Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Portledge Girls Ice Hockey team who finished their season as runners-up in the Women’s Ice Hockey League of the Mid Atlantic. Second place is not usually something that satisfies teams who possess a true competitive nature; however, this accomplishment was seen as a positive by the team. Last year the Lady Panther skaters ended with an overall mark of 5 wins and 13 losses, so they were definitely looking for a revival during the 2012-13 campaign.
That is exactly what happened as the still very young squad winged their way to a dramatic victory in the semi-finals of the League Championship Tournament, a heartbreaking loss to longtime rival Morristown Beard in the championship game, and a very respectable overall mark of 10 wins and 7 losses. This solid turnaround is mostly due to the maturation of highly skilled players, and the team’s excellent work ethic. Portledge Director of Athletics and head coach of Varsity Girls Ice Hockey, Phil Hills, stated, “Due to the exceptional quality of the competition that this team faces every year, I ask a great deal of these girls in terms of effort and commitment, and they deliver.”
The highlight of the season came in the championship tournament semi-final game when the Portledge girls skated past the tournament’s hosts from Princeton Day School by a score of 6-1. One of the team’s forward lines, made up of sophomores Lindsay Miller (Manhasset) and Payton Matthews (Oyster Bay), and freshman Holly Ackerman (East Rockaway), each scored a goal, while eighth - grader Georgia Keogh (Glen Cove), who is the youngest player on the team, dominated the flow of play from her defense position. Portledge then went on to play defending WIHLMA Champion Morristown Beard in the finals. Although the young Portledge team played very well, and definitely made the girls from Morristown Beard earn the hardware, the more experienced team prevailed 2-0 as Portledge was not able to break through their opponent’s stiff defense.