The Morristown-Beard School girls ice hockey team made history on Thursday night, March 5th at the Prudential Center in Newark, capturing the inaugural Girls Ice Hockey State Championship with a 3-0 win over Summit.
MBS (18-8-1) kept the offensive pressure on Summit throughout the game, outshooting the Hilltoppers, 28 to 11. Sohomore Leah Stecker ’22 put the Crimson on the board midway through the first period with an unassisted goal. Logan Sutera ’22 added another goal early in the second period after Anna Bajak ’20 set up a breakaway opportunity. Stecker slipped another shot past the Summit goalie with three minutes remaining in the second period to put the game out of reach.
“We really wanted it today; we wanted the first-ever state title, so we put it all out there,” said Stecker. “Scoring the first-ever goal of the State Tournament Championship, I thought that was very exciting. It was just crazy.”
Senior Sasha Berniker ’20, who posted a .912 save percentage in 15 games this season, stopped all 11 Summit shots to earn the shutout victory. “Overall, our team is built from the goal on out,” said Head Coach Bruce Driver. “Our team just played really, really sound all the way through and our senior leadership did a great job. Sasha Berniker has been a rock for us.”
In addition to capturing the inaugural New Jersey Girls Ice Hockey State Championship, the Crimson won their fourth consecutive Prep Championship this season. They finished the year with a perfect 14-0 record against in-state opponents.