The Notre Dame girls' and boys' hockey teams had strong showings in recent games. The girls defeated the Wilton co-op 5-3 on February 10 and topped the Branford co-op 3-1 two days later. The boys' team came from behind to nip Xavier 3-2 on February 12.
After falling behind Wilton 2-0, Amanda Regina got the Lancers on the board with assists by Leigha Howland and Maddie David. Wilton scored only 21 seconds later, to put the Lancers in a 3-1 hole after the first period.
"We settled down in the second and started to play better defensively, which sparked our offense," Coach Kerri Rowland said.
Leigha Howland had the only goal in the second period, assisted by Sarah Casey.
Rose Linkasamy found the back of the net, assisted by Jenna Johnson to knot the score at 3-3 in the third. With momentum on its side, Howland gave Notre Dame its first lead with another assist by Johnson. Linkasamy secured the win by lighting the lamp one more time in the final minutes; Casey had the assist.
Bethany Karp, a Pomperaug representative on the Lancers, played well again between the pipes with 39 saves.
Against Branford, and the Lancers again started slowly, giving up the first goal of the game. However, less than a minute later Lexie Burwell tucked one in short side to tie the game. Rose Linkasamy and Mackenzie Broderick had the assists.
In the first minute of the second period, goals by Maddie David and Mackenzie Broderick put the Lancers in front to stay.. Assists by Amanda Regina, Nicole Toth, Maddie David, and Rose Linkasamy led the outstanding play, and Jenna Johnson, Celidgh Pikul, Katharine Harrison, and Eva Hofmeister all contributed in the team effort, Rowland said.
The Notre Dame boys trailed 2-1 heading to the third but came back to defeat Xavier 3-2. Mike Ceneri, Matt Newton and Eryk Fancher all scored for the Lancers.
Notre Dame of FFLD 1 0 2 - 3
Xavier 1 1 0 - 2
RECORDS: Xavier - 7-6-1; NDF - 8-6-1. GOALS: X - Ryan Stafford, JJ Ford. NDF - Mike Ceneri, Matt Newton, Eryk Fancher. ASSISTS: X - Patrick Codeanne, Geoff Baumgartner, Stafford. NDF - Aaron Martino (2), Brian Essing, Newton. GOALIES: X - Justin Childs (11 saves, 14 shots); NDF - Nick Piselli (37 saves, 39 shots).