Top-ranked Woburn High turned up its game Tuesday for the debut of one of the area’s biggest stages in girls’ hockey — the 8 Showcase.
The undefeated Tanners posted their 16th victory of the season, rolling past No. 3 Arlington Catholic, 4-1, on the first day of play at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.
“I thought [the 8 Showcase] was great,’’ said Woburn coach Robert MacCurtain, whose team will face Acton-Boxboro on Thursday in the second round. “[Hingham coach] Tom Findley did a terrific job getting it organized. In terms of competition, it doesn’t get any better.”
The Tanners (16-0-3) faced a tough test in Cougars goalie Megan Messuri, who had given up only nine goals this season. But Messuri was tested early and often by a wave of Woburn goal scorers.
Junior Ashley Moran gave Woburn a 1-0 lead in the first period, collecting her 100th career point.
The teams traded goals in the second period — Erica Lissner for the Tanners at 13:26, and Jackie Sineoris for the Cougars with 58 seconds left — and Woburn carried just a 2-1 lead into the final period.
But Woburn struck just 27 seconds into the third period as Kayla Smith took a pass from Moran and scored her 31st goal of the season to make it 3-1. Moran then added an insurance goal — her second of the game — to seal the victory.
“All four were really good goals,” MacCurtain said. “I thought we played a strong game from start to finish, it was something we wanted to have happen against a good team like AC.”
Woburn goalie Christine Davis made 16 saves in the victory. Messuri finished with 17 saves.
Arlington Catholic (13-3-2) will meet No. 2 Duxbury on Thursday.
Wellesley 4, Barnstable 2 — The Raiders were led by Molly Connolly’s hat trick.
Shrewsbury 5, Dover-Sherborn 1 — At Buffone Rink, the host Colonials (11-6-1) scored five unanswered goals after falling behind, 1-0.
Middleborough 10, Mashpee 1 — Senior forward Brandon Lavelle scored four goals and added an assist for the Sachems.
Natick 4, Brockton 0 — The Red Hawks were led by senior Matt Kustra with one goal and two assists. Senior Mike White made 21 saves to earn his first shutout.
Boston Latin 2, Franklin 1 — Seniors Greg Penella and Brian Forgione scored for the Wolfpack.
Chelmsford 5, Medford 1 — Tommy Bishop, Mike BeDonato, and Jessie Lye had a goal apiece for the Lions (13-3-4) and Derek Noble made 14 saves.
Wareham 81, North Quincy 64 — Senior Darien Fernandez had 34 points and 11 assists for the Vikings.
North Reading 61, Shawsheen 46 — The Hornets (20-0) completed their first undefeated season since 1977 behind senior forward John Mastascusa’s 17 points.
Arlington Catholic 52, Bishop Fenwick 44 — Sophomore Nate Wesoloski led the Cougars with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Plymouth North 88, Sandwich 56 — Junior Jesse Bunting led the Eagles with 19 points.
Franklin 55, Medway 44 — Senior guard Sam Bohmiller and senior forward Matt Ozella combined for 35 points to lead the Panthers (15-6).
Carver 58, Plymouth South 42 — Senior guard Tony Pines had a 25-point performance for the Crusaders (10-10).
Braintree 49, Duxbury 29 — Bridget Herlihy had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead the No. 3 Wamps over the No. 17 Dragons.
Plymouth South 43, Whitman-Hanson 38 — Christina Jones scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Panthers (14-5).
Hanover 64, Rockland 42 — Senior guard Alicia Varasso led the Indians with 14 points (four 3-pointers) and freshman forward Stephanie Flynn added 12 points to help coach Brian Fisher earn his 100th career victory.
Bourne 44, Old Rochester 16 — Juniors Shelby Corsano and Amanda Pomeroy scored 12 points apiece for Bourne.