SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Shannon Farrell knew she was close to 100 career points going into the Berwick Academy girls hockey team’s game on Feb. 11 against Portsmouth Abbey of Rhode Island. As for exactly where she stood, that was a secondary concern for the senior forward.
“The girls on my line were a lot more excited about it than I was,” Farrell said. “When I got within one, I think they just wanted to get me the point so bad. I don’t really keep track of my points. I don’t care as long as we win.”
Farrell scored twice in a 7-1 win for the Bulldogs, one of which was her 100th point, becoming the fourth player in program history to reach the milestone, according the Berwick coach Pat McNulty.
“I pretty much just tipped it in to the net,” Farrell said. “Two girls from my line shot the puck and I just kind of got the rebound.”
Berwick has had a phenomenally successful year, wrapping up the regular season at 14-3-3 with a 3-1 loss at Kimball Union (N.H.) Saturday.
Berwick will play in the semifinal round of the Eastern Independent League tournament today at 4:15 p.m. at the Dover (N.H.) Ice Arena. The final is slated for Saturday, also in Dover, and the Bulldogs could play in the NEPSAC tournament after that.
“At the beginning of the season, we weren’t clicking together,” Farrell said. “We were just trying to figure out where we were going to be. We have a lot of potential on our team, and I think just now starting to tap into it.”
Farrell has played with the Bulldogs since her sophomore year, after spending her freshman season at Kennebunk High School.
“She is what makes us tick,” McNulty said. “She’s the real deal. Ever since she showed up here three years ago, she made an immediate impact. She’s one of the best players in our league, and even when we play against outside our division against some of the bigger New England prep schools, she can play at that level or higher.”
Farrell said she has no regrets about transferring to Berwick. She never had her sights set on 100 goals, but was happy to do it if it meant more opportunities for her team to win.
“We’re like a family,” Farrell said. “As soon as you come in here, everybody just loves each other no matter what. You see that a lot on our team. If someone’s having a bad day, we all help her.”Farrell gives a good chunk of the credit for her team’s success to its coaches.
“Our practices are designed to fix things that are wrong,” Farrell said. “We don’t fight among ourselves, and I think that’s a major factor in our success.”
Taking nothing away from the other players who have scored 100 points for Berwick Academy girls hockey in McNulty’s tenure, Farrell accomplished the feat in less than three years. Anna Wright, currently a junior for the Bulldogs, reached the 100-point milestone last December during her fifth year on the team. Wright, a defenseman, has played varsity since seventh grade.”Nobody has ever done it in three years,” McNulty said. “Anna did it in five, and the special thing about Anna is that she’s a defenseman.”
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