By Mac Cerullo
---- — Two local hockey players took home the gold at the Bay State Games this past weekend, helping lead the Northeast Team to the tournament championship while potentially making a nice impression on the college scouts who flock to the annual showcase.
Meghan Hubbard, a defenseman from Newburyport, and Katie Terban, a winger from Georgetown, each competed for the talented Northeast team, which went 2-0-1 in its three group games before beating a loaded Central/West team in a rematch of last year’s final.
During the round robin stage, Northeast beat Metro 1-0, Southeast/Coastal 3-0 and then tied Central/West 1-1 in the third. Given that Central/West also won its other two games in the round-robin, the two teams wound up facing off again in the final, only this time the Northeast team came out on top, winning 2-1 to claim the gold.
“We played the same team in the finals and we lost,” Terban said. “So beating them in the finals this year was good to get back at them.”
For Hubbard and Terban, the Bay State Games was something of a reunion. The two grew up playing hockey together, first with the boys in the Newburyport Youth Hockey leagues, then for the Seacoast Lightning and finally as freshman on the Masconomet Girls Hockey Co-op team, but haven’t shared the ice since Terban transferred to St. Mary’s of Lynn for her sophomore season.
“I hadn’t seen her in a while so it was good to skate with her again,” Terban said.
Hubbard said trying out for the Northeast Team was somewhat nerve-wracking at first. Many of the girls who had played for the team in the past play for rival high schools like Winthrop and Medford, and going in she thought they would all shun her as “the girl from Masco.”
“We play Winthrop and Medford twice during the season, I was a little nervous going into the tryout because there are rivalries between the teams,” Hubbard said. “It’s always been very competitive, so I was scared they weren’t going to want anything to do with me, but it was the exact opposite and they were really nice.”
Terban said she had a similarly positive experience with the other Northeast girls when she joined the team last year, adding that she has become good friends with many of her Bay State teammates, which includes girls from Chelmsford, Winthrop, Medford, Saugus, the Governor’s Academy and several from St. Mary’s.
Now entering their junior years, Hubbard and Terban are each beginning to think about college, and both said they hope to continue their careers at the next level, though neither is sure where just yet.
“I’m thinking about that or softball, next year is the big year for that but I can’t decide yet,” Terban said.