North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to congratulate NYA varsity girls hockey players, Jen Machin ’14 (Brunswick), Mary Morrison ’15 (Cumberland), and Elizabeth Coughlin ’15 (Falmouth) of the Portland Junior Pirates U-19 team as they head to the USA Hockey National Championships in Amherst, NY April 2 to 6. NYA would also like to congratulate NYA varsity girls hockey players Alex Barnes ’15 (Cumberland), Juliana Tardif ’16 (Freeport), Keeley Bartolini ’16 (Topsham), and Taylor Leech ’16 (Bowdoinham) who competed in the regional finals this past weekend.
After defeating Casco Bay in the state final, Coughlin, Machin and Morrison competed in the Regional tournament last weekend. During Regionals, the Junior Pirates won their first contest against the Lady Cyclones of New Hampshire 4-2, with NYA’s Coughlin scoring two of the four goals. Coughlin defined the regional final as “an extremely competitive game against the Vermont Shamrocks. Both teams played fast, aggressive, smart ice hockey.” The teams were tied heading into the second half of the game, and because of “superb goaltending” neither team could get a point on the board, reported Coughlin. Nearly halfway through the second half Junior Pirates forward, Sandra Strogen shot from the blue line, and Coughlin was there to tip the puck past the Vermont goalie, scoring the game winning goal.
Winning this game moves the Junior Pirates on to the USA Hockey National Championships. This is the first time any of the NYA players on the team have been to this tournament. Machin said, “I’m beyond excited to play in the National Tournament. It’s definitely a once in a life time experience and I know that my team is going to represent New England well.” Morrison and Coughlin have both played hockey for 12 years, while Machin has played for 14 and will end her high school hockey career at the National Championships. NYA is proud to send these three to the National Championship, and wishes them good luck.
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students in grades Pre-K through twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.