Recap: No. 4 AC 3, No. 15 Westford 0

HINGHAM, Mass. – School vacation week hockey can make for some earlier-than-usual start times in the barns. With that, comes a possibility for slow starts.

With that in mind, Arlington Catholic entered Monday’s action the winner of 11 straight games following a Jan. 8 upset loss to Ursuline Academy. The Cougars were looking to avoid a letdown against a tough Westford Academy squad – ranked No. 15 in ESPN Boston’s statewide poll – at the Hingham High School Girls’ Hockey Showcase.

But there was no evidence of that, as the No. 4 Cougars looked to finish the season with the top ranking, earning a convincing 3-0 win over the Grey Ghosts.

“What’s better than that? No school and just playing hockey,” Cougars head coach Maggie Taverna said.

AC (16-2-1) took a 1-0 lead to the room at the first intermission after Duggan Delano’s goal, assisted by Jackie Sindoris at 12:45.

All but for a brief stint during the second period, the Cougars continued their possession dominance through the final two periods.

“They swung the momentum in the first period when they got one, but the second period we got a burst of energy, got some life to our game, but we got nothing,” Grey Ghosts head coach Todd Fletcher said. “But then the mometum swings back their way and they get another one. We just need to be able to capitalize on those opportunities when they’re presented to you.”

Mickey McLaughlin added a second-period goal before Adrieana Rossini rounded out scoing in the third with a wrist shot from the slot – with the aid of Jess Piracini’s second assist of the game.

Meanwhile, in net, Katherine Crane earned her eighth shutout of the season.

“They’re becoming successful toward the end of the season and that’s what you want out of your team,” Taverna said. “I thought they just played very, very well. They cycled well. We had a few breakdowns in our D zone, but they got bodies and sticks in front of them and Katherine [Crane] made all the saves.”