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Alison Butler, St. Mary’s of Lynn hockey focus on recapturing title

Every Monday afternoon during the hockey season, the St. Mary’s of Lynn girls’ squad proceeds to the chapel basement for a plyometric workout involving planks, squats, and medicine ball exercises.

Since 2005 — when coach Frank Pagliuca arrived — this regimen is repeated twice weekly to help players build endurance for the sport’s physically grueling demands. While its implementation reflects a program’s desire to outwork its competitors as more and more high schools field girls’ teams, completing the routine also reveals a deep devotion many players possess for a game they started playing almost before they can remember.

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