Foxboro, MA - The Boston Lady Whalers 2008 National Elite Team kicked off the 2022 season with a perfect 7-0 record, en route of capturing the U16 Women’s Chowder Cup Championship.
Powered by an unrivaled staff of BLW Director Michaela Boyle, Cayla Barnes (US Olympic Team), Hadley Hartmetz (Ohio State) & Liz Schepers (Minnesota PWHPA) – the girls were determined to play up at the high school age, and followed through in their efforts.
In the first game of the weekend, our BLW ’08 National Elite Team defeated the WC Swans ’06 Team by a score of 3-0. 2009-born Jane Daley put our girls ahead 1-0 at the end of the first half, and Mary Derrenbacher cleaned up the scraps with two second half goals to close things out.
Game 2 proved to be a challenge out of the gate. Trailing the Turner Elite U16 Team 3-2 after the first half, called on the heroics of Mary Murray and Margaret Averill to power our girls through to a tight 4-3 victory, ending the day atop the standings with a 2-0 record.
Kicking off Day 2, the BLW 08’s scooted past Homegrown/Ironbound Selects by a score of 4-1. Averill & Murray put the team ahead 2-0 after the first half on tallies of their own, which were followed up in the second half by Christina Scalese and Emma Cerruti. The team let up a late one to forfeit the shutout – and advanced to 3-0 after a 4-1 win.
To conclude the regulation round, the BLW 2008’s closed things out with a 6-2 win over Team Boston. A hat-trick by defenseman Margaret Averill, paved the way – and contributions by Christina Scalese, Cassidy Lobisser, and Mary Derrenbacher routed this group to a perfect round robin record and earned them a seed in the quarter-finals on Sunday morning.
“After the conclusion of Day 2, we could tell our girls were hungry and had their sights set on the hardwares,” said Director Michaela Boyle. “We just knew that coming into the morning, we were going to be a different team that was going to put games out of reach right off the bat,” she continued.
Sunday morning marked the first of three games en route to the title for the BLW 2008’s. In a rematch against Team Boston, our girls showed up ready to play – winning the Quarter Final matchup by a score of 10-2. Led by 4 goals from Christina Scalese, 3 goals from Cassidy Lobisser, and single tallies from Ava Decourcey, Mary Derrenbacher, and Margaret Averill – the girls jumped onto the Sunday scene from the get-go and never looked back.
In the semi-final matchup, our girls squared off with the NJ Homegrown Hockey U16 Team, and emerged victorious with a 3-0 win. It was Madelyn Lahah that kicked off the scoring, followed by two clinchers from Christina Scalese. Hannah Mortazavi continued to be her stellar self in net, and the girls advanced to the Championship Game against a very strong, and extremely well-coach Team Inspire 2007 group.
The Championship Game came down to the wire – where a solo effort by Sloane Hartmetz, carrying the puck up the ice, blasted a wrister over the goalie’s shoulder with less than 6 minutes to go, putting the Lady Whalers ahead 1-0. That was quickly followed up by a second goal from Emerson Tuvell, and then by an empty netter from Ava Decourcey to seal the deal and bring the first trophy of the season into our 2008 locker room!
Next weekend, our 2008’s will head to Minneapolis to face off against the best 2008 teams in the world, followed by playing up in the U19 Division of the Beantown Classic, and then the U19 Division of the Warrior Elite Invite.