An undefeated season. Sure, it was only five games, but this is an impressive feat nonetheless. The 2020-2021 edition of Deerfield Girls Hockey was a special one, and, led by 7 special seniors, pushed through COVID restrictions, quarantine and uncertainty to deliver an unforgettable season.
We treated this weekend’s season against Cushing like playoff hockey, and the games certainly had that level of intensity. On Friday night, we traveled to Cushing and came away with a hard fought 3-1 win against a talented team. Though Cushing scored first, Annie Dinges ‘24 responded with a beautiful effort off of a pass from Jackson Kinsler ‘22. We then scored two goals in the second period (Keri Clougherty ‘21 with a snipe on the power play with an assist to CC Deslauriers ‘23 and then Lisa Ito-Bagshaw from Deslauriers and Elena Junkala ‘22). We then played our hearts out in the third period, never allowing Cushing to threaten, and ran down the final minutes of the period in the offensive end. Sara Ito-Bagshaw earned the hard hat for her truly outstanding play all night long.
On Saturday, in an emotional Senior Day contest, we skated away with a 3-0 win, with our seniors leading the way once again. Ellia scored and was relentless all over the ice, Lisa was a force on the penalty kill and played smart in all three zones, Bri mucked it up in all the dirty areas of the ice and was a rallying force on the bench, Emma V. played calm and smart all game long, Haley & Keri were an impenetrable duo on defense, and Emma T. (only two goals allowed all season) was a brick wall in goal. Annie Dinges ‘24 scored two goals on the afternoon, and Elena Junkala ‘22 was an absolute force to be reckoned with.
Though we don’t want the season to end, we are so grateful to the many people who made this experience possible: Dr. Austin and his Senior Staff, Dr. Benson, the trainers, and especially Mr. Howe. We are thankful to the parents who cheered us on from afar; we know that wasn’t easy, but we hope the joy that we all experienced these last few months made it worth it. Our seven seniors leave a lasting and meaningful legacy, and we will forever be indebted to their leadership during this unprecedented year.