#2 Westminster takes on Boston’s Skilled #7 St. Sebastian’s in Martin/Earl Large School Tournament

As the first round of the Large School (Martin/Earl Tournament) takes place on Wednesday, all eyes are placed on #7 St. Sebastian’s (15-9-3) as they travel to #2 Westminster (14-8-3).

Last year, Westminster made it all the way to the New England Small School (Piatelli/Simmons) Championship game where they would fall to a skilled St. Marks squad by a score of 3-1. This year with the return of stars like forward Taggart Corriveau (St. Lawrence) and Johnny McDermott (Boston University) the Martlets looked to reach new heights in the 2015-16 season.

Westy opened with a (8-1) start breezing through the Flood Marr Tournament and beating highly ranked opponents like Nobles and Kimble Union. These efforts lifted Westy to a first place ranking by USHR. This momentum was halted with a home 1-2 loss to Founders League rival Taft School (9-15-1). This was closely followed by a three game losing streak with losses to Avon Old Farms, Kent, and Deerfield. The remainder of the season, the Martlets struggled for consistency only having back to back wins once, topping Loomis Chaffee and Berkshire in that stretch. Westminster will hope to over power St. Sebastian’s and move to the winner of #6 Belmont Hill (17-8-6) as they take on #3 Proctor (20-11-2).

Well known Boston all-boys Day School St Sebastian’s has a historically strong hockey program that has produced many Division I caliber players. Last year, the Arrows fell in a heart breaking 1-2 overtime loss to Ca4zA75W8AAks2lBrooks School in Quarterfinals Large School (Martin/Earl Tournament). This season, the Arrows were lead by skilled junior RJ Murphy (Harvard). St. Sebs broke in the 2015-16 season winning eight of their first ten games, even beating local powerhouse Catholic Memorial 5-0 in Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Similarly to their opponent, the Arrows struggled for consistency, though they were able to claim a spot in a postseason by winning five of their final six games. This stretch saw key victories over rival Belmont Hill, Lawrence Academy, and a 3-2 win over #11 Thayer Academy.

Wednesday’s game at 3:45 PM should be quite impressive as two physical and skilled teams will take the ice ready for a fight.