With the winter sports season having just concluded, the honors and plaudits are streaming in for student-athletes and coaches at St. Mary’s.
The girls hockey team captured its fourth state championship in the last six years with a 2-1 win over Catholic Central League rival Arlington Catholic in the Div. 1 final at Boston Garden. Standout players Alison Butler and Kaleigh Finigan have been named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team, while Gabby Crugnale and Finigan were named to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic team and Butler was named to the Boston Herald Dream Team.
Girls hockey coach Frank Pagliuca was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year and girls basketball coach and Athletic Director Jeff Newhall received the IAABO Board 130 John Squires Sr. Award for coaching achievements and sportsmanship.
St. Mary’s volleyball coach and equipment manager Dave Giarusso received the Joao Rodrigues Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association in recognition of his outstanding service and commitment to high school athletics. Giarusso wears many hats at St. Mary’s, including home events coordinator and van driver for away contests. He is an invaluable member of the athletic department and school community.
Newhall received the Ted Damko Award from the Massachusetts Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association for making significant contributions to the school, league, district and state.
The St. Mary’s athletic department Twitter feed/Facebook page set a new record on Sunday, March 17 with the photo of the state champion girls hockey team at center ice of the Boston Garden reaching 4,096 people. That post reached approximately 2,000 more people than any previous SMH athletics post.