LaCroix Earns a Shutout

By John Anderson

After yesterday’s 4-0 home victory over Bishop Fenwick, the Auburn girls hockey team has a 2-2-1 record. The Rockets won 6-1 when they faced the Crusaders on December 22nd, and there has been a definite improvement in the visitor’s game.

It took 14:18 in the first period for Auburn to score when Katie Mason made an unassisted goal. At 6:38 in the second, Hunter Bailey scored with a Morgan LaPlante assist. Two minutes later, Sydney Mayo found the net assisted by Mayley Dauteil and Kelsie Lorden. At 13:50, Katie Mason got her second goal assisted by Laura Mikelonis.

The third period was scoreless although both teams made hard drives. Meghan Woodworth had 24 saves for the crusaders while Nicole LaCroix had 20 and earned the shutout for Auburn.

Auburn Coach Peter LaPrad said Bishop Fenwick is well coached and reminiscent of the Rockets a few years ago when they stepped into uncharted territory as a club and then a varsity team.

Fenwick, in Peabody, Mass, has approximately 600 co-ed students and lacks the ability to team with others high schools. Auburn has students from 6 area high schools to get a full roster. Coach LaPrad said, “Co-ops are fantastic and bring added family to Auburn High.”

The Rockets are in their fourth varsity season, and Coach LaPrad said it’s been a building process. “It’s been a very positive journey. All is good at this point.”

LaPrad added that his team is now competing and generating interest at the middle school level. He believes in building a good team is much deeper than wins and losses. LaPrad tells his players, “This is life, not hockey.