The Latin Academy girl’s hockey team defeated Brookline, 6-1, Sunday night at Matthew’s Arena, and the domination came as a surprise; fueled by tons of action in a thrilling third quarter.
Even more surprising was that star of the game, Dragons freshman forward Danielle Baldassari is new to the school.
“This is my first time even playing with girls,” Baldassari said. “I’ve played with boys my whole life in South Boston.”
Following only one score in the first period by junior forward Kathleen Torpey, Baldassari started her hat trick at 11:42 in the second quarter. Freshman defender Margaret Whalen assisted on the goal by Baldassari, who shot the puck into the low right corner.
Down by two, Brookline (0-5) worked to pick it up at the end of the second period and succeeded when senior forward Devin Crowley shot the only puck that passed Dragons senior goalkeeper Natalie Lombardi.
The game was close at the start of the third period, 2-1, until the Dragons (3-1) took control over a four-minute span.
“The girls just put everything together and couldn’t stop scoring,” Latin Academy coach Ronald Ford said. “They got four goals in four minutes – that was pretty great.”
Baldassari scored with 6:22 left in the period after a cluttered fight for the puck near the crease. She scored again for the hat trick with 3:01 left after a rink-length rush.
“My first hat trick actually feels normal, scoring goals just feels natural to me,” Baldassari said, while her team chided her for her modesty. “But I guess it is pretty awesome.”
The Warriors' defense collapsed over the remainder of the period as sophomore forward Bridget Fehily and senior forward Jordan Fleming also scored.
“We were doing all right but we just came in so strong in the third period,” Baldassari said. “We crashed every rebound and our defense stopped [Brookline] every time.
“This was our best game by far.”
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