Red Rangers Back In State Title Game, Crush Longmeadow, 9-1
Mar 12, 2019 11:43PM
● By Bill Gilman
The bad news for the Lancers?
The Red Rangers are hardly a one-woman show.
Cassidy Gruning torched the net for four goals, the first four of the game, to lead Methuen/Tewksbury to a 9-1 romp over Longmeadow and a berth in the Division 1 State Championship game for the second straight year.
The third-seeded Red Rangers (21-1-1) will take on top-seeded and unbeaten Austin Prep (23-0-0), the 2016 D1 State Champs and recognized as the best team in the state all year. The game is scheduled for Sunday at the TD Garden.
Methuen/Tewksbury had control of its game with No. 7 Longmeadow (14-3-0) from the moment the puck was dropped and Gruning settled maters with a pair of first-period goals. She added two more early in the second period and the Red Rangers suddenly were up 4-0.
But the pummeling was just getting started.
In a span of just three minutes, the Red Rangers scorer four more goals, two by Carolyn Curley and one each by Masotta and Brenna Greene, to push the lead to 8-0.
Longmeadow was able to avoid the shutout with a goal late in the second period. But there would be no miracle comeback. Jessica Driscoll tacked on the final goal for Methuen/Tewksbury midway through the third period.
Methuen-Tewksbury taking the ice. We've got about 10 minutes before the Red Rangers drop the puck with Longmeadow in our other semi. pic.twitter.com/XjCWOz63ck— Kyle Gaudette (@KGaud123) March 11, 2019
D1 ghock: Now for the semifinal between Methuen/Tewksbury and Longmeadow. Luckily while I was transcribing quotes, MT senior Cassidy Gruning scored two goals, both assisted by senior Julia Masotta. One goal 1:56 in, the other with 6:20 left in the first. https://t.co/YyyiQrrej9 pic.twitter.com/ge4ixhZAgS— Lenny Rowe (@GlobeLennyRowe) March 11, 2019
One last thought from tonight..... pretty cool the Brother/Sister Will and Abby O Keefe will both play for State Championships on Sunday. Good for the O Keefe Family!— TMHS Athletics (@TMHS_Athletics) March 12, 2019