With 71 seconds remaining in a 3–3 game between Duxbury and Notre Dame Academy, Dragons’ sophomore Zoey Madigan collected the puck within striking distance of the goal. She knew what to do.
“The entire game the coaches were telling us to shoot it,” Madigan said. “I knew if I shot it something good would happen.”
The result was the game-winning goal as Duxbury (9-0) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Notre Dame (Hingham), 4-3, in a nonleague contest.
The opening frame saw moments of dominance from both teams, with the Cougars testing Duxbury’s Anna Mcginty with seven shots within the first 10 minutes. Maggie Donahue broke the scoreless tie in the final minute of the first period, giving Notre Dame a 1–0 lead.
The Cougars (5-2) pounced in the second period, putting two goals on the board and grabbing a commanding 3–0 lead within the first few minutes. The first came of a slap shot from Lucy DelGallo from the point, and the second came after Sarah White hit the top corner on a rebound.
The Dragons woke up in the final minute of the second period and capitalized when Megan Carney showcased her finesse and beat Larkin on a deke. This cut the deficit to two, and a blast in the final seconds from captain McKenna Colella nearly made it a one-goal game, but the shot sailed wide.
“When you give up or get goals in the final minute of a period, it is a game changer,” Duxbury coach Dan Najarian said. “It is something that is very important and that we talk about a lot.”
Duxbury brought this momentum into the third period and worked the comeback. Colella led the charge, advancing up the ice before rearing back and firing the puck into the back of the net, making it a one goal game. Minutes later, Maeve Gallagher fired home a shot in the slot and tied the game up at three.
“When we get down, we work as hard as we can to get back,” Colella said. “That goal just felt like a lot of hard work paid off.”
With momentum fully in favor of the Dragons, the Cougars fought hard and had some solid chances. However, Madigan’s goal completed the comeback, and the score would hold.
“Being up 3–0, you need to know when to (bury) them and take it out,” Cougars coach John Findley said. “We just didn’t get enough pucks into the net.”