Steve Trundle has coached hockey for 20 years, the last four at the helm of the Brookline High boys’ team.
On Monday, he witnessed a performance like no other.
Junior goaltender Jake Paul made 71 saves for a hard-earned shutout, leading host Brookline (4-8) to a 2-0 win against Wellesley.
“I don’t know what to say,” Trundle said, struggling to find words for Paul’s remarkable effort. “It was obviously outstanding and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Paul’s 71 saves ties Matt Weder (Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Mich.) for second place in the national record book for a single-game performance, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Jamey Ramsey (Flint Northern, Mich.) made 84 saves in 1987 for the record.
“I’m really tired,” Paul said after the win. “And I can’t quite believe this has happened. I’m glad I could give my team a win. You just go period by period. You don’t go into the first period with or without any expectations, you just play 15 minutes of hockey at a time.”
Junior Dan McLaughlin and freshman Jesse Leung scored the Brookline goals in the Bay State Conference (Carey) win.
Burlington 2, Barnstable 0 — Senior goalie Derek DeCastro picked up his second consecutive shutout of a ranked team after making 32 saves against the No. 14 Red Raiders.
Somerville 66, Winthrop 55 — Highlanders’ senior guard Indira Evora eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark on a 3-pointer with 7:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Evora finished with 24 points.
Danvers 70, St. Mary’s 40 — Vinny Clifford (27 points) connected on eight 3-pointers for the third-ranked Falcons (11-0).
Whitman-Hanson 83, Seekonk 61 — Shane Devlin connected on six 3-pointers and Brian Feeney chipped in with 16 points as the Panthers (11-1) qualified for the state tournament.
Archbishop Williams 2, Austin Prep 1 — Emma Crocker scored the winner for the No. 20 Bishops at 7:08 in the second period.
Needham 4, Dedham 2 — Mikayla Michals scored twice for the Rockets (3-6-1).
At the 66th Annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention Awards Breakfast in Indianapolis this past weekend the Needham High boys’ team was recognized as one of the top 25 teams in America. Coach Don Brock also received a 2012 coach of the year award for Division 1 — New England. Brock was one of five coaches to receive a Letter of Commendation.