Takes down Arlington & Wilmington for 3-1-1 start

Published in the January 5, 2018 edition

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—The Melrose Lady Raider hockey team are off to a solid 3-1-1 start to the season after a 5-2 win over Wilmington this week and a first-ever feat of beating rival Arlington, 2-1, on December 20.

THE MELROSE Lady Raider hockey team won two in a row over holiday break. (file photo)

In their game against the Spy Ponders, all of that offensive work came from the work of phenom newcomer Emily Crovo, who enjoyed a pair of goals to lift Melrose over Arlington. It’s been a remarkable start for the 8th grader, skating on a waiver with talent years ahead of her age. Crovo’s first goal came early and unassisted, and in the second half she was fed an assist by senior Samantha Kroon. Junior goalie Courtney O’Connor clinched the win at the net. 

According to coach Samantha Tetreau, it was a statement win for Melrose. “We’ve never beaten Arlington in the five years that I have been coaching at Melrose.”

Tetreau tipped her cap to Crovo. “She’s a special player because she has this skill and composure on the first line. I think she’s winning 80% of her face-offs. She’s made an incredible impact.” She also gave her goalie praise for her work. “Courtney’s been great all year and always maintains her focus.”

Melrose had faced current state champ Woburn on Dec. 23 and skated away with a loss, but an otherwise impressive 2-1 effort. “I felt it was a great game, and it really could have gone either way,” says the coach. “There were a lot of penalties on both ends, and I felt as though we were evenly matched.” 

On Tuesday, January 3 Melrose rang in the new year with an impressive 5-2 win over Wilmington at Rustuccia Rink in Wilmington. Crovo led in scoring with two goals, the first assisted by Saoirse Connolly and Jill Mercer, and the second assisted by Mercer and Maggie O’Donnell. Melrose’s Courtney O’Connor at the net kept the Wildcats scoreless until the third period, when Jill Miele and Ida Bishop found the net. Crovo’s two goals game in the first and second period, while Emma Galvin Lynch added at goal at 1:20 in the second on an assist by Maggie O’Donnell and Jill Mercer. Emma Sikora made it a 4-1 game at 13:39 in the third (assisted by Linnea Kelley and Mercer) while Mercer scored her own unassisted shot, the last of the game to make it a 5-2 final. 

With a healthy 3-1-1 record, Melrose looks to make it three in a row when they face Stoneham on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Stoneham Arena.