2014 Westminster School Martlets Win Division I New England Championship
For the third time in five years, the Westminster School Martlets won the Girls’ Division I New England Championship, but this time the road to victory was more unpredictable. Seeded sixth, Westminster had to overcome No. 3 seed Pomfret, No. 2 seed St. Paul’s and No. 1 seed Nobles.
The quarterfinal matchup against Pomfret was a game for the ages. It took three overtime periods, which almost doubled the length of the game, to put away the Griffins. Tori DeAngelis ’14 scored the game winner. After losing to Pomfret earlier in the season, this was sweet revenge for the Black and Gold. Brooke Wolejko ’14 was a rock in goal and ended the game with 51 saves.
Next up, the Martlets had to travel almost three hours to play St. Paul’s. In an exciting back and forth game, Westminster was able to score the lone goal of the contest when Cat Crawley ’16 stole the puck and fed it to the front of the net where DeAngelis and Sarah Melanson ’16 were waiting. Melanson ended up putting it in after a scrum in front of the net. Wolejko was again unbelievable all afternoon long in order to secure the shutout.
In the finals, Westminster faced undefeated Nobles, which had beaten the Martlets on two previous occasions this season. Both teams had chances in the first period but it was DeAngelis who put the Black and Gold on the board first, off of a feed from Crawley. DeAngelis would go on to score two more goals (one was an empty-netter as the final buzzer sounded). In all three games, the defense was impenetrable. The defensemen, led by Kat Pate ’14, as well as the forwards threw everything they had at their opponents to keep the puck from getting near the goal. Over the course of the tournament, Woljeko stopped 101 shots and deservedly earned MVP for the tournament.
In celebration of the championship win, head coach David Pope allowed the team to shave his hair at assembly on March 3. He plans to donate his locks to charity.
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