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GIRLS HOCKEY 2018-2019
Westie Sharks split pair
Team starts season 1-1
By MIKE MADERA
(December 8, 2018) - Coming off one of its best seasons in recent memory, the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team has plenty to prove in 2018-2019. Fresh off a campaign which saw the Westie Sharks post 18 victories, but fall to New Canaan in the state quarterfinals, the team is ready to again make some noise.
Led by senior captains Veronica Lynn and Francesca Criscuolo, and assistant captains in seniors Celina Condon and Kyleen Crowe, the team has a solid nucleus. Add to the mix juniors Brooke McNabola, Taylor Nowak and Megan Froehlich, and sophomores Jianna Cohrs, Jenna Hunt, and Mia Celentano, and the Westie Sharks have a strong nucleus of talented players.
Kyleen Crowe. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
“Our girls have been working hard and are motivated to win after a tough loss to New Canaan in the state quarterfinals last season,” coach Erin Blake said. “We are ready to come back and prove ourselves. We take each game, win, loss, or tie, and learn from it. They have learned a lot over the course of the past year, and have set goals that they are ready to achieve. I am proud of their growth as a team and excited to see what this season holds. Their teamwork, dedication, and heart is any coach’s dream.”
Blake is well aware any good team starts with solid goaltending and even better defense. For the Westie Sharks, senior Crowe and freshman Grace Nowak will see time between the pipes, while Lynn, McNabola, sophomore Mackenzie Gardner and freshman Meghan Dupre will anchor the defense.
Meghan Dupre. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Offensively, the Westie Sharks will rely on seniors Criscuolo, Condon, Zoe DeFalco and Grace Plunkett, juniors Nowak and Froehlich, and sophomores Cohrs, Hunt, Celentano and Hailey Alfano.
Freshmen Maya Boyhen, Caitlin Welch and Mae Iverson will also be counted on to provide offensive punch.
Criscuolo looks to center a line with a rotation of Condon, Celentano, and Hunt, while Nowak will center Froehlich and Cohrs.
“We are excited for our talented freshman class this season,” Blake said. “They work hard, are eager to learn, and will be a great asset to our team. (Caitlin) Welch, (Maya) Boyhen, and (Mae) Iverson will see time in our rotation of forwards. (Meghan) Dupre and (Grace) Nowak will contribute immensely to our defense, Dupre as our fourth defenseman, and Nowak in the net.”
While there are plenty of team and individual goals. There is also a team goal for a group which has become a family. With the passing of Pam Gardner, the Westie Sharks lost more than just one of its biggest fans.
“The team has heavy, but full hearts and a lot to play for this season,” Blake said. “With the recent passing of one of our number one fans, West Haven High School principal, and team mom, Pam Gardner, we want to honor her memory this season.”
The Westie Sharks opened the season with a split of their first two games. In the opener Saturday night, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy fell to Suffield co-op 3-2 in overtime, before rebounding to blank Hand 6-0 in the home opener Monday evening.
In the road contest to open the season, the Westie Sharks watched as Sophie Lupone scored twice in regulation, before Tori Geaglone scored the winner in overtime.
WH/SHA poured 38 shots on goal, but were only able to score twice as McNabola tallied each time. McNabola evened the game at one in the second period off an assist from Condon, then scored an unassisted goal with 5:28 to go to force overtime.
Crowe made 32 saves in the loss, including twelve in the third period and three in overtime.
“I was extremely proud of how the girls played,” Blake said. “Suffield is a good team. We knew that going into the game. Our girls showed up ready to play. I was proud of the way they fought hard the entire game. Moving forward, we know what we need to improve on.”
Jianna Cohrs (5) and Taylor Nowak (11) celebrate a goal against Hand, December 10, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
WH/SHA rebounded with a 6-0 victory over Hand Monday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Seven different players picked up points, including freshmen Dupre and Welch.
Cohrs and Nowak led the way for the Westie Sharks with two goals and an assist apiece, while Froehlich had one goal and one assist.
WH/SHA took a commanding lead in the opening period, scoring five times. Cohrs scored off an assist from Froehlich 1:57 in for a 1-0 lead before Taylor Nowak scored off an assist from Cohrs, then set up Froehlich 13 seconds later 7:31 in for a 3-0 lead.
The Westie Sharks extended the lead to 4-0 1:22 later when Welch and Gardner assisted on Nowak’s second of the game, before Dupre scored off an assist from Criscuolo 10:19 in. Cohrs capped the scoring at the 2:07 mark of the third period with her second goal of the game.
Crowe made 14 saves and Grace Nowak four in the combined shutout.
Westie Sharks blank Masuk
WH/SHA improves to 2-1
By MIKE MADERA
(December 15, 2018) - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team defeated Masuk 7-0 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Westie Sharks improved to 2-1 with their second straight victory.
Maya Boyhen led the way with two goals and an assist, while Mackenzie Gardner and Megan Froehlich each had a goal and an assist. Kyleen Crowe and Grace Nowak were perfect in goal, making 21 saves.
The Westie Sharks took control of the game with three first period goals. Jenna Hunt opened the scoring 3 minutes, 40 seconds in off assists from Caitlin Welch and Mackenzie Gardner. Just 2:28 later, Mia Celentano scored off assists from Boyhen and Francesca Criscuolo, while Froehlich added another tally off an assist from Hailey Alfano 19 seconds later.
WH/SHA increased the margin to four goals when Gardner scored off an assist from Zoe DeFalco, and Boyhen scored from Froehlich and Emma Milrid.
Boyhen, off an assist from Meghan Dupre, and Grace Plunkett scored in the final period for the win.
Westie Sharks top Blades
WH/SHA improves to 3-1
By MIKE MADERA
(December 19, 2018) - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team improved to 3-1 with a 9-2 road victory over Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Wednesday evening. The Westie Sharks had six different goal scorers and 11 different players in the scoring column.
Taylor Nowak led the way with three goals and two assists, Jenna Hunt had two goals, Megan Froehlich had a goal and two assists, and Mackenzie Gardner chipped in a goal and an assist.
The Westie Sharks took control of the game with a 4-0 first period lead. Nowak had two goals and an assist in the period, including the opening goal of an assist from Gardner, and the final unassisted goal for a 4-0 lead. Froehlich and Hunt scored in between.
Meghan Dupre gave the Westie Sharks a 5-0 advantage off assists from Froehlich and Nowak, before Mia Celentano increased the lead to 6-1.
Leading 6-2 after two periods, Hunt made it 7-2 off assists from Celina Condon and Brooke McNabola, and Gardner scored an unassisted tally for an 8-2 lead. Nowak completed her hat trick with 5:40 to go.
Kyleen Crowe made 18 saves in the win.
Four in a Row
WH/SHA tops East Catholic 3-1
By MIKE MADERA
(December 22, 2018) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team won its fourth consecutive contest, topping East Catholic 3-1 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Westie Sharks improved to 4-1 on the year.
Veronica Lynn led the offense with two goals and Taylor Nowak also scored for the Westie Sharks.
Kyleen Crowe makes one of her 16 saves against East Catholic, December 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Lynn gave West Haven/ Sacred Heart Academy a 1-0 lead with 5:16 remaining in the opening period with an unassisted goal. After East Catholic evened the score with 38 seconds remaining in the period, the Westie Sharks took the lead for good in the second period.
Francesca Criscuolo (14) against East Catholic, December 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Lynn was at it again with another unassisted tally 5:13 into the period, before Nowak also added an unassisted goal with 6:55 left in the second period for a 3-1 advantage.
Kyleen Crowe and the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy defense did the rest. Crowe made 16 saves in the game to help the Westie Sharks to their fourth straight win.
Six in a Row
WH/SHA tops Hamden
By MIKE MADERA
(January 5, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team improved to 6-1 with a 4-1 victory over Hamden Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink In West Haven. The win was the team's sixth in a row for the Westie Sharks.
WH/SHA celebrates a win against Hamden, January 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Jianna Cohrs led the Westies with two goals and an assist, while Taylor Nowak had a goal and an assist in the win. Kyleen Crowe made 20 saves as the Westie Sharks held a 44-21 shot advantage in the game.
Brooke McNabola (18) and WH/SHA against Hamden, January 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Trailing 1-0 in the second period, West Haven /Sacred Heart Academy evened the contest 4:40 in when Cohrs scored off an assist from Nowak. Cohrs gave the Westie Sharks a 2-1 lead 3:04 later when she scored off an assist from Francesca Criscuolo, before Nowak increased the margin to 3-1 off assists from Megan Froehlich and Cohrs with 3:32 to go in the second. Criscuolo finished the scoring in the final minute of the period for a 4-1 lead.
Darien tops WH/SHA 6-2
By MIKE MADERA
(January 16, 2019) - Winners of eight straight since an opening day loss, the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team was ready for the challenge of playing a tough Darien squad.
Unfortunately for the Westie Sharks, Darien used a quick start, scoring the first two goals of the game, and never looked back in a 6-2 victory over WH/SHA Wednesday evening in Stamford. With the loss, the Westie Sharks fell to 8-2 on the year.
Trailing 2-0 after Darien scored twice in the final five minutes of the opening period, Taylor Nowak cut the deficit in half, scoring off an assist from Veronica Lynn one minute into the second.
Darien got that goal back with 3:29 left in the middle period for a 3-1 lead and it appeared Brooke McNabola's goal with 49 seconds left in the period would send the Westie Sharks to the third period with all the momentum.
That momentum stalled when Darien answered 38 seconds later, then scored 1:43 into the third for a 5-2 advantage.
Kyleen Crowe made 17 saves in the loss for the Westie Sharks.
Nowak leads Westie Sharks
Junior scores 4 goals in 8-2 win
By MIKE MADERA
(January 23, 2019) - The West Haven/Scared Heart Academy girls hockey team got back in the win column with an 8-2 victory over Daniel Hand Wednesday evening. The road victory allowed the Westie Sharks to improve to 9-2 on the year.
Junior Taylor Nowak led the offense with four goals, while Celina Condon scored twice, and Francesca Criscuolo had two assists. Kyleen Crowe made 19 saves in the win.
Taylor Nowak scored four goals against Hand, January 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy took a 2-0 lead after one period as Jenna Hunt scored off an assist from Criscuolo with 7:37 to go in the period, before Nowak scored an unassisted goal with 1:52 to go.
The Westie Sharks increased the lead to 4-0 in the second period as Nowak scored off assists from Jianna Cohrs and Mackenzie Gardner, before Condon scored off an assist from Criscuolo four minutes later.
Leading 4-1 after two periods, the Westie Sharks scored four times in the third period to put the game away.
Jenna Hunt (7) opened the scoring against Hand, January 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Nowak scored off an assist from Megan Froehlich 4:16 in and Condon added her second of the game off an assist from Meghan Dupre 52 seconds later.
Leading 6-2, WH/SHA scored the final two goals in the final 7:57 as Froehlich and Nowak scored unassisted tallies.
Westie Sharks top Masuk
Balanced attack leads to 6-1 win
By MIKE MADERA
(January 25, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team improved to 10-2 on the season with a 6-1 victory over Masuk Friday evening. The road victory saw the Westie Sharks jump out in front and never look back as six different girls found the back of the net.
WH/SHA jumped out to a 1-0 lead 5 minutes, 12 seconds into the game when Francesca Criscuolo scored an unassisted goal. Just 4:28 later, the lead was 2-0 when C.C. Condon scored off an assist from Maya Boyhen.
The Westie Sharks put the game away with four goals in the second period.
Taylor Nowak scored off an assist from Jianna Cohrs 8:03 in, and Veronica Lynn scored an unassisted goal 2:51 later. When Mia Celentano scored one minute later, the Westie Sharks led 5-0.
Hailey Alfano capped the scoring 43 seconds later off an assist from Megan Froehlich.
Masuk added a third period goal to make the final 6-1. Kyleen Crowe finished with seven saves in the game as the Westie Sharks held a 25-8 shot advantage.
Nowak leads WH/SHA
Westie Sharks top Fairfield 4-1
By MIKE MADERA
(January 26, 2019) - Trailing the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe hockey team, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy turned to one of its leaders. Taylor Nowak did not disappoint.
Scoring twice, including the equalizer and the insurance tally, Nowak led her team to a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. With the win, WH/SHA improved to 11-2 on the year.
Jianna Cohrs (5) against Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe, January 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"We knew we had to keep going and play the whole game like it was 0-0," Nowak said. "This feels really good. Freshman year, we were getting beat. Now, coming into this season we are working hard and it feels good teams are coming after us.
"We have a lot of new players and we have adjusted very well. We have all come in and we have all connected. We had a couple of bumps in the season with Darien and Suffield, but we have come on."
Trailing 1-0, WH/SHA scored the next four goals. Nowak evened the contest at one 7:22 into the opening period off an assist from Jianna Cohrs and C.C. Condon gave the Westie Sharks the lead for good 3:27 later.
WH/SHA celebrates a goal against Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe, January 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"I thought we played well." WH/SHA coach Erin Blake said. "The girls play well together. I am happy with the way we are playing. The girls really stepped up."
West Haven took a 3-1 lead 4:45 into the second period when Brooke McNabola sent a perfect pass from behind the net to Cohrs for the two-goal lead.
Megan Froehlich then did the same, coming from behind the net to send a perfect pass in front which Nowak ripped in from in front for a 4-1 lead.
"We (Froehlich and Cohrs) play together on the (Shoreline) Sharks and that helps as we know where we are on the ice."
Kyleen Crowe made 23 saves in the win fort he Westie Sharks.
Westie Sharks improve to 12-2 with win over Amity
By MIKE MADERA
(January 29, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy train keeps rolling along. Behind two goals apiece from Taylor Nowak and Mia Celentano, the Westie Sharks won their fourth straight contest and improved to 12-2 with a 5-1 decision over Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Monday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Meghan Dupre (19) against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire, January 29, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Kyleen Crowe was stellar in goal, stopping 32 shots, including 12 in the first period when the Westie Sharks grabbed a 2-0 lead. Crowe then stopped 10 shots in each of the final two periods to preserve the team's fourth straight win.
Kyleen Crowe (30) against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire, January 29, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Jenna Hunt and Meghan Dupre also contributed offensively as Hunt had three assists and Dupre added a pair of helpers.
The Westie Sharks grabbed an early lead and never looked back as Nowak opened the scoring 4 minutes, 20 seconds into the game off assists from Jianna Cohrs and Megan Froehlich. Just 1:15 later, Brooke McNabola increased the advantage to 2-1 off an assist from Hunt.
WH/SHA took a 3-1 lead in the middle period when Nowak scored the only goal off an assist from Dupre. When Celentano scored her first goal, off an assist from Hunt, 3:56 into the third, WH/SHA built a 4-0 advantage.
Leading 4-1, the Westie Sharks added a goal in the final 14 seconds when Celentano scored off assists from Dupre and Hunt.
Westie Sharks nip Guilford
McNabola's late goal difference in 3-1 victory
By MIKE MADERA
(February 2, 2019) - After topping Guilford in relatively easy fashion earlier this season, one may have expected the same once again when the two teams met Saturday afternoon in West Haven. The Indians never got that memo.
Playing the Westie Sharks tough throughout, Guilford gave West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a battle, but it was not enough as the Westie Sharks used Brooke McNabola's late goal to prevail 3-1 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. WH/SHA improved to 13-2 with the win.
WH/SHA celebrates Brooke McNabola's go-ahead goal against Guilford, February 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"Guilford is a good team," WH/SHA coach Erin Blake said. "We had to dig deep for the win. We came together as a team."
McNabola scored the eventual winning goal with 1:02 remaining in the third period off an assist from Taylor Nowak, before Nowak iced the contest with one second remaining off an assist from Francesca Criscuolo.
Mia Celentano (28) against Guilford, February 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Kyleen Crowe was the star of the contest as she stopped 30 of 31 shots she faced. Nowak scored twice for the second straight contest and inched closer to the 100-point mark, notching her 99th point with two goals and one assist.
"Kyleen (Crowe) was great," Blake said. "She stood on her head with some of the saves she made. We are coming to end of the season and we will need to dig deep to get all the big wins we are looking for."
Nowak gave WH/SHA a 1-0 lead in the first period when she scored off an assist from Megan Froehlich. The goal by Nowak was all the Westie Sharks mustered until the third period as Guilford held a 31-23 shot advantage and scored the equalizer with 3:25 remaining in regulation.
Westie Sharks top Hamden
Nowak nets 100th career point
By MIKE MADERA
(February 5, 2019) - The 2018-2019 girls hockey season has been one filled with many highlights. While the team reel continues to grow, there was also an individual highlight which took place Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
When Taylor Nowak scored with 8 minutes, 18 seconds to go in the middle period, she not only gave her team a 4-2 lead, but she recorded her 100th career point, becoming the first player in the history of the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey program to do so.
Taylor Nowak (11) became the first player in program history to record 100 career points against Hamden, February 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Danbdelske.
"Taylor's work ethic is admirable," WH/SHA coach Erin Blake said. "She is a tough kid who loves to compete and will do whatever it takes to help out her team. She is a true team player. Her humble nature is what amazes me. She isn’t in it for herself as she sees the ice extremely well and makes plays happen for each shift. She didn’t even know she was reaching 100 points. She is unselfish. She doesn’t count or boast about her accomplishments. I am so happy for her and all of her hard work to acknowledge her success reaching and becoming our first 100-point club player."
The Westie Sharks then finished business on the ice, recording their sixth straight victory in a 6-2 decision over Hamden. With the victory, WH/SHA improved to 14-2 on the season.
Meghan Dupre led the way with a goal and two assists, Celina Condon and Jianna Cohrs each scored twice, Jenna Hunt added two assists and Kyleen Crowe made 35 saves in the win.
WH/SHA trailed early as Hamden scored just 16 seconds in, but Dupre evened the game at one 4:12 later. After Hamden took a 2-1 lead at the 5:58 mark, Jianna Cohrs scored off an assist from Megan Froehlich to even the game at two with 1:36 left in the opening period.
"Hamden is always a huge game for us," Blake said. "They have come out quick both games this season, scoring in the first 6 seconds. It was a hard fought game from start to finish. We know it will always be a battle with Hamden, but I am proud of the way our girls have been digging deep to pull out a win. They are playing together as a team, working hard each shift, and every goal is a team effort with their puck movement. They have the drive and I am extremely proud of each and every players hard work this season."
Celina Condon (4) against Hamden, February 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Danbdelske.
The rest of the game belonged to the Westie Sharks and Nowak. Cohrs scored her second of the game off an assist from Dupre 5:53 in, and Nowak added her milestone goal49 seconds later off another assist from Dupre for a 4-2 advantage.
Condon put the game out of reach in the third period with a pair of goals. Her first tally came with 5:54 remaining off an assist from Hunt, and her second came immediately after off assists from Hunt and Francesca Criscuolo 25 seconds later.
Cohrs leads Westie Sharks
Nowak nets 100th career point
By MIKE MADERA
(February 9, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team has found plenty of ways to win this season. Saturday evening in Shelton was no different.
Behind two goals from Jianna Cohrs and 31 saves from Kyleen Crowe, the Westie Sharks won their eighth straight contest and improved to 16-2 on the year with a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield.
The Westie Sharks scored twice in the opening period, then watched Crowe do the rest. The WH/SHA goaltender denied 31 shots, including 17 in the second period to post the shutout.
Cohrs was the offensive story for the Westie Sharks as she gave her team a 1-0 lead 3 minutes, 31 seconds into the contest off an assist from Veronica Lynn.
The one goal held true until 41 seconds remained in the opening period as Cohrs again scored, this time off assists from Celina Condon and Megan Froehlich.
Westie Sharks extend Streak
WH/SHA improves to 17-2 with win over Branford
By MIKE MADERA
(February 13, 2019) - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team extended its winning ways to nine games with a 5-2 victory over Branford Wednesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. With its ninth consecutive win, WH/SHA improved to 17-2 on the season.
Megan Froehlich (32) against Branford, February 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Kyleen Crowe finished with 17 saves, including eight in the final period, as she faced just six shots in the first and three in the second.
The Westie Sharks got goal scoring in different ways as Mia Celentano, Jenna Hunt, Francesca Criscuolo, Celina Condon, and Megan Froehlich all tallied.
Brooke McNabola and Condon added two assists, while Criscuolo, Celentano, Hunt and Taylor Nowak each recorded one assist.
The Westie Sharks never trailed in the contest, scoring twice in the opening period and leading 2-0 after one period.
Celina Condon (4) against Branford, February 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Celentano got the ball rolling with 2 minutes, 44 seconds remaining as she scored off assists from McNabola and Criscuolo. With 30 seconds remaining in the opening period, Hunt scored off assists from Condon and McNabola for a 2-0 advantage.
Leading 2-1 in the second, Criscuolo scored off assists from Condon and Celentano, before Condon scored off an assist from Hunt 3:08 later for a 4-1 advantage. Froehlich capped the WH/SHA scoring with 1:14 left in the middle period for a 5-1 lead off an assist from Nowak.
WH/SHA tops Hall to move to 18-2
By MIKE MADERA
(February 15, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team won its tenth straight contest with a 4-0 victory over Hall Friday evening. With the win, the Westie Sharks improved to 18-2 on the season.
Taylor Nowak led the offense with three goals, Jianna Cohrs had a pair of assists, and Kyleen Crowe made 28 saves in the win.
The Westie Sharks took a 3-0 lead in the opening period as Jenna Hunt started the scoring off an assist from Brooke McNabola 3:01 into the game.
Nowak scored the next two goals, the first off assists from Cohrs and Megan Froehlich, and the second off helpers from Cohrs and Mackenzie Gardner 2:33 apart for a 3-0 lead.
WH/SHA closed the closing with Nowak's unassisted tally in the third period.
Crowe and the Westie Sharks then closed the deal as the goaltender made five saves in the first period, nine in the second and 14 more in the third.
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