The Williston Varsity Girls Hockey team skated into winter break with a championship trophy in tow.
The Wildcats participated in the Harrington Tournament over the weekend and went 4-0 to take home the title for the second time in program history. Williston last won the Harrington Tournament in 2015.
On the ice, Williston posted three consecutive 2-1 wins to advance to the final. The first decision came Friday in the tournament opener against Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Monique Lyons ’24 scored both goals for the Wildcats, with Katherine Kang ’23 and Nora Curtis ’25 assisting on the second goal.
Then on Saturday the team beat Nobles & Greenough school 2-1 to start the day, and capped it with a 2-1 win over Westminster. The win against Nobles was a notable one according to Head Coach Christa Talbot Syfu ’98, as it was only the third time in program history that Williston has been able to best Nobles.
Against Nobles, Lyons opened the scoring on an assist from Curtis, and Emily Crovo ’23 added the second on feeds from Kang and Ava DeCoste ’23. In the nightcap Violet Carroll ’25 got Williston on the board first on passes from Curtis and Lyons. Curtis added the second, tipping in an original effort from Caroline Aufiero ’24. Lyons was also credited with an assist on the play.
In the championship game on Sunday, the Wildcats kicked it up a notch in a 4-1 win over Milton. Curtis got Williston on the board first with an unassisted effort, then Emily Hamann ’24 (Nina Coffee ’26, Crovo) and Lyons (Aufiero) put the team in full control. Milton pulled a goal back to start the third period, but DeCoste (Kang) added an insurance tally into an empty net to give the game its final score.
“We only allowed four goals and they were all special teams,” Talbot Syfu said of the team’s weekend effort. “So 5-on-5 play we did not allow a goal, which is impressive.
“The senior class and many of the returners really stepped up and led the way. Our goaltending was very impressive as well.”
Jenna Guglielmi ’23 played in net in the final and made a key save on a third-period breakaway in the 2-1 win over Westminster, while Olivia Ferebee ’25 was between the pipes in the win over Nobles.
The Wildcats (7-0) will rest up for a week before getting back onto the ice Jan. 1, 2023 for the Winchendon Tournament.