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January 10, 2013

Catching up with ... Masconomet hockey coach Nicole Twomey

Newburyport High teacher Nicole Twomey is in the midst of her first season as the head coach of the Masconomet hockey team. Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Masconomet, she played four years of hockey at the University of New Hampshire, and coached the junior varsity boys hockey team at Newburyport. Last year, she served as an assistant coach of the Masconomet girls team.

Masconomet is a co-op team with a combination of players from Masco, Newburyport, Triton, North Andover, Georgetown and Hamilton-Wenham. The Daily News checked in with Twomey yesterday for an update on her first season as the Masco head coach.

How is the team doing?

“We’re 4-2 right now, so things are going really well.”

How are the local players doing?

“It all gets mixed together; we have a mixture of girls from different lines. I can tell you we have three players from Triton, and now we have five players from Newburyport.”

Are any of those girls leading the team?

“Kendra Dow, a senior from Newburyport, is for sure. Megan Hubbard, a freshman from Newburyport, is playing well on defense. This is the most depth we’ve ever had. It’s tough to single out players. I stress the idea of playing as a team. We need to be a melting pot with six different schools.”

Is it difficult to get organized when you have players coming from six schools?

“The additional challenge I’m up against this year is I can’t make cuts. A co-op team can’t make cuts. So anyone who comes out, we have to keep. I have a team of 25 girls from six schools.”

Have you done more team-building exercises than you normally would if you were coaching girls from one school?

“I try to do team-building activities once a week. We have a dry-land workout once a week, and we always do something, whether it’s thought-provoking or more funny physical experiences. I think the relationship that’s formed is vital on the ice because these girls are not in the same classroom during the day.”

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