BCL season ends at state quarterfinals

By Melanie Savage
Region - posted Wed., Mar. 14, 2012
BCL’s Frank Bishop watches as his pass connects with a teammate.
BCL’s Frank Bishop watches as his pass connects with a teammate.

The Bolton/Coventry/Lyman Memorial hockey team finished up their season on March 8 after a state tournament quarterfinal loss to Northwest Catholic (final score 7-0). “They are a much more skilled and veteran team,” said head coach Jim Motyka, “arguably the best team we faced all season.”

BCL received a bye for the first round of the tournament, entering with a record of 11-9. With only two seniors, BCL is a very young team.  “With the core we have returning and some incoming new players, the outlook for next season is bright as long as everyone returns,” said Motyka. “We as coaches are optimistic for the team next year and look forward to the next season.”

Senior Amber LaFontaine played her one high school season with BCL. LaFontaine is one of only a handful of girls competing in boys’ high school hockey in the area. “She was a very knowledgeable player who knows the game of hockey very well,” said Motyka. “She was a very good positional player, in the right place at the right time. She was also well liked by all the guys on the team.”

Senior captain Frank Bishop “has been one of our best defensemen over the past few years,” said Motyka. Bishop was awarded an All-State selection this year, according to his coach.


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