It took just a little additional Sunday morning to win again-to-again state titles for Wellesley.
Late into the primary extra time interval, fifth-seeded Wellesley received the sport-winner from junior Emily Rourke with simply 19.2 ticks left to carry the Raiders over No. 7 Notre Dame, three-2, on the Garden in the Division 2 state last.
“It’s superior,” Wellesley coach P.T. Donato stated about profitable his second state title in as many years. “It feels nice. It was great recreation. For my part, one of the best two groups in Division 2. NDA performed a troublesome, up-and-down recreation. … It’s a really particular reminiscence for us.”
Rourke came throughout the blue line after an awesome feed from freshman and sister Lulu Rourke (two assists) and was capable of finding sufficient area for a shot on internet. The puck squeaked into the bottom left nook to win it for Wellesley (17-4-three).
“Earlier than happening the ice (for additional time), my line was just talking about how I needed to take all the photographs as a result of this is additional time within the state championship recreation,” Emily Rourke stated. “I simply acquired over the blue line and I barely even thought I had the prospect open. Then, all I used to be considering was get the puck to the web. So, I took a shot. I wasn’t even that confident that it was getting in. Then, I noticed it go in and it was just one of the best feeling on the planet.”
With a 1-zero deficit, Wellesley got here out firing within the second period because the Raiders scored twice in a 1:38 span to take a 2-1 lead early in the body.
The Raiders tied the score 1-1 as senior Devin Chapman buried a rebound probability off an Erin Fleming assist. At the 5:06 mark, freshman Danielle Cimino gave Wellesley its first lead, 2-1, as she netted residence a chance after Lulu Rourke’s shot went extensive.
“We like to vary after we surrender a aim or score a objective,” Donato stated. “Emotions are high if you score, so we received another line out there and the subsequent line scored. It was an enormous momentum (shift) as a result of our power wasn’t actually high after the first interval. We felt like we have been really behind.”
NDA (16-6-2) took a 1-0 lead at the 14:15 mark of the first as senior captain Natalie O’Brien scored off a deflection.
The Cougars discovered a solution to get the tying aim on the eleven:14 mark of the second. Senior captain Kelly Morrissey scored as the puck found her stick after senior captain Caitlin Delano’s initial shot was saved.
In internet, eighth-grader Lily Prendergast had forty four saves for NDA. Junior Liddy Shultz had 12 for the Raiders.
WELLESLEY three, NOTRE DAME (H) 2 (OT)
Notre Dame (H) (sixteen-6-2) 1 1 0 0 — 2
Wellesley (17-four-3) zero 2 0 1 — three
FIRST — ND, Natalie O’Brien (Alexa Graziano), 14:15
SECOND — WE, Devin Chapman (Erin Fleming), 3:28; WE, Danielle Cimino (Mackenzie O’Neil, Lulu Rourke), 5:06; ND, Kelly Morrissey (Caitlin Delano, Dani Louguemare), 11:14
THIRD — No scoring.
OT — WE, Emily Rourke (L. Rourke), 11:forty
SAVES — ND, Lily Prendergast, forty four; W, Liddy Shultz, 12