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West Side Terriers bring Lion’s season to an end

Hearts were broken on the ice and also in the stands after West Springfield came back to beat the Ludlow varsity ice-hockey team in the first postseason game this past Wednesday.

Despite having had beat the Terriers in the regular season and having a two-goal advantage by the end of the first period, Ludlow could not keep their lead.

Forty-seconds into the game, senior captain Aaron McNamera wasted no time taking advantage of a rebound and putting the puck in the back of the net.

He would score again in the fifth minute of the game to give the Lions a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, McNamera could not get himself a hat trick nor could Ludlow prevent West Side from scoring three unanswered goals which would determine the fate of the game.

After opening up their season with a huge blowout over rival Longmeadow, hopes were very high for the Ludlow boys varsity ice hockey team. Their goal was to finish the year in 2nd or 3rd place in the Berry division. However, as the season comes to a close the have found themselves finishing with an 9-11-1 record.

“That was a big win over Longmeadow, so I thought after that we could have competed for the 2nd spot being Westfield, but as the season went on we simply were running out of energy towards the end of games and now we are where we are,” said senior captain Nick Forzano.

A huge challenge they’ve faced this year is numbers. With many injuries and some players no longer being academically eligible to play.

“We didn’t have a lot of guys to start with,” Forzano explained. “Teams would have almost 20 skaters dress when we were dressing no more than 15.”

To add to their challenges, this squad found themselves lacking in defensemen after key players graduated last year. The boys also found them having to readjust to a new system and style of play to take advantage of their strong offensive line.

“At first it was hard adjusting but overall it’s been good and bad in certain situations,” said Forzano.

Next year the Lions will suffer another loss, graduating seniors such as captains Forzano and Aaron McNamara.

“After the seniors are gone I believe we will still be a threat,” said Diotalevi. “We have great young talent with 3 great freshmen, good goaltending, and a good group of returning players.”

Although their season ended much sooner than they would have expected or hoped, the team is proud of what they were able to accomplish this year.

“Overall we’ve worked really hard. We’ve gotten through a lot of obstacles and whatever happens in the end, we’ve had a good run,” said Forzano.

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Alex Francisco
Alex Francisco, Sports Editor
Fresh off of a great summer spent by her pool or at the Cape every weekend, this sun-worshipper is back for one last year at LHS. Alex, Al, Franny, or any other nickname you can come up with may come off as a girly-girl based on her long brown hair or Hello Kitty obsession, but anyone who knows her will argue she’s just like another one of the guys. The only thing she enjoys more than watching ESPN is being on the beach with her cowboy hat, sunglasses, one of her thousands of bikinis, and her favorite Pandora playlist: Today’s Country Hits with John Mayer and Dave Matthews band variety (So relaxing!) You’ll catch her roaming the halls in a basketball jersey and her purple crocs, but as long as you don’t try to change the music playing in her car, Molly the Mazda, you won’t have any problems.

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