, Newburyport, MA


December 8, 2012

A juggling act on ice

Twomey, with a new baby, will coach Masco hockey team


“I honestly know for a fact that I would not be able to take on this job if it weren’t for my husband, (Matt),” says Twomey. “He stepped up. He knows that his role (changes) and is elevated in the hockey season as I have commitments to the team. I couldn’t have done both the preparation and even the past week and a half of the preseason without him. In season, on the home front, the dynamic changes. And if you don’t have the support of your spouse, good luck to you.”

Assisting the Twomeys in all the preparations was their 5-year-old son Colin, who has an understanding of his mother’s role beyond his years.

“Colin has been such a rock star, he’s such a trooper. (He) is also a hockey player himself, so we’ve spend essentially September through March in the rink,” explains Twomey. “He’s just born into it. He’s been the best older brother ,and he’s been supportive of a not-so-awake mommy.”

Baby Owen arrived in September and 5 a.m. practices began for Twomey in late November.

“It would be a much different story if I didn’t have them on board,” Twomey says of Matt and Colin. “The lack of sleep is, I don’t even think there is a word to describe it how awful the lack of sleep is.”

The Masco team, a co-op between Masco, Newburyport, North Andover, Georgetown, Hamilton-Wenham and now Triton should enjoy running four lines with all of the new players this year as opposed to two lines like last year.

“This is a huge change for this program,” says Twomey. “We’re light years ahead of where we were last season. We finally have the flexibility to run a consistent third line this year. And that fourth line is available at any time. This is a much more competitive team than last year. But we can’t be a bunch of prima donnas. We haven’t won anything yet. So we need to remember that.”

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