Samantha Porazinski scored the lone goal for St. Mary's in a loss to Austin Prep Tuesday afternoon. (Item File Photo)

St. Mary’s girls hockey falls to top-ranked Austin Prep

LYNN -- The St. Mary’s girls hockey team went toe-to-toe with Catholic Central League foe Austin Prep Tuesday afternoon, but in the end a late goal from the Cougars led to a 2-1 loss for St. Mary’s at Connery Rink. Tuesday’s matchup was a battle of top teams in the state, with Austin Prep entering as the No. 1-ranked team and St. Mary’s entering as the No. 3-ranked team.

“It was a great, well-played game by both teams,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca. “It was fast-paced and physical, but it was a clean game. I thought both teams played really well. I was happy with our effort and our compete level, but in the end we just didn’t have enough to get the win.”

Samantha Porazinski scored the lone goal for St. Mary’s, while Kasey Litwin notched one assist.

The game was a back-and-forth battle from the start, with St. Mary’s ge…

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