It was just more than a month ago that the Burlington girls’ hockey team dropped a 5-4 nail-biter to Middlesex League rival Watertown/Belmont. The loss served as motivation for the Red Devils when the teams met Thursday afternoon.
“We were anxious to play them again,” said Red Devils coach Marty Conley. “I told the team that in order to be a good team, we need to be able to beat the best.”
And that’s what they did. Senior Krista Toscano scored the winner 6:45 into the third period to lead host Burlington over the ninth-ranked Raiders, 2-1, and into the state tournament for the second consecutive season.
Toscano, who Conley said “has ice water in her veins,” raced past a pair of defenders and picked the top left corner on a breakaway to give Burlington (9-4-1) the lead.
The Red Devils controlled play for much of the remaining eight minutes, but needed a huge stop from sophomore Cassidy Smith (28 saves). With a little more than three minutes to go, Smith stoned Watertown’s Emily LoPrete, one of the state’s leading goal scorers, on a breakaway.
“She gives us a chance to win. She’s been terrific,” said Conley of Smith, who is 9-3-1.
After Watertown (12-2-1) took a 1-0 lead at 1:57 of the first, eighth-grader Kelly Browne tied it four minutes later with her 15th goal.
Methuen 5, Lincoln-Sudbury 1 — Amanda Conway potted four goals for the 17th-ranked Rangers (12-1-0).
Fontbonne 3, Notre Dame (Hingham) 3 — Sophomore Erin Matthews had a goal and an assist for the Ducks (6-7-2).
Chelmsford 4, Acton-Boxboro 1 — Jesse Lye recorded two goals and Mike DeDonato added a goal and an assist to power the Lions (7-5-4).
Billerica 5, Westford 5 — The Indians (4-10-2) salvaged a tie when Nick Fantasia (two goals, three assists) scored with 14 seconds remaining.
Arlington 5, Belmont 1 — Junior forward Jack Kelly scored his 24th and 25th goals of the season and added two assists to power the Spy Ponders (9-3-4).
Snowden 52, Burke 50 — The Cougars took over first place in the Boston City League South as senior guard Kareem Murrell (11 points) hit the winning layup at the buzzer.
West Roxbury 75, Boston English 60 — Roudy Charitible recorded 18 points and eight assists to lift the Raiders (9-7).
Madison Park 50, Mt. Pleasant (R.I.) 47 — Junior forward Donizete Fernandes set career highs in points (26) and rebounds (17) for the Cardinals (8-6).
St. John’s Prep 71, BC High 61 — Senior forward Mike Bisson scored a team-high 17 points to lead the 11th-ranked Eagles (13-3).
Charlestown 63, East Boston 62 — Junior guard Dion Knight (22 points) drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Townies (10-5).
New Mission 64, Brighton 35 — Senior Jazz Laracuente led the Titans with 12 points and nine assists, and sophomore Denia Stewart had 11 points and 10 blocks.
Boston English 46, West Roxbury 40 — Junior point guard Sherice Jenkins had 26 points, 23 rebounds, and 9 assists to lead the Blue and Blue (4-10).
Boston Latin 42, Newton South 31 — Senior forward Maggie Mulligan led the way for the visitors, scoring 15 points while pulling in 21 rebounds. Alexis Taylor had 9 points.
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The dedication of the Swampscott High gymnasium in Dick Lynch’s name has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 6:30.For more scores and highlights, go to boston.com/schools.