Making its first appearance in the state tournament in five years, the Latin Academy girls’ hockey team could not have made a more dramatic entrance than the one it made Monday at Murphy Memorial Rink in South Boston.
Going into the final period trailing Martha’s Vineyard, 2-1, the Dragons tied the game on freshman forward Julia Pano’s goal with 7:13 left, and sophomore forward Bridget Fehily scored the go-ahead goal with 1:26 to play.
An empty-netter by freshman forward Danielle Baldassari with two seconds left put Latin Academy’s 4-2 victory on ice.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling, I feel like we worked really hard,” Fehily said. “We never wanted a game more than this and I think we showed that when we came out to play. We just knew we had this game if we worked hard enough and we’d get it. And we just had to believe in ourselves to be able to do it.”
Pano tied the game on a shot from about 30 feet that bounced out of the goaltender’s glove and into the net.
On the go-ahead goal, Fehily knocked in a rebound after senior forward Tayla Duarte attempted a shot from behind the net that deflected off the goalie.
Second-year Latin Academy coach Ronald Ford said he told his players to “anticipate what is going to happen” when he addressed them before the final period.
Ford said once Latin tied the game he was confident the momentum would push his team to the victory.
Martha’s Vineyard outshot Latin Academy, 24-14. Natalie Lombardi made 22 saves for the Dragons.
Latin Academy (11-6-4), the 15th seed, advances to play second-seeded Falmouth.
Methuen 10, Norwell 3 — Sophomore forward Amanda Conway had four goals and one assist, and seventh-grader Kelly Golini added three goals and two assists in the win.
Latin Academy 68, Chelsea 43 —
Arlington 68, Tewksbury 52 — Senior Alex Kim scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Spy Ponders, who will face Division 2 North top seed Melrose on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Andover 59, Somerville 50 — The Golden Warriors were led by senior guard Devon Caveney’s 23 points and six assists. Senior forward Jackie Alois chipped in 9 points, 4 steals, and 5 assists.