pretty rush down the right side to give the visitors their first lead half way trough the period and Callie Jackson then netted the eventual game winner less then a minute left in the stanza. Talya Kuehne, Mercier, Aubrey Ashmun and Maggie Johnson were all credited with assists. A defensive breakdown led to a Latin Academy breakaway goal with 8:25 left in the third but Texe Craig and good team defense kept Latin Academy at bay the rest of the way and Martha's Vineyard inched within two points of qualifying for the 2012 state tournament. A tough task awaits the Vineyard in the form of Falmouth as the Vineyard takes the ferry one last time in the regular season.
Scituate 3, Martha's Vineyard 0 (February 11, 2012) Sometimes the puck just doesn't bounce your way. The Vineyard's three game winning streak came to an end as they allowed a goal in each period and, despite hitting several posts, couldn't beat sophomore Hannah Clougherty in the SEMGHL East rematch. The loss keeps Martha's Vineyard two wins away from state tournament qualification and allows Scituate to clinch the East title. A power play goal in the first and a goal less then a minute left in the second masked the fact that the Vineyard had many glorious scoring opportunities in the first 30 minutes. Celia Mercier showed great courage after she returned from a crash into the boards early in the game and was robbed by Clougherty several times in close. Aubrey Ashmun and Emily Cimeno rung the post but the puck each time bounced harmlessly away from the goal line. Tayla Kuehne played a strong game on the back line and Texe Craig did her best to keep the Vineyard close. Martha's Vineyard must regroup quickly when they travel Monday to Northeastern to play Latin Academy. Six games remain for the Vineyard to reach their last remaining team goal.
Martha's Vineyard 10, Oliver Ames/Mansfield 2 (January 28, 2012) The Vineyard scored a school record eight times in the opening period, including four times in the period's last 1:47, to take care of business against the first year co-op team. Celia Mercier led the way with four goals, Kassidy Bettencourt netted two and Olivia Cimeno, Lizzie Kelleher, Callie Jackson and Sydney Davies (her first varsity goal) each found the back of the net to pace the offense. Aubrey Ashmun and Emily Cimeno had two assists each and Alex Clark recorded her first varsity assist with an assist on Mercier's fourth goal. Katy Smith had her first varsity start and was sharp in net stopping 16 Oliver Ames/Mansfield saves to earn the junior's first varsity victory. The Vineyard improved to 7-5-0 on the year and has a week to get ready for a home showdown with Whitman Hanson/Pembroke who beat the Vineyarders twice last season. Cape Cod Times story
Martha's Vineyard 4, North Quincy/Quincy 1 (January 25, 2012) Martha's Vineyard played their most complete game of the season as four different players accounted for the goals and the team played a suffocating defense in front of Texe Craig enroute to a 4-1 league win. After falling behind to Quincy 3-0 in the first meeting between the two teams, the Vineyard set the tone early in Wednesday's contest when Emily Cimeno stuffed home a loose puck just 20 seconds into the game. Assists were credited to Celia Mercier and Maggie Johnson and the Vineyard was off to the quick start they were looking for. A good forecheck, solid decision making and hustle to the puck resulted in sustained play in the Quincy end. Just over half way through the first period Rilla Hammett sent a sweet pass to Lizzie Kelleher who one-timed a wrist shot past the Quincy goalie and the Vineyard was up 2-0. After Lily Gazaille made a nice read at the right point to send a low shot on net and Mercier was able to slam the rebound home the Vineyard had reversed the start they had the first time they played Quincy and now held a 3-0 lead themselves. Too many penalties ruined the Vineyard flow in the third period and Quincy was able to get on the board and cut the lead to 3-1. Callie Jackson ended any thoughts of a comeback, though, when she scored with 40 seconds left to cap the victory and raise the Martha's Vineyard record to 6-5-0 on the season.
Barnstable 9, Martha's Vineyard 0 (January 18, 2012) It's hard to believe that there can be positives when you see a 9-0 loss, but Martha's Vineyard played a very strong 30 minutes before Barnstable proved too much and ran the score up at the end, to send the Vineyarders home with the 9-0 defeat. The Vineyard settled down after two quick goals from the 8-1-0 Division 1 power and played their strongest hockey of the season. Up and down action filled the middle stanza and one lone Barnstable goal gave the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead. Aubrey Ashmun flew around the entire second period and was robbed on a breakaway. Callie Jackson was stoned in close by an active Barsntable net minder, and Lizzie Kelleher set the tone in the defensive zone with blocked shots and strong play along the wall. The 30 minutes of play should not be forgotten despite two goals by Barnstable that started the third period and four goals by the Red Raiders in the last 3:08 of the game. Inexplicably, Barnstable rolled their top two lines at the end as the Vineyard was looking to get their full roster some playing time. Senior first line wing Keslie Corbet tallied the last goal with 40 seconds left in the game which undoubtedly leads to questions of sportsmanship, but the Vineyard left Hyannis with their heads held high for their overall grit and determination.
January 14 & 15, 2012 The Martha's Vineyard Girls Varsity lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the Nan Rheault tournament 2-1 to league rival Scituate on Saturday night, and then rebounded to win the early game on Sunday over Peabody 6-1. Senior captain Celia Mercier staked the Vineyard to a 1-0 lead in the opener. Emily Hammett and co captain Maggie Johnson earned the assists and Martha's Vineyard kept the 1-0 lead through one period. The second was an end to end affair and Scituate was able to tie the game at 1-1 on the power play with a goal from their senior captain Maggie Travers. With less than five minutes left in the middle period Scituate found the back of the net again after a puck found its way to the high slot and Chloe Ewanouski beat Texe Craig through a screen. The Vineyard played a determined third period and outshot Scituate but was unable to beat Hannah Clougherty for the equalizer. Despite a shot advantage the puck didn't bounce Martha's Vineyard's way and Scituate prevailed 2-1. The Vineyard JV team rose to their challenge in the Saturday nightcap. A three-goal hat trick from sophomore Alex Clark led a great team effort as the JV beat Scituate 7-2. Captain Courtney Mussell got the JV on the board before Olivia Ogden got the first of her two goals. Freshmen Megan Hurley earned her first goal of the season and Imani Foster and Shannon O'Connor earned their first assists of the season. In the second round of the Nan Rheault on Sunday a complete team effort helped wash away the memories of Saturday night. There were many firsts for some of the players and everyone left the arena with a better feeling. Rilla Hammett scored the first goal of her career. The senior wing notched the fourth goal of a four goal second period barrage that gave the Vineyard a 4-1 lead after two periods. Callie Jackson marked her return from a concussion with the games first goal 4:29 into the second period. Jackson then assisted on Lily Gazaille's first goal of 2012. Skylah Forend assisted on Hammett's goal and then assisted on Celia Mercier's second of a three-goal hat in the third period for Forend's first multiple point game. Katy Smith played between the pipes for the first time in a varsity game in the third period and she played flawlessly. Overall, after the weeked doubleheader, the Vineyard's record is 5-3-0 (3-1-0 in the league). Martha's Vineyard travels to 7-1-0 Barnstable for what will surly be the seasons most diffcult challenge, and then MV returns home Saturday to take on league foe Latin Academy. Cape Cod Times Story
Martha's Vineyard Varsity & JV (January 7, 2012) Both Martha's Vineyard teams welcomed Hanover/Cohasset to Martha's Vineyard Arena on Saturday and both teams posted impressive victories. The Vineyard JV team played a great game and won for the first time in 2012. Katy Smith was her usual stellar self in net and Alex Clark scored two goals as Martha's Vineyard won 5-1. Alice Keenan, Olivia Ogden and Erin Hegarty all found the back of the net as the Vineyard prevailed. The Vineyard varsity team defeated the visitors 6-0 for their second victory over Hanover/Cohasset in less than a week. Emily Cimeno and Celia Mercier (three assists) each scored twice while Kassidy Bettencourt notched her second of the season and Maggie Johnson tallied her first of 2012. Texe Craig was solid in net, stopping 22 shots to notch her first shutout of the season. With the win the Vineyarders are 4-2 on the season and 3-0 in the SEMGHL. The varsity will work this week to get ready for the annual Nan Rheault Tournament which kicks off with a special ceremony to honor the founder of MVRHS girls hockey Sam Sherman at 7:00pm on Saturday, January 14 before Martha's Vineyard takes on Scituate.
Martha's Vineyard 6, Hanover/Cohasset 1 (January 2, 2011) Paced by Celia Mercier's five goals, the Vineyard welcomed 2012 with a 6-1 victory at the Pilgrim Arena. With the win Martha's Vineyard improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in league play. Maggie Johnson had three assists, Tayla Kuehne and Emily Cimeno each had two assists in the victory. Cimeno set up Mercier for the only goal of the first period and Cimeno, Kelleher and Sydney Davies came out strong to start the second. Cimeno broke through from the center ice faceoff and took a hit to feed Lizzie Kelleher who walked in all alone and beat the Hanover netminder for her first goal of the seaosn and the eventual game winner. Mercier netted her second goal of the game at the 4:26 mark, with assists from Kassidy Bettencourt and Kuehne, and the Vineyard were ahead 3-0. A Hanover tally cut the Vineyard lead to 3-1 and that is how the second period would end. Martha's Vineyard came out with a lot of pressure to start the third period and three consecutive goals by Mercier within 1:27 put Martha's Vineyard comfortably ahead half way through the final stanza. Aubrey Ashmun and Olivia Cimeno picked up third period assists and Alex Clark, Erin Hegarty and Skylah Forend all played quality shifts the entire period.
Marshfield 1, Martha's Vineyard 0 (December 28) Marshfield's goal with 4:25 left in the game broke a 0-0 deadlock and propelled the Rams to the one goal victory on Wednesday at the Hobomock Arena. Martha's Vineyard outshot Marshfield 20-18 and had the better of the scoring opportunities but the puck didn't bounce their way as they dropped to 2-2 on the season. Olivia Cimeno, Maggie Johnson, Lily Gazaille and Tayla Kuehne were all stellar in the Vineaydr defensive end. Emily Cimeno stepped up and played center for the first time in her career and her line with Lizzie Kelleher and Sydney Davies had a strong game. Celia Mercier was robbed by the butt end of Marshfield's Taylor Newcomb goal stick in the second and Kassidy Bettencourt was stoned on a breakaway after she used great speed down the left wing in the third. Emily Hammett and Rilla Hammett had strong games in the offensive end but Marshfield withstood the chances and came away with the victory. The Vineyard gets back at it when they travel to Pilgrim Arena on Monday for the first game of back-to-back showdowns with league opponent Hanover/Cohasset on Monday.
Falmouth 4, Martha's Vineyard 0 (12/21/11) Despite the strong play of Texe Craig, Martha's Vineyard dropped a 4-0 decision to the undefeated Falmouth Clippers at the MV Arena on Wednesday. Craig was sharp from the get go as Falmouth's young squad buzzed the Vineyard zone throughout the opening period. Freshmen Maddison Haberal got Falmouth on the board 5:59 into the opening period and the Clippers would never look back. The Vineyard's best chance of the evening came with just over four minutes left in the second stanza and Falmouth still leading 1-0. Celia Mercier and Emily Cimeno combined to win an offensive zone faceoff and Mercier's shot from in tight was blockered away by the Clipper netminder. Off the transtion Falmouth broke in alone to the right of Craig and Maggie MacDonald found the back of the net. Another second period goal and one in the third gave Falmouth the 4-0 final and sent the Vineyard into the Holiday break 2-1 on the season.
Martha's Vineyard 5, North Quincy/Quincy 4 (12/17/11) Martha's Vineyard recovered from a slow start and overcame a three goal second period defecit to beat North Quincy/Quincy 5-4 at MV Arena on Saturday. Celia Mercier's last goal of her three-goal hat trick was the game winner 2:14 into the third period and that gave the Vineyard the vctory and improved their record to 2-0 on the young season. Quincy jumped on the Vineyard in the first period, outshooting Martha's Vineyard 10-1 in the process, and finished the first 15 minutes up 1-0. Despite Texe Craig's strong play early and a better team effort to start the second period, Quincy tallied two more goals early in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Mercier answered Quincy's third goal quickly, though, and 5:49 into the second Martha's Vineyard had cut the lead to 3-1. That goal started a four goal barrage over a three minute span. Kassidy Bettencourt scored her first varsity goal 15 seconds later, Mercier scored her second just over a minute later and Aubrey Ashmun netted her second of the season with 8:48 left in the frame to give Martha's Vineyard a 4-3 lead. Quincy scored quickly to knot the score at 4-4 and Martha's Vineyard somehow exited the second period tied at 4-4. The Vineyard dominated early in the third period and Tayla Kuehne's good work in her own end started a breakout play to Emily Hammett. Hammett found Mercier in the neutral zone and Mercier found the back of the net to give the Vineyard the lead that they would not relinquish. Emily Cimeno had three assists in the win and Olivai Ogden had her first varsity point. Martha's Vineyard hosts a very strong Falmouth team (3-0) on Wednesday at MV Arena to finish up the three game pre-Holiday portion of their schedule.
Martha's Vineyard 4, Brookline 1 Martha's Vineyard started off the 2011-2012 season in style with a 4-1 win against Brookline High School at Boston's University's Walter Brown Arena. Senior co-captain Celia Mercier scored the first goal of the season with just under a minute left in the opening period off feeds from Emily Cimeno and Olivia Cimeno. After Brookline knotted the game at 1-1, Kassidy Bettencourt and Emily Cimeno set up Celia for her second goal and thanks to strong play in net from Texe Craig the Vineyard was able to escape with a 2-1 lead after two periods. A strong final 15 minutes of play put the game out of reach. Emily Cimeno crashed the net off an offensive zone faceoff to follow a Kassidy shot to give the Vineyard a 3-1 lead and Aubrey Ashmun netted her first varsity goal in her varsity game when she knocked home a pass from fellow freshmen Sydney Davies. Practice at Walter Brown, a night in Boston and a victory against Brookline was a great way for the varsity to start their season. One week of practice lies ahead with plenty of room for improvement as Martha's Vineyard gets ready to host their home opener against new league foe Quincy/North Quincy at Martha's Vineyard Arena on December 17 at 1:00pm.