By: David M. Higgins II
Several players also win First and Second Team Honors
The St. Mary’s Ryken Varsity Ice Hockey team brought home the second conference Championship of the 2018-19 season by defeating Our Lady of Good Counsel 4-2 in the inaugural WCAC Metro Division Ice Hockey Championship on Friday, February 15.
“The WCAC playoffs were a meaningful one, as the team had high hopes to bring SMR it’s first ever WCAC Ice Hockey championship,” said varsity Ice Hockey Coach Matt Billman. “After beating Bishop Ireton, we knew we would get our third shot at Good Counsel, who beat us twice already this season. We knew after the first two games that we were the better team, but things just hadn’t gone our way, and told ourselves that we can’t let the same team beat us three times in one season. We were confident in the few days leading up to the game and knew the only outcome would be victory. Coming into the game we knew we had to strike first to get the momentum, and Shane Gregan (senior and assistant captain) got us on the board in the first 16 seconds. After that goal we knew it was our game. We continued to push until we built a 4-1 lead, and then it was up to us to hold the lead.”
This is the first season that Ice Hockey has been officially considered a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference sport by the conference. The team will move onto the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL) “A” Division championship this week.
“The team and I are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished so far, but there is still more work to be done. We are dedicated to winning the MAPHL Championship,” continued Coach Billman.
In the history of St. Mary’s Ryken, the school has won five WCAC titles including the titles this year by football and ice hockey. Previous titles were won in Boys Lacrosse in 2007, Softball in 2014 and 2015.
2 upsets in 2 days. For the first time in St. Mary’s Ryken history, we’re the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League Champions. Incredible run to end the season.
Several Players were named to First/Second team for Maphl A Division and WCAC
Senior Josh Stevenson was selected to the All-WCAC Metro Honorable Mention team! In the WCAC playoffs, Josh tallied 6 goals and 1 assist, including a 5 goal game vs. Bishop Ireton in the Semi-Finals! Also,
selected to the All-League Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League Second team.
Senior goalie Colin Lombardi was selected to the All-WCAC Metro Division Second team!
Colin went 2-0 in the WCAC playoffs, and stopped 24 of 26 shots in the championship game vs. Good Counsel
Colin played all 23 games for SMR this season, and won the team multiple games, including 2 standout performances at the Clearwater Beach Invitational in Tampa, FL.
Senior Defenseman Matt Williams was selected to the All-WCAC Metro Division First team! This is an outstanding achievement for Matt, as he has been a forward his whole career, and just switched to Defense this season to help bolster our blue line.
Matt tallied 4 assists in the WCAC playoffs. Matt is a great 2-way defenseman, who is a critical player on both our power play and penalty killing units.
Senior forward Shane Gregan was also selected to the All-WCAC Metro Division First team!
Shane tallied a goal and 3 assists in the WCAC playoffs, including scoring his goal 12 seconds into the WCAC Championship game to help set the tone for the Knights. Also selected to the All-League Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League First Team!
Senior forward Pete Behrens was also selected to the All-WCAC Metro Division First team, giving SMR 3 players on the first team!
Pete tallied 4 goals and 5 assists in the WCAC playoffs. Pete and the rest of the first line, Shane and Josh, accounted for an insane total of 20 points in 2 games in the WCAC playoffs.Selected to the All-League Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League First Team!
Pete was also named Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!!!